5 December 2011
To the Parents and Community of Peter Pan Childcare Mt Roskill
These are the findings of the Education Review Office’s latest report on Peter Pan Childcare Mt Roskill.
Peter Pan Childcare Mt Roskill is an education and care service located in Mt Roskill, Auckland. The purpose-built centre caters for children from birth to five years of age. Separate areas are provided for infants and toddlers and for children between two and five years of age. Children are able to mix together for some parts of the programme.
The centre’s philosophy is clearly aligned with Reggio Emilia education practices, which focus on respect for children. Attractive and well designed indoor and outdoor environments create interesting learning spaces for children. Children have access to high quality resources that are readily accessible and well organised.
Children and their families are warmly greeted and are well known to teachers. Children settle quickly, especially in the over two area. They are confident to approach adults and engage in meaningful, sustained conversations. Children are well supported by teachers to develop positive social and emotional skills. Photos of children and their families that are displayed in the learning environment foster children’s strong sense of belonging in the centre.
Teachers are friendly, caring and enjoy good opportunities to develop their learning. They provide children with good quality education and care that includes creative and active learning experiences. Professional development needs, identified by teachers and managers, include increasing the use of te reo Māori and expanding opportunities for bicultural and multicultural learning in the programme.
Experienced managers have a clear vision for the centre and have established effective management processes and procedures. A quality assurance manager complements the management team and facilitates good quality professional guidance and teacher development. The management team has recently developed a self-review process. The development of a strategic plan and a shared teaching philosophy would further support teachers to provide high quality early childhood education.
ERO is likely to review the service again in 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.