Cambridge E L Centre "The Castle"

Education institution number:
34002
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
42
Telephone:
Address:

10 Fort Street, Cambridge

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Cambridge E L Centre “The Castle”

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

At the time of the review, ERO found the service was taking reasonable steps to meet regulatory standards.

Background

Cambridge E L Centre “The Castle” is a community-based service operating under the umbrella of the Cambridge Childcare Trust. The Trust also operates a service for older children, Cambridge E L Centre The Pagoda, on the same site. The centre manager and leadership team have responded to the findings of the June 2020 ERO report. 

Summary of Review Findings

Infants and toddlers access a range of experiences and opportunities, both indoors and outdoors. Kaiako provide a language rich environment to enhance and extend children’s learning. Children have opportunities to understand the cultural heritages of both parties to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Adults providing education and care, engage in meaningful interactions and respond to children as confident, competent learners. Children’s preferences are respected, and they are involved in decisions about their learning.

The curriculum is informed by assessment, planning and evaluation that demonstrates an understanding of children’s learning and interests. Positive steps are taken to respect and acknowledge the aspirations held by parents for their children.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • establish a local curriculum, with the support of iwi and whānau Māori, that acknowledges and reflects the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua

  • analyse the learning outcomes of Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, in relation to the services priorities

  • increase the extent to which information documented about children’s learning reflects their culture, language and identity.

Next ERO Review

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

Phil Cowie
Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)
Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

15 June 2022 

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Cambridge E L Centre “The Castle”

Profile Number

34002

Location

Cambridge

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

75 children, including up to 26 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80-99%

Service roll

43

Ethnic composition

Māori 2, NZ European/Pākehā 38, Other ethnic groups 3.

Review team on site

April 2022

Date of this report

15 June 2022

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, June 2020; Education Review, June 2016

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.

Cambridge E L Centre "The Castle" - 26/06/2020

1 Evaluation of Cambridge E L Centre "The Castle"

How well placed is Cambridge E L Centre "The Castle" to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Cambridge E L Centre "The Castle" requires further development to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

Cambridge Early Learning Centre-The Castle, requires further development so that leaders and teachers ensure compliance with all health and safety licensing requirements, as outlined in the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations and the 2008 Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Services.

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

Background

Cambridge Early Learning Centre -The Castle is a community-based, all-day education and care service located in Cambridge. The centre operates under the umbrella of the Cambridge Childcare Trust (CCT) and is licensed for 75 children, including 26 up to the age of two years old. Two age-based rooms operate, one for children up to 18 months of age and the other for children from 18 months to three years. The current roll of 61 children, includes seven who identify as Māori.

The CCT operates a service for older children, The Pagoda, on the same site. A centre coordinator oversees both services. At The Castle, she is supported by three team leaders who provide professional guidance and support for staff.

The service philosophy promotes strong relationships, active exploration and links to the home and wider community.

The June 2016 ERO report identified areas for improvement in relation to developing and implementing self review and developing explicit, shared and agreed expectations for centre operation. These have not yet been fully addressed.

The Review Findings

The CCT and leaders should ensure that the service is guided by policies and procedures that clearly show expectations of practice in relation to the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008. These should be regularly monitored to ensure licensing requirements are upheld. Management now needs to review the effectiveness of current systems and centre operation.

Promoting strong learning relationships is a key focus for teachers. They skilfully notice, recognise and respond to children’s learning. Oral language is well supported through open-ended questions and children’s desire to inquire and be curious. Children’s preferences are respected by teachers as they choose to play alongside their peers, with adults and independently.

The curriculum is responsive to children's interests and promotes successful outcomes. Ongoing observation of children in everyday activities builds a picture of what they are interested in and can do. Teachers use this information well to plan activities and experiences to successfully extend children's learning.

Parents and teachers increasingly share assessment information to plan children's individual learning. An on-line assessment platform is assisting this relationship. Teachers view each family and knowledge of their child as an integral part of the learning community. Meaningful and well considered transitions within the centre contributes to children's sense of belonging. Children are seen as confident learners and explorers.

A bicultural curriculum is evident in routines and in some aspects of the programme. Leaders and teachers recognise the need to strengthen this. Further work is required to develop a whole team approach to supporting Māori children's learning.

Children have access to a wide range of equipment, engage in uninterrupted play and maintain interest over time. Literacy, mathematics and science are effectively and authentically woven through play and learning. Children experience a wide range of choices in their play and are confident to make their own decisions.

Children up to two years of age have personalised routines and nursery teachers maintain a calm and slow pace. Children have easy access to an environment that is well resourced and encourages exploration. Responsive care-giving supports infants' need for strong and secure attachments.

Teachers upskill through professional reading and research. The service now needs to implement its appraisal framework to meet The Standards for the Teaching Profession. This includes; regular observations, appraiser feedback and summary reports.

Key Next Steps

The CCT, leaders and teachers should:

  • improve self review for accountability to ensure that licensing requirements are upheld

  • continue to strengthen the bicultural curriculum

  • develop a whole team approach to supporting Māori children's success.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Cambridge E L Centre "The Castle" 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 identified areas of non-compliance relating to health and safety and governance, management and administration. To meet requirements the service needs to improve its performance in the following areas:

  • record keeping in relation to emergency drills; sleep monitoring; excursions; accidents; administration of medication

  • a system of regular appraisal

  • selection and appointment procedures

  • an annual plan identifying 'who', 'what', and 'when' in relation to key tasks undertaken each year

  • that the service is effectively governed and is managed in accordance with good management practices

  • appropriate documentation and records are developed, maintained, and regularly reviewed.

[Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, HS8; HS9; HS17; HS27; HS28; GMA7; GMA8]

[Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008 46; 47 General].

Since the onsite stage of the ERO evaluation, the service has provided the outline of an annual plan and this has yet to identify who will undertake the tasks listed.

Development Plan Recommendation

ERO recommends that the service, in consultation with the Ministry of Education, develops a plan to address the key next steps and actions outlined in this report.

Darcy Te Hau

Acting Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)

Central Region - Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

26 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

Cambridge

Ministry of Education profile number

34002

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

75 children, including up to 26 aged under 2

Service roll

61

Gender composition

Male 33, Female 28

Ethnic composition

Māori
NZ European/Pākehā
Other

7
48
6

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%+ Based on funding rates

80% +

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:4

Better than minimum requirements

Over 2

1:7

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

March 2020

Date of this report

26 June 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

June 2016

Education Review

July 2013

Education Review

August 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.