The James Street Pre-School - 20/08/2015

1 Evaluation of The James Street Pre-School

How well placed is The James Street Pre-School to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

The James Street Preschool is well placed to promote positive outcomes for children.

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

Background

The James Street Preschool is a privately-owned centre, located in the Redcliffs community. The centre is licensed for 54 children at any one time with up to 12 under two year olds. The centre is organised with a nursery for infants and toddlers and a preschool. The two groups operate from two modified houses on adjacent sites.

The experienced owners provide effective leadership and are involved in the day-to-day management and operation of the centre. Staffing has remained stable since the 2012 ERO review. The teaching teams are well qualified and the supervision of children is above the minimum requirement. Many of the areas identified in the previous ERO report have been successfully addressed.

The Review Findings

The recently reviewed philosophy promotes every child’s ability to be creative, courageous, respectful and joyous while developing meaningful, respectful relationships. ERO observed many aspects of the philosophy in programmes and practices.

Children benefit from positive, responsive relationships with their teachers. They have various opportunities for creative play. The outdoor area of the preschool provides physical challenges and several interesting, natural areas for children to investigate and develop their interests. Older children enjoy many opportunities to develop the centre gardens. They produce food regularly used by the centre cook. Children experience a wide range of activities in very well resourced environments.

Teachers know children well. They naturally include literacy and mathematics learning in programmes. Teachers guide children’s emerging interests, challenge their thinking and encourage independence in inclusive ways.

Children under two years of age are well cared for. They experience calm, nurturing relationships with their teachers who incorporate routines as part of regular learning opportunities for each child. The nursery is spacious with safe areas for the youngest babies.

Teachers work collaboratively to ensure there are flexible transitions into and within the centre. Centre leaders have developed close relationships with local schools and children regularly visit as part of preparation for school.

Leaders and teachers establish strong relationships with parents. They are well informed about their child’s progress and centre events. Families have online access to their child’s learning profile and individual profile books are available at the centre.

Centre managers support teachers and their ongoing professional development. There has been a positive impact from recent professional development on child assessment. Teachers have a shared understanding of the assessment process and support each other to meet clear expectations.

There are effective management systems including a newly-developed appraisal framework that supports and extends teachers. Self-review processes are becoming well established and result in worthwhile changes.

Key Next Steps

The centre leadership team has identified, and ERO agrees, that the key next steps for improving outcomes for children include:

  • further developing child assessment, programme planning and evaluation processes

  • strengthening teachers’ bicultural knowledge and practices

  • refining self review and the newly developed appraisal processes.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of The James Street Pre-School 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 The James Street Pre-School will be in three years.

Chris Rowe

Deputy Chief Review Officer Southern (Acting)

20 August 2015

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 Early Childhood Service

Location

Redcliffs, Christchurch

Ministry of Education profile number

70542

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

54 children, including up to 12 aged under two

Service roll

62

Gender composition

Girls 35; Boys 27

Ethnic composition

Māori

Pākehā

African

Other European

9

48

1

4

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:3

Better than minimum requirements

 

Over 2

1:8

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

July 2015

Date of this report

20 August 2015

Most recent ERO reports

Education Review

June 2012

 

Education Review

November 2008

 

Education Review

October 2005

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.