EDUCATION REVIEW OFFICE

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Home2Grow Childcare 11/12/2013

3 Management Assurance on Compliance Areas

Overview

Before the review, the management and staff of Home2Grow Childcare completed an ERO Home-Based Education and Care Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklist. In these documents they attested that they had taken all reasonable steps to meet their legal obligations related to:

  • curriculum standard
  • premises and facilities standard
  • health and safety practices standard
  • governance management and administration standard.

During the review, ERO checked the following items because they have a potentially high impact on outcomes for children:

  • emotional safety (including behaviour management, prevention of bullying and abuse)
  • physical safety (including behaviour management, sleeping and supervision practices; accidents and medication; hygiene and routines; travel and excursion policies and procedures)
  • staff qualifications and organisation
  • evacuation procedures and practices for fire and earthquake.

During the review one area of non-compliance was identified. Service leaders must:

  • ensure teachers are appraised annually against legislative requirements
    [s 77C State Sector Act 1988; NZ Gazette and relevant Collective Employment Agreement].

In order to improve practice service leaders should increase the frequency of health and safety reviews and ensure the recommendations from reviews have been actioned.

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