16 August 2012
To the Parents and Community of Speckled Frog Early Years Education Centre
These are the findings of the Education Review Office’s latest report on Speckled Frog Early Years Education Centre.
The Speckled Frog Early Years Education Centre is situated in Masterton and provides education and care for children from birth to five years. At the time of this review 40 children were enrolled, twelve of whom were Māori.
The centre’s philosophy places value on providing a context for children which is an extension of the home. Teachers design the programme to enhance children’s sense of belonging. Children engage in learning through a range of activities and are offered choices for play.
Educators provide differentiated programmes for children under two and over four. Infants and toddlers learn in an attractive, calm and suitable environment designed to foster their play and exploration. They benefit from consistent and responsive interactions with a teacher.
Children have access to resources and learning areas that encourage creativity and exploration. Te ao Māori is reflected in the environment. Educators integrate te reo Māori into the programme. They are generally affirming in interactions with children and focus on supporting them to develop social skills and appropriate behaviours.
Children’s profile books provide an attractive record of individual learning experiences and group events. Educators regularly document personalised observations. Parents and whānau support the centre’s programmes and help to enrich the curriculum in a range of ways.
The centre manager has established and developed the centre. She guides the centre philosophy and direction and has introduced some self review processes.
ERO’s evaluation has identified several areas that require development and review. These include aspects of programming, assessment, planning and self review. ERO has offered the centre manager post-review assistance to develop an action plan to address these areas. This offer has been accepted.
ERO intends to return to the centre within a year to evaluate the progress made in response to the recommendations in this report.
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
Central Region (Acting)
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.
- 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 National Office in Wellington. Please consult your telephone book, or see the ERO web page,
http://www.ero.govt.nz, for ERO office addresses.