Ngaio Childcare Centre Inc - 02/12/2015

1 Evaluation of Ngaio Childcare Centre Inc

Ngaio Childcare Centre Inc How well placed isto 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.

Background

Ngaio Childcare Centre Inc is a community based early childhood service, governed by a committee made up of parents whose children attend the centre. The centre caters for up to 16 children at any one time and five may be aged up to two years.

The philosophy guiding teaching and learning emphasises the importance of positive, responsive relationships supporting children to learn through their play, in a small group setting.

The leadership structure of the service has recently changed from two co-leaders to a head teacher having overall responsibility.

The service has a positive reporting history with ERO.

The Review Findings

Teachers are warm and welcoming. They know the children and their families well. They actively promote children’s social and emotional competence through working alongside them, engaging in conversations and offering choices. A sense of belonging is effectively promoted. Relationships with children and their families are respectful and responsive.

The programme effectively follows children’s acknowledged interests. Their developing language is well supported by teachers who skilfully extend conversations and consciously model and build vocabulary. Children learn through their self selected play in a calm environment.

Group planning seeks to support the broad ranging interests of children. The teachers’ approach requires further development. The identification of clearly stated learning intentions should assist with clarity. Regular evaluation, focused on the impact of the programme on children’s learning, should inform ongoing planning.

Transitions into and out of the centre are well considered. A key teacher supports young children to settle. Routines are consistently implemented giving children a sense of security.

Bicultural practices are emphasised at group times. Teachers should consider how to integrate te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori across the curriculum. They should also follow up on parents’ aspirations for their children and increase their understanding of families’ languages, cultures and identities.

Teachers show a strong commitment to enacting the philosophy. Positive working relationships are evident between staff, parents and the committee. With the change of centre leadership structure, it is timely to explore ways to build leadership capacity in curriculum design and implementation, self review and appraisal.

Teachers are reflective and value self review. Further developing the understanding and use of internal evaluation should strengthen their understanding of what works well and inform plans for the future.

Regular appraisal occurs for all staff. This process should be strengthened through teachers having clearer goals focused on their teaching and regular, formal observations.

Key Next Steps

  • strengthening assessment, planning and evaluation
  • improving appraisal
  • building leadership capacity.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Ngaio Childcare Centre Inc completed an ERO Centre Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklist. In these documents they attested that they 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.

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next ERO review of Ngaio Childcare Centre Inc will be in three years.

Joyce Gebbie

Deputy Chief Review Officer Central

2 December 2015

2 Information about the Early Childhood Service

Location

Ngaio, Wellington

Ministry of Education profile number

60213

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

16 children, including up to 5 aged under 2

Service roll

47

Gender composition

25 boys,

22 girls

Ethnic composition

Māori 1 

Pākehā 41 

Other ethnic groups 5

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:3

Over 2

1:8

Review team on site

September 2015

Date of this report

2 December 2015

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review January 2013

Education Review June 2009

Education Review August 2006

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.