23 February 2011
To the Parents and Community of Barnardos Early Learning Centre - Pakuranga
These are the findings of the Education Review Office’s latest report on Barnardos Early Learning Centre - Pakuranga.
Barnardos Early Learning Centre – Pakuranga in Auckland has operated within the Barnardos organisation since mid 2007. The Barnardos’ team leader provides oversight and support for the centre’s head teacher. Both are new to their roles and together are providing teachers with effective leadership so that children receive good quality education and care.
Teachers show a genuine interest in children and provide well for their emotional and physical needs. Children and their parents feel welcome and included at the centre, and find the staff supportive. The centre celebrates the many cultures of the community it serves and encourages families to share aspects of their own culture within the centre. Children have many good opportunities to learn aspects of Māori language and culture.
Children play confidently and independently making use of the very accessible resources. They play happily with each other. The older children sometimes work collaboratively on small projects. Children benefit from many opportunities to develop early literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge in the context of play.
Skilled teachers model good teaching practices, maximise learning opportunities and allow children to direct their own play. These teachers use questions and comments to stimulate thinking and language development, and help children to extend their play. When teachers take this approach, the play becomes more complex and children’s interests are sustained, children work collaboratively to solve problems, and social activity increases. The challenge for centre managers is to have all teachers use effective teaching approaches more consistently.
Centre managers are focused on improving the service the centre provides. All teachers are currently involved in professional development to improve the quality of assessment practices. Future professional development will focus on how information from assessment can be used to inform programme planning.
ERO is likely to review the service again within three years.
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 contact person 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.
National Manager Review Services
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.
- National Evaluation Topics – This strand contributes to the development of education policies and their effective implementation. The information from this strand is aggregated by ERO for its national evaluation reports. Topics for investigation are changed regularly to provide up-to-date information.
- 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.