The No 1 Kindy Limited - 28/02/2019

1 Evaluation of The No 1 Kindy Limited

How well placed is The No 1 Kindy Limited to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

The No 1 Kindy Limited is very well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

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

Background

The No 1 Kindy is a well-established early learning centre in Takapuna, Auckland. It is licensed for 34 children, including up to 12 under two years of age. The centre offers full-day education and care in a mixed-age group programme.

The centre's philosophy is aligned to the principles of Te Whāriki 2017, the early childhood curriculum. It emphasises the values of whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, tuakana/teina, and fostering trusting relationships with children and their whānau. This is underpinned by a strong commitment to biculturalism and child-led play.

Centre staff consist of the experienced owner, who manages the centre, and 10 registered teachers. Most of the teachers are long-standing members of staff.

The centre has a history of positive ERO reports. Positive features identified in the 2014 ERO report have been maintained. These include children having a sense of belonging, strong relationships with whānau, a responsive programme, and well-developed internal evaluation. Leaders and teachers have worked purposefully to progress next steps and recommendations regarding strategic goal setting and refining the evaluation of group programmes.

The centre is part of the Pupuke (Westlake) Community of Learning |Kāhui Ako (CoL).

The Review Findings

Children receive high quality care and education. The centre's calm and positive tone helps children settle quickly into the programme. Children show a strong sense of belonging in the centre environment. Their wellbeing is nurtured through respectful relationships with teachers and each other.

Children are supported well to become sociable, articulate and confident learners. They play cooperatively with, and alongside their peers for sustained periods of time. Children benefit from playing in mixed age groups. Their imagination and creativity is fostered during free play. Teachers provide good quality resources. The indoor and outdoor environments enable children to explore, experience challenges and revisit prior learning.

Teachers provide nurturing and respectful care for infants and toddlers using primary caregiving practises. Children benefit from good adult-to-child ratios. This means that their individual preference and care routines can be met. Teachers respond well to infants' early attempts at verbalisation. They use effective strategies to develop toddlers' oral language.

Children's transitions into, through and beyond the kindergarten are effective and very well managed. Connections with local primary schools and the kāhui ako have enabled teachers to support families as they enrol and transition their children to school.

Teachers' planning and assessment is highly responsive to children's diverse learning needs and interests. Literacy, numeracy and science are well integrated into play. Teachers know the children well, and effectively scaffold and extend their learning. They encourage positive social interactions and tuakana/teina relationships. Teachers foster children's independence and self-management skills as part of daily learning. Children are empowered to take responsibility for themselves, their peers and the group.

Leaders and teachers have a strong commitment to te ao Māori. Bicultural practices and a respect for te ao Māori are woven through the programme. Teachers naturally and confidently integrate te reo Māori, waiata and karakia into daily practice.

Children benefit from strong partnerships between parents and teachers. There are many opportunities for leaders, teachers, parents and whānau to work collaboratively to support positive outcomes for children. Teachers value whānau contribution to the programme.

The centre's leadership is highly effective. Leaders have high expectations of staff and for children's learning. They promote collaboration and support staff wellbeing. Staff have opportunities for professional growth through well-targeted internal and external professional development. Leaders foster teachers' leadership.

Centre development is guided by high quality internal evaluation and strategic priorities. There is strong alignment between strategic priorities, staff appraisals and internal evaluation. The centre has good systems in place to monitor health and safety.

Key Next Steps

Centre leaders have used internal evaluation to identify relevant priorities for development that include continuing to:

  • meaningfully include Māori values in teaching practice and documentation

  • refine appraisal processes to align with the Teaching Council's new standards.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of The No 1 Kindy Limited 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.

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services Northern

Northern Region

28 February 2019

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

Takapuna, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

20445

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

34 children, including up to 12 aged under 2

Service roll

51

Gender composition

Boys 29 Girls 22

Ethnic composition

Māori
Pākehā
Asian
other ethnic groups

3
33
7
8

Percentage of qualified teachers

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

January 2019

Date of this report

28 February 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

September 2014

Education Review

July 2011

Education Review

June 2008

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.