Pascals Blenheim - 13/01/2016

1 Evaluation of Moreporks Preschool

How well placed is Moreporks Preschool to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Moreporks Preschool is well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

ERO's findings that support this overall judgement are summarised below.

Background

Moreporks Preschool is part of the Evolve Education Group. The privately-owned company purchased the centre in December 2014. Evolve provides the policy and administration framework. The centre is well supported by the new owners with an area manager who regularly provides professional support and guidance to the centre manager and staff.

The centre provides education and care for infants, toddlers and children to school age in four separate rooms. Most staff are qualified early childhood teachers. The centre is purpose built and has been open since March 2013. This is the centre’s first Education Review.

The Review Findings

The centre’s philosophy gives strong emphasis to building respectful relationships with children, parents and whānau. Teachers integrate bicultural practices in meaningful ways into learning programmes.

Children experience positive relationships with each other, their teachers and support staff. These respectful relationships support their sense of belonging and wellbeing. Children are settled and confidently make choices about their play. They have many opportunities to use a wide range of natural resources that encourage their curiosity and exploration.

Teachers listen carefully to children and take time to extend their ideas and thinking. They plan the learning programmes from children’s interests. There is an appropriate focus on literacy and numeracy throughout the centre. Teachers provide a good range of meaningful experiences to promote children’s independence and imaginative play. Visitors to the centre and excursions into the community enrich children’s learning.

Centre leaders and teachers have a high level of commitment to ensuring te ao Māori and bicultural practices are evident across the teaching teams. Teachers naturally integrate te reo and tikanga Māori into learning programmes.

Infants and toddlers are supported by responsive adults who know them well. They promote calm, unhurried interactions and routines. Teachers and parents regularly share information to foster children’s sense of security and wellbeing. Home routines are closely followed at the centre.

Parents are kept informed about their children’s learning through well-written learning stories and informative wall displays. Individual child assessment and programme planning reflect the child’s language and culture and show progress of learning over time. Parent aspirations and contributions are valued and used effectively in planning for children’s learning.

Transitions into and within the centre are carefully planned to meet the needs of each child and family. The recent review of transition to school processes has resulted in the development of useful information for parents and stronger relationships with local schools.

The centre is well led and managed. The centre manager, head teacher and area manager work collaboratively. They have a strong commitment to the ongoing improvement of learning and teaching, and to promoting positive outcomes for children. Leaders make good use of professional development to increase teachers’ knowledge and skills.

Leaders and teachers use a systematic, collaborative process for self review. This provides teachers with frequent opportunities to think deeply about their practice. Effective self review results in positive outcomes for children and worthwhile changes in centre practices.

Key Next Steps

Centre leaders have identified and ERO agrees that the key next steps are to:

  • refine and consolidate new initiatives
  • evaluate the impact of teaching strategies on outcomes for children and group planning.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

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 Moreporks Preschool will be in three years.

Chris Rowe

Deputy Chief Review Officer Southern (Acting)

13 January 2016

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

Blenheim

Ministry of Education profile number

46120

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

60 children, including up to 20 aged under 2

Service roll

88

Gender composition

Girls:46; Boys:42

Ethnic composition

Pākehā

Māori

Samoan

Filipino

Latin American

Mediterranean

Thai

56

23

1

2

3

2

1

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:5

Meets minimum requirements

 

Over 2

1:10

Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

November 2015

Date of this report

13 January 2016

Most recent ERO report(s)

No previous ERO reports

 

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.