Our Kids Early Learning Centre - 29/05/2015

1 Evaluation of Our Kids Early Learning Centre

How well placed is Our Kids Early Learning Centre 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.

Background

Our Kids Early Learning Centre is one of two privately owned centres. This is a small home-like centre operating near to Glendene School in Auckland. The centre caters for children from birth to five years in a mixed age learning environment.

There have been significant improvements over the last two years since ERO’s 2013 report identified concerns relating to the curriculum and self review. The centre is staffed by a team of three registered teachers. Recently an unqualified teacher has been appointed to provide greater staffing flexibility. Collaborative team work is being developed.

A well-focused professional learning programme has been undertaken to address development priorities identified in the 2013 ERO report. Positive and significant changes have been made to the learning environment, curriculum planning and leadership capability.

The Review Findings

The manager and centre staff have been proactive in making positive changes in the centre. They have responded well to the external advice provided by the Ministry of Education, which has increased their professional knowledge. This support has encouraged them to reflect on the quality of their practice and has fostered valuable professional conversations. The owner and staff are developing a clear strategic direction for the centre.

Self review has been an area of improvement since 2013. Professional learning has supported the development of processes that help staff improve teaching practice. This is now having a positive impact on children’s learning outcomes.

The quality of the programme provided for children has improved significantly. Children enjoy a wide variety of resources to support their play. They can move easily between the indoor and outdoor areas. They are respectful of one another and the learning environment. Children are calm, independent and self-managing. Their approach to play is resourceful and imaginative. The programme has become more focused on learning, rather than on activities. Teachers are becoming excited about finding ways to plan more effectively to support children’s learning.

The centre owner/manager is early childhood trained and committed to providing a high quality programme for children. She has skilfully managed centre staffing to promote improvement. She has worked collaboratively with the other centre leaders and teachers to design and implement more robust strategic planning and management systems. Effective staff performance management processes are encouraging higher levels of professional practice. Coherent systems and shared understandings are supporting the smooth operation of the centre.

Key Next Steps

The centre owner and staff agree that key next steps include:

  • ongoing development of planning and assessment
  • continuing to refine the centre’s bicultural practices
  • increasing parents' participation in their children’s learning.

Recommendation

ERO recommends that the centre owner and staff should continue to implement systems and professional practices recently established as a result of external support.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Our Kids Early Learning 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.

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next ERO review of Our Kids Early Learning Centre will be in three years.

Dale Bailey

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

29 May 2015

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

Location

Glendene, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

20055

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

32 children, including up to 5 aged under 2

Service roll

40

Gender composition

Boys 21

Girls 19

Ethnic composition

Māori

Pākehā

Cook Island

Chinese

Indian

Samoan

Filipino

13

17

3

2

2

2

1

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:4

Better than minimum requirements

 

Over 2

1:8

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

May 2015

Date of this report

29 May 2015

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

June 2013

 

Supplementary Review

May 2010

 

Education Review

June 2009

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.