Little Monkeys At Home

Education institution number:
Service type:
Homebased Network
Not Applicable
Total roll:

10 Pascal Street, Takaro, Palmerston North

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Little Monkeys At Home - 03/05/2019

1 Evaluation of Little Monkeys At Home

How well placed is Little Monkeys At Home to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Little Monkeys At Home is well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

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


Little Monkeys At Home has been operating since December 2017. It is a home-based care and education service where approved home educators provide education and care for children in the educator's homes. The service provider operates two education and care centres in Palmerston North. Little Monkeys At Home is licensed for a maximum of 50 children with up to 50 aged under two. The roll at the time of this ERO evaluation was 23, including four identifying as Māori.

Two qualified kaiako (visiting teacher) are employed. Both support educators to provide appropriate care and education by visiting them and children in the homes. One of the kaiako facilitates regular playgroups. The service is in the process of becoming accredited to deliver the Level Four Certificate in Early Childhood Education.

The service's philosophy and approach to early childhood care and education is based on: being child centred; fostering innovative and professional educators; building collaborative relationships; being community focused; and providing a stimulating environment that focuses on natural resources and sustainable practices.

This is Little Monkeys At Home's first ERO evaluation.

The Review Findings

The service leaders provide a high level of support for educators to promote equitable learning opportunities for children. There are deliberate strategies to build educators' capabilities to achieve this. Systems and processes support curriculum and quality assurance. As the service has implemented these, regular feedback has been sought from educators and families. This has enabled the service to know what is working well for children and what needs more development.

Children engage in a good range of learning experiences in educators' homes and out in the community. Planned and spontaneous excursions and weekly playgroups outside the home are responsive to children's developing interests and strengths. These provide opportunities for children to socialise and develop social competencies with a larger group of children and adults.

The kaiako actively support, through modelling, educators' knowledge and understanding of the early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki, and the implications it has for assessment, planning and evaluation of children's learning. Learning stories show that educators create positive and fun environments for children. This enables children to develop curiosity, confidence and to be creative.

Children's portfolios are a valuable record of their participation in a wide range of learning experiences. These are shared with parents. Links are made between children's learning and development at their home and at the educator's home. Parents contribute and work alongside educators to make children's experiences positive. The service should consider how parents' aspirations for their children's learning can be better captured and acknowledged.

Strategic planning identifies key priorities for ongoing development. These priorities are well informed by feedback from educators and families. It guides direction for change. Leaders are very reflective and have established a framework and understanding of internal evaluation. This contributes to ongoing change and improvement. To further strengthen strategic planning, leaders should consider developing success indicators, regularly monitor progress against these and measure the impact on outcomes for children.

Most children enrolled with Little Monkeys at Home are aged under three. The philosophy is to be reviewed this year. Leaders should consider how the philosophy reflects teaching and learning expectations for these young children, particularly those aged up to two years.

Individual children's language, culture and identity are acknowledged. Parents share a wide range of information about their families with the service, particularly the educators. Kaiako support children and educators by providing resources that focus on learning and understanding of the importance of weaving te ao Māori through practices. The service's current internal evaluation is focused on strengthening knowledge and understanding of te ao Māori across the service.

Key Next Steps

The service should continue to:

  • work closely in partnership with parents to gather their aspirations to inform children's learning

  • strengthen strategic planning by developing success indicators and measuring the impact on outcomes for children

  • develop the philosophy to reflect teaching and learning expectations for infants and toddlers.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Little Monkeys At Home completed an ERO Home-based Education and Care 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.

Phillip Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region

3 May 2019

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 Home-based Education and Care Service


Palmerston North

Ministry of Education profile number


Institution type

Homebased Network

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

50 children, including up to 50 aged under 2

Service roll


Standard or Quality Funded


Gender composition

Girls 13, Boys 10

Ethnic composition



Number of qualified coordinators in the network


Required ratios of staff educators to children

Under 2


Over 2


Review team on site

February 2019

Date of this report

3 May 2019

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 the draft methodology for ERO reviews in Home-based Education and Care Services: July 2014

ERO’s Overall Judgement

The overall judgement that ERO makes will depend on how well the service promotes positive learning outcomes for children. The categories are:

  • Very well placed

  • Well placed

  • Requires further development

  • Not well placed

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.