The Treasure Cove Early Learning Centre

Education institution number:
10295
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
28
Telephone:
Address:

9-11 Boon Street, Manurewa, Auckland

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The Treasure Cove Early Learning Centre

1 ERO’s Judgements

Akarangi | Quality Evaluation evaluates the extent to which this early childhood service has the learning and organisational conditions to support equitable and excellent outcomes for all learners. Te Ara Poutama Indicators of quality for early childhood education: what matters most are the basis for making judgements about the effectiveness of the service in achieving equity and excellence for all learners. Judgements are made in relation to the Outcomes Indicators, Learning and Organisational Conditions. The Evaluation Judgement Rubric derived from the indicators, is used to inform ERO’s judgements about this service’s performance in promoting equity and excellence.

ERO’s judgements for The Treasure Cove Early Learning Centre are as follows:

Outcome Indicators

(What the service knows about outcomes for learners)

Whakaū Embedding

Ngā Akatoro Domains

 

Learning Conditions
Organisational Conditions

Whakaū Embedding

Whakaū Embedding

2 Context of the Service

The Treasure Cove Early Learning Centre is one of three centres under the same ownership. An area manager and centre manager provide governance and leadership support to a teaching team of seven staff that include five qualified teachers. The centre's philosophy is based on freedom of play being the basis for children’s learning. Half of the children enrolled are Māori, and a small number are Pacific.

3 Summary of findings

Children’s learning is intentionally supported by teachers’ responsive relationships. Teachers are available to provide comfort and care. Children are encouraged to express their feelings and ideas, and they demonstrate a strong sense of belonging in the centre.

Children choose from a variety of good quality resources in the purposefully designed, age-based outdoor and indoor spaces. They confidently approach visitors and express themselves verbally and non-verbally. Teachers working with younger children, demonstrate gentle, respectful practice and implement calm routines that support children’s wellbeing.

Teachers confidently include aspects of tikanga Māori and te reo Māori into children’s daily learning experiences. Māori whānau shared with ERO that their children had many opportunities to see and hear their cultures and languages being valued. The environment reflects the diverse cultures of the centre community, including for Pacific learners. Children with additional learning requirements experience positive outcomes because of teachers’ collaboration with their whānau and external agencies.

Teachers skilfully document children’s individual learning. Curriculum planning processes are closely aligned with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Whānau contribute to the design and development of the centre's curriculum. Leaders should continue to support teachers to evaluate and record the effectiveness of teaching strategies used, in relation to learning outcomes for children.

Children’s learning is enhanced through improved collaborative teaching practices, resulting from leaders and teachers accessing relevant professional learning and development. Established systems include a useful framework for evaluation that incorporates evaluative questions, indicators of good practice and appropriate timeframes. Teachers and leaders could now record the impact of aligning their teaching practices and centre philosophy with parent values, and in improving equitable outcomes for children.

4 Improvement actions

The Treasure Cove Early Learning Centre will include the following actions in its Quality Improvement Planning:

  • To improve the extent to which assessment information shows children’s progress and learning over time.

  • Leaders to further support teachers to use internal evaluation for improvement, including having evidence of how systems and practices support equitable outcomes for all children.

5 Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of The Treasure Cove Early Learning Centre 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.

Filivaifale Jason Swann
Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)
Northern Region | Te Tai Raki

8 September 2022 

6 About the Early Childhood Service

Early Childhood Service Name

The Treasure Cove Early Learning Centre

Profile Number

10295

Location

Manurewa, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

50 children, including up to 14 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80-99%

Service roll

38

Review team on site

May 2022

Date of this report

8 September 2022

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, October 2017
Education Review, September 2013

The Treasure Cove Early Learning Centre - 25/10/2017

1 Evaluation of The Treasure Cove Early Learning Centre

How well placed is The Treasure Cove Early Learning Centre to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

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

Background

The Treasure Cove Early Learning Centre in Manurewa provides full day early childhood education and care for up to 50 children. Families attending come from a diverse social and multicultural community. The centre was previously known as Discoveries on Boon St and changed name and ownership in October 2016. Together, the manager and owner manage this centre and The Treasure Cove ELC Russell Road.

The new owner has made major improvements to the centre's environment. Changes ensure a high level of compliance with requirements and prioritise children's health and safety. New landscaped outdoor play environments have been established. The interior has been totally renovated, including heat pumps in all areas. Resources that support the centre's focus on play-based learning have been significantly increased. New staff have been appointed and the team now includes five qualified teachers, teachers in training, a cook and regular relievers.

The three learning areas are Kakano for infants, Puawai for toddlers, and Poutama for older children. Each room has a senior teacher in a leadership role. Staff have a diverse range of cultural strengths and teaching experience. Teaching practices are based on current research and approaches to learning.

The centre's philosophy is based on freedom of play being the vehicle for learning. Children explore the wonder of their imagination through authentic experiences. Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, guides teacher practices and programme implementation.

This is the Manurewa centre's first ERO review as The Treasure Cove Early Learning Centre.

The Review Findings

Teachers implement a child-led programme that arises from children's interests, the centre’s philosophy and, Te Whāriki. The programme is underpinned by responsive relationships supported by a culture of mutual trust and respect for children and their whānau. Effective and inclusive teaching practices value and build on children's strengths. Children's diverse cultural backgrounds are affirmed and valued. Te reo and tikanga Māori are included in meaningful ways throughout the day. Teachers know children and their families well. They ensure children’s transitions into the centre and on to school are responsive to individual children and whānau needs.

Children are confident, eager explorers and engaged learners. They capably engage in cooperative play for sustained periods of time. Children make discoveries in a calm, aesthetically pleasing environment that promotes curiosity and investigation. There is a strong focus on providing natural experiences and resources. This is supported by natural landscaping in the outside play area. Children move freely between the indoor and outdoor environments and show a strong sense of ownership of and belonging in the centre. They have fun as they learn through play.

Children have many opportunities to use literacy, mathematics, science and technologies as part of their play and discussion. They are confident communicators who happily converse and share ideas with adults and their peers. Their language skills are very well supported and further developed by teachers. Children develop social competence and show care and concern for others. They play cooperatively for sustained periods, experience success and are eager to learn.

Teachers understand the special characteristics, and appreciate the capability, of infants and toddlers. They maintain a pleasant, nurturing environment where very young children benefit from individualised and respectful care. Hygiene practices are implemented sensitively, maintaining the young child's dignity and growing sense of self. Teachers provide well for toddlers’ need for secure attachments and independence. They ensure they have space and time to try new things and revisit prior experiences at an unhurried pace. Children demonstrate a strong sense of attachment, familiarity and security in the centre.

Teachers value and actively support children's learning through play. Documentation shows children engaged in learning. There are clear connections between teachers' assessment, planning and evaluation. Assessment portfolios are rich records of individual children’s learning and reflect their strengths and cultural backgrounds. Increasingly, parents and whānau are reading and contributing to children’s portfolios. Parent/whānau feedback is encouraged and welcomed, as is their involvement in the centre.

The centre's vision and philosophy provide good guidance and support for centre governance and management. Internal evaluation is used to promote development across the centre through an increasingly collaborative evaluative process that is focused on outcomes for children. Building stronger links between the centre and the local community and iwi is a priority for centre leaders.

Teachers reflect on and identify ways to improve their practice and work effectively as a team. They are strong advocates for children and social justice and share a strong commitment to the centre philosophy. A sound appraisal process is in place that contributes to building teaching and leadership capability.

There is efficient recordkeeping, clear reporting and a comprehensive framework of policies and procedures. Self-review is child focused, purposeful and meaningful and used to inform improvements. The centre's philosophy is regularly reviewed and evident in teachers' practice. Clear strategic goals, which align to the centre vision statement, are outlined in annual plans.

Culturally responsive and socially aware professional leadership guides the centre goal of providing high quality early childhood education and care. Positive working relationships and collaboration between management and staff contribute to the centre culture of trust and respect. Performance management promotes quality practices and leadership opportunities. Teachers make good use of professional development opportunities to reflect on and enhance practices.

Key Next Steps

The centre leaders agree that next steps could include continuing to

  • embed and sustain good practices

  • develop more collaborative and evaluative process of internal evaluation

  • support all staff to develop a shared understanding of assessment, planning and evaluation

  • foster more challenge and complexity in children's play.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of The Treasure Cove Early Learning Centre 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.

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next ERO review of The Treasure Cove Early Learning Centre will be in three years.

Graham Randell

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

25 October 2017

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

Manurewa, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

10295

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

50 children, including up to 14 aged under 2

Service roll

41

Gender composition

Boys 21 Girls 20

Ethnic composition

Māori
Pākehā
Samoan
Cook Island Māori
Fijian
other

12
18
4
3
2
2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80% +

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:4

Better than minimum requirements

Over 2

1:6

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

June 2017

Date of this report

25 October 2017

Most recent ERO report(s)

No previous ERO reports

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 and Next Review

The overall judgement that ERO makes and the timing of the next review will depend on how well placed a service is to promote positive learning outcomes for children. The categories are:

  • Very well placed – The next ERO review in four years
  • Well placed – The next ERO review in three years
  • Requires further development – The next ERO review within two years
  • Not well placed - The next ERO review in consultation with the Ministry of Education

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.