Home Grown Kids Auckland 2

Education institution number:
46226
Service type:
Homebased Network
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
28
Address:

57A Spring Street, Tauranga

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1 Evaluation of Home Grown Kids Auckland 2

How well placed is Home Grown Kids Auckland 2 to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Home Grown Kids Auckland 2 is well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

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

Background

Home Grown Kids Auckland 2 provides home-based education and care for infants and children up to school age within the Auckland region, including Waiheke Island. The service is a standard funded network. A qualified visiting teacher (VT) is responsible for the day-to-day support of experienced educators.

Since the previous ERO review the service has been purchased by Edubase Limited. A new governance structure was established in September 2019. Two directors and a national senior leadership team are responsible for service operations. A regional manager is the professional teaching and learning leader. She works closely with VTs to assist educators to provide a home-based curriculum.

The organisation's vision is to enable all tamariki to learn, grow and thrive in a home-based setting. The philosophy highlights Te Tiriti based practices and a bicultural curriculum.

This review was part of a cluster of four Home Grown Kids network reviews in the Edubase national organisation.

The Review Findings

The specific needs of infants, toddlers and young children are supported by a consistent and familiar educator. Emphasis is given to providing respectful and nurturing interactions within a small group setting.

Learning records show that the languages and cultures of children and their families are acknowledged and respected. There is a deliberate focus on developing bicultural perspectives and te ao Māori understandings. Leaders and teachers have identified that this can be further strengthened. Good modelling within the VT team is strengthening practice across the networks.

Leaders and VTs promote positive, reciprocal relationships to support educators with teaching and learning. VTs promote professional learning partnerships with and between educators. The aspirations that parents/whānau have for their children’s learning are sought, valued and responded to.

The VTs and educators use their knowledge and skills from professional learning to improve practice and to provide children with a stimulating curriculum. They are well supported by leaders to enact their role and responsibilities. Regular communication is promoting collaboration and collegiality amongst the VT team. They willingly share and discuss their work.

The VTs provide written feedback to educators about the curriculum provided for children. The quality of this information is being strengthened so that it includes evidence about children's learning and progress over time. The VT team is reflective and committed to making improvements that lead to positive outcomes for children.

Senior leaders are currently undertaking a significant review of all health and safety processes. This work is ongoing and is necessary to improve systems, processes and practices, especially in relation to meeting statutory obligations.

Key Next Steps

Key next steps are to:

  • refine strategic planning to include annual action plans and processes for monitoring, evaluating and reporting identified service priorities, including compliance with legal requirements
  • extend VT's knowledge and capability in relation to evaluative practice
  • strengthen the quality and consistency of the curriculum, particularly in the areas of assessment, planning and evaluation.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Home Grown Kids Auckland 2 completed an ERO Home-based Education and Care 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.

Since the review, the service has provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed non-compliances relating to health and safety and governance and management.

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)

Northern Region - Te Tai Raki

19 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 Home-based Education and Care Service

Location

Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

46226

Institution type

Homebased Network

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

80 children, including up to 80 aged under 2

Service roll

23

Standard or Quality Funded

Standard

Gender composition

Girls 13 Boys 10

Ethnic composition

Māori
NZ European/Pākehā
other ethnic groups

2
12
9

Number of qualified coordinators in the network

1

Required ratios of educators to children

Under 2

1:2

Over 2

1:4

Review team on site

February 2020

Date of this report

19 June 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

No previous ERO reports

Previously Connections in the Home 2 Howick

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 the draft methodology for ERO reviews in Home-based Education and Care Services: July 2008

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.

1 Evaluation of Connections In The Home 2

How well placed is Connections In The Home 2 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

Connections In The Home 2 is one of two home-based education and care networks operating in Howick, East Auckland. It is licensed to provide an early childhood education and care service for up to 80 children from infancy to school age. Educators provide programmes in their homes for up to four children at a time. Children are able to attend weekly playgroups and community excursions. Educators and parents are also welcome to come to the service office in Howick to access extra resources or attend group events.

Educators in this home-based network have a range of early childhood qualifications. The two coordinators are registered early childhood teachers. They regularly visit educators in the home and support them to plan educational programmes for children. Child-led learning in a nurturing home environment, and the provision of a curriculum underpinned by Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, are key aspects of the service's philosophy.

The service providers/owners are experienced professional leaders who are also registered early childhood teachers. They work collaboratively with coordinators, educators and families. The owners have developed highly effective management and administration systems that align with the service's philosophy, vision and mission. This is the first ERO review of the service, which was established in 2013.

The Review Findings

Learning records show that children's sense of belonging and their emotional and physical wellbeing are well supported. Educators provide exciting programmes and they know children very well. Infants and toddlers benefit from nurturing individualised care. Curriculum experiences are responsive to children’s ages, ideas and play interests through planned opportunities, day-to-day household activities, weekly playgroups and excursions. Children's learning is shared with families/whānau in written records and e-portfolios.

The owners, coordinators and educator have a shared belief in the value and benefits of home-based education and care for children and their families. Coordinators work closely with educators to provide a responsive curriculum and authentic home and community based learning experiences. Educators maintain good hygiene practices and are supported by the coordinators’ regular health and safety checks. The owners take an active role in the service, foster a team approach and strongly encourage professional development for coordinators, educators and whānau.

There is an organisational culture of trust and respect. Relationships between the service, educators and families are responsive, supportive and caring. Coordinators model effective and inclusive teaching practice in home visits and during group events. They support educators to plan learning programmes for children. Coordinators are improvement-focused and eager to continue increasing educator knowledge and inclusion of te reo and tikanga Māori in homes.

The owners and coordinators are reflective and effective professional leaders who are focused on improving educator knowledge and educational outcomes for children. They work in collaborative and transparent ways to share information and develop learning partnerships with educators, families/whānau and the community. Purposeful self review enables them to maintain very good practices and to research areas to develop further. Children's wellbeing and education is at the heart of service operations and self review.

The owners have a strong commitment to maintaining a high quality home-based education service. Their philosophy and vision are evident across all service practices and policies. Owners also have an ongoing commitment to bicultural development. Comprehensive documentation outlines clear guidelines and high expectations for educators.

Robust health and safety systems provide assurance that expectations are being well monitored. The owners have implemented careful recruitment procedures for educators and team members as part of their strong commitment to implementing the Vulnerable Children Act well. Meaningful, evidence-based appraisal supports coordinators and educators to reflect on and further improve their own professional practice.

Key Next Steps

The owners and ERO worked together to identify key next steps to enhance existing practices. These include:

  • developing long-term goals to inform ongoing improvement
  • evaluating the impact and outcomes of improvement initiatives on teaching practices and children's learning
  • documenting clearly how coordinators coach and guide educator practice
  • continuing to celebrate children's language, culture and identity in educator homes and making these visible in children's learning records.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Connections In The Home 2 completed an ERO Home-based Education and Care 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 Connections In The Home 2 will be in three years.

Graham Randell

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

12 February 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 Home-based Education and Care Service

Location

Howick, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

46226

Institution type

Homebased Network

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

80 children, including up to 60 aged under 2

Service roll

25

Standard or Quality Funded

Quality

Gender composition

Boys 15 Girls 10

Ethnic composition

Māori

Pākehā

Indian

other

1

16

5

3

Number of qualified coordinators in the network

2

Required ratios of staff educators to children

Under 2

1:2

 

Over 2

1:4

Review team on site

December 2015

Date of this report

12 February 2016

Most recent ERO report(s) 

No previous ERO reports

 

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 the draft methodology for ERO reviews in Home-based Education and Care Services: July 2014

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.