8's Enuff

Education institution number:
25195
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
19
Telephone:
Address:

4 Sarah Place, Pakuranga, Auckland

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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

Not meeting

Health and safety

Not meeting

Governance, management and administration

Not meeting

At the time of the review, ERO identified areas of non-compliance with regulatory standards that are an unacceptable risk to children.

Background

8’s Enuff is privately owned and operated. The owner manages the daily operation of the service. There are two additional qualified staff members and a qualified reliever. The service provides early childhood education for children aged two to five years of age.

Summary of Review Findings

Adults providing education and care engage in positive interactions to enhance children’s learning and nurture relationships. The curriculum is informed by assessment that demonstrates an understanding of children’s learning and interests. Regular opportunities are provided for parents to communicate with adults providing education and care about their child. Steps are taken to respect and acknowledge the aspirations held by parents and whānau for their children.

The service is not meeting licensing requirements in relation to health and safety, premises and facilities, and governance and management.

Actions for Compliance

ERO found areas of non-compliance in the service relating to:

  • providing clean, individual bedding for sleeping or resting children that is sufficient to keep them warm
  • having a designated space to support the provision of restful sleep for children aged two years and older at any time they are attending
  • having furniture or items intended for children to sleep on, available for the sleep or rest of children aged two years and older
  • ensuring the written evacuation emergency plan is reviewed at least on an annual basis documenting how evaluation of the emergency drills has informed the annual review of the service’s emergency plan
  • ensuring furniture or items intended for children to sleep on are arranged and spaced when in use so that adults have clear access to at least one side and the area surrounding each child; allows sufficient air movement to minimise the risk of spreading illness; and that children are able to sit or stand, can do so safely as they wake
  • ensuring furniture or items intended for children to sleep on are hygienically stored when not in use
  • developing a documented hazard risk management system that includes a check of all hazards listed in the licensing criteria
  • having consistent records of all medicine given to children attending the service that includes evidence of parental acknowledgement that medication has been administered to a child
  • providing information to parents about the amount and details of the expenditure of any Ministry of Education funding received by the service, and how they can be involved in any planned reviews and consultations
  • ensuring parents have opportunities to contribute to the review of the service’s operational documents
  • having an ongoing process of self-review to help the service maintain and improve the quality of its education and care
  • implementing suitable human resource management practices relating to selection and appointment procedures
  • ensuring all children’s workers who have access to children are safety checked in accordance with the Children’s Act 2014
  • developing an annual plan which guides the service’s operations that identifies ‘who’, ‘what’, and ‘when’, in relation to key tasks undertaken each year.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, PF31, PF33, PF34, HS7, HS8, HS10, HS11, HS12, HS13, HS28, GMA3, GMA4, GMA6, GMA7, GMA7A, GMA8.

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

  • ensuring windows or other areas of glass accessible to children are either made of safety glass or covered by an adhesive film designed to hold the glass in place in the event of it being broken, or effectively guarded by barriers which prevent a child striking or falling against the glass (PF7)
  • having a safe and effective means of maintaining a room temperature of no lower than 16°C (PF12)
  • having at least one tap delivering warm water for children attending (PF19)
  • ensuring there are nappy changing facilities that enable children’s right to privacy to be respected (PF25)
  • ensuring there are suitable facilities provided for washing sick or soiled children and a procedure outlining how hygiene and infection control outcomes will be met when washing sick and soiled children (PF26)
  • developing a procedure that states how linen used by children or adults is hygienically laundered (HS2)
  • developing and implementing a procedure for the changing of nappies that aims to ensure children are treated with dignity and respect (HS3)
  • ensuring assembly areas for evacuation purposes outside the building are accessible to keep children safe from further risk (HS5)
  • ensuring heavy furniture, fixtures, and equipment that could fall or topple and cause serious injury or damage are secured (HS6)
  • providing evidence that the temperature of warm water delivered from taps that are accessible to children is no higher than 40°C (HS13)
  • maintaining a record of excursions that includes adult:child ratios, evidence of parental permission and approval of adult:child ratios and the signature of the person responsible for giving approval for the excursion to take place (HS17)
  • monitoring that rooms used by children are kept at a comfortable temperature no lower than 16°C (at 500mm above the floor) while children are attending (HS24)
  • ensuring there is a process that outlines the service's response to injury, illness and incidents, including the review and implementation of practices (HS27)
  • ensuring children are washed when they are soiled or pose a health risk to themselves or others (HS30)
  • having a clear complaints procedure, that includes an option to contact the local Ministry of Education office (GMA1).

Recommendation to Ministry of Education

ERO recommends that the Ministry reassess the licence issued to this service provider. ERO will not undertake a further review of this service until the Ministry of Education is satisfied that the service meets regulatory standards.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review will be in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

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

26 May 2021 

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name 8's Enuff
Profile Number 25195
Location Pakuranga, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

15 children over two years of age

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%+

Service roll

22

Ethnic composition

Māori 1
NZ European/Pākehā 15
other ethnic groups 6

Review team on site

March 2021

Date of this report

26 May 2021

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, May 2017
Education Review, January 2015

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.

1 Evaluation of 8's Enuff

How well placed is 8's Enuff 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

8’s Enuff is a small privately owned centre in a well-established residential area in Farm Cove,
East Auckland. It provides a sessional and full day service for up to 15 children at a time, aged between two and five years of age. The centre is staffed by two qualified teachers and the centre owner. The team has remained the same since the 2015 ERO review. Teachers have a shared philosophical belief in children learning through play, with a strong focus on literacy and numeracy.

The 2015 ERO report commented positively on relationships between staff, children and families. Teachers have addressed ERO's recommendations for improvements to the programme and management practices. External professional development to strengthen curriculum planning has motivated teachers and improved practice. Children's wellbeing continues to be promoted.

The Review Findings

Children learn in a home-like, attractive and well-resourced environment. The centre is organised in response to children's interests and to encourage them to try new activities. Children have many opportunities to include literacy, mathematics and science as part of their play and discussions. They are encouraged to be creative and expressive though art, music, dance and dramatic play. Regular excursions into the community support children's physical development and maintain local connections.

Children are confident communicators, who play cooperatively for long periods. They have fun, are imaginative and investigative, and experience challenge and success. Children have a strong sense of belonging, are developing friendships and show concern for others. They are eager to learn and benefit from doing so at an individualised pace in a calm environment.

Teachers’ sensitive and supportive interactions underpin children’s high levels of engagement in the programme. Teachers affirm and build on children’s strengths. They listen carefully to children, support sustained conversations and encourage children to problem solve. Child-led learning is valued and purposefully extended.

Respectful and responsive relationships, and a good knowledge of Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, underpin programmes. With external support, teachers have developed sound group planning processes to guide programme implementation. Vibrant displays show how children are involved in learning. Children's assessment portfolios document children’s individual progress and learning well.

Teachers’ capabilities and leadership are fostered through ongoing professional development. The centre owner and teachers have a genuine commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Biculturalism is fostered through meaningful opportunities for children to become familiar with te reo and tikanga Māori and to learn about te ao Māori through play. These practices are well documented through learning stories and other programme records.

Families are well informed about their children’s progress and provide positive feedback about the education and care their children receive. Teachers are very responsive to parental aspirations and encourage a sense of partnership. They value this as an integral part of early childhood education. Teachers have good links with the local schools and other facilities. Children’s transitions into the centre and to school are responsive to individual children and whānau needs.

Engagement with advisory support has had a positive impact on centre management practices, including the documentation of strategic and annual plans. There are effective systems to monitor health and safety.

Key Next Steps

The centre owner and teachers agree that next steps should include:

  • restating their vision and strategic goals to guide centre direction and inform action plans and a cycle of review
  • strengthening internal evaluation to include greater depth in research and evidence, and alignment to strategic direction
  • refining the teacher appraisal process to meet the requirements of the Education Council of NZ
  • deepening teachers' evaluation of the effectiveness of their teaching practice and programmes for children
  • evaluating how well teaching strategies and practices respond to children's cultural identities and home languages.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of 8's Enuff 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 8's Enuff will be in three years. 

Steffan Brough
Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern (Acting)

22 May 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

Pakuranga, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

25195

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

15 children, over 2 years of age

Service roll

26

Gender composition

Girls       13
Boys      13

Ethnic composition

Māori
Pākehā
Asian
other

  3
15
  4
  4

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49%       50-79%       80%+

Based on funding rates

80% +

Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2

1:5

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

March 2017

Date of this report

22 May 2017

Most recent ERO report(s)

 

Education Review

January 2015

Education Review

June 2012

Education Review

February 2009

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.