Plimmerton Kindergarten - 16/09/2019

1 Evaluation of Plimmerton Kindergarten

How well placed is Plimmerton Kindergarten to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Plimmerton Kindergarten is well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

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


Plimmerton Kindergarten provides all-day education and care for up to 40 children aged over two years. A small number of Māori children attend the service.

Since the June 2015 ERO report, a new teaching team has been established. The kindergarten philosophy was being reviewed at this time. All teachers are fully qualified.

Plimmerton Kindergarten is governed and managed by He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua Kindergarten Association (the association). The chief executive and a board of trustees are responsible for governance. A team of senior teachers oversee and support the professional practice of the teaching team. The association governs 102 kindergartens which includes three Pasifika kindergartens and a Pasifika home-based service with two networks.

ERO's June 2015 report identified areas requiring further development. These included self review, teacher inquiry, and promoting Māori children's success as Māori. The service has made good progress in these areas.

Progress has been made by the association to improve the quality and monitoring of processes to support individual kindergartens and regular implementation of a robust appraisal system.

This review was one of nine in the He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua Kindergarten Association.

The Review Findings

Children benefit from many authentic opportunities to explore, create, investigate and have fun. Independent and sustained play is evident. They are confident learners and are having increased opportunities to lead their learning. Teachers are positive and respectful in their interactions with children. They work alongside them providing challenge and support to extend their interests and confidence.

Te ao Māori features strongly in the curriculum. Authentic learning opportunities are provided for teachers and children to experience te reo me ngā tikanga Māori. Regular external expertise provides opportunities for children to lead their own learning and for teachers to continue to build their capability. Teachers should continue to deepen their knowledge and understanding of local history and sites of significance for Māori and embed this into their programmes and practices.

Effective planning for learning framework guides teacher practice and is based on children’s emerging interests. Children's assessment portfolios record children's interests and participation in group and individual learning. Parent aspirations are sought and visible in some learning stories. A next step is for teachers to embed and make visible to more consistently show in learning records parent input and planned teaching strategies that extend children's learning. Acknowledging family cultures, languages and identities in their teaching practices and records of children's learning should continue to be strengthened.

Children with additional needs are identified and effectively supported with agency assistance, if required, and individual development plans. Teachers agree that strengthening assessment documentation to show how they are working collaboratively with families to progress these children's development and learning is a key next step.

Leaders and teachers are collaborative and reflective. Building a shared understanding of internal evaluation that focuses on how well practices support improvement to learning should better inform decision making about change.

A well-considered appraisal process has recently been enhanced to grow and develop teacher practice. Teachers inquire into the effectiveness of their teaching and reflect on their practice. Purposeful appraisal goals focus on improving aspects of leadership and practice to support children’s learning and wellbeing.

The senior teaching team are reflective and highly improvement focused. They successfully foster collective sense of responsibility to implement the vision, values and mission of the association. Systems and processes have been well developed to guide teacher’s capability and positively impact on children’s learning.

Senior leaders work effectively together, with a shared commitment to meeting strategic goals and objectives for the benefit of children, whānau and community. Well-considered resource allocation supports and enhances children’s learning and wellbeing.

Key Next Steps

The key next steps for teachers are to continue to:

  • strengthen assessment documentation to clearly align with association expectations in Te Manawa

  • build a shared understanding of internal evaluation to better identify the impact of teaching on outcomes for children.

ERO and senior leaders agree that the association's next step is to:

  • continue to follow the strategic direction set through Tūmanako, Te Tiriti o Waitangi Based Strategic Priority Framework.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Plimmerton 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.

To improve current practice, the service leaders should monitor implementation of the kindergartens supervision plan.

Dr Lesley Patterson

Director Review and Improvement Services Te Tai Tini

Southern Region

16 September 2019

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



Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

Free Kindergarten

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

45 children aged over two years

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 33, Girls 30

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā
Other ethnic groups


Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2


Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

June 2019

Date of this report

16 September 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

June 2015

Education Review

July 2012

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

The overall judgement that ERO makes will depend on how well the service promotes positive learning outcomes for children. The categories are:

  • Very well placed

  • Well placed

  • Requires further development

  • Not well placed

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.