Aoga Fa'a Samoa Incorporated, located in the grounds of the Richmond Road Primary School, is a well established service that provides a rich cultural environment for Samoan children. The centre is administered by an able committee, licensee, and manager, who have responded well to previous ERO recommendations and to findings from their own self-review processes. Centre managers foster the competence and enthusiasm of teachers and have developed effective systems for governing the service.
Teachers provide a high quality learning environment that reflects the centre philosophy of nurturing children's identity by promoting their language and culture. This positive environment is supported by children receiving their primary care from one staff member throughout their time in the centre. Teachers consistently speak to children in Samoan, using language that supports play and encourages children to explore new ideas and solve problems. As a result, children are confident learners who engage in challenging tasks with enthusiasm. They participate in a wide variety of learning experiences that integrate early literacy, numeracy and creative skills. Trusting and respectful relationships between adults and children are a feature of the centre and contribute to the high quality learning enjoyed by the children.
Since the 2007 ERO review, teachers have continued their commitment to professional development, focusing their learning on the uses of information and communication technologies (ICT). This has resulted in enhanced presentation of children's work, better communication with families, and extended learning opportunities for children. The licensee and committee have further improved their self-review processes and have established meaningful consultation with parents and teachers to help guide the strategic direction of the centre. Managers acknowledge the need to further develop strategic planning.
ERO is confident that the service is being managed in the interests of the children. Therefore ERO is likely to review the service again as part of the regular review cycle.
When ERO has reviewed an early childhood centre we encourage management to inform their community of any follow up action they plan to take. You should talk to the management or licensee if you have any questions about this evaluation, the full ERO report or their future intentions.
If you would like a copy of the full report, please contact the centre or see the ERO website, http://www.ero.govt.nz.
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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT REVIEWS
ERO is an independent, external evaluation agency that undertakes reviews of schools and early childhood services throughout New Zealand.
About ERO Reviews
ERO follows a set of standard procedures to conduct reviews. The purpose of each review is to:
· improve quality of education for children in early childhood centres; and
· provide information to parents, communities and the Government.
Reviews are intended to focus on outcomes for children and build on each centre's self review.
ERO's framework for reviewing and reporting is based on four review strands.
· Quality of Education - including the quality of the programme provided for children, the quality of the learning environment and the quality of the interactions between staff and children and how these impact on outcomes for children.
· Additional Review Priorities - other aspects of the operation of a centre, may be included in the review. ERO will not include this strand in all reviews.
· Areas of National Interest - information about how Government policies are working in early childhood centres.
· Compliance with Legal Requirements - assurance that this centre has taken all reasonable steps to meet legal requirements.
ERO reviews do not cover every aspect of centre performance and each ERO report may cover different issues. The aim is to provide information on aspects that are central to positive outcomes for children and useful to this centre.
Most ERO reports include recommendations for improvement. A recommendation on a particular issue does not necessarily mean that a centre is performing poorly in relation to that issue. There is no direct link between the number of recommendations in this report and the overall performance of this centre.
Individual ERO school and early childhood centre reports are public information and may be copied or sent electronically. However, the Education Review Office can guarantee only the authenticity of original documents which have been obtained in hard copy directly from either the local ERO office or ERO Corporate Office in Wellington. Please consult your telephone book, or see the ERO web page, http://www.ero.govt.nz, for ERO office addresses.
This report has been prepared in accordance with standard procedures approved by the Chief Review Officer.