Sugartree Lane Preschool

Education institution number:
47447
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
67
Telephone:
Address:

Unit 1 145 Nelson St, Auckland CBD, Auckland

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Sugartree Lane Preschool

1 ERO’s Judgements

Akarangi | Quality Evaluation evaluates the extent to which this early childhood service has the learning and organisational conditions to support equitable and excellent outcomes for all learners. Te Ara Poutama Indicators of quality for early childhood education: what matters most are the basis for making judgements about the effectiveness of the service in achieving equity and excellence for all learners. Judgements are made in relation to the Outcomes Indicators, Learning and Organisational Conditions. The Akarangi Quality Evaluation Judgement Rubric derived from the indicators, is used to inform ERO’s judgements about this service’s performance in promoting equity and excellence.

ERO’s judgements for Sugartree Lane Preschool are as follows:

Outcome Indicators

ERO’s judgement

What the service knows about outcomes for learners

Whakaū Embedding

Ngā Akatoro Domains

Learning Conditions

Whakaū Embedding

Organisational Conditions

Whakaū Embedding

2 Context of the Service

Sugartree Lane Preschool caters for children between six months and five years of age. An owner, registered centre manager and two head teachers lead a team of six qualified teachers, a teacher assistant, chef and six student teachers. Children attending the service have diverse cultural backgrounds.

3 Summary of findings

Teachers’ nurturing relationships with children promote a strong sense of belonging. Children lead their own learning in an environment where self-initiated play is valued. The curriculum recognises, celebrates, and promotes children’s languages, and cultures. Infants and toddlers experience a calm environment and unhurried routines. Teachers are gentle and in tune with young children, responding to their verbal and non-verbal cues.

Curriculum planning and assessment is based on children’s interests. Teachers identify learning outcomes and dispositions that align with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Children have formed close friendships; they express their feelings and have strategies to foster social relationships with others.

Teachers work together as a professional learning community. Varying levels of skill and capability across the teaching team would be better supported through a robust appraisal process with targeted mentoring.

There is a collaborative process for internal evaluation. Teachers are committed to ongoing improvement and consider multiple perspectives to inform decisions. The service is yet to engage in monitoring and evaluation that provides evidence of how practices have impacted on equitable outcomes for children.

Consultation with, and feedback from parents is valued. This fosters a strong sense of relational trust between children, parents, teachers and leaders. Leaders empower teachers and value the strengths, knowledge, and skills they bring to the team.

4 Improvement actions

Sugartree Lane Preschool will include the following actions in its Quality Improvement Planning:

  • To engage in curriculum evaluation that shows how improved practices impact on children’s learning and equitable outcomes for children.

  • Deepen teachers’ engagement in appraisal and targeted professional mentoring to grow the level of knowledge, skills, and capability of the teaching team.

5 Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Sugartree Lane Preschool 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.

To improve current practice, the service provider should monitor that the process for informing parents when medication has been administered late to children are documented.

Filivaifale Jason Swann
Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)
Northern Region | Te Tai Raki

7 September 2022 

6 About the Early Childhood Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Sugartree Lane Preschool

Profile Number

47447

Location

Auckland CBD

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

64 children, including up to 12 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80-99%

Service roll

76

Review team on site

June 2022

Date of this report

7 September 2022

Most recent ERO report(s)

Akanuku | Assurance Review, March 2020

Sugartree Lane Preschool - 10/03/2020

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 identified non-compliance with regulatory standards that must be addressed.

Background

Sugartree Lane Preschool is a new, privately-owned service situated in Auckland CBD. It is part of the NZ Best Childcare Centres Ltd Group. There are two age-based areas that cater for children from infants to school age. Children come from a wide range of ethnicities. This is the service’s first ERO review.

Summary of Review Findings

Teachers plan and assess children’s learning based on their knowledge of children’s interests, strengths and cultures. The play-based curriculum is aligned to the principles and strands of Te Whāriki. Children are provided with a range of experiences and opportunities to extend their learning and development. Adults’ interactions with children are positive and respectful. The design and layout of the service allow easy access to the indoor and outdoor areas to suit the different ages and abilities of the children. There are suitable systems to govern and manage the service, including policy and operation review. Two aspects of health and safety are not fully meeting requirements.

Actions for Compliance

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

  • parental acknowledgement of medication administered
  • the requirement to include a communication plan for families and support services in the written emergency plan.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood and Care Services 2008, HS7, HS28.

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

  • parental acknowledgement of medication administered
  • the requirement to include a communication plan for families and support services in the written emergency plan.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood and Care Services 2008, HS7, HS28.

Next ERO Review

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

Lesley Patterson

Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)

Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

10 March 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Sugartree Lane Preschool

Profile Number

47447

Location

Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

64 children, including up to 12 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers

50-79%

Reported ratio of staff to children under 2

1:5 Meets regulatory standards.

Reported ratio of staff to children over 2

1:10 Meets regulatory standards.

Service roll

70

Gender composition

Male 44, Female 26

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā 8
Indian 14
Chinese 12
Arabic 8
Filipino 8
Korean 6
Other ethnicities 14.

Review team on site

January 2020

Date of this report

10 March 2020

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 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.