Village Kids Havelock North Baby Centre - 26/02/2014

1 Evaluation of Village Kids Childcare Centre Te Mata Road

How well placed is Village Kids Childcare Centre Te Mata Road 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.


Village Kids Childcare Centre Te Mata Road is licensed to provide all day education and care for 20 infants and toddlers up to two years. The service is one of three well-established privately owned centres operated by Village Kids in Hawke’s Bay. Most children and their families continue on to Village Kids Childcare Havelock North for older children and are well supported though this transition.

At the time of the review, the head teacher was on maternity leave and an acting head teacher in her place. Most staff members joined this centre within the past year and many have prior experience in the organisation.

This review was part of a cluster of the three Village Kids early childhood centres. They are associated with the Village Kids home-based care network, after school care programmes and play groups. A strong focus on developing positive relationships with families and a consistent approach in providing support for children with additional learning needs continue to be positive features of the service.

Village Kids Childcare Centre Te Mata Road has a positive reporting history with ERO.

The Review Findings

Infants and toddlers are well cared for by staff. Each child is well known as a unique individual. Good information sharing between families and staff enables continuity in each child’s care routines. Teachers encourage self management skills and respectfully offer choices to young children. Adults communicate well with each other and work positively as a team.

Teachers provide a responsive curriculum within flexible centre routines. Children’s outdoor exploration and involvement in physical activity is well supported by staff. Enjoyment in experimenting with different resources and natural materials is evident. Warm, unhurried conversations extend early language and numeracy skills.

Children’s profile folders contain attractively presented records of individual learning and development. Teachers use appropriate assessment and planning strategies to consider how best to further support learning. Spacious centre surroundings encourage children to make decisions and to try new things. Children enjoy a calm and settled centre environment.

Resources that affirm Māori children’s cultural identity are visible and accessible to children. Staff have appropriately identified they need to strengthen their use of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori. Teachers are beginning to develop more culturally responsive strategies to support Māori children and their whānau so they know that their culture, language and identity as Māori are valued.

Staff understanding and use of self review as a tool that supports ongoing improvements has increased. A recent Village Kids focus on early literacy and numeracy has contributed to greater teacher knowledge and use of strategies to support these key areas.

Village Kids management and owners continue to provide a robust policy and procedure framework to underpin centre operations. Performance management and appraisal of staff has developed to include more useful goals and this area remains an area of ongoing development. Staff retention within the Village Kids organisation is high and this contributes to continuity of care for children and their families.

Key Next Steps

Management, staff and ERO agree on the following as key next steps:

  • continue to strengthen teacher assessment, planning and evaluation of the effectiveness of teaching
  • develop teacher use of te reo and culturally responsive practices as a platform to develop strategies to support Māori children and their families to celebrate their success as Māori
  • continue to improve staff understanding and use of self review and staff appraisal to support ongoing improvements in the quality of education and care.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Village Kids Childcare Centre Te Mata Road 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 Village Kids Childcare Centre Te Mata Road will be in three years.

Joyce Gebbie

National Manager Review Services Central Region (Acting)

26 February 2014

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


Havelock North

Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

Education and Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

20 children aged up to 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 26,

Girls 13

Ethnic composition


NZ European/Pākehā

Other ethnic groups




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



Review team on site

January 2014

Date of this report

26 February 2014

Most recent ERO report(s)


Education Review

May 2010


Education Review

July 2007


Education Review

August 2004

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.