Mt Roskill Early Childhood Centre - 25/03/2013

1 Evaluation of the Service

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

The centre is well placed to promote positive outcomes for children.

Context

Mt Roskill Early Childhood Centre is a well established centre, located in the grounds of Mt Roskill Grammar School, and has a positive reporting history with ERO. Effective management practices, strong leadership and valuable partnership with families continue to be evident.

The centre is well staffed by qualified and registered teachers and provides high adult to child ratios. Since the 2009 ERO report there have been staff changes and a new centre director has been appointed. There have been improvements to the learning environment and further improvements are planned. Centre staff are currently beginning the review of policies and procedures to meet the 2008 Ministry of Education licensing criteria.

The Review Findings

Teachers provide a good quality programme that is underpinned by a culture of support and respect for children and their whānau. Inclusive teaching practices are effective in affirming and building on the children’s strengths. Teachers provide a language rich environment in which children’s conversation is enriched and home languages supported.

Infants and toddlers benefit from nurturing, individualised care. Children’s transition into the centre and then on to school are well managed in response to individual children’s and whānau needs. Teachers maintain strong connections with the local community and schools.

Responsive and caring relationships contribute significantly to children’s emotional well being and sense of belonging. Staff welcome the involvement of parents and encourage families to be part of the programme.

Children are confident young learners whose leadership and problem-solving skills are encouraged by teachers. They engage in sustained purposeful play, have fun and are developing a positive attitude to learning.

Children learn in a well resourced, attractive environment that acknowledges their cultural backgrounds, meets the needs of a wide age group and fosters curiosity and exploration. The outside area is well equipped, offering a variety of physically challenging activities. Children’s creative expression through drama and music is supported enthusiastically. They also have many opportunities to use literacy, mathematics, science and information communication technologies as part of their play. There is a strong emphasis on sustainability through care and use of natural resources.

Teachers are developing a collective understanding of assessment and planning that is responsive to children’s interests. Families are provided with good information about the programme and encouraged to contribute their ideas and aspirations for their children. Teachers are enthusiastic about providing a high quality curriculum, including strengthening bicultural practices.

The licensee and the management committee have effective management practices, policies and procedures to guide daily centre operations. Teachers are reflective and benefit from the strong professional leadership. The philosophy is well understood, provides a good sense of direction and is evident in respectful interactions. Recent professional development has improved the quality of self review. Centre managers and teachers identified that they could continue to increase the perspectives included in self review.

To support the development of deeper, child-directed learning, teachers could more clearly document:

  • children’s individual learning progress, including planned teaching responses and evaluation
  • how they recognise and include children’s culture and language in assessment and planning.

2 Legal Requirements

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the management of Mt Roskill 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:

  • administration
  • health, safety and welfare
  • personnel management
  • financial and property management.

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.

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

25 March 2013

Information about the Early Childhood Service

Location

Mt Roskill, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

20375

Licence type

All Day Education and Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Centres) Regulations 1998

Number licensed for

50 children, including up to 15 aged under 2

Service roll

55

Gender composition

Boys 32 Girls 23

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā

Māori

Samoan

Indian

Zimbabwean

other

28

6

7

9

2

3

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:4

Exceeds minimum requirements

 

Over 2

1:8

Exceeds minimum requirements

Review team on site

January 2013

Date of this report

25 March 2013

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

Education Review

Education Review

November 2009

October 2006

July 2007

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.