Pelega O Matua Fanau - 07/03/2014

1 Evaluation of Pelega O Matua Fanau

How well placed is Pelega O Matua Fanau 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.


Pelega O Matua Aoga Amata is a Christian based education and care centre in Marewa, Napier. It operates under the governance structure of the Ikalesia Fa’apotopotoga Kerisiano Samoa church (EFKS). Since the 2010 ERO report the centre has a new centre manager and a new board of trustees. Two new teachers were appointed in July and August 2013.

In 2012 the centre sought external advice from the Ministry of Education. Since this time, they have been supported by a Ministry of Education facilitator to improve leadership, and develop the centre’s operational and administrative systems. The board of trustees and the centre manager are benefiting from Ministry of Education support. Together they have developed a framework for centre policies and procedures and have implemented a financial management system. This system is helping the centre improve its financial situation, reducing the debt inherited from the previous governance and management group.

The Review Findings

Previous ERO reports in 2009 and 2010 identified concerns about the quality of teaching practice at this centre. These concerns remain. In this report, ERO identifies concerns about inappropriate treatment of children. Other health and safety concerns are also identified around nappy changing and handling of food. In addition, broken equipment and furniture and damage to the outside of the property pose a threat to children’s physical safety. The Ministry of Education intends to conduct an immediate audit of the centre’s health and safety practices.

In order to improve teaching practice, teachers require external support to improve their understanding of current early childhood education theories and practice, especially around positive guidance. They should learn how to work collaboratively and provide a positive team culture. In addition, teachers should develop a shared understanding of the centre philosophy.

The board of trustees and centre managers must ensure that teachers work together to:

  • implement a positive guidance approach to managing children’s behaviour and learning and to interact positively and respectfully with children, their parents, and each other
  • plan, assess and evaluate learning programmes for children
  • use resources and the environment to engage children in imaginative and challenging learning experiences
  • provide effective care routines for infants and toddlers alongside a stimulating and developmentally appropriate programme.

The governance and management group recognise that they must now act with urgency to:

  • implement a robust appraisal system that aligns to teacher job descriptions, the centre philosophy and the Registered Teacher Criteria
  • implement robust self review processes to improve professional practice and all other aspects of centre operations
  • consult with parents and teachers about the centre philosophy and the strategic direction of the centre.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Pelega O Matua Fanau 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.

Actions for compliance

ERO found significant areas of non-compliance in the service related to:

  • the treatment and safety of children
  • staff performance management systems
  • programme planning, assessment and evaluation
  • nappy changing
  • handling of food
  • maintenance of premises
  • maintenance or removal of broken equipment and furniture

(Early Childhood Services Regulations 2008, 46,1a,b,c (i.ii.iii), 47, 1a,e, 56)

Recommendation to Ministry of Education

ERO recommends that the Ministry reassess the licence of Pelega O Matua Fanau. ERO will not undertake a further education review of this service until the Ministry of Education is satisfied that the service meets licensing requirements.

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The timing of the next ERO review of Pelega O Matua Fanau will be decided in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

Dale Bailey

National Manager Review Services Northern Region

7 March 2014

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


Marewa, Napier

Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

25 children, including up to 8 aged under 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Girls 12

Boys 11

Ethnic composition



Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates


Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2


Better than minimum requirements


Over 2


Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

December 2013

Date of this report

7 March 2014

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

June 2010


Supplementary Review

January 2009


Education Review

July 2007

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.