Savali Ole Filemu Aoga Amata - 18/05/2012

1. The Education Review Office (ERO) Evaluation

Savali Ole Filemu Aoga Amata was established in 2006, and operates in close association with the EFKS Weymouth Church. This is the centre’s second ERO report.

The aoga is valued by the community as a centre of choice. The facilities are spacious, well-resourced, reflect Samoan heritage and acknowledge Māori as tangata whenua. The children are mostly Samoan and come from within the Weymouth community.

The centre’s philosophy of emphasizing Christian values, language, culture and identity is evident in the priority given to promoting gagana Samoa and fa’a Samoa. Since the 2009 ERO report centre leaders have established sound management structures and practices. They are well placed to promote ongoing centre improvement in areas such as centre planning and self-review.

Particular strengths of the centre include the way staff nurture children’s well-being and sense of belonging. Teachers use effective strategies to support children’s engagement in the programme. They provide good opportunities for children to choose and to participate in sustained play.

The centre has established good management systems to operate the centre effectively. Centre leaders work collaboratively and are supportive of staff. There is a strong sense of team work.

Areas for further development include strengthening the self review in curriculum planning, assessment and evaluation, and in overall centre operations.

Future Action

ERO is likely to review the centre again in three years.

2. Review Priorities

The Focus of the Review

Education reviews in early childhood services focus on the factors that contribute to positive outcomes for children. To reach these findings ERO evaluates:

  • Mana Whakahaere – how governance and management determines the services’ vision/philosophy and direction to ensure positive outcomes for children
  • Pouārahi – how the leadership and capability of all involved, including educators, enhances positive outcomes for children
  • Mātauranga – whose knowledge is valued and how the curriculum is implemented to achieve positive outcomes for children
  • Tikanga whakaako – how approaches to teaching and learning reflect diversity and support positive outcomes for children.

Within all these areas, ERO considers how the quality and sustainability of partnerships with whānau, and the effectiveness of self review, ensure that the service is well placed to continue to make improvements for the benefit of all children attending the service. ERO’s findings are set out below.

How well placed is Savali Ole Filemu Aoga Amata to promote positive outcomes for all children?

Background

Since the 2009 ERO report the centre has had a number of staff changes and a review of administration systems. Staff have participated in external professional development that included a focus on effective literacy and numeracy teaching strategies.

Areas of strength

  • Samoan language and culture are evident in all aspects of the programme. As a result children develop a strong sense of belonging and identity as young Samoan learners.
  • Teachers know children and families well. They have created an environment that promotes mutual respect and positive relationships. Consequently, children are settled and engage in sustained, cooperative play.
  • The centre has sound planning to ensure the core curriculum is responsive to the interests of children. Child-initiated play is valued, encouraged and contributes to children taking responsibility.
  • Mat times are a special feature of the programme, promoting children’s identity and use of Samoa language. Children play an active role in mat time and are confident in their interactions with one another and proud of their achievements.
  • The environment is spacious and well-organised. The outside area provides lots of learning opportunities for children, including physical development and imaginative play. Children are independent and confidently choose their areas of play.

Areas for development and review

Centre leaders are aware that they should strengthen self review in curriculum planning, assessment and evaluation, and in overall centre operations. In particular, while staff have developed an initial framework for reviewing the programme and teacher practice, this process could be further improved by ensuring that the whole staff implement the review process, and collectively plan and identify next steps for improvement.

3. Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff of Savali Ole Filemu Aoga Amata completed an ERO Centre ManagementAssurance Statement andSelf-Audit Checklist. In these documents they attested that they have taken all reasonable steps to meet their legal obligations related to:

  • administration
  • health, safety and welfare
  • personnel management
  • financial and property management.

During the review, ERO looked at the service’s documentation, including policies, procedures and records of recent use of procedures. ERO also checked elements of the following areas that have a potentially high impact on outcomes for children:

  • emotional safety (including behaviour management, prevention of bullying and abuse)
  • physical safety (including behaviour management, sleeping and supervision practices; accidents and medication; hygiene and routines; travel and excursion policies and procedures)
  • staff qualifications and organisation
  • evacuation procedures and practices for fire and earthquake.

4. Future Action

ERO is likely to review the centre again in three years.

Makere Smith

National Manager Review Services

Northern Region (Acting)

About the Centre

Type

All Day Education and Care

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Centres) Regulations 1998

Number licensed for

40 children, including up to 10 under 2 years

Roll number

40

Gender composition

Boys 31 Girls 9

Ethnic composition

Samoan 40

Review team on site

February 2012

Date of this report

11 May 2012

Previous ERO report

Education Review, February 2009

11 May 2012

To the Parents and Community of Savali Ole Filemu Aoga Amata

These are the findings of the Education Review Office’s latest report on Savali Ole Filemu Aoga Amata.

Savali Ole Filemu Aoga Amata was established in 2006, and operates in close association with the EFKS Weymouth Church. This is the centre’s second ERO report.

The aoga is valued by the community as a centre of choice. The facilities are spacious, well-resourced, reflect Samoan heritage and acknowledge Māori as tangata whenua. The children are mostly Samoan and come from within the Weymouth community.

The centre’s philosophy of emphasizing Christian values, language, culture and identity is evident in the priority given to promoting gagana Samoa and fa’a Samoa. Since the 2009 ERO report centre leaders have established sound management structures and practices. They are well placed to promote ongoing centre improvement in areas such as centre planning and self-review.

Particular strengths of the centre include the way staff nurture children’s well-being and sense of belonging. Teachers use effective strategies to support children’s engagement in the programme. They provide good opportunities for children to choose and to participate in sustained play.

The centre has established good management systems to operate the centre effectively. Centre leaders work collaboratively and are supportive of staff. There is a strong sense of team work.

Areas for further development include strengthening the self review in curriculum planning, assessment and evaluation, and in overall centre operations.

Future Action

ERO is likely to review the centre again in three years.

When ERO has reviewed an early childhood centre we encourage management to inform their community of any follow up action they plan to take. You should talk to the management or contact person if you have any questions about this evaluation, the full ERO report or their future intentions.

If you would like a copy of the full report, please contact the centre or see the ERO website, http://www.ero.govt.nz.

Makere Smith

National Manager Review Services

Northern Region (Acting)

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT REVIEWS

About ERO

ERO is an independent, external evaluation agency that undertakes reviews of schools and early childhood services throughout New Zealand.

About ERO Reviews

ERO follows a set of standard procedures to conduct reviews. The purpose of each review is to:

  • improve quality of education for children in early childhood centres; and
  • provide information to parents, communities and the Government.

Reviews are intended to focus on outcomes for children and build on each centre’s self review.

Review Focus

ERO’s framework for reviewing and reporting is based on four review strands.

  • Quality of Education – including the quality of the programme provided for children, the quality of the learning environment and the quality of the interactions between staff and children and how these impact on outcomes for children.
  • Additional Review Priorities – other aspects of the operation of a centre may be included in the review. ERO will not include this strand in all reviews.
  • Compliance with Legal Requirements – assurance that this centre has taken all reasonable steps to meet legal requirements.

Review Coverage

ERO reviews do not cover every aspect of centre performance and each ERO report may cover different issues. The aim is to provide information on aspects that are central to positive outcomes for children and useful to this centre.

Review Recommendations

Most ERO reports include recommendations for improvement. A recommendation on a particular issue does not necessarily mean that a centre is performing poorly in relation to that issue. There is no direct link between the number of recommendations in this report and the overall performance of this centre.