Papakura North Kindergarten - 05/05/2015

1 Evaluation of Papakura North Kindergarten

How well placed is Papakura North Kindergarten 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.


Papakura North Kindergarten is a well established kindergarten that provides education and care for children over two years old. It operates the kindergarten day model (KDM) which enables children to attend sessions that match school hours. The roll reflects the multicultural community and includes 31 children of Māori descent and eight with Pacific heritage.

The kindergarten is part of the Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association (CMKA) and operates within the policies and management framework of this organisation. A professional practice manager (PPM) visits and provides leadership and curriculum support for teachers. The head teacher works with one fulltime and two part time teachers, a teacher aide and a part-time administrator. They host student teachers and a student who volunteers at the centre. Teachers work as a close team and share leadership responsibilities.

The kindergarten’s philosophy places importance on empowering children to learn and grow holistically, with a strong focus on partnership with parents, whānau and aiga. The teachers value and respect the bicultural heritage of New Zealand.

Areas of good practice identified in the 2012 ERO report, such as the high quality learning materials, stimulating environment, and support for children to make independent decisions and choices remain evident. The head teacher, with support from the CMKA, has responded positively to suggestions for ongoing improvement in the 2012 ERO report. These focused on continuing to develop strategies for self review and developing the outdoor environment.

The Review Findings

Children are well cared for in the kindergarten. They settle quickly into the programme and enjoy positive relationships with adults. Children freely choose activities from the variety of resources offered. They confidently access or request further resources to support their play. Children demonstrate a sense of belonging to the centre.

The kindergarten kaupapa emphasises learning about looking after the environment, incorporates te Ao Māori and encourages children to respect all things. The environment and furniture reflect this philosophy. The large outdoor area provides children with opportunities for physical challenge and exploration and to help recycle and grow things.

The programme offers many opportunities for children to initiate their own play. There is good provision to extend and develop children's understanding about literacy, science and mathematical concepts. Teachers discuss the current interests of groups of children during team meetings. Teachers and the PPM agree that these discussions could be more valuable if they identify individual children's interests and plan for ways to extend and challenge children's learning through these interests.

Each child's developing dispositions and skills are documented in attractive portfolios of learning. Children, parents and whānau can easily access these reminders of kindergarten experiences. Teachers could also document the ways they could extend children's learning and show children’s progress over time.

Teachers are increasing their use and knowledge of te ao Māori, both independently and through the kindergarten professional development programme. They plan to incorporate te ao Māori more into the daily programme. They also want to continue to explore the cultural identities of all children and weave relevant cultural experiences into the programme. The head teacher acknowledges the need to consider the principles and objectives of the Pasifika Education Plan 2013 – 2017 in the kindergarten’s strategic goals.

Systems that guide centre operation, ongoing scheduled review and association support contribute to efficient management of the service. The PPM is supporting the teachers to build their understanding of the usefulness of self review as a tool for improvement. The association continues to work with the head teacher to improve the effectiveness of the kindergarten’s annual planning systems and to ensure they are aligned to the CMKA strategic goals.

Newly implemented CMKA performance management systems continue to focus on growing teacher capacity and increasing teacher‘s reflection on their practice. These systems could help teachers to increase their knowledge about extending each child's learning.

Key Next Steps

CMKA personnel and kindergarten staff agree that the key next steps are for them to:

  • identify further ways to build the leadership capability of the team
  • continue to explore ways to plan more purposefully for individual children's learning through their interests and strengths
  • strengthen te reo and tikanga Māori in the learning programme.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Papakura North Kindergarten 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 Papakura North Kindergarten will be in three years.

Dale Bailey

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

5 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


Papakura, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

Free Kindergarten

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

40 children, including up to 0 aged under 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 32

Girls 26

Ethnic composition





other Pacific








Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates


Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2


Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

March 2015

Date of this report

5 May 2015

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

March 2012


Education Review

November 2008


Education Review

August 2005

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.