Topkids Maunu Village - 31/10/2013

1 Evaluation of Topkids Maunu Village

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

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

Background

Topkids Maunu Village is a newly established centre that has been operating for just over a year. It is owned and operated by Kidicorp. The centre provides education and care for 85 children including up to 20 infants and toddlers less than two years of age, in three age-related rooms. It provides a range of daily options for attendance in order to meet the needs of families from the community.

Kidicorp’s governance and management systems provide clear guidelines to help staff run the centre. Regular centre checks and visits by the area manager are a way to maintain and raise the overall quality of centre practices. Kidicorp appraisal systems have been updated and professional development is provided to strengthen teacher practice.

The centre manager has responsibility for the day to day operation of the centre. The centre also employs an administrator and a cook. Two team leaders are settling into their positions. Their role is to support the implementation of the curriculum and ensure that routines and the daily programme are maintained. A third team leader is yet to be appointed. The majority of teaching staff are registered teachers.

This is the first ERO report for Topkids Maunu Village.

The Review Findings

Sound progress has been made in the short time that the centre has been open. Centre practices are closely aligned to the centre’s philosophy. Teachers’ warm and respectful relationships with children provide a sound foundation on which to build children’s ongoing learning. Language competency and emotional security for children are seen by teachers as essential contributing factors for positive learning experiences. Teachers know children well and are in a good position to continue improving the quality of learning.

Children are independent, articulate and capable learners. Children of all ages are developing appropriate levels of social competence and have a strong sense of belonging. They lead their own learning by making choices from a good range of programme options. They share their ideas with teachers and friends. Creativity and imagination feature in their play.

Whānau input is valued. Parents willingly share their ideas and aspirations for their children with teachers. Teachers respond to their suggestions and where appropriate make changes to the programme. Teachers are now planning how they can best support parents to help their children to make a smooth transition to school.

The curriculum is designed to promote positive outcomes for children. Teachers have embedded the same planning, assessment and evaluation processes in each of the rooms. The rooms are arranged according to children's age to support their progressive development and learning. Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, underpins teaching and learning. The managers and staff acknowledge that further work could be done to add depth to children’s learning.

Teachers have begun planning more effectively. There has been a recent focus on developing Māori culture within the programme. As a result, children and teachers are developing a clearer understanding of biculturalism. Teachers are learning about ways to strengthen programmes for infants and toddlers through professional development. Generally children are calm and settled, and engage confidently in their learning environments.

Key Next Steps

ERO, managers and team leaders agree that teachers should use assessment information more purposefully to plan ways to support and extend learning for individual children.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Topkids Maunu Village 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 Topkids Maunu Village will be in three years.

Dale Bailey

National Manager Review Services Northern Region

31 October 2013

2 Information about the Early Childhood Service

Location

Maunu, Whangarei

Ministry of Education profile number

45909

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

85 children, including up to 20 aged under 2

Service roll

93

Gender composition

Girls 47

Boys 46

Ethnic composition

Māori

NZ European/Pākehā

African

Indian

other European

15

73

2

2

1

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:4

Better than minimum requirements

 

Over 2

1:8

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

September 2013

Date of this report

31 October 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.