Future Kids Preschool Te Rapa

Education institution number:
47301
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
86
Telephone:
Address:

75 Church Road, Te Rapa, Hamilton

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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

At the time of the review, ERO found the service was taking reasonable steps to meet regulatory standards.

Background

Future Kids Preschool Te Rapa, is a privately-owned centre, opened in 2017. The management team, including a centre manager, are supported by team leaders in four aged-based rooms. The service has strengthened systems and processes with support from the Ministry of Education since the March 2019 ERO review.

Summary of Review Findings

Positive and meaningful relationships are evident among children and teachers. A sufficient quality and variety of equipment and materials is provided that is appropriate for the learning and abilities of children attending. A range of contextualised learning experiences, both indoors and outdoors, is supported by the design and layout of the premises. The centre’s philosophy guides all aspects of service operation. Strategies are in place to respect and respond to parent and whānau aspirations for their children.

Key Next Step

The key next step is to continue to use evaluation processes to further develop assessment and planning that demonstrates an understanding of children’s learning, interests, whānau, culture and life contexts.

Next ERO Review

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

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

23 December 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Future Kids Preschool Te Rapa

Profile Number

47301

Location

Hamilton

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

120 children, including up to 45 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%+

Service roll

104

Ethnic composition

Māori 8
NZ European/Pākehā 70
Indian 11
Samoan 4
Other ethnic groups 11

Review team on site

November 2020

Date of this report

23 December 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review May 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 judgement

Regulatory standards

Curriculum

Not 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

Future Kids Preschool Te Rapa, is a privately-owned centre, opened in 2017. The management team, including a general manager, are supported by team leaders in four aged-based rooms. The teaching team comprises of qualified, in-training and unqualified staff. The community is ethnically diverse with children from 14 cultures attending at the time of the ERO review.

Summary of review findings

The curriculum provides a range of experiences, both indoors and outside, for children to participate in. The curriculum is yet to acknowledge and reflect Māori as tangata whenua, and the bicultural curriculum needs strengthening.

Teachers provide meaningful, positive interactions to enhance learning and nurture reciprocal relationships. Children are supported to develop social competence.

Learning is assessed and a new individual planning process has recently began. The philosophy statement guides the service’s operation.

Actions for compliance

ERO found areas of non-compliance in the service relating to curriculum and health and safety. To meet regulatory standards the service should ensure that:

  • the curriculum acknowledges and reflects the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua

  • excursion records consistently include risk analysis and are approved by the Person Responsible.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres, 2008, C5, HS17. Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008, Regulation 43,1a (v), 46.

Recommendation to Ministry of Education

ERO recommends the Ministry follows up with the service provider to ensure that non-compliances identified in this report are addressed promptly.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review of Future Kids Preschool Te Rapa will be in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

Phil Cowie Director

Review and Improvement Services

Central Region

15 May 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Future Kids Preschool Te Rapa

Profile Number

47301

Location

Hamilton

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

120 children, including up to 45 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80% +

Reported ratios of adults to children

Under 2

1:5 Meets regulatory standards

Over 2

1:10 Meets regulatory standards

Service roll

104

Gender composition

Male 58 Female 46

Ethnic composition

Māori 9
NZ European/Pākehā 74
Indian 8
Other 13

Review team on site

March 2019

Date of this report

15 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.