Poppies Preschool Gardiners Road - 28/06/2017

1 Evaluation of Poppies Preschool Gardiners Road

How well placed is Poppies Preschool Gardiners Road to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Poppies Preschool Gardiners Road is well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

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


Poppies Preschool Gardiners Road is one of four early childhood services administered by Peppertree Preschool Ltd. This centre provides for infants, toddlers and children to school age in three separate rooms. Each room has direct access to an outdoor area.

Nearly all the staff are registered early childhood teachers. Many of the staff have worked in the centre since it opened in January 2015. A new supervisor was appointed in October 2016. This is the centre's first ERO review.

The management structure and many of the systems are shared across the four centres. A curriculum leader has responsibility for the curriculum across the centres.

The centre is a member of a learning cluster with local schools and other early childhood services.

This review was part of a cluster of two centres operating under Peppertree Preschool Ltd.

The Review Findings

Children enjoy friendly and supportive relationships with each other and their teachers. They work well in small groups, sharing ideas and working together to find solutions.

Children are highly engaged in meaningful and sustained learning during the times that they can choose their activities, where, and with whom they will play. They make very good use of the spacious, well-presented and resourced environments to engage in imaginative play, and develop their physical and creative skills.

Infants and toddlers receive a high level of care and nurturing. Teachers have an in-depth knowledge of each child. They use this information effectively to support wellbeing and learning. The environment is calm and routines are flexible and centred on the needs of each child and family. Children are happy and relaxed in the nursery environment.

Transitions into and within the centre are well planned yet flexible to meet the needs of the child and the family. Parents are kept well informed about their child's progress, interests and friendships.

The environment shows increasing commitment to Māori culture and supports teachers' growing confidence to use and include te reo Māori in the programme.

Leaders, in consultation with parents and teachers, have developed a strategic plan that clearly identifies the service's priorities. Implementation of the plans is regularly monitored. The plans are well-linked to teacher appraisal goals.

Teachers are well supported to regularly reflect and improve their practice. Leaders provide useful feedback about the progress that teachers are making towards meeting the expectations for effective teaching practice.

Key Next Steps

ERO, the service provider and leaders agree the next steps for Peppertree Preschool Ltd include:

  • further building and supporting professional capability and practice across the centres

  • strengthening appraisal processes

  • developing better ways to involve Māori and Pacific families in decision-making and their children's learning.

The leaders and ERO agree that the next key steps for Poppies Preschool Gardiners Road include:

  • improving leaders' and teachers' understanding and use of internal evaluation procedures, and embedding internal evaluation into all aspects of centre management and practice

  • improving teachers' capacity in assessment and planning with particular emphasis on evaluating the outcomes for learning and teaching

  • extending ways to involve parents and children in developing learning goals and evaluating the outcomes

  • reviewing group times and plans to ensure that they support child-led learning

  • building bicultural and Pacific knowledge to ensure Māori and Pacific children experience success as Māori and Pacific learners.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Poppies Preschool Gardiners Road 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 Poppies Preschool Gardiners Road will be in three years.

Lesley Patterson

Deputy Chief Review Officer Southern (Te Waipounamu)

28 June 2017 

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

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

69 children, including up to 16 aged under 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys: 49

Girls: 40

Ethnic composition

Cook Island


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

April 2017

Date of this report

28 June 2017

Most recent ERO report(s) 

New Centre


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.