Buckle My Shoe Early Learning Centre

Education institution number:
40311
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
30
Telephone:
Address:

1007 Cameron Road, Gate Pa, Tauranga

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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

This is the first ERO review of Buckle My Shoe Early Learning Centre since a change of ownership in January 2019. Governance is provided by two directors. One is the licensee/centre director. She leads a team of one unqualified and four qualified teachers in a mixed-age setting.

Summary of Review Findings

Children experience positive and respectful relationships with their teachers. Individual education plans are responsive to children’s interests, strengths and the aspirations of parents. Teachers provide a language-rich environment that support children’s literacy learning. Information and guidance is sought from external agencies to support children with additional learning and development needs.

Self review helps the service maintain and improve the quality of education and care. Parent contributions are valued and are encouraged to contribute to children’s learning. Suitable human resource management practices are implemented. An annual plan guides centre operations and an annual budget guides financial expenditure.

Actions for Compliance

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

  • implementing all aspects of the current Fire Evacuation Scheme.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, HS4.

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

  • implementing all aspects of the current Fire Evacuation Scheme, HS4.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review is likely to be an Education Review.

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region - Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

9 December 2019

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Buckle My Shoe Early Learning Centre

Profile Number

40311

Location

Tauranga

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

25 children, including up to 5 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%+

Reported ratio of staff to children under 2

1:5 - Meets regulatory standards.

Reported ratio of staff to children over 2

1:10 - Meets regulatory standards.

Service roll

31

Gender composition

Male 19 Female 12

Ethnic composition

Māori 8
NZ European/Pākehā 18
Other 5

Review team on site

November 2019

Date of this report

9 December 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review July 2016
Education Review September 2013

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 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 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 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 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 Buckle My Shoe Early Learning Centre

How well placed is Buckle My Shoe 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

Buckle My Shoe Early Learning Centre is a privately owned, family-oriented education and care service located in the Tauranga suburb of Gate Pa. It provides all day education and care for up to 25 children, including up to 5 under 2 years of age. At the time of this ERO review, 31 children were enrolled, including 3 of Māori descent.

The centre's philosophy is based on the principles of Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Teachers aim to provide an environment where children are acknowledged as active participants in their own learning and encouraged to become responsible and independent learners.

The owner is ably supported by three long-standing staff members and two new teachers have recently been appointed. All teachers are fully qualified.

Since the last ERO review in 2013, the centre has responded positively to recommendations about the use of self-review outcomes to inform annual and strategic goals, and reviewing procedures and practices for children as they approach transition to school. The centre acknowledges there remains further work to do in strengthening teacher appraisal.

The Review Findings

Teachers at Buckle My Shoe know children and their families well and there is a strong sense of belonging for children, teachers and parents. Caring, respectful and inclusive relationships promote children's wellbeing and learning across all aspects of centre practice.

The centre curriculum is continually evolving in response to children's interests, needs and dispositions. Through child and teacher-initiated play, teachers encourage independent and shared discovery and decision making, which is resulting in children developing skills to lead their own learning. Children are continually challenged through open-ended questions, involvement in problem solving opportunities, and encouragement to take considered risks. They engage in a range of sustained play activities, both by themselves and with others. Teachers work alongside children and portray themselves as learners also.

Children are able to access a wide range of opportunities in well-planned environments to play and explore across all learning domains. They independently use a wide range of appropriate resources and equipment, both indoors and outdoors. Children’s learning and creative work are attractively displayed, promoting their sense of belonging and pride in their learning. They also benefit from visits to nearby parks, community events, and areas of local significance.

The centre's current strategic focus is the outdoor environment. A new all-weather cover has been installed over the outdoor verandah allowing for more effective use of the outdoor space.

Teachers skilfully promote oral language development, particularly in building vocabulary and children's questioning skills. They effectively incorporate practices that enable children to engage in meaningful and interesting literacy and mathematics learning. Bicultural practices, including te reo and tikanga Māori, are evident throughout the centre.

Children under 2 years of age enjoy opportunities to interact and build strong attachments with all teachers. They explore and make sense of the world around them as they experiment with movement, language, and a variety of resources. Teachers are flexible and respond to the rhythms of each child. Regular conversations with parents provide staff with vital information about children’s preferences and needs. Teachers also provide consistency and continuity for children in order to establish a secure foundation for their care and education.

Since the last ERO review, there has been ongoing development of self-review practices. Review of the under 2s’ area has resulted in changes to staffing in both age-based areas. All staff are now involved with both groups and each teacher is responsible for a selected number of children across all ages. Self review has also resulted in changed teaching practices for preparing four year olds to transition to school. Teachers focus on children's holistic development, including self-care skills, to assist their transition. The centre is currently seeking feedback from schools to inform current transition to school practice.

The centre's vision and philosophy are highly visible in observed practice. Within the philosophy, there is a strong focus on virtues and the 'Growing Great Character' programme, designed with parental input. This is encouraging children's ongoing development of learning dispositions and virtues.

Children's individual portfolios and informal discussions with teachers keep parents well informed about what their children are interested in, know and can do. The portfolios include a range of activities, art work, teacher observations and learning stories. It would now be beneficial for the centre to review how to increase parent input in children's portfolios.

Comprehensive self review continues to be an integral part of centre practice and includes reflection, teacher professional discussion, parent feedback, and spontaneous and planned reviews. Teachers have a positive attitude to change and work collaboratively to develop strategies to improve outcomes for all children. They are responsive to parent input and professional readings, and incorporate adaptive and innovative practices as appropriate. Staff have participated in self review regarding recent legislative changes associated with vulnerable children, health and safety, and food. This has resulted in all staff being knowledgeable about the requirements and expectations.

The centre's vision, values and philosophy are informed by parental aspirations. Effective documentation of policies and procedures guides centre practice. The centre owner makes effective use of teachers' knowledge, skills and expertise. Individual strengths are recognised and teachers have opportunities to develop leadership skills in areas such as sustainability and bicultural practice.

Key Next Steps

The centre acknowledges that their current appraisal process must include annual appraisal of all of the Practicing Teacher Criteria (PTCs) in line with Education Council requirements. The process should also be strengthened with:

  • regular, ongoing monitoring of personal goals related to teaching practice and improving outcomes for children

  • formal observations of teaching practice, linked to the PTCs and personal goals.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Buckle My Shoe 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 Buckle My Shoe Early Learning Centre will be in three years.

Lynda Pura-Watson

Deputy Chief Review Officer

29 July 2016

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

Tauranga

Ministry of Education profile number

40311

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

25 children, including up to 5 aged under 2

Service roll

31

Gender composition

Boys 17 Girls 14

Ethnic composition

Māori

Pākehā

Other

3

27

1

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%+

Based on funding rates

80% +

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:5

Meets minimum requirements

Over 2

1:8

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

June 2016

Date of this report

29 July 2016

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

September 2013

Education Review

May 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 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.