Te Mirumiru Early Childhood Education Centre - 28/08/2013

1 Evaluation of Te Mirumiru Early Childhood Education Centre

How well placed is Te Mirumiru Early Childhood Education Centre 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.


Tēnā koutou te kohungahunga o Te Mirumiru, arā ngā mātua, ngā kaiako, me ngā tamariki e mihi nei kia koutou e pou kaha ana kia whai ai te matauranga mo ō koutou tamariki.

Te Mirumiru Early Childhood Education Centre opened in February 2012 and operates from a new purpose built facility on the grounds of the Ngati Hine Health Trust in Kawakawa. The centre offers bilingual education and caters for 100 children from birth to five years of age in age appropriate areas. The Kotare room caters for babies, the Tui room for toddlers, and the Pukeko and Kiwi rooms are for older children. Children of all ages share a large outdoor play environment. Most children and many kaiako (teachers) at the centre are Māori.

The whakapapa of Ngati Hine is attractively reflected throughout the learning environment and in the naming of the centre. Art works and carvings from local Māori artists line the entrance to children’s learning spaces and replicate important local landmarks. Kaiako frequently use te reo Māori to support children’s learning. In each room there is at least one fluent speaker of te reo Māori. All teachers are qualified.

Te Mirumiru is one of several services provided by Ngati Hine Health Trust. In line with the centre philosophy, children are supported to play and learn within a curriculum based on Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum.

The Review Findings

A core curriculum based on Māori concepts and kaupapa provides the basis for all learning programmes. Kaiako are also developing and documenting ways to notice, recognise and respond to children’s individual interests. In some rooms, kaiako provide parents with daily information about their child’s learning, interests and development.

Children’s portfolios are attractive records of learning and provide useful information for parents. Parent contributions to their children’s learning stories are becoming increasingly evident. Teachers are also exploring how they might include bicultural approaches when documenting assessments.

Kaiako provide very good care and support for babies and toddlers and meet their need for strong and secure attachments. They effectively promote a calm, gentle and nurturing environment, and provide space and time for younger children to explore, play and learn. There are comfortable, safe spaces that cater for children who are not yet mobile and for those who are crawling and learning to walk.

Older children move freely around the centre and engage in simple play activities of their choice. They can often choose to play in other rooms. This choice helps with transitions into and through the centre and also promotes strong tuakana-teina relationships between younger and older children. Kaiako work alongside children and support them in their play.

Kaiako are developing their understanding of self review. Some documented processes are in place to guide teachers in looking closely at their practice. Kaiako meet regularly to discuss programme planning and children’s interests. They work well together and use each other’s strengths.

The centre manager is growing her leadership and provides good support for teachers. She is promoting the vision of Ngati Hine Health Trust for Te Mirumiru to contribute to its whānau ora approach. Tamariki, parents and whānau are supported to be confident and well informed. Managers are continuing to promote opportunities for parent partnership. Parents participate in monthly whānau hui and are currently working with centre staff to review and modify the centre’s philosophy.

Ngati Hine Health Trust provides good governance and management systems and support for the centre, including policy frameworks and guidance with health and safety provisions.

Key Next Steps

ERO and centre managers agree that useful next steps for Te Mirumiru Early Childhood Education Centre include:

  • documenting and regularly reviewing long-term strategic goals
  • continuing to strengthen planning, assessment and evaluation approaches
  • further developing teaching practices that extend complex play opportunities, especially for older children
  • ensuring that teachers’ appraisal includes attestation against the Registered Teachers Criteria.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Te Mirumiru Early Childhood Education Centre 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.

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next ERO review of Te Mirumiru Early Childhood Education Centre will be in three years.

Graham Randell

National Manager Review Services Northern Region (Acting)

28 August 2013

2 Information about the Early Childhood Service


Kawakawa, Northland

Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

100 children, including up to 25 aged under 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 35

Girls 26

Ethnic composition


NZ European/Pākehā









Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates


Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2


Better than minimum requirements


Over 2


Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

July 2013

Date of this report

28 August 2013

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 ERO’s Approach to Review in Early Childhood Services.

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.