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Te Kauwhata Childcare & Learning Centre
Te Kauwhata Childcare & 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 Te Kauwhata Childcare and Learning Centre are as follows:
(What the service knows about outcomes for learners)
Ngā Akatoro Domains
2 Context of the Service
Te Kauwhata Childcare and Learning Centre currently provides for children between two and five years of age. A centre manager oversees daily operations and leads the curriculum. Approximately a quarter of the children enrolled are Māori, and a small number have Pacific heritages.
3 Summary of findings
Children experience a thoughtful and responsive curriculum in a well-resourced learning environment. Teaching practices foster children’s independence and decision making. Children have good opportunities to grow their oral language and social competence through positive interactions with others. Children demonstrate confidence as they learn through play.
Younger children learn alongside their older peers within a mixed age environment. Community connections are in place to support the inclusion of children with additional learning needs, and to aid older children’s transition to school.
There are regular opportunities for whānau Māori to share their cultural knowledge as part of the curriculum. Language weeks and celebrations reflect the cultures of families, and parent input into these events is valued.
A new curriculum planning method is being established. Assessment of children’s learning is based on the valued learning outcomes in Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. These records of learning do not yet consistently show children’s progress and learning over time.
The service is working towards developing learning-focused partnerships with parents and whānau. The intent is to help teachers learn about children’s home cultures and parents’ priorities for their children’s learning. Parents’ aspirations are included in the newly introduced individual planning, and are beginning to be reflected in some assessment records.
The service is redeveloping some operational systems and processes. Recent staff turnover has impacted on the pace of this work. Internal evaluation systems are beginning to be used to document changes made. Service leaders have identified a need to modify systems that guide teachers’ professional growth, so the process more usefully focuses on how teaching practices relate to children’s learning. The service is yet to engage parents and whānau in contributing their priorities to the service’s philosophy.
4 Improvement actions
Te Kauwhata Childcare and Learning Centre will include the following actions in its Quality Improvement Planning:
Review the philosophy with the new teaching team, parents and whānau to develop shared priorities for children’s learning.
Embed the new planning system by making clear links between children’s individual learning goals and assessment information, and recording how teachers respond to children’s interests and learning goals.
Refine professional growth cycles and build teachers’ capabilities to record and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of their teaching practice on children’s learning.
5 Management Assurance on Legal Requirements
Before the review, the staff and management of Te Kauwhata Childcare and Learning Centre completed an ERO 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:
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; safety checking; teacher registration; ratios)
relevant evacuation procedures and practices.
All early childhood services are required to promote children's health and safety and to regularly review their compliance with legal requirements.
Director of Early Childhood Education (ECE)
10 November 2023
6 About the Early Childhood Service
Early Childhood Service Name
Te Kauwhata Childcare and Learning Centre
Education and care service
Number licensed for
29 children, including up to 5 aged under 2 years
Percentage of qualified teachers
Review team on site
Date of this report
10 November 2023
Most recent ERO reports
Akanuku | Assurance Review, July 2022; Education Review, February 2018
Te Kauwhata Childcare and Learning Centre
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.
|Premises and facilities
|Health and safety
|Governance, management and administration
At the time of the review, ERO identified non-compliance with regulatory standards that must be addressed.
Te Kauwhata Childcare and Learning Centre is a privately owned, full-day education and care service.
There have been significant changes including reduced licence provision at the service. A new centre manager leads a teaching team of seven. Governance is provided by the long-standing owner.
Summary of Review Findings
Children are responded to as confident and competent learners. They have meaningful and positive interactions with adult’s providing education and care. Children are involved in decisions about their learning whilst being supported to develop social and emotional competencies.
The service is informed by assessment and planning and provides children with a range of experiences and opportunities, indoors and out, to enhance and extend their learning and development.
There are regular opportunities provided for parents to communicate with adults and to share specific evidence of their child’s learning. An annual plan and philosophy statement guides the service operations.
Actions for Compliance
ERO found areas of non-compliance in the service relating to:
- the services curriculum respects and supports the right of each child to be confident in their own culture and encourages children to understand and respect other cultures.
[Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, C6].
During the review, the service provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed the following non‑compliances:
- information is provided to parents about the amount and details of the expenditure of any Ministry of Education funding received by the service (GMA3)
- an annual budget setting out the services estimated revenue and expenses for the year (GMA9)
- practicable steps are taken to protect children from exposure to inappropriate material (HS32).
Recommendation to Ministry of Education
ERO recommends the Ministry follows up with the service provider to ensure that non-compliances identified in this report are addressed promptly.
Next ERO Review
The next ERO review is likely to be an Akarangi | Quality Evaluation.
Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)
Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui
28 July 2022
Information About the Service
|Early Childhood Service Name
|Te Kauwhata Childcare and Learning Centre
|Education and care service
|Number licensed for
|29 children, including up to 5 aged under 2
|Percentage of qualified teachers
|Māori 4, NZ European/Pākehā 20, other ethnic groups 7
|Review team on site
|Date of this report
|28 July 2022
|Most recent ERO report(s)
|Education Review, February 2018; Education Review, August 2014
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:
- 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.