Akaiti Mangarongaro

Education institution number:
10186
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Cook Island ECE service
Total roll:
26
Telephone:
Address:

1/29 Wickman Way, Mangere East, Auckland

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Akaiti Mangarongaro

ERO’s Akanuku | Assurance Review reports provide information about whether a service meets and maintains regulatory standards. Further information about Akanuku | Assurance Reviews is included at the end of this report.

ERO’s Judgement

Regulatory standards

ERO’s judgement

Curriculum

Meeting

Premises and facilities

Meeting

Health and safety

Meeting

Governance, management and administration

Meeting

Since the onsite visit the service has provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed non-compliances and is now taking reasonable steps to meet regulatory standards.

Background

Akaiti Mangarongaro provides a Cook Island Māori bilingual education and care service for up to 40 children. The punanga reo is governed by the Torohata Trust Board. A newly appointed centre manager/head teacher leads a group of four qualified teachers and one teacher in training. Teachers have had professional learning in developing an effective programme and relational strategies.

Summary of Review Findings

The service’s philosophy references Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, and values the Mangarongaro language and culture. It also reflects the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua.

The service curriculum supports children’s sense of belonging, and their preferences are respected. Adults engage in meaningful, positive interactions to enhance and extend children’s learning. The culturally responsive design and layout of the premises support a range of group and individual learning opportunities for children.

Actions for Compliance

Since the onsite visit the service has provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed the following non-compliances:

  • police vetting every three years of all non-registered staff recorded under the category of core children’s worker (GMA7A)
  • all outdoor items are safe and suitable for their use, remove chain from fencing, attach latch to equipment gate (PF5)
  • items intended for children to sleep on are made of non-porous material (PF30)
  • equipment that could fall and cause injury or harm is secured (HS6)
  • the evaluations of fire and earthquake drills are used in the centre’s review of Health and Safety (HS8).

Licensing criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centre 2008.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review is likely to be an Akarangi | Quality Evaluation.

Steve Tanner
Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)
Northern Region | Te Tai Raki

25 February 2021 

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name Akaiti Mangarongaro
Profile Number 10186
Location Mangere East, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

40 children, including up to 8 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%+

Service roll

27

Ethnic composition

Māori  4
NZ European/Pākehā 1
Cook Island Māori 9
Tongan  6
Niue 4
other ethnic groups 3

Review team on site

October 2020

Date of this report

25 February 2021

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review            July 2019
Education Review            June 2017

General Information about Assurance Reviews

All services are licensed under the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008. The legal requirements for early childhood services also include the Licensing Criteria for Education and Care Services 2008.

Services must meet the standards in the regulations and the requirements of the licensing criteria to gain and maintain a licence to operate.

ERO undertakes an Akanuku | Assurance Review process in any centre-based service:

  • having its first ERO review – including if it is part of a governing organisation
  • previously identified as ‘not well placed’ or ‘requiring further development’
  • that has moved from a provisional to a full licence
  • that have been re-licenced due to a change of ownership
  • where an Akanuku | Assurance Review process is determined to be appropriate.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

All early childhood services are required to promote children’s health and safety and to regularly review their compliance with legal requirements. Before the review, the staff and management of a service completed an ERO Centre Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklist.  In these documents they attested that they have taken all reasonable steps to meet their legal obligations related to:

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

As part of an Akanuku | Assurance Review ERO assesses whether the regulated standards are being met. In particular, ERO looks at a service’s systems for managing the following areas that have a potentially high impact on children's wellbeing:

  • emotional safety (including positive guidance and child protection)
  • physical safety (including supervision; sleep procedures; accidents; medication; hygiene; excursion policies and procedures)
  • suitable staffing (including qualification levels; police vetting; teacher certification; ratios)
  • evacuation procedures and practices for fire and earthquake.

As part of an Akanuku | Assurance Review ERO also gathers and records evidence through:

  • discussions with those involved in the service
  • consideration of relevant documentation, including the implementation of health and safety systems
  • observations of the environment/premises, curriculum implementation and teaching practice.

Akaiti Mangarongaro - 05/07/2019

1 Evaluation of Akaiti Mangarongaro

How well placed is Akaiti Mangarongaro to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Akaiti Mangarongaro is not well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

Akaiti Mangarongaro requires support to improve the quality of governance, management and programmes, to better promote positive learning outcomes for children.

ERO's findings that support this overall judgement are summarised below.

Background

Akaiti Mangarongaro in Mangere provides a Cook Island Māori bilingual education and care service for up to 40 children, including a maximum of eight under two years of age. It was established to promote children's use of the Mangarongaro language and culture. While most of the children are Cook Island Māori, the roll includes children from other Pacific groups and a few from other diverse backgrounds.

The punanga reo is governed by the Torohata Trust Board, which employs its chairman as operations manager, and another trustee as centre manager. The board also employs four qualified teachers and two support staff. A head teacher oversees teaching and learning.

In 2013 and 2017, ERO identified teaching and learning, management and self review as key areas to develop. The punanga has had significant Ministry of Education professional development support, but further improvement is required. This review recommends that the Ministry of Education (MoE) reassess the licence of Akaiti Mangarongaro.

The Review Findings

Children quickly settle into the welcoming environment and show enjoyment in their play. They have opportunities for creative play and access to a range of resources. Children develop positive tuakana/teina relationships in the mixed-age setting.

Children's languages and cultures are well supported at mat time through interactive songs, prayers and dances. It is timely now for teachers to integrate the Mangarongaro language throughout the programme, to better reflect the bilingual intent of the punanga philosophy. The board, teachers and whānau should also review the philosophy and include recognition of the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa.

Teachers have improved the environment to provide more stimulating play for infants and toddlers. Comfortable, safe spaces for children who are crawling feature in the indoor and outdoor spaces. Recent planning and assessment documentation show how individual children are supported to progress their interests. Teachers should continue to build on these good beginnings to embed and sustain improvement. Provision for infants and toddlers, and extending older children's learning through more complex play, continue to be priorities for improvement.

Managers have accessed support to develop operational systems, review policies, and establish appropriate human resource and financial management practices. While progress has recently been made in some aspects of governance and management, clear roles and responsibilities for all staff and trustees have not yet been identified. Ongoing internal evaluation that leads to improved outcomes for children is yet to be established. Significant aspects of management and administration do not comply with legal requirements.

External professional advisory support is essential for the board, managers and teachers to collaboratively implement new knowledge and sustain improvements.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Akaiti Mangarongaro completed an ERO Centre Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklist. In these documents they attested that they have taken all reasonable steps to meet their legal obligations related to:

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

During the review, ERO looked at the service’s systems for managing the following areas that have a potentially high impact on children's wellbeing:

  • emotional safety (including positive guidance and child protection)

  • physical safety (including supervision; sleep procedures; accidents; medication; hygiene; excursion policies and procedures)

  • suitable staffing (including qualification levels; police vetting; teacher registration; ratios)

  • evacuation procedures and practices for fire and earthquake.

All early childhood services are required to promote children’s health and safety and to regularly review their compliance with legal requirements.

Actions for compliance

ERO found significant areas of non-compliance in the service related to internal evaluation, human resource management and administration. To address these matters the board and managers must establish:

  • an ongoing process of internal evaluation that helps the service maintain and improve education and care for children

  • suitable human resource management practices, including a system of regular appraisal that meets Teaching Council requirements

  • safety checking of all children’s workers who have access to children

  • policies and procedures for assessment and management of risk in relation to excursions

  • records of all medicines given to children, that include the date and time medicine was administered and evidence of parental acknowledgement

  • procedures to ensure that the supervision of children meets requirements in regard to qualifications, ratios and service size.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, GMA6,7,7A, HS17,28, Education (ECS) Regulations 2008, 44; Children's Act 2014.

Recommendation to Ministry of Education

ERO recommends that the Ministry reassess the licence of Akaiti Mangarongaro. ERO will not undertake a further education review of this service until the Ministry of Education is satisfied that the service meets licensing requirements.

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services Northern

Northern Region

5 July 2019

The Purpose of ERO Reports

The Education Review Office (ERO) is the government department that, as part of its work, reviews early childhood services throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. ERO’s reports provide information for parents and communities about each service’s strengths and next steps for development. ERO’s bicultural evaluation framework Ngā Pou Here is described in SECTION 3 of this report. Early childhood services are partners in the review process and are expected to make use of the review findings to enhance children's wellbeing and learning.

2 Information about the Early Childhood Service

Location

Mangere, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

10186

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

40 children, including up to 8 aged under 2

Service roll

26

Gender composition

Boys 15 Girls 11

Ethnic composition

Cook Island Māori
Tongan
other ethnic groups

16
4
6

Percentage of qualified teachers

80% +

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:5

Meets minimum requirements

Over 2

1:10

Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

June 2019

Date of this report

5 July 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

June 2017

Education Review

June 2013

Supplementary Review

May 2010

3 General Information about Early Childhood Reviews

ERO’s Evaluation Framework

ERO’s overarching question for an early childhood education review is ‘How well placed is this service to promote positive learning outcomes for children?’ ERO focuses on the following factors as described in the bicultural framework Ngā Pou Here:

Pou Whakahaere – how the service determines its vision, philosophy and direction to ensure positive outcomes for children

Pou Ārahi – how leadership is enacted to enhance positive outcomes for children

Mātauranga – whose knowledge is valued and how the curriculum is designed to achieve positive outcomes for children

Tikanga whakaako – how approaches to teaching and learning respond to diversity and support positive outcomes for children.

Within these areas ERO considers the effectiveness of arotake – self review and of whanaungatanga – partnerships with parents and whānau.

ERO evaluates how well placed a service is to sustain good practice and make ongoing improvements for the benefit of all children at the service.

A focus for the government is that all children, especially priority learners, have an opportunity to benefit from quality early childhood education. ERO will report on how well each service promotes positive outcomes for all children, with a focus on children who are Māori, Pacific, have diverse needs, and are up to the age of two.

For more information about the framework and Ngā Pou Here refer to ERO’s Approach to Review in Early Childhood Services.

ERO’s Overall Judgement

The overall judgement that ERO makes will depend on how well the service promotes positive learning outcomes for children. The categories are:

  • Very well placed

  • Well placed

  • Requires further development

  • Not well placed

ERO has developed criteria for each category. These are available on ERO’s website.

Review Coverage

ERO reviews are tailored to each service’s context and performance, within the overarching review framework. The aim is to provide information on aspects that are central to positive outcomes for children and useful to the service.