Te Hapara Whānau Aroha Centre in Gisborne provides sessional and full day education and care for up to 33 children under the umbrella of the Waiapu Anglican Social Services Trust Board (the WASS). Since the August 2005 ERO report several changes to the organisation's structure have occurred. An early childhood practice manager, based in Whakatane, has been appointed to support teaching staff. The pre‑school team leader is now centre team leader. Management, educators and whānau continue to work collaboratively to implement a shared partnership for teaching and learning.
Children develop and use a range of social skills to support and strengthen their interactions with others. Educators are caring and nurturing. They are positive role models who encourage and support children's developing ideas.
To further improve learning outcomes for children, the teaching team should continue to improve assessment, planning and evaluation processes so that programmes are increasingly reflective of children's developing interests.
Māori children are confident and competent learners who participate fully in all aspects of the programme. Parents identify that they are satisfied with the quality of care and education their children receive while at this centre. The concept of whanaungatanga is evident in the positive relationships between staff, children and their whānau.
Literacy and mathematical concepts are appropriately integrated through play. Educators promote children's emerging interest in writing and number. They provide supporting materials and resources to encourage these interests. Children confidently increase their knowledge and skills in these areas.
Self-review processes are evolving. Teachers should continue to work on strengthening curriculum review and partnerships for learning.
Management and staff take reasonable steps to make the centre a safe physical and emotional environment for children and adults. However, some areas have been identified in this report which require strengthening to enhance children's wellbeing.
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.
Dr Graham Stoop
Chief Review Officer
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.