Shore Kids - 18/02/2013

1 Evaluation of the Service

How well placed is the service to promote positive outcomes for children?

The centre owners took over the centre at the time of the 2009 ERO review. They are still developing their capacity to meet governance and management requirements so that they are better placed to promote positive outcomes for children.

Context

Shore Kids Barbados Ltd is a small early childhood centre situated on Auckland’s North Shore. The centre provides full day care for babies and children up to five years of age. It has two separate rooms with connected outdoor play spaces.

The 2009 ERO report identified important areas for review and development. Although some of these areas have been addressed, many have not. The centre owner has developed some plans for meeting expectations, but these plans require extension, especially in regard to making improvements to the quality of teaching and learning programmes.

Since 2009 the outdoor environment has been refurbished. Some additional resources and new carpets have been purchased.

The Review Findings

Staff have maintained some of the good practices for planning and assessment noted in the 2009 ERO report. Children in the older group have some good opportunities to learn early literacy skills as a part of their play and care routines, and the centre environment reflects children’s current interests. Some good teacher questioning encourages the older children to share their thoughts and ideas. In both rooms, individual or group learning stories are written monthly for children, highlighting the activities they have been involved in. These good practices could now be used as the basis for improved programme planning and evaluation.

Teachers have attended individual professional learning workshops. Some teachers are in training and some are doing further studies. However, teachers’ learning has yet to be well embedded in their practices. They could better plan a programme that extends children's interests, strengths and abilities. Whole centre professional development would support teachers to more consistently provide a programme that is sufficiently challenging to engage children in learning and to promote positive interactions.

Further professional development should focus on teachers delivering a programme that includes:

  • children having the opportunity to make choices about routines and their play
  • teachers viewing children as capable, competent learners and working alongside them to support their play
  • children, especially the younger ones, having access to a wide variety of age and ability appropriate resources from which they can choose
  • children being supported better to develop social competence and positive relationships
  • staff acknowledging more fully the bicultural heritage of New Zealand and the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua.

Centre managers and staff could revise the centre philosophy so that it provides stronger guidance about how to deliver a good programme for all children. Leadership and management could increase their focus on improving outcomes for children.

The centre’s use of self review as a means of improvement is in its very early stages. It is mostly focused on improving some administration systems. There was little evidence of effective self-review practices aimed at lifting the teaching and learning programme. Self-review needs to be strengthened and broadened to include all aspects of management, and to provide a stronger focus on achieving improved outcomes for all children.

Recommendation

ERO recommends that the centre seek Ministry of Education assistance in order to address the matters identified in this report.

2 Legal Requirements

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Shore Kids Barbados Ltd 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.

In order to comply with the Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008 the service provider must ensure that the service:

  • plans, implements and evaluates a curriculum that responds to the learning interests, strengths, and capabilities of enrolled children, especially for younger children

[Regulation 43 1 (a)]

  • has a curriculum that acknowledges and reflects the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua [Criteria C5]
  • provides children with a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance and extend their learning and development – both indoors and outdoors, individually and in groups

[Criteria C9]

  • provides a curriculum that supports children’s developing social competence and understanding of appropriate behaviour

[Criteria C10, C7]

  • has an ongoing process of self-review that helps the service maintain and improve the quality of its education and care

[Criteria GMA6]

  • is familiar with relevant emergency drills and regularly carries these out with children

[Criteria HS8,HS4].

3 Next Review

When is ERO likely to review the early childhood service again?

ERO intends to carry out another review in 12 months. 

Dale Bailey

National Manager Review Services Northern Region

18 February 2013 

Information about the Early Childhood Service

Location

Glenfield North, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

20040

Licence type

All Day Education and Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

30 children, including up to 15 aged under 2 years

Service roll

36

Gender composition

Boys 22

Girls 14

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā

Māori

Pacific

Asian

other

18

9

2

5

2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:4

Meets minimum requirements

 

Over 2

1:8

Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

November 2012

Date of this report

18 February 2013

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

Education Review 

December 2009

January 2007 

General Information about Early Childhood Reviews

About ERO Reviews

The Education Review Office (ERO) is the New Zealand government department that reviews schools and early childhood services throughout New Zealand.

Review focus

ERO's education reviews in early childhood services focus on the factors that contribute to positive learning outcomes for children. ERO evaluates how well placed the service is to make and sustain improvements for the benefit of all children at the service. To reach these findings ERO considers:

  • 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 self review and partnerships with parents and whānau.

Review Coverage

ERO reviews do not cover every aspect of service 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 the service.