PORSE Mt Eden S1 - 26/05/2015

1. Evaluation of PORSE Onehunga S1

How well placed is PORSE Onehunga S1 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.


PORSE Onehunga S1 is a home-based education and care network operating under the umbrella of PORSE In-Home Childcare. Qualified and registered programme tutors work alongside educators to implement and support learning programmes for children in homes. PORSE also supports families and educators with professional development, administration and payroll services. A national team provides governance and management support for all PORSE services.

PORSE offers two models of education and care: the Home Educator model, where an educator works in their own home; and a Nanny Educator model, where an educator works in a family’s home. PORSE provides a range of training programmes and workshops for home educators, nannies and parents. Of the 50 children enrolled in the network at the time of this ERO review, three identify as Māori. 

The PORSE vision is ‘expanding the hearts, minds and wellbeing of a nation through nurturing childcare in-home’.

PORSE Onehunga S1 was previously known as PORSE Mt Eden S1.

This review is one of a cluster of seven home-based network reviews of PORSE In-Home Childcare.

The Review Findings

Children’s interests inform the curriculum and records show that children take a leading role in their learning. Educators are well supported to identify and strengthen children’s interests through developing and providing a range of learning experiences for them. Programme tutors work alongside educators and support them to notice, recognise and respond to what children do. PORSE continues to develop and refine resourcing to support education programmes in homes.

Programme tutors work positively to strengthen the quality of educators’ observations. Where this is working well there is a clear link to children’s learning and the quality of meaningful experiences for them. Some educators make links to the goals and strands ofTe Whāriki. Programme tutors provide a resource page with links to Te Whāriki to support educators to gain confidence and understanding of the early childhood curriculum. The concept of ako, reciprocal learning, is evident in practice. Educators develop a range of ways to show children’s learning in the programme journals, through learning stories and photographs.

There is increased responsiveness from parents and whānau to having a voice across the PORSE organisation. The use of information and communication technologies is having a positive impact. PORSE continues to consult with families.

Children have many opportunities to experience learning outside the home. Regular PORSE playschools are well planned. The learning experiences offered are intentional, responsive and strategic. Onehunga has developed a weekly music and movement session. This is well attended by educators and families, as is the weekly playgroup session at Mangere Bridge Playcentre. Playschools and community events are evaluated to ensure they meet children’s needs.

Many of the children in the PORSE network are infants and toddlers. Planning for these children is highly evident. Educators and parents work alongside programme tutors to extend children’s interests.

Children are supported to make connections with their language, culture and identity. Educators are gaining an understanding of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori. The PORSE team has worked positively to develop and establish a relationship with local iwi. This has been done in a respectful and authentic way. PORSE has developed a number of bicultural resources for educators to use with children. PORSE identifies, and ERO’s external evaluation supports, a need to continue to build resources and knowledge to enhance practice that support Māori children to achieve success as Māori.

A wide range of learning opportunities, documentation and systems support educators and programme tutors to meet legislative requirements and PORSE expectations. Roles and responsibilities at various levels of the organisation are clearly defined. A supportive team culture is evident. Career pathways promote professional growth and reward study and achievement.

The programme tutors’ performance management process incorporates links to professional teaching requirements. Appraisal includes regular constructive feedback linked to the personal and professional goals of individuals and strategic intent of PORSE. Development of systems to better monitor compliance with PORSE expectations is being considered.

PORSE values self review as a tool to promote improvement. Parents’ and educators’ views are regularly sought. Tools have been created and professional learning opportunities offered to support staff understanding. There is a need to further develop knowledge about, and use of, self review across the organisation. Using the existing framework in a more evaluative way to support decisions about development is an agreed next step.

A recent review has focused the PORSE vision and strategic intent on outcomes for children. PORSE should further explore this strategic priority to support evaluation of the quality of the outcomes and measurement of progress.

Key Next Steps

Priorities for the service are to continue to develop:

  • educators' understanding and use of assessment, planning and evaluation as a basis for children’s programmes
  • bicultural practices
  • systems for monitoring that PORSE expectations are met for the implementation of staff appraisal
  • self review

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of PORSE Onehunga S1 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.

PORSE has good systems and processes in place to protect the privacy of children and their families and whānau.

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next ERO review of PORSE Onehunga S1 will be in three years.

Joyce Gebbie

Deputy Chief Review Officer Central Select Region

26 May 2015

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

Homebased Network

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

80 children, including up to 40 aged under 2

Service roll


Standard or Quality funded

Standard funded

Gender composition

Boys 28, Girls 22

Ethnic composition


NZ European/Pākehā



Other ethnic groups






Number of qualified coordinators in the network


Reported ratios of staff educators to children

Under 2


Meets minimum requirements


Over 2


Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

March 2015

Date of this report

26 May 2015

Most recent ERO report(s)

These are available at www.ero.govt.nz

Education Review

June 2011


Education Review

August 2006


Education Review

May 2003

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 the draft methodology for ERO reviews in Home-based Education and Care Services: July 2014

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.