Titahi Bay Kindergarten - 29/04/2020

1 Evaluation of Titahi Bay Kindergarten

How well placed is Titahi Bay Kindergarten to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Titahi Bay Kindergarten is well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

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


Titahi Bay Kindergarten is located in Porirua City. It provides full time education and care for mixed age groups of children from two years up to school age. Of the 61 children enrolled at the centre, 19 identify as Māori and 4 as Pacific Heritage.

The kindergarten philosophy emphasises the importance of fun, whakamana, whakawhanaungatanga, manaakitanga, fairness, inclusion, whatumanawa, the local environment and sustainability.

Titahi Bay Kindergarten is a member of Te Puna Matauranga Kāhui Ako I Community of Learning.

Since the June 2015 ERO report, there have been some changes to the teaching team. A new head teacher has recently been appointed. All teachers are fully qualified and represent a wide range of backgrounds.

The kindergarten is governed and managed by He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua Kindergarten Association (the association). A team of senior teachers oversee and support the professional practice of the teaching team. The association governs 102 kindergartens which includes three Pacific kindergartens and a Pacific home-based service with two networks.

ERO's June 2015 report identified areas requiring further development. These included developing aspects of assessment and programme planning, and to consolidate self-review processes. Progress continues to be made to address these areas.

Progress has been made by the association to improve the quality and monitoring of processes to support individual kindergartens and regular implementation of a robust appraisal system.

This review was one of eight in He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua Kindergarten Association, Wellington region.

The Review Findings

Children play freely in a calm and unhurried child-led play-based programme, that promotes investigation and creativity. A centre strength is the positive, respectful way children play and engage with each other. The outdoor environment includes a wide range of physical resources that invites exploration and challenge.

Celebrating diversity is highly evident in the kindergarten. The languages and symbols of children's backgrounds, including Pacific artefacts, are valued and celebrated in purposeful wall displays and authentic resources.

The recently reviewed philosophy underpins the kindergarten’s values and beliefs that reflect a commitment to the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa. Leaders and teachers are consulting with children, parents, whānau and their pacific community to determine what educational success means to them.

Children with additional learning needs are identified and effectively planned for in the programme. Teachers work collaboratively with whānau and external agencies to identify and reduce potential barriers for children’s learning.

A recently developed localised curriculum provides many opportunities for children to learn, acknowledge and celebrate places of significant value to Ngati Toa and the community. Regular excursions to these places further enrich children’s learning. Te reo me ngā tikanga Māori are used in purposeful ways by teachers.

An effective planning for learning framework guides teacher practice and is based on children’s emerging interests. Teachers recognise what is important for learning by providing purposeful experiences. They use Te Whāriki, The Early Childhood Curriculum, to develop specific learning outcomes.

Children’s portfolios provide a record their individual learning, developing friendships and participation in the programme. Leaders have identified the need for the teaching team to continue to:

  • document how teachers add complexity and progress of children’s learning as they continue their current focus on intentional teaching

  • celebrate children’s cultures, languages and identities.

Leaders and teachers are improvement focused. The head teacher has a good understanding of internal evaluation. Building the teaching teams knowledge and understanding of this process continues to be a priority.

Collaborative ways of working are fostered. Teachers are provided with opportunities to lead aspects of the curriculum. The teaching team has established a culture in which children and their whānau are valued and celebrated for who they are.

A well-considered appraisal process has recently been enhanced to grow and develop teacher practice. Teachers are expected to inquire into the effectiveness of their teaching. Purposeful appraisal goals focus on improving aspects of leadership and practice to support children’s learning and wellbeing.

The senior teaching team is reflective and highly improvement focused. They successfully foster collective sense of responsibility to implement the vision, values and mission of the association. Systems and processes have been well developed to guide teacher’s capability and positively impact on children’s learning.

Senior leaders work effectively together, with a shared commitment to meeting strategic goals and objectives for the benefit of children, whānau and community. Well-considered resource allocation supports and enhances children’s learning and wellbeing.

Key Next Steps

The key next steps for teachers are to:

  • enhance aspects of assessment documentation

  • continue to build the teaching evaluation capability and capacity for undertaking internal evaluation for improvement.

ERO and senior leaders agree that the association's next step is to:

  • continue to follow the strategic direction set through Tūmanako, Te Tiriti o Waitangi based Strategic Priority Framework.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Titahi Bay Kindergarten 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.

Dr Lesley Patterson

Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)

Southern Region - Te Tai Tini

29 April 2020

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



Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

Free Kindergarten

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

41 children aged over 2 years

Service roll


Gender composition

Female 33, Male 28

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā
Pacific heritage
Other ethnic groups


Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates


Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2


Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

December 2019

Date of this report

29 April 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

June 2015

Education Review

April 2012

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

The overall judgement that ERO makes will depend on how well the service promotes positive learning outcomes for children. The categories are:

  • Very well placed

  • Well placed

  • Requires further development

  • Not well placed

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.