The Rainbow Corner Educational Trust Queenstown Limited

Education institution number:
46934
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
53
Telephone:
Address:

Five Mile Retail Centre 30 Grant Road, Frankton, Queenstown

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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

This is the first ERO review of The Rainbow Corner Educational Trust Queenstown Limited since new ownership in November 2020. It was previously known as Mamas Childcare Queenstown. A curriculum and assurance manager oversee the service operations.  A supervisor leads a team of mostly qualified teachers.

Summary of Review Findings

The curriculum is informed by assessment and planning that aligns with the principles and strands of
Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Infants, toddlers, and older children experience respectful, positive interactions with adults. Children have opportunities to be involved in decisions about their learning experiences. Parents contribute to their child’s learning and regularly share their aspirations.

Suitable human resource management practices are implemented, and a policy framework guides the operational requirements. Centre leaders must ensure that expectations for maintaining, and monitoring health and safety practices are met.

Key next Steps

Next steps include:

  • continue to develop teachers understanding of Te Whāriki learning outcomes in curriculum planning and children’s individual learning goals

  • increasing teacher use of te reo Māori in meaningful ways with children.

Actions for Compliance

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

  • ensuring the premises, and equipment are consistently maintained in a safe, hygienic, and good condition [HS1]

  • consistently checking the premises and facilities on every day of operation for hazards to children and ensuring hazards to the safety of children are eliminated, isolated or minimised [HS12]

  • equipment that could fall or topple and cause serious injury has been removed [HS6]

  • food is prepared, served, and stored hygienically [HS20]

  • ensuring an annual budget guides the service’s operation [GMA9].

Next ERO Review

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

Dr Lesley Patterson
Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)
Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

21 April 2022 

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

The Rainbow Corner Educational Trust Queenstown Limited

Profile Number

 46934

Location

Queenstown

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

82 children, including up to 25 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

50-79%

Service roll

62

Ethnic composition

Māori 1, NZ European/Pākehā 21, Indian 9, Other ethnic groups 31

Review team on site

January 2022

Date of this report

21 April 2022

Most recent ERO report(s)

Akanuku |Assurance Review November 2019; Education Review March 2018

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 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

Mamas Childcare is located in Frankton, Queenstown, and provides all day education and care from Monday to Friday. It is owned and governed by Utu Holdings Ltd. The centre manager leads a team of five qualified teachers, five unqualified teachers and two qualified relievers. This is the service’s first ERO assurance review.

Summary of Review Findings

The centre manager and teachers plan and implement a programme based on Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. This is informed through parent aspirations and based on the interests, strengths and capabilities of their children. A range of experiences support children to understand the cultural heritages of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

There are suitable governance and management structures. The centre has received SELO professional learning to address the recommendations from ERO’s 2018 report. All reasonable steps have been taken to promote health and safety practices. Teachers use internal evaluation processes to improve aspects of education and care.

Next Step

For ongoing improvement, the key next step is to continue strengthening assessment, planning and evaluation processes to clearly show the effectiveness of teaching strategies in supporting children’s learning.

Next ERO Review

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

Dr Lesley Patterson

Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)

Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

6 November 2019

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Mamas Childcare

Profile Number

46934

Location

Queenstown

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

82 children, including up to 25 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%+

Reported ratio of adults to children under 2

1:4 - Meets regulatory standards.

Reported ratio of adults

1:8 - Meets regulatory standards.

Service roll

81

Gender composition

Girls 41

Boys 40

Ethnic composition

Māori 10

NZ European/Pākehā 43

Latin American 7

Chinese 5

Other ethnic groups 16

Review team on site

September 2019

Date of this report

6 November 2019

Most recent ERO report

Education Review March 2018

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.