Harper Park Early learning Centre

Education institution number:
47011
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
41
Telephone:
Address:

240 Park street, Hokitika

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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

Not meeting

Governance, management and administration

Meeting

At the time of the review, ERO identified non-compliance with regulatory standards that must be addressed.

Background

Harper Park Early Learning centre is a privately owned service. Governance is provided by the service owner who leads a team of trained and untrained kaiako. The service is purpose built for children two years-to-school age.

Summary of Review Findings

Children experience a curriculum that is underpinned by Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. They have opportunities to develop an understanding of the dual heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand. There are strategies in place to involve parents and whānau in their children’s learning. The centre’s design and layout support the provision of a range of learning experiences for the age range of children attending. A philosophy and annual planning guide service’s operations. Consistent implementation of health and safety practices is required to meet all aspects of regulatory compliance.

Actions for Compliance

ERO found areas of non-compliance in the service relating to:

  • details in the documentation required when children leave the premises on an excursion
  • documented evidence required for excursions records for children travelling in a motor vehicle.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, HS17, HS18.

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

  • providing non-porous mattress covers for the children’s mattresses
  • a current Fire Evacuation Scheme approved by the New Zealand Fire Service
  • amending the hazards check list to include glass, kitchen and laundry
  • updating the food and drink policy to align with the Ministry of Health nutrition policy requirements, to reduce food related to choking for babies and young children in early learning services
  • updating the child protection policy to include direct reporting.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, PF30, HS4, HS12, HS22, HS31.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review will be in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

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

23 June 2021 

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name Harper Park Early learning Centre
Profile Number 47011
Location Hokitika

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

38 children

Percentage of qualified teachers

50-79%

Service roll

48

Ethnic composition

Māori 10, NZ European/Pākehā 31, Other ethnicities 7

Review team on site

May 2021

Date of this report

23 June 2021

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, May 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.

1 Evaluation of Harper Park Early Learning Centre

How well placed is Harper Park Early Learning Centre to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Harper Park Early Learning Centre is well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

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

Background

Harper Park Early Learning Centre caters for the education and care of children from two years old to school age. It is licenced for 35 children over 2 years old.

The centre is purpose-built and privately owned. It has a spacious outdoor area and the range of equipment and resources encourage physically active play. The centre philosophy has a strong focus on building relationships with whānau and families with a priority on valuing culture, language and identity.

Most of the staff are qualified and certified early childhood teachers.

The centre opened in 2016 and this is its first ERO review.

The Review Findings

Children make good use of the spacious environment and range of resources to follow their interests, develop their skills and engage in meaningful learning. They play well together to problem-solve and build complexity into their learning. Teachers are responsive to children’s interests and use these to develop children's skills and knowledge.

Teachers build positive and respectful relationships with parents and families. They regularly seek parent opinion on their children's learning and decision-making for the centre. The mixed-age setting provides many opportunities for older children to engage with and support younger children to experience tuakana-teina relationships.

Children with additional needs are well supported in caring and sensitive relationships with staff and children. They are well integrated into all aspects of the centre's programme.

Transitions into and within the centre are flexible and focus on the needs of children and their families. Leaders and teachers are beginning to make links with local schools to support children's transition to school.

Leaders have made effective use of external support to establish appropriate management systems and practices, and professional development opportunities for staff. They promote opportunities for leadership within the centre. The recently completed strategic plan provides direction for the ongoing development of the centre. Leaders are beginning to monitor the implementation of this plan.

Key Next Steps

Leaders have identified and ERO agrees that the key next steps are to:

  • clearly define assessment, programme planning and evaluation procedures and expectations to improve consistency
  • provide more opportunities for children to hear and learn about Māori and Pacific languages and cultures
  • increase leader and staff understanding of internal evaluation processes to improve outcomes for children
  • conduct an internal review of group and kai times to ensure they meet the learning and social needs of all children.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Harper Park Early Learning Centre 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.

ACTION FOR COMPLIANCE

Centre leaders need to implement processes for human resource management including a system of regular appraisal (Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood and Care Services 2008 GMA7).

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next ERO review of Harper Park Early Learning Centre will be in three years.

Dr Lesley Patterson
Deputy Chief Review Officer

Te Waipounamu - Southern Region

9 May 2018 

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

Hokitika

Ministry of Education profile number

47011

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

35 children

Service roll

52

Gender composition

Boys 33: Girls 19

Ethnic composition

Māori
Pākehā
Pacific
Other ethnicity

13
35
  3
  1

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49%       50-79%       80%+

Based on funding rates

80% +

Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2

1:7

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

April 2018

Date of this report

9 May 2018

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.