North Kidz 2 - 04/09/2013

1 The Education Review Office (ERO) Evaluation

North Kidz Home-Based Childcare was previously known Northland Home-Based Childcare Services. The company operates two networks of home-based care known as North Kidz 1 and North Kidz 2. North Kidz 2 is licensed for a maximum of 80 children up to school age. The educators within each network are self-employed.

Each educator has a maximum of four children per session in their home. The educators are well supported by an experienced and registered early childhood education (ECE) teacher who coordinates and oversee the programme for children in the educators’ homes.

Children and their families are matched with educators that have similar values and aspirations and who may be experienced in caring for children with particular dispositions and needs. Children have a strong sense of belonging and know their educator well. Some educators provide a highly effective bicultural programme that enhances success for Māori children.

Educators provide a wide variety of resources and learning experiences that are child centred and focused on Te Whāriki, the New Zealand early childhood curriculum. Children have opportunities to access local and North Kidz own playgroup programmes to extend their social skills. Educators have an opportunity to participate in professional learning and sharing of practices during North Kidz playgroup sessions.

The new owner/manager and coordinators work well together and are committed to offering a high quality service. They have successfully fulfilled requirements for relicensing to the 2008 ECE regulations.

Future Action

ERO is confident that the service is being managed in the interest of the children. Therefore ERO will review the service again within three years.

2 The Focus of the Review

All ERO education reviews in early childhood focus on the quality of education. For ERO this includes the quality of:

  • the programme provided for children
  • the learning environment
  • the interactions between children and adults.

In addition, ERO evaluated the quality of management practices.

The Quality of Education

Background

An ECE qualified and registered teacher oversees the coordination of the 13 contracted educators in this network. Educators provide care and education within their homes. Some of the educators are in training to gain a home-base care qualification.

Areas of good performance

It was noted in the 2009 ERO report that educators provide high quality care and view children’s well-being as a prerequisite for success in learning and this continues to be evident.

Respectful relationships between children and adults are promoted. Children receive nurturing and personalised care in a small group. Parents and educators work well together to support positive outcomes for their children. Other good practices include:

  • children well engaged in activities
  • positive adult-child interactions based on extending children’s interests
  • friendships between children are established
  • good routines and documentation for children’s ongoing development.

The owner/manager provides a solid foundation of policies and practices to guide the service. Useful self-review processes have been established. Areas to review and improve have been identified.

Areas for development and review

To further strengthen the learning programmes, the coordinators should continue to support and mentor educators to:

  • identify and highlight children’s learning dispositions
  • implement learning experiences within the context of children’s play
  • incorporate practices into the daily programme that further enhance the dual cultural heritages of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The owner/manager identifies and ERO agrees that it would be beneficial to:

  • seek external advice to strengthen the service’s administration long term planning
  • strengthen the service’s self review and quality assurance practices
  • widen staff acceptance of the North Kidz philosophy and vision
  • develop a transition to school policy and programme.

3 Management Assurance on Compliance Areas

Overview

Before the review, the management and staff of North Kidz 2 completed an ERO Home-Based Education and Care Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklist. In these documents they attested that they had taken all reasonable steps to meet their legal obligations related to:

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

During the review, ERO checked the following items because they have a potentially high impact on outcomes for children:

  • emotional safety (including behaviour management, prevention of bullying and abuse)
  • physical safety (including behaviour management, sleeping and supervision practices; accidents and medication; hygiene and routines; travel and excursion policies and procedures)
  • staff qualifications and organisation
  • evacuation procedures and practices for fire and earthquake.

4 Future Action

ERO is confident that the service is being managed in the interest of the children. Therefore ERO will review the service again within three years.

Graham Randell

National Manager Review Services

Northern Region (Acting)

4 September 2013

About the Service

Location

Whangarei

Ministry of Education profile number

10389

Service type

Homebased Network

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Service roll

41

Gender composition

Boys 23

Girls 18

Ethnic composition

Māori

NZ European/Pākehā

British

Other

Niue

15

19

3

3

1

Review team on site

June 2013

Date of this report

4 September 2013

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review (as Northland Homebased Childcare No 2)

Education Review (as Northland Homebased Childcare Services 2)

March 2009

December 2005