14 March 2011
To the Parents and Community of Topkids Manuroa Rd C4
These are the findings of the Education Review Office’s latest report on Topkids Manuroa Rd C4.
Topkids Manuroa C4, formerly known as Young Horizons, is located in the Manuroa Kidicorp complex in Takanini, Auckland. It is one of two licensed centres located in the Titoki building reviewed by ERO at this time. Two further centres share the Manuroa Road site. The C4 centre provides for children over three years of age, while the adjacent C3 centre caters for infants and toddlers. The centre’s operations are effectively supported by the Kidicorp organisation’s comprehensive administrative and management frameworks and guidance.
Since ERO’s 2008 report, good progress has been made as a result of robust annual Kidicorp quality audits and management plans. Managers have focused on establishing well qualified teaching teams, improving the environment and strengthening self-review and programme management practices. Ongoing teacher support and professional development assist teachers to continually improve programmes.
The learning environment is underpinned by caring relationships and a settled and inclusive atmosphere. The centre offers several discrete, inviting and well resourced areas of play. Positive features of the centre are the extent to which children’s independence is fostered, the good opportunities for sustained, collaborative play and the integration of literacy, numeracy and science throughout the programme. Teachers are becoming increasingly skilled in their interactions with children, and provide very good support for their learning. Children and their families demonstrate a sense of security and belonging in the centre.
Next steps for teachers to enrich the existing programme for children include reviewing the layout and links between areas of play, and continuing to embed Māori language and culture in the programme. More in-depth evaluation of teaching practice should also result in ongoing programme improvements. With the support of managers, the teaching team is well placed to continue working towards increasing the depth and rigor of self review, and consolidating and enhancing recent centre developments.
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.