Mokopuna O Moerewa Early Childhood Centre - 24/04/2013

1 Evaluation of the Service

How well placed is the service to promote positive outcomes for children?

Mokopuna o Moerewa Early Childhood Centre is well placed to continue promoting positive outcomes for children.


The centre is well established in the Northland town of Moerewa. It is one of four early childhood services managed by He Puna Marama Trust, based in Whangarei. The Trust provides an overall vision, philosophy and operational framework for the centre.

A recent increase in licence numbers from 25 to 50 child places has enabled the service to actively address the Trust’s objective of increasing the participation of 3 and 4 year old children. Staff make good use of their own local connections to encourage attendance. The Trust provides families with an extra 10 hours funded early childhood education in addition to the Ministry of Education’s funding for 20 hours.

The philosophy of the Trust and the staff is very evident in teaching practice, especially the key priority of whakawhanaungatanga. The programme is delivered in a strong, bilingual, kaupapa Māori framework.

Since ERO’s review in 2009, centre leadership and staffing have been stable. The good practices identified in ERO’s last report have been enhanced through self review.

The Review Findings

Children’s play is valued and there are good opportunities for them to be creative. The programme responds to children’s interests as well as the cycles and seasons of the natural world. There is a focus on sustainability and care for the environment.

Children regularly explore the local area and this extends children’s learning and knowledge. Staff support children so that they confidently try new challenges. Staff use natural materials to make interesting and inviting play spaces. Since ERO’s review in 2009, the outdoor area has been successfully redeveloped to better reflect the centre’s curriculum priorities.

Preserving and promoting te reo Māori me onā tikanga is a priority for the Trust. Staff use their knowledge and skills to promote bilingualism and biculturalism. Tamariki and whānau enjoy a curriculum that strongly reflects Māori language, culture and identity. All families value having their children immersed in te ao Māori.

Staff sincerely want to maintain partnerships with whānau that promote a climate of trust and care. Inclusive, respectful practices encourage whānau to give feedback and contribute to the programme. Teachers actively seek, respond to, and value whānau input.

The supervisor is an experienced, skilled leader. She promotes and models reflective practice. A recent review of the impacts of roll growth is a good example of this. This approach to self review is enabling teachers to evaluate the quality of programmes and their practice. It is also helping them to develop shared understanding about how they can promote positive outcomes for children.

As part of their response to recent roll growth, the centre supervisor and Trust manager agree that the next steps for the service are to:

  • continue to review teaching practice and programme routines to monitor their impacts\ on outcomes for children
  • decide how they will assess children's learning given the increased number of children
  • ensure that good records of routine tasks are kept.

He Puna Marama Trust is increasingly using a governance model that enables each of their centres to develop a specific philosophy within the Trust’s kaupapa. Policies and procedures are also becoming specific for each site. Professional development about self review has helped staff to review their teaching philosophy and evaluate practices.

A new appraisal process, developed by the supervisor, has good potential to support the development of professional practice. The Trust manager should now provide support and monitor how well this new process works.

2 Legal Requirements

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Mokopuna O Moerewa Early Childhood Centre completed an ERO Centre Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklist. In these documents they attested that they have taken all reasonable steps to meet their legal obligations related to:

  • curriculum
  • premises and facilities
  • health and safety practices
  • governance, management and administration.

During the review, ERO looked at the service’s systems for managing the following areas that have a potentially high impact on children's wellbeing:

  • emotional safety (including positive guidance and child protection)
  • physical safety (including supervision; sleep procedures; accidents; medication; hygiene; excursion policies and procedures)
  • suitable staffing (including qualification levels; police vetting; teacher registration; ratios)
  • evacuation procedures and practices for fire and earthquake.

All early childhood services are required to promote children's health and safety and to regularly review their compliance with legal requirements.

Equity Funding is additional targeted funding for eligible early childhood services aimed at reducing educational disparities, encouraging participation and raising achievement. Centre managers now need to report more clearly to parents and the local community about how the equity funding they receive has been used.

3 Next Review

When is ERO likely to review the early childhood service again?

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in three years.

Dale Bailey National Manager Review Services Northern Region

24 April 2013

Information about the Early Childhood Service


Moerewa, Northland

Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

All Day Education and Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

50 children, including up to 0 aged under 2 years

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 30 Girls 25

Ethnic composition


NZ European/Pākehā







Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

No children under 2 years

Choose an item.


Over 2


Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

December 2012

Date of this report

24 April 2013

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review 

December 2009 

General Information about Early Childhood Reviews

About ERO Reviews

The Education Review Office (ERO) is the New Zealand government department that reviews schools and early childhood services throughout New Zealand.

Review focus

ERO's education reviews in early childhood services focus on the factors that contribute to positive learning outcomes for children. ERO evaluates how well placed the service is to make and sustain improvements for the benefit of all children at the service. To reach these findings ERO considers:

Pou Whakahaere – how the service determines its vision, philosophy and direction to ensure positive outcomes for children

Pou Ārahi – how leadership is enacted to enhance positive outcomes for children

Mātauranga – whose knowledge is valued and how the curriculum is designed to achieve positive outcomes for children

Tikanga whakaako – how approaches to teaching and learning respond to diversity and support positive outcomes for children.

Within these areas ERO considers the effectiveness of self review and partnerships with parents and whānau.

Review Coverage

ERO reviews do not cover every aspect of service performance and each ERO report may cover different issues. The aim is to provide information on aspects that are central to positive outcomes for children and useful to the service.