All About Children - 149 Mahia

Education institution number:
46143
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
37
Telephone:
Address:

149 Mahia Road, Manurewa, Auckland

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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

ChoiceKids Mahia Road is one of eight ChoiceKids services in South Auckland. Most children enrolled are Māori or of Pacific heritage. The January 2019 ERO report identified that the service required further development. Ongoing progress is evident.

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

Summary of Review Findings

Children’s preferences are respected and teachers provide a programme that allows children to be involved in decisions about their learning experiences. Adults engage in meaningful, positive interactions that enhance children’s learning. Children are supported to be confident in their own culture and are encouraged to understand and respect other cultures.

Self review and professional development support the service to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Teacher appraisal processes are established. The service is further developing these processes to support outcomes for children.

Annual planning and monitoring of operational policies and procedures are in place.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • in consultation with families, further develop the local curriculum to reflect the things that are important to children, their families, kaiako and the wider community
  • supporting children’s sustained and increasing complexity of exploration through a wide range of learning opportunities outdoors.

Next ERO Review

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

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

29 November 2019

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

ChoiceKids Mahia Road

Profile Number

46143

Location

Manurewa, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

40 children aged over 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%+

Reported ratio of staff to children under 2

N/A

Reported ratio of staff

1:8 - Better than regulatory standards.

Service roll

59

Gender composition

Male 33, Female 26

Ethnic composition

Māori 26
NZ European/Pākehā 2
Samoan 18
Other Pacific groups 7
Other ethnic groups 6

Review team on site

September 2019

Date of this report

29 November 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, January 2019
Education Review, September 2015

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 Choice Kids Mahia Road

How well placed is Choice Kids Mahia Road to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Choice Kids Mahia Road requires further development to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

Choice Kids managers and teachers require support to establish effective management systems that prioritise children's learning, improve learning environments and implement programmes that are based on Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum.

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

Background

Choice Kids Mahia Road opened in 2013. It is located in Manurewa and is one of eight services governed and managed by the Choice Kids organisation. The centre is licensed to provide full-day education and care for 40 children over two years of age. Most of the children are Māori or have Pacific heritage.

A new centre manager works with a team that includes three qualified teachers. The centre's philosophy has recently been reviewed.

In 2015 ERO identified several areas to improve, including teachers' planning, assessment, evaluation and bicultural practices. Teachers' appraisal, strategic planning and self review were also identified as key next steps. There has been very little progress in these areas. It remains a challenge for teachers and leaders to achieve and sustain good quality practices to support children's learning.

The Review Findings

Children are settled and engage in basic activities in a supportive environment. Children play well with each other and have formed positive friendships. They choose from a range of activities set up by teachers.

Teachers are welcoming and approachable. Their interactions with children are generally positive. Parents appreciate support from teachers in an inclusive, family friendly environment.

Children are familiar with, and actively participate in, centre routines. Teachers promote children's responsibility and self-management well during these times.

The programme for children should be more closely aligned to Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Teachers need to develop a shared vision and a quality programme that engages children in their learning. They could improve the programme by gaining deeper understanding of theories about learning and development in early childhood. Teachers have begun professional learning to develop effective teaching practices, but this is yet to impact positively on children's learning.

Teachers are beginning to promote a bicultural programme for children, and should continue to support children's growing sense of their cultural identity. Teachers should ensure the programme and teaching strategies are more responsive to children's individual interests and cultural backgrounds. Programmes should offer a greater variety of engaging and challenging educational resources and physical activities.

Managers have identified the need to improve the learning environments. Teachers could promote learning through play by setting up inviting and stimulating learning environments in distinct play areas. Resources should be readily accessible, challenging and sufficient for learning. More opportunities for wonder, curiosity and creativity in the programme would help to foster children's learning.

Teachers are beginning to develop assessment practices that focus on individual children. They provide whānau with regular information about their children's learning. Teachers now need to focus programme planning on teaching and learning strategies rather than on activities.

Management systems are developing. The centre's strategic plan should include clear strategic goals that align with indicators of effective practice. Internal evaluation is yet to be effectively established. The centre's policy framework needs to be consistently aligned with the Vulnerable Children's Act. Performance management systems are yet to be established.

The centre manager would benefit from leadership training. The management structure needs to ensure that staffing and resourcing appropriately prioritise children's learning.

Key Next Steps

Next steps to improve centre practices include:

  • teachers being more deliberate in the strategies that they use to engage children and extend their learning

  • improving the quality of learning environments and resources to help teachers promote children’s exploration, creativity and oral language

  • ongoing professional development to support the manager's and each teacher's capability growth

  • developing internal evaluation processes that help managers and teachers to improve the quality of learning programmes for children

  • implementing robust, improvement-focused performance management.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Choice Kids Mahia 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.

To improve current practices, managers should:

  • differentiate between policies and procedures and ensure that these are consistently implemented

  • improve supervision in the outdoor learning environment, currently restricted by poorly designed climbing equipment.

Actions for compliance

ERO identified areas of non-compliance relating to:

  • systematic, improvement focused internal evaluation

  • a sufficient quantity and variety of indoor and outdoor furniture, equipment and materials

  • the extent to which curriculum leadership and implementation reflects an understanding of and is consistent with, current research, theory, and practices in early childhood education.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, GMA6,PF4; Education (ECS) Regulations 2008, 43(1a,iii).

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.

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next ERO review of Choice Kids Mahia Road will be within two years.

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services Northern

Te Tai Raki - Northern Region

31 January 2019

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

46143

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

40 children over the age of 2 years

Service roll

62

Gender composition

Boys 43 Girls 19

Ethnic composition

Māori
Samoan
other ethnic groups

30
13
19

Percentage of qualified teachers

80% +

Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2

1:10

Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

October 2018

Date of this report

31 January 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

September 2015

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.