Wellington City Rudolf Steiner Kindergarten - 29/10/2020

ERO’s Akanuku | Assurance Review reports provide information about whether a service meets and maintains regulatory standards. Further information about Akanuku | Assurance Reviews is included at the end of this report.

ERO’s Judgement

Regulatory standards

ERO’s judgement

Curriculum

Meeting

Premises and facilities

Meeting

Health and safety

Meeting

Governance, management and administration

Meeting

At the time of the review, ERO found the service was taking reasonable steps to meet regulatory standards.

Background

Wellington City Rudolf Steiner Kindergarten is based in a converted villa in Thorndon, Wellington. The service is licensed for 22 children aged over two years. Most children attend part time. A trust board of parents oversees operation of this not-for-profit service.

Summary of Review Findings

The service curriculum is guided by Steiner philosophy, as well as the early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki. Children are encouraged to be confident and competent learners. Teachers implement consistent daily rituals and emphasise the use of natural materials, music and storytelling as learning tools. The design and layout of the premises include quiet spaces, areas for physically active play, and space for a range of individual and group learning experiences.

The programme and documentation are increasingly supporting children’s understandings around culture, language and identity. Parents have opportunities to contribute to the service’s operation.

Actions for Compliance

Since the onsite visit the service has provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed the following non-compliances:

  • a procedure was developed for monitoring children’s sleep, stating that children are checked for warmth, breathing, and general well-being at least every 5-10 minutes, or more frequently according to individual needs
  • a recording process was developed for the checks made by adults during children’s sleep.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education & Care Services 2008, HS9

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review is likely to be an Akarangi | Quality Evaluation.

Dr Lesley Patterson

Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)

Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

29 October 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Wellington City Rudolf Steiner Kindergarten

Profile Number

60357

Location

Wellington

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

22 children aged over 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%

Service roll

20

Gender composition

Male 12, Female 8

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā 11
Other Ethnic groups 9

Review team on site

September 2020

Date of this report

29 October 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, November 2018; Education Review, October 2015.

General Information about Assurance Reviews

All services are licensed under the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008. The legal requirements for early childhood services also include the Licensing Criteria for Education and Care Services 2008.

Services must meet the standards in the regulations and the requirements of the licensing criteria to gain and maintain a licence to operate.

ERO undertakes an Akanuku | Assurance Review process in any centre-based service:

  • having its first ERO review – including if it is part of a governing organisation
  • previously identified as ‘not well placed’ or ‘requiring further development’
  • that has moved from a provisional to a full licence
  • that have been re-licenced due to a change of ownership
  • where an Akanuku | Assurance Review process is determined to be appropriate.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

All early childhood services are required to promote children’s health and safety and to regularly review their compliance with legal requirements. Before the review, the staff and management of a service 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.

As part of an Akanuku | Assurance Review ERO assesses whether the regulated standards are being met. In particular, ERO looks at a 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 certification; ratios)
  • evacuation procedures and practices for fire and earthquake.

As part of an Akanuku | Assurance Review ERO also gathers and records evidence through:

  • discussions with those involved in the service
  • consideration of relevant documentation, including the implementation of health and safety systems
  • observations of the environment/premises, curriculum implementation and teaching practice.