Mozarts - 31/01/2018

1 Evaluation of Mozarts

How well placed is Mozarts to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

ERO's findings that support this overall judgement are summarised below.


Mozarts is a privately owned, well-established, special character preschool. It is licensed to provide care and education for up to 30 children over the age of two years. Children come from a wide geographical area to attend this early childhood service because of the specific nature of its performing arts programme.

Since the previous review in 2014, the service has had a change of ownership and management. External professional advice and support has been sought to help manage the changes and update key guiding documentation, such as policies and procedures and long-term planning.

The experienced and qualified teaching team have made good progress with the recommendations in the ERO 2014 report to strengthen assessment for learning processes for individual children. They have recently reviewed the centre philosophy to reflect bicultural perspectives, alongside the services vision of providing 'Education through Imagination'.

The Review Findings

Leaders and teachers foster inclusive and respectful relationships. They promote successful transitions into the centre and nurture a positive sense of belonging for children and families. Parent contributions at all levels of the service's operation are valued.

The strong shared vision and values of the service are underpinned by the service's special performing arts character and Te Whāriki, - the early childhood curriculum. Teachers work collaboratively and purposefully to present the learning environment and resources in ways that motivate children's curiosity to explore and make their own discoveries.

Teachers place a carefully considered focus on bicultural perspectives which support children to learn about te reo and tikanga Māori in a meaningful context.

Teachers are skilled 'story tellers' and facilitators of learning. They inspire children's imagination and encourage active involvement in a range of rich oral language, literacy, social and creative learning experiences. These experiences help children to develop confidence in themselves and to become capable learners and communicators.

Parents are regularly informed about their children’s learning and progress through well-written learning stories and performances that celebrate children's efforts, talents and success.

Key Next Steps

The owner/manager of the service sought external advice and guidance in 2017 to help develop aspects of governance and management. The service has identified, and ERO agrees, that priority should now be given to:

  • refining and implementing annual strategic planning that includes clear timeframes, with provision for regularly monitoring and evaluating of outcomes

  • developing and implementing robust appraisal processes for leaders and teachers

  • building on internal evaluation processes to develop deeper levels of inquiry

  • further developing programme planning and the evaluation of the impact of teaching practices on learning outcomes for children

  • continuing to strengthen consistent use of te reo and tikanga Māori practices.


ERO recommends the continued assistance of external professionals to guide the effective implementation of the key next steps to support the governance and management of the service.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Mozarts 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.

To improve current practice, the Mozart management should ensure:

  • regular police checks (re-vetting) for any non-qualified person working with children.

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next ERO review of Mozarts will be in three years.

Dr Lesley Patterson

Deputy Chief Review Officer Southern

Te Waipounamu - Southern Region

31 January 2018

The Purpose of ERO Reports

The Education Review Office (ERO) is the government department that, as part of its work, reviews early childhood services throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. ERO’s reports provide information for parents and communities about each service’s strengths and next steps for development. ERO’s bicultural evaluation framework Ngā Pou Here is described in SECTION 3 of this report. Early childhood services are partners in the review process and are expected to make use of the review findings to enhance children's wellbeing and learning.

2 Information about the Early Childhood Service


Merivale, Christchurch

Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

30 children over two years of age

Service roll


Gender composition

Girls: 26

Boys: 14

Ethnic composition



Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates


Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2


Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

November 2017

Date of this report

31 January 2018

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

September 2014

Education Review

August 2011

3 General Information about Early Childhood Reviews

ERO’s Evaluation Framework

ERO’s overarching question for an early childhood education review is ‘How well placed is this service to promote positive learning outcomes for children?’ ERO focuses on the following factors as described in the bicultural framework Ngā Pou Here:

  • 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 arotake – self review and of whanaungatanga – partnerships with parents and whānau.

ERO evaluates how well placed a service is to sustain good practice and make ongoing improvements for the benefit of all children at the service.

A focus for the government is that all children, especially priority learners, have an opportunity to benefit from quality early childhood education. ERO will report on how well each service promotes positive outcomes for all children, with a focus on children who are Māori, Pacific, have diverse needs, and are up to the age of two.

For more information about the framework and Ngā Pou Here refer to ERO’s Approach to Review in Early Childhood Services.

ERO’s Overall Judgement and Next Review

The overall judgement that ERO makes and the timing of the next review will depend on how well placed a service is to promote positive learning outcomes for children. The categories are:

  • Very well placed – The next ERO review in four years
  • Well placed – The next ERO review in three years
  • Requires further development – The next ERO review within two years
  • Not well placed - The next ERO review in consultation with the Ministry of Education

ERO has developed criteria for each category. These are available on ERO’s website.

Review Coverage

ERO reviews are tailored to each service’s context and performance, within the overarching review framework. The aim is to provide information on aspects that are central to positive outcomes for children and useful to the service.