YMCA Community Early Years Learning Centre

Education institution number:
46853
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
34
Telephone:
Address:

125 Grey Street, Whanganui

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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

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

YMCA Community Early Years Learning Centre is a community based service, administered by YMCA Central. An area manager and centre manager oversee day-to-day operations. The 2019 and 2020 ERO reports identified a significant number of regulatory standards that were not being met. Progress is evident.

Summary of Review Findings

Children’s preferences are respected and they are involved in decisions about their learning experiences. Positive interactions with adults nurture reciprocal relationships. Children are encouraged to understand and respect other cultures. The curriculum provides children with a range of opportunities and a language rich environment that supports their learning.

The philosophy statement is guiding the service’s operation. Organisational systems provide ongoing support to manage and monitor health and safety requirements. Clear processes ensure human resource management and workforce safety checking requirements are met.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • improving the extent to which assessment shows the impact of whānau aspirations
  • improving the extent to which assessment shows children’s progress over time in relation to the learning outcomes from Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum
  • increasing children’s opportunities to hear and speak te reo Māori in meaningful learning contexts.

Actions for Compliance

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

  • review of the service’s emergency management plan and implementation of improved practices as required (HS7)
  • adults providing education and care are familiar with relevant emergency drills and carry these out with children on an at least three-monthly basis (HS8).

Next ERO Review

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

Shelley Booysen
Acting Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)
Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

24 February 2022 

Information About the Service

Early childhood service name

YMCA Community Early Years Learning Centre

Profile Number:

46853

Location

Whanganui

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

59 children, including up to 30 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers

80-99%

Service roll

41

Ethnic composition

Māori 9, NZ European/Pākehā 23, Indian 7, Other ethnic groups 2.

Review team on site

December 2021

Date of this report

24 February 2022

Most recent ERO report(s)

Akanuku | Assurance Review, November 2020; Akanuku | Assurance Review, July 2019.

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.

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

Not meeting

Premises and facilities

Meeting

Health and safety

Not meeting

Governance, management and administration

Not meeting

At the time of the review, ERO identified areas of non-compliance with regulatory standards that are an unacceptable risk to children.

Background

YMCA Community Early Years Learning Centre is a community-based service, administered by YMCA Central. The July 2019 ERO report found a significant number of regulatory standards were not being met. There have been staff changes since the previous report, including a new centre manager.

Summary of Review Findings

The service is not meeting regulatory standards in a significant number of areas. Consistent implementation of health and safety practices is required to meet all aspects of compliance. Effective governance and management systems have not yet been established.

Teachers provide a programme that allows children to be involved in decisions about their learning experiences. Further consideration should be given to ensure the curriculum respects and supports the right of each child to be confident in their own culture.

Actions for Compliance

ERO found areas of non-compliance in the service relating to Governance, Management and Administration, Curriculum and Health and Safety.

To meet the Curriculum Standard the service must ensure:

  • the curriculum is consistent with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, in relation to reflection of individual children’s culture, language and identity
  • the service curriculum respects and supports the right of each child to be confident in their own culture and encourages children to understand and respect other cultures.

[Licensing criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, C1, C6]

To meet the Governance, Management and Administration Standard the service must ensure:

  • information is provided to parents about the amount and details of the expenditure of any Ministry of Education funding received by the service

  • an ongoing process of self review helps the service maintain and improve the quality of education and care

  • suitable human resource practices are implemented

  • an annual plan guides the service’s operation

  • that the service is effectively governed and is managed in accordance with good management practices.

[Licensing criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, GMA 3, GMA 6, GMA 7, GMA 8, Reg 47 (1) (a)]

To meet the Health and Safety Standards the service must ensure:

  • that a list of safety and emergency supplies and resources are sufficient for the age and number of children and adults at the service, and details of how these will be maintained and accessed in an emergency

  • the evaluation of emergency drills informs the annual review of the service’s emergency plan

  • a documented risk management system that identifies hazards to the safety of children

  • a record of all food served during the service’s hours of operation (other than that provided by parents for their own children)

  • medicine is stored safely and appropriately, and is disposed of or sent home with a parent after the specified time

  • adults who administer medicine to children (other than their own) are provided with information relevant to the task.

[Licensing criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, HS 7, HS 8, HS 12, HS 19, HS 28, HS 29]

Since the onsite phase of the review YMCA Community Early Years Learning centre has provided ERO with a retrospective 2020 annual plan and some evidence of wall displays and documentation to support children’s right to be confident in their own culture.

Recommendation to Ministry of Education

ERO recommends that the Ministry reassess the licence of YMCA Community Early Years Learning Centre. ERO will not undertake a further review of this service until the Ministry of Education is satisfied that the service meets regulatory standards.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review of YMCA Community Early Years Learning Centre will be in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

16 November 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

YMCA Community Early Years Learning Centre

Profile Number

46853

Location

Whanganui

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

59 children, including up to 30 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

50-79%

Service roll

29

Gender composition

Male 17, Female 12

Ethnic composition

Māori 9, NZ European/Pākehā 15, Other ethnic groups 5

Review team on site

October 2020

Date of this report

16 November 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Akanuku | Assurance Review, July 2019; Education Review, November 2017.

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.