Coast Kids on Karepiro

Education institution number:
46581
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
34
Telephone:
Address:

16 Karepiro Drive, Stanmore Bay

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Coast Kids on Karepiro

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

Since the onsite visit the service has provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed non-compliances and is now taking reasonable steps to meet regulatory standards.

Background

This is the first ERO review of Coast Kids on Karepiro. Previously known as Bubba Bears, the service has been relicensed and under new ownership since 2019. Governance is provided by the owner, who works alongside teachers to support centre operations. Two age-based areas cater for children from infants to school age.

Summary of Review Findings

Teachers providing education and care engage in meaningful, positive interactions to enhance children’s learning and nurture reciprocal relationships. Children’s preferences are respected, and they are involved in decisions about their learning experiences.

The service curriculum is inclusive and responsive to children as confident and competent learners. The language-rich environment supports children’s learning. There is a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance and extend their learning and development, individually and in groups.

The design and layout of the premises supports the provision of different types of indoor and outdoor learning experiences. A philosophy statement and annual plan guide centre operations.

Actions for Compliance

Since the onsite visit, the service has provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed the following non-compliances:

  • Heavy furniture, fixtures, and equipment that could fall or topple and cause serious injury or damage are secured (HS6).
  • Equipment, premises and facilities are checked every day of operation for hazards to children (HS12).
  • All indoor and outdoor items and surfaces, furniture, equipment, and materials are safe and suitable for their intended use (PF5).
  • A record of parental acknowledgement is required when medicine has been administered (HS28).
  • A written child protection policy that meets the requirements of the Children’s Act 2014 (HS31).
  • Any windows or areas of glass accessible to children are either made of safety glass or covered by an adhesive film designed to hold the glass in place in the event of it being broken (PF7).
     

Next ERO Review

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

Filivaifale Jason Swann
Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)
Northern Region | Te Tai Raki

17 March 2022 

 

 

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Coast Kids on Karepiro

Profile Number

46581

Location

Stanmore Bay, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

37 children, including up to 12 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

50-79%

Service roll

25

Ethnic composition

Māori 4, NZ European/Pākehā 9, Indian 4, other ethnic groups 8

Review team on site

February 2022

Date of this report

17 March 2022

Most recent ERO report(s)

 

First ERO review of the service

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.

Bubba Bears Childcare Ltd - 03/11/2017

1 Evaluation of Bubba Bears Childcare Ltd

How well placed is Bubba Bears Childcare Ltd 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

Bubba Bears Childcare Ltd is licensed to provide all day education and care for 30 children including up to ten aged under two years. There is a separate room for infants and toddlers. Children attending come from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

The owner/manager and team leader provide leadership for the teaching team, which consists of four qualified teachers, and one teacher in training. The service's purpose is to enhance the development of children.

This is the service's first ERO review after having opened in 2015.

The Review Findings

Children freely explore the environment and engage in play with the resources available to them. They are confident and relaxed in their environment and enjoy caring relationships with each other and their teachers. Teachers provide good quality care for children.

Infants and toddlers benefit from sensitive, responsive caregiving. Teachers encourage infants' independence and support them to make choices. They recognise the communication styles of individual children and respond appropriately to their needs. Teachers provide a nurturing individualised programme in an attractive room, designed specifically for these younger children.

The programme offers good opportunities for learning and exploration through play. Mat-time routines give children opportunities for movement and song, and to speak to the group.

Teachers value and support the home languages of children who are learning English as an additional language. Teachers have a good level of commitment to developing their bicultural practices. Centre leaders want to develop a deeper level of understanding about te ao Māori.

The outdoor environment has suitable shade cover and the large sandpit is well resourced. There is provision for infants to enjoy the outdoors alongside older children. Teachers should now review the layout and resourcing of the centre to support the development of children's complex play and learning.

Programme planning is linked to Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Children's portfolios contain a mix of individual and group learning stories. Parents' aspirations for their children's learning are included in these portfolios. Teachers are beginning to set learning objectives for children, based on their observations. Centre leaders agree that closer observation and recording of children's developing interests will provide good information for planning and assessment.

Centre leaders recognise that further development is needed to ensure that the teacher appraisal system meets Education Council requirements. Using an external appraiser for the manager would provide good individual professional development and support centre developments.

Centre leaders are establishing a culture of quality practices in the centre as the teaching team consolidates. They should now strengthen internal evaluation to provide teachers with deeper insights about the effectiveness of their practice and to contribute to positive outcomes for children's learning.

Key Next Steps

Next steps for centre development include:

  • professional development and mentoring to support and strengthen centre leadership

  • developing programme planning practices to better support an increasing complexity in children's self-directed learning

  • strengthening the evaluation of teaching practices, by focussing on the impact on children's learning outcomes

  • aligning strategic planning with the annual plan, internal evaluation and teacher appraisal

  • ensuring that teacher appraisal meets the requirements of the Education Council.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Bubba Bears Childcare Ltd 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 Bubba Bears Childcare Ltd will be in three years.

Graham Randell

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

3 November 2017

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

Whangaparaoa, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

46581

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

30 children, including up to 10 aged under 2

Service roll

30

Gender composition

Boys 21 Girls 9

Ethnic composition

Māori
Pākehā
Cook Islands Māori
Asian
other

2
21
2
4
1

Percentage of qualified teachers

80% +

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:4

Better than minimum requirements

Over 2

1:6

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

August 2017

Date of this report

3 November 2017

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 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.