Ohope Beach Montessori Preschool

Education institution number:
45390
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
43
Telephone:
Address:

23 Bluett Road, Ohope Beach

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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

Meeting

Health and safety

Not meeting

Governance, management and administration

Not meeting

At the time of the review, ERO identified non-compliance with regulatory standards that must be addressed.

Background

Ohope Beach Montessori Preschool is a privately-owned service for children from two years to school age. The staff includes qualified and unqualified teachers. The centre owner is the manager and professional leader. The June 2015 ERO report found the service to be very well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

Summary of Review Findings

Positive and meaningful relationships among children and teachers underpin teaching and learning practices. The curriculum supports children to be confident and competent learners. Children are involved in decisions about their learning experiences. A language-rich environment provides a range of learning opportunities for children. The service curriculum acknowledges and reflects the unique place of Maori as tangata whenua. Children are given opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of New Zealand’s bicultural heritage. Regular opportunities are provided for parents to be involved in decision-making concerning their children’s learning interests and strengths.

The service is not meeting the regulatory standards in health and safety and governance, management and administration.

Actions for Compliance

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

  • heavy furniture, fixtures and equipment not secured that could topple or fall and cause serious injury
  • carrying out and evaluating relevant emergency drills on at least a three-monthly basis
  • analysis of accidents and incidents to identify hazards
  • recording the name of the child; name and amount of medication given; date and time medication was administered and by whom for (iii) medication
  • a record of training for the administering of medications is developed and maintained
  • an annual plan that identifies who, what and when in relation to key tasks undertaken each year.

[Licencing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, GMA8, HS6, HS8, HS12, HS28, HS29]

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 will be in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

3 November 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Ohope Beach Montessori Preschool

Profile Number

45390

Location

Ohope Beach

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

30 children, including up to 0 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%+

Service roll

44

Gender composition

Female 23, Male 21.

Ethnic composition

Māori 10, NZ European/Pākehā 33, Other ethnic groups 1.

Review team on site

(October 2020)

Date of this report

3 November 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review June 2015
Education Review June 2012

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 Ohope Beach Montessori Preschool

How well placed is Ohope Beach Montessori Preschool 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

Ohope Beach Montessori Preschool is a privately owned education and care service for children from two years to school age. The centre operates a full day programme five days per week, and many children attend on a part-time basis. The centre is licensed for 30 children. Its roll of 36 includes 4 children of Māori descent. The centre owner and licensee is the manager and professional leader of the centre.

The centre’s philosophy makes a commitment to providing a stimulating, creative, challenging, varied and fun learning environment for children. It reflects the intent of both the Montessori and Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum.

A special feature of the centre is the outdoor play area which is located in expansive gardens that feature many fruit trees and reflects New Zealand’s natural environment.

Since the 2012 ERO review, there has been only one change in the teaching team. Teachers have undertaken significant professional learning and development in the Montessori curriculum, transitioning to school processes, and the inclusion of science in the programme.

The centre was opened in 2010 and the 2012 ERO review identified that the centre provided high-quality education and care for children. This ERO review found that this quality of education and care continues to permeate throughout the centre.

The Review Findings

Children benefit from participating in a calm and settled programme that is very responsive to their interests. They have access to high-quality learning resources including those that reflect the Montessori philosophy. Particular strengths of the programme experienced by children include:

  • many opportunities for exploration to experience the natural world
  • frequent trips and visits into the local and wider-community
  • an effective focus on science learning and creative play
  • opportunities for children to experience safe physical challenge
  • the effective integration of literacy and mathematics learning.

Māori children’s sense of identity and belonging is enhanced through the natural inclusion of te reo and tikanga Māori. Strong partnerships have been developed with local whānau that includes visits to local marae.

Teachers have developed positive and useful relationships with the local school that support children’s transitions. Children enjoy many opportunities to attend school events such as musical productions and end of year celebrations.

Strong and useful partnerships have been developed with parents. The programme is enhanced by parents being able to share their knowledge and expertise with children. Parents are well informed about their children’s participation in the programme and current interests through being able to access their child’s ePortfolio.

Teachers work very well together in the best interests of children and their families. Children benefit from teacher’s respectful and caring relationships. Teachers implement effective strategies that support children’s problem solving and thinking skills, and actively participate alongside children in extended play and learning experiences. Teachers are responsive to children’s care needs and effectively promote children’s self care and independence. ERO observed high levels of sustained and meaningful play by children, both independently and in small groups of their own choosing.

The centre manager provides effective professional leadership and governance for the centre. She is a very reflective leader and models high-quality teaching practice. The centre manager is highly respected by teachers and parents.

A useful policy structure has been developed to guide centre operations. The centre is generously resourced and funds extensive teacher professional development. Regular self review is contributing to ongoing centre development.

Ohope Beach Montessori Preschool continues to provide high-quality education and care for children.

Key Next Steps

The key next step for the centre is to continue to develop and implement a robust teacher appraisal process including providing teachers with regular, documented feedback about their teaching practice.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Ohope Beach Montessori Preschool 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 Ohope Beach Montessori Preschool will be in four years.

Dale Bailey

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

10 June 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

Ohope Beach

Ministry of Education profile number

45390

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

30 children, including up to 0 aged under 2

Service roll

36

Gender composition

Girls 19 Boys 17

Ethnic composition

Māori

NZ European/Pākehā

Dutch

4

29

3

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates

50-79%

 

Over 2

1:10

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

April 2015

Date of this report

10 June 2015

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

June 2012

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.