All About Children - 51 Mahia

Education institution number:
47187
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
39
Telephone:
Address:

51 Mahia Road, Manurewa, Auckland

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ERO’s judgement

Regulatory standards

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

This is the first review of Choicekids Mahia Rd 51, which opened in 2017. It is one of eight Choicekids services in South Auckland. Its community, families and staff are culturally diverse. The largest groups on the roll are Māori, Pacific and Indian. The centre provides for children in two rooms, according to age. Infants and toddlers have separate indoor and outdoor spaces.

ERO’s 2018 special review of the Choicekids organisation identified a high number of areas for improvement. The service was placed on a provisional licence and monitored by the Ministry of Education. It was returned to a full licence in April 2018. Choicekids personnel continue to support the service’s ongoing improvement, particularly in relation to curriculum development and implementation.

This review was part of a cluster of eight reviews in the ChoiceKids organisation.

Summary of review findings

Ongoing self-review and professional development for the manager and teachers helps the service maintain and improve the quality of its operations. Parents and staff have opportunities to contribute to the development and review of the service’s operational documents.

The curriculum promotes children’s independence and acknowledges the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua. Children are provided with a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance and extend their learning and development, both indoors and outdoors, individually, and in groups.

Processes are in place for maintaining the safety, hygiene, and condition of premises, furniture, furnishings, fittings and equipment. An annual plan and budget guide the service’s operation.

Next ERO Review

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

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services Northern

Northern Region

30 May 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Choicekids Mahia Rd 51

Profile Number

47187

Location

Manurewa, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

50 children, including up to 10 aged under 2 years

Percentage of qualified teachers

50-79%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:5- Meets regulatory standards

Over 2

1:8- Better than regulatory standards

Service roll

53

Gender composition

Girls 29 Boys 24

Ethnic composition

Māori 26

Cook Island Māori 6

Indian 6

other ethnic groups 15

Review team on site

April 2019

Date of this report

30 May 2019

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:

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 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.