Active Explorers Greenmeadows

Education institution number:
46346
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
56
Telephone:
Address:

518 Kennedy Road, Greenmeadows, Napier

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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

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

Active Explorers Greenmeadows is owned, managed and governed by Evolve Education Group (Evolve). Children play and learn in three separate areas. The January 2019 ERO evaluation found that the service required further development. Since this time a new centre manager and new Evolve area manager have been appointed.

Summary of Review Findings

Children experience a curriculum that is consistent with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. A range of activities is provided to suit the learning and abilities of children attending.

Teachers engage in meaningful, positive interactions that enhance learning and nurture reciprocal relationships. They support children’s developing social competence and understanding of appropriate behaviour. Adults take all reasonable steps to promote the good health and safety of children.

A newly developed philosophy, as well as annual and strategic plans, guide the service’s operation. An ongoing process of self review helps to maintain and improve the quality of education and care.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • strengthening evaluation related to assessment and planning to inform the curriculum and teaching practice
  • continuing to build a curriculum where children experience te ao Māori, their own and other cultures in meaningful contexts
  • taking a more deliberate approach in gathering and responding to parent aspirations for their children.

Actions for Compliance

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

  • heavy equipment that could topple and cause serious injury or damage are secured (HS6).

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review is likely to be an Akarangi | Quality Evaluation.

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

25 September 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Active Explorers Greenmeadows

Profile Number

46346

Location

Napier

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

80 children, including up to 30 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%+

Service roll

75

Gender composition

Male 41, Female 34.

Ethnic composition

Māori 13
NZ European/Pākehā 49
Asian 4
Other ethnic groups 9

Review team on site

September 2020

Date of this report

25 September 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, January 2019
Education Review, February 2016

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 Active Explorers Greenmeadows

How well placed is Active Explorers Greenmeadows to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Active Explorers Greenmeadows requires further development to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

Systems and processes to identify good practice and promote consistency of implementation across the centre have not yet been developed. Significant and ongoing changes at this service have impacted on progress in addressing the priorities for improvement identified in the February 2016 ERO report.

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

Background

Active Explorers Greenmeadows was previously known as Piccolini Private Nursery & Kindergarten. The service was purchased by the Evolve Education Group (Evolve) in 2016 and was first renamed Leaps and Bounds before adopting the Active Explorers brand name.

The centre is licensed for 89 children, including 30 up to two years. At the time of this review there were 68 on roll, including seven Māori children.

Children play and learn in three separate areas. The centre provides morning and afternoon meals for the children.

The staff team comprises teachers employed by the Piccolini owners. The new centre manager was appointed in May 2018. This is her first leadership role.

Evolve provides management support and a governance framework. A new area manager was appointed in August 2018 and this is her first position at this level of responsibility. The role of regional manager is currently vacant. At the time of this review, the new area manager is being supported by a manager from another region.

The 2016 ERO report identified a number of areas requiring further improvement. These included internal evaluation; partnership with parents; and bicultural perspectives. Some progress has been made, however these remain areas for development.

The Review Findings

Children lead their own learning in an environment well organised to support their independence and exploration. They participate enthusiastically in a range of learning experiences. Parents and whānau are warmly welcomed.

Responsive caregiving enables teachers to respond sensitively to each child's changing needs and the preferences of infants and toddlers. They have space and time to lead their own learning. Comfortable, safe spaces successfully cater for children who are not yet mobile and for those who are crawling and learning to walk.

Assessment, planning and evaluation of children's learning is variable across the teaching team. Leaders should prioritise the development of systems to promote consistency of teacher practice and monitor the quality of children's learning stories over time.

Children's progression through the three learning areas reflects their age and learning readiness. Teachers are in the early stages of developing strategies to support older children as they prepare for their move to school.

Teaching practice is variable. A centre-wide philosophy to guide teaching practice is in the early stages of development. This should be a priority for leaders and teachers. The underpinning philosophy needs to be aligned to Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum and the Evolve Active Explorers vision.

Teachers are in the early stages of exploring approaches to support educational success for Māori children. Some bicultural practices are evident. Teachers and leaders acknowledge that the bicultural curriculum continues to require strengthening. They agree that increasing the use of meaningful te reo Māori is an important next step.

Teachers understanding and use of internal evaluation is in the early stages. Further support is required to identify the purpose of evaluation and effectively undertake the process in order to improve children's outcomes.

Teachers are given regular opportunities to develop their practice through relevant professional learning. The recently revised appraisal system should also be strengthened and fully implemented to ensure that it supports teachers to improve their practice and build capability. It should include:

  • constructive feedback and next steps for development

  • targeted observations linked to appraisal goals

  • appropriate support for the manager to develop leadership capability.

Area managers have recently identified a number of priorities for improvement. They have produced a plan detailing actions to improve practice in relation to:

  • the centre philosophy

  • assessment, planning and evaluation of children's learning

  • bicultural practice

  • strategies to support Māori children's learning

  • strategies to support children's transitions to school

  • internal evaluation

  • appraisal

  • leadership support

  • policy implementation.

ERO's external evaluation affirms these priorities for improvement. Leaders should strengthen their action plan to more deliberately reflect current centre practices and to clearly identify the impact of the intended improvements on learning outcomes for children.

Key Next Steps

Evolve leaders and ERO agree that for ongoing and sustained improvement, systems and processes to identify good practice and promote consistency of implementation should be developed.

A strategic approach by Evolve senior leaders is required to track and monitor progress in their identified actions and to address the areas for improvement identified in this report.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Active Explorers Greenmeadows 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.

Actions for compliance

ERO identified an area of non-compliance relating to governance and management. To meet requirements the service needs to improve its performance in the following area:

  • philosophy development.
    [Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, GMA5]

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 Active Explorers Greenmeadows will be within two years.

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Te Tai Pokapū - Central Region

30 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

Napier

Ministry of Education profile number

46346

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

89 children, including up to 30 aged under 2

Service roll

68

Gender composition

Boys 38, Girls 30

Ethnic composition

Māori
Pākehā
Other ethnic groups

7
55
6

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%+ Based on funding rates

80% +

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:4

Better than minimum requirements

Over 2

1:8

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

November 2018

Date of this report

30 January 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

February 2016

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.