Rockmybaby Q3 - 26/02/2019

1 Evaluation of Rockmybaby Q3

How well placed is Rockmybaby Q3 to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Rockmybaby Q3 is well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

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

Background

Rockmybaby Q3 is an all-day, home-based education and care service operating in Hawke's Bay. This is a quality funded network licensed for 50 children, including 25 aged up to two years. At the time of this ERO review there are 34 children on the roll and four identify as Māori.

This privately owned service was established in 2017 and is one of six networks under the same ownership operating throughout the North Island. Three of the networks are in Hawke's Bay.

A visiting teacher supports educators to deliver Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. When required, she is assisted by visiting teachers from other local Rockmybaby networks. All visiting teachers are qualified early childhood teachers.

The service philosophy emphasises the importance of respectful relationships and lifelong learning.

This is the first ERO evaluation of Rockmybaby Q3.

The Review Findings

The values expressed in the philosophy underpin visiting teachers' practice. The importance of positive relationships, learning through play and children developing a sense of belonging are evident.

Children have opportunities to participate in a programme based on their interests. Individual learning journals are an attractive record of their engagement in activities and experiences. Leaders recognise that supporting visiting teachers to strengthen evaluation of children's learning is a key next step. This will enable them to more effectively assist educators to identify and plan for the significant learning occurring for children.

Many children in the service are infants and toddlers and thoughtful placement with educators responds to the needs of them and their families. A wide range of successful communication strategies promotes consistency of children's care.

Teamwork is well established and strongly evident across the organisation. ERO saw examples of educators and parents working together to support children when transitioning into the service and on to kindergarten and school. Emergent leadership among visiting teachers, educators and parents is encouraged and supported.

There is a commitment to developing a bicultural curriculum within a home-based context. Visiting teachers continue to support educators to better reflect te ao Māori in their learning programmes. Documentation shows some educators are strengthening their use of kupu Māori, waiata and karakia with children.

Examples of Māori children's culture, language and identity are reflected in their learning documentation. Strengthening emerging partnerships with local iwi should assist service leaders and educators to continue to support educational success for Māori children.

Visiting teachers, educators and families are kept well informed of the regular professional development opportunities provided and are supported to participate. Promoting lifelong learning is a highly evident across the organisation.

Improving the appraisal process has been ongoing and remains a focus for the service. Continuing to strengthen teachers' appraisal goals is a key next step. This should include the use of measurable indicators, clearly aligned to outcomes for children.

Teachers and leaders regularly inquire into their practice to support on-going improvement. They work collaboratively with staff in other Rockmybaby networks to continue to strengthen internal evaluation.

Leaders are quality and improvement-focused and have clearly defined systems and processes established to track operational expectations. Administration systems effectively support educators and visiting teachers in their roles.

Key Next Steps

The director and visiting teachers should continue to strengthen:

  • assessment, planning and evaluation for individual children's learning

  • the bicultural aspect of the service curriculum

  • internal evaluation and the use of appraisal goal-setting to support growth in teacher and educator practice.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Rockmybaby Q3 completed an ERO Home-based Education and Care 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 Rockmybaby Q3 will be in three years.

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region

26 February 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 Home-based Education and Care Service

Location

Havelock North

Ministry of Education profile number

47321

Institution type

Homebased Network

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

50 children, including up to 25 aged under 2

Service roll

34

Standard or Quality Funded

Quality

Gender composition

Girls 21, Boys 13

Ethnic composition

Māori
Pākehā

4
30

Number of qualified coordinators in the network

1

Required ratios of staff educators to children

Under 2

1:2

Over 2

1:4

Review team on site

January 2019

Date of this report

26 February 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

No previous ERO reports

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.