All About Children - Browns

Education institution number:
45668
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
27
Telephone:
Address:

49 Browns Road, Manurewa, Auckland

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ERO’s judgement

Regulatory standards

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

Choice Kids Browns Road is one of eight ChoiceKids services in South Auckland. The community, families and staff are culturally diverse, with the largest groups on the roll being Māori and Pacific. The children enrolled are between two and five years of age.

ERO’s 2018 special review of the ChoiceKids organisation identified a high number of areas for improvement. The service had been placed on a provisional licence and monitored by the Ministry of Education. It was returned to a full licence in April 2018. ChoiceKids personnel continue to support the service’s ongoing improvement.

This review was part of a cluster of eight reviews in the ChoiceKids organisation.

Summary of review findings

Teachers provide a programme that is based on Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, and reflects the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua. They engage children in positive interactions that support children’s play and learning. A variety of resources are available for the learning and abilities of children attending. Children learn in a language rich environment that supports them to be confident in their own culture and encourages understanding towards their peers.

Teacher appraisal and internal evaluation systems are in place. Systems have been established for monitoring health and safety practices and promoting the physical and emotional wellbeing of children and their whānau.

Next ERO Review

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

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services Northern

Northern Region

23 May 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Choice Kids Browns Road

Profile Number

45668

Location

Manurewa, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

35 children over two years of age

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%+

Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2

1:8 – Better than regulatory standard

Service roll

48

Gender composition

Girls 28 Boys 20

Ethnic composition

Māori 15

Samoan 19

Tongan 4

other ethnic groups 10

Review team on site

April 2019

Date of this report

23 May 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

These are available at www.ero.govt.nz

Education Review

May 2016

Education Review

March 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:

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 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 Choice Kids Browns Road

How well placed is Choice Kids Browns Road 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

Choice Kids Browns Road is a privately owned service. It is the first centre to be established of a group of six Choice Kids centres across Auckland. This centre caters for the diverse community in Manurewa, Auckland. Full-day and sessional options are available from two years up to the age of five years.

The Choice Kids organisation provides a community-focused charitable wrap around service for children and their whānau. The centre follows the Choice Kids overarching centre philosophy of promoting a learning environment where children are respected, valued and supported to grow as confident learners.

Two directors and two operations managers oversee all the centres. Each centre has their own head teacher. At Choice Kids Browns Road, the teaching team, including the head teacher, are all new to the centre since the 2013 ERO report. The centre has two fully registered teachers, one provisionally registered teacher and one qualified teacher who is completing further qualifications to gain full registration. Full-time hospitality staff support teachers with the care for children and provide nutritional meals through the day.

The centre has responded positively to the recommendations from the 2013 ERO report. Staff are continuing to refine routines in order to provide children with opportunities for uninterrupted play. Positive relationships between parents and teachers continue to be a strong feature of the centre.

The Review Findings

Children are happy and settled. Families benefit from an environment that is welcoming and inclusive and have a strong sense of belonging. Whānau highly value the nurturing respectful relationships and appreciate their children’s experience. Teachers from diverse backgrounds use home languages that reflect those of the families and children.

Children are friendly and follow the centre’s clear routines. Their play is well supported in a learning environment that reflects their own culture. All staff promote bicultural awareness through the increasing use of te reo Māori. Group activities and festive events are celebrated. Teachers are now looking at their practice through a bicultural lens, and their increasing knowledge of tikanga Māori is evident.

Teachers know the children well. They make links to children’s home experiences and follow their interests when working alongside them to promote learning. Teachers use topic investigations and children’s interests to develop children’s learning. Children benefit from the sensitive care provided by teachers that is responsive to their individual needs. Teachers could now ensure that children experience more complex play and provide further opportunities for exploration and problem solving.

Parents are encouraged to contribute to their children’s portfolios of learning. There are some good examples of children’s learning journeys at the centre. Teachers should be supported to gain greater consistency of children’s learning journeys and ways of capturing these journeys over time.

The head teacher promotes a collective approach to programme planning. Wall displays reflect the children’s learning and programme activities. It is now timely for staff to document meetings that focus on children’s learning and to review how day-to-day centre operations are managed.

Teaching practices reflect the Choice Kids overarching philosophy, and education and care is guided by Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. The operation managers and head teacher agree that developing a philosophy that aligns with the overarching organisational Choice Kids philosophy would better reflect Choice Kids Browns Road.

The centre has close links to local primary schools. A transition to school programme supports children, and parents who spoke to ERO appreciate the centre’s process in getting children ready for school.

The managers have a strong commitment to providing appropriate professional development for all staff. They keep the staff informed about the operation of the centre. Established systems, policies and procedures are well implemented and regularly monitored. The purpose of centre reviews is increasingly understood to guide and improve teaching practice.

Key Next Steps

To support continuous centre improvement and build sustainable practices, the operation managers agree that key next steps include:

  • reviewing the purpose of routines to give children more opportunities for interrupted play and to enable them to return to play
  • strengthening the teacher appraisal processes, so that appraisals better reflect the different roles and responsibilities of teachers and leaders
  • using the Ministry of Education resource Tātaiako - Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learner, to strengthen teachers’ focus on bicultural practices.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Choice Kids Browns Road 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 Choice Kids Browns Road will be in three years.

Graham Randell

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

16 May 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

Manurewa, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

45668

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

35 children, including up to 0 aged under 2

Service roll

49

Gender composition

Boys 25 Girls 24

Ethnic composition

Māori

Pākehā

Samoan

Tongan

other

15

8

8

7

11

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%+

Based on funding rates

80% +

Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2

1:7

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

January 2016

Date of this report

16 May 2016

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

March 2013

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.