Star Brights Homebased Care - 27/03/2014

1 The Education Review Office (ERO) Evaluation

Star Brights is a homebased care and education service that caters for a small number of children in Methven. This homebased service is located on the owner’s property in two small, separate, purpose-built rooms. The home-like service is very well equipped with an extensive variety of quality resources. The large outdoor area provides many physical challenges and interesting places for children to explore.

The owner is the sole teacher for a maximum of four children at any one time. She is a qualified early childhood education teacher. Children benefit from positive one-to-one and small group interactions that extend their learning and development.

The key next step for the owner is to formalise systems and processes for assessment, programme planning and appraisal.

This is the first Education Review for this service.

Future Action

ERO is confident that the service is being managed in the interest of the children. Therefore ERO will review the service again within three years.

2 The Focus of the Review

All ERO education reviews in early childhood focus on the quality of education. For ERO this includes the quality of:

  • the programme provided for children
  • the learning environment
  • the interactions between children and adults.

The Quality of Education

Background

The service’s philosophy states that children learn best through play in an environment that is attractive and child orientated. Small numbers allow for specific and informal programmes that help children feel they are important members of the group and valued as individuals. Children are supported through positive interactions for learning and behaviour. The service makes good use of the community to provide a wide range of different experiences for children.

Areas of good performance

Children benefit from positive and caring relationships with the teacher. Parents and children are warmly welcomed. The teacher knows the children and families well. She effectively supports children’s wellbeing and helps them engage with activities that interest them.

Children play cooperatively and are confident in the environment. Older children are given leadership opportunities and actively support younger children. The teacher and children enjoy each other’s company and have fun together.

Young children are naturally integrated and supported within the mixed-age group setting. They have many opportunities to develop their confidence to communicate and explore the environment.

The child-led programme is highly responsive to children’s individual needs, interests and choices. The teacher makes the most of teachable moments to extend children’s thinking and ideas. She provides many opportunities for children to be engaged in learning conversations that build their oral language development and problem solving skills. Numeracy and literacy are integrated in meaningful ways into children’s conversations and play.

The teacher effectively uses children’s prior learning experiences. She makes purposeful links with the community to support children’s social development and extend their learning.

Areas for development and review

ERO and the service owner agree that priority should be given to:

  • assesment, programme planning and evaluation
  • regularly documenting, and making visible, assessment and programme planning for individual and groups of children
  • making use of parent and children’s ideas to better inform teaching and learning
  • evaluating how teaching practices improve outcomes for children
  • clearly showing the progress of children’s learning over time.
  • governance and management systems
  • developing an appraisal process that includes the registered teacher criteria
  • extending understanding and use of self review to improve the operation of the service and outcomes for children.

The owner has identified, and ERO agrees, that bicultural perspectives in the programme and in teaching practices could be strengthened.

3 Management Assurance on Compliance Areas

Overview

Before the review, the management and staff of Star Brights Homebased Care completed an ERO Home-Based Education and Care Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklist. In these documents they attested that they had taken all reasonable steps to meet their legal obligations related to:

  • curriculum standard
  • premises and facilities standard
  • health and safety practices standard
  • governance management and administration standard.

During the review, ERO checked the following items because they 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 confident that the service is being managed in the interest of the children. Therefore ERO will review the service again within three years.

Graham Randell

National Manager Review Services Southern Region

27 March 2014

About the Service

Location

Methven, Mid Canterbury

Ministry of Education profile number

45808

Service type

Homebased Network

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Service roll

11

Gender composition

Boys 8

Girls 3

Ethnic composition

Māori

NZ European/Pākehā

Other Ethnicities

9

1

1

Review team on site

February 2014

Date of this report

27 March 2014

Most recent ERO report

No previous ERO reports