Eden/Epsom Playcentre

Education institution number:
22020
Service type:
Playcentre
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
39
Telephone:
Address:

25 Poronui Street, Mount Eden, Auckland

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Eden/Epsom Playcentre - 03/06/2020

1 Evaluation of Eden/Epsom Playcentre

How well placed is Eden/Epsom Playcentre to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Eden/Epsom Playcentre is very well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

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

Background

Eden/Epsom Playcentre is a well-established centre and is run as a parent cooperative. It is open for five sessions each week and provides for an increasingly culturally diverse community. Many children remain at the centre until they transition to school.

Centre practices are based on the Playcentre philosophy of families learning together. The centre's philosophy affirms parents as valued and best educators of their children. Sessions are guided by Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, and a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The centre has a positive ERO reporting history. Since the 2015 ERO report, centre members have sustained good practices. They responded well to the key next steps identified in the 2015 report, such as strengthening transition to school practices. Good adult education levels have been sustained. Currently six members have completed a Course 3 qualification, and most members are enrolled in the new Playcentre courses.

The new Playcentre Aotearoa structure is now fully operational. It provides a sound management framework and support personnel to help parents/whānau to manage their centres. Playcentre Aotearoa administers centres’ funding and provides adult education programmes for parents/whānau to achieve Playcentre qualifications.

This review was part of a cluster of six reviews in the Playcentre Aotearoa Auckland region.

The Review Findings

Children experience a calm and settled environment. They are highly engaged in meaningful, sustained and purposeful play. Children enjoy a wide variety of learning experiences that encourage them to be confident, creative, and physically active. They have opportunities to explore and investigate the well-resourced environment and spacious outdoor area.

Parents/whānau value child-initiated play. Children are encouraged to be creative and imaginative. Interactions between adults and children are sensitive and supportive of children's learning. Adults take time to listen to children and encourage them to take responsibility for the wellbeing of themselves, others and their environment.

Parents/whānau provide a play-based curriculum that responds very effectively to the curiosities, strengths and abilities of all children. All parents/whānau contribute to programme planning. Children's portfolios are well presented, individual and informative. Newer centre members are well supported to build their knowledge and understanding about recording children’s learning and to build their capability in planning, assessment and evaluation of learning.

Centre members' commitment to embedding te reo and te ao Māori in the programme is evident. Members are continuing to build their knowledge, capability and confidence in bicultural practices.

Highly effective systems for fostering emergent leadership are well established and understood. Members work collaboratively to promote a high level of engagement in their children's learning and centre operations. Well-considered systems and processes and regular open communications support members to implement high quality practices.

Centre members have adopted planned approaches to implementing the Playcentre Aotearoa policy framework. The strategic plan, annual plan and Te Whāriki guide the future direction of the centre. Internal evaluation is focused on positive outcomes for children and the ongoing sustainability of the centre.

Key Next Steps

Centre members have identified appropriate next steps to enhance existing quality practices, including:

  • continuing to strengthen te reo and tikanga Māori in the programme and environment.

Key next steps for development in the Playcentre Aotearoa Auckland region include:

  • strengthening the use of internal evaluation to measure the effectiveness of systems and practices across the region.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Eden/Epsom Playcentre 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.

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)

Northern Region - Te Tai Raki

3 June 2020

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

Mt Eden, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

22020

Licence type

Playcentre

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

30 children, including up to 15 aged under 2

Service roll

38

Gender composition

Boys 20 Girls 18

Ethnic composition

Māori
NZ European/Pākehā
Chinese
other ethnic groups

2
26
4
6

Review team on site

October 2019

Date of this report

3 June 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

May 2015

Education Review

April 2012

Education Review

October 2008

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.

Eden/Epsom Playcentre - 25/05/2015

1 Evaluation of Eden/Epsom Playcentre

How well placed is Eden/Epsom Playcentre 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

Eden/Epsom Playcentre operates as a parent cooperative where learning programmes for children are implemented by the families who are centre members. The centre has been open for 62 years and provides for an increasingly diverse cultural community. It offers five mixed-age sessions each week for children up to six years of age.

Centre practices are based on the Playcentre philosophy of families learning and growing together. Very good training levels have been sustained over time. Currently, 20 members have Course 2 or 3 Playcentre qualifications.

Good quality practices identified in ERO’s 2008 and 2012 reports remain evident. These include adults supporting children’s learning effectively, maintaining an attractive environment and collaborative decision-making processes. In the past three years, a group of experienced and newer members has worked together to further enhance the quality of teaching and learning, curriculum implementation and long-term planning systems.

Eden/Epsom Playcentre is part of the Auckland Playcentres Association which provides Playcentre adult education, frameworks of policies and procedures and support from Association personnel. The Playcentre contributes to the make-up of the association and has representatives at Association level.

At present the Playcentre Federation is undertaking a restructure with the aim of maintaining the viability of Playcentres throughout New Zealand. This is likely to change the current structure of the Auckland Playcentres Association.

This review was part of a cluster of nine Playcentre reviews in the Auckland Playcentres Association.

The Review Findings

Infants and toddlers experience a calm, settled and well-resourced environment. They are encouraged to explore, make decisions and to learn alongside other children and adults. Older children involve themselves in meaningful and focused play. They play cooperatively with each other and express their thoughts and ideas. Children participate in sustained play and are supported to take responsibility for their learning.

Respectful and reciprocal relationships between adults and children are a feature of the programme. Adults work as a team to support and meet the needs of all children. They listen to children, respond to requests for additional resources and work alongside them to enhance their learning. Experienced members model high quality interactions and support newer members to develop their understandings about children’s learning.

Centre members are committed to strengthening the bicultural nature of the programme. They are building adults’ and children’s familiarity with, and use of te reo and tikanga Māori through waiata and simple phrases. They plan to increase the extent to which diverse cultures and languages are visible in the environment and included in the programme.

The learning programme is underpinned by the Playcentre philosophy and Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Adults are highly responsive to children’s emerging interests. They contribute their ideas and strengths to enrich children’s experiences. Systems to inform planning and evaluation processes are used effectively. Children’s learning is recorded in well-presented and easily accessible individual portfolios. Portfolios capture the delight children and adults have in their experiences at the centre.

The centre is well managed. Centre members work collaboratively to promote a high level of engagement and belief in the centre’s vision. They are regularly involved in Playcentre adult education and professional development. Established mentoring and ‘buddy’ systems have resulted in a motivated, confident group of families who are strategic and reflective in their approach to centre development.

Strategic and annual plans provide long-term direction and guide centre improvement. Planned and spontaneous self review is focused on children’s learning and the ongoing sustainability of the centre. Processes to support the privacy of children and families have been reviewed and agreed practices have been established. Members are confident to seek support from Association personnel if needed.

The Association’s strategic plan provides a guide for governance and is regularly monitored. Management and governance processes are well established. The Association provides assistance for centres and appropriate Playcentre training courses. It provides regular visits every term from a curriculum and programme supporter. Association office holders are highly committed to Playcentre philosophy and to maintaining Playcentre as a valuable early childhood education option for parents/whānau.

Key Next Steps

Centre members and ERO identified that to enhance existing high quality practices members could:

  • consider ways to support older children to plan more for their own learning
  • increase te reo and tikanga Māori in the programme and environment
  • include centre families’ diverse cultures and languages more in the environment and in the programme.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Eden/Epsom Playcentre 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 Eden/Epsom Playcentre will be in four years.

Dale Bailey

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

25 May 2015

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

Mt Eden, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

22020

Licence type

Playcentre

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

30 children, including up to 15 aged under 2

Service roll

37

Gender composition

Girls 26

Boys 11

Ethnic composition

Māori

Pākehā

other

2

21

14

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:2

Better than minimum requirements

 

Over 2

1:2

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

March 2015

Date of this report

25 May 2015

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

April 2012

 

Education Review

October 2008

 

Education Review

October 2005

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.