Playday (Orakei Presbyterian Church) - 25/02/2013

1 Evaluation of the Service

How well placed is the service to promote positive outcomes for children?

The service has made good progress and is well placed to continue building on current good practices and promoting positive outcomes for children.


Playday (Orakei Presbyterian Church) has recently celebrated 20 years of service. It provides a programme for toddlers and children up to five years of age. The centre is open five days a week and families choose which days their children attend. Families enjoy long-standing relationships with the centre. The centre is managed by a committee that includes parents, a church representative, the centre manager and team leader. Their goal is to provide a high quality child care centre to meet the needs of the community.

The areas for development identified in ERO’s 2010 report have been addressed. Teachers have participated in professional development provided by the Ministry of Education to help teachers promote positive behaviour amongst children. An appraisal system for teachers has been developed and implemented, and planning is now more responsive to children’s learning.

Areas of strength

The service reflects the intentions of the centre philosophy to provide children with a welcoming learning environment. Children have a strong sense of belonging and benefit from the centre’s inclusive practices. They are confident communicators who regularly talk about their play. Children benefit from extended periods of individual and co-operative play. They explore their learning environment and participate in activities of interest to them.

Teachers know the children well. They are consistently available to support children’s play. Teachers listen to children and are interested in their conversations. They provide activities that promote science, music and language learning. Children are well supported to learn ways to interact positively with each other. Behaviour management strategies are calm and unobtrusive, supporting children to manage their relationships with others effectively.

Children make good use of the indoor and outdoor areas. The attractive, spacious indoor learning environment is well organised to provide opportunities for mixed-age play.

Programme planning and evaluation are effective. Teachers record children’s interests and plan for subsequent learning. Children’s participation in the programme activities is attractively documented in individual records of learning.

The centre manager and head teacher have established a well documented system of self review that is used to guide decision making and improve outcomes for children. All members of the centre have opportunities to be involved in self-review processes.

Areas for development and review

The centre’s next steps, informed by their self review, include:

  • considering how to extend the challenges provided for older children , including integrating information and communication technologies (ICT) into the programme
  • building further connections between self review and the centre’s vision, philosophy and strategic direction to improve outcomes for children
  • providing annual appraisal for the centre manager to support professional growth and development.

2 Legal Requirements

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Playday (Orakei Presbyterian Church) 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.

3 Next Review

When is ERO likely to review the early childhood service again?

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in three years.

Dale Bailey

National Manager Review Services

Northern Region

Information about the Early Childhood Service


Orakei, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

All Day Education and Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

25 children, including up to 5 aged under 2 years

Service roll


Gender composition

Girls 26

Boys 25

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā


Pacific other






Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2


Meets minimum requirements


Over 2


Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

December 2012

Date of this report

25 February 2013

Most recent ERO report(s)

Supplementary Review

Supplementary Review

Education Review

January 2010

December 2008

June 2007