Gonville Kindergarten

Education institution number:
5240
Service type:
Free Kindergarten
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
37
Telephone:
Address:

86 Alma Road, Gonville, Whanganui

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1 Evaluation of Gonville Kindergarten

How well placed is Gonville Kindergarten to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Gonville Kindergarten is well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

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

Background

Gonville Kindergarten is in Whanganui. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 8:45am until 2:45pm. Full day places are available for children aged from two to six years.

The philosophy statement emphasises manaakitanga, aroha, inclusion and a commitment to te ao Māori.

The December 2015 ERO report identified that internal evaluation to improve teaching in relation to children's social competence required strengthening. This has been satisfactorily addressed.

Gonville is one of 15 kindergartens governed and managed by Whanganui Kindergarten Association Incorporated (the association). The governing board is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction for the organisation. The day-to-day running of the association is the role of the general manager, who is responsible to the board.

Along with Barsanti and Marie McFarland Kindergartens, Gonville is part of the newly formed Castlecliff/Gonville Hub. This was formed to develop a collaborative approach to strengthening practice and cultural responsiveness. A new senior head teacher was appointed in January 2019. She has overall responsibility for the three kindergartens in the hub. A new team leader was appointed to Gonville in January 2019. She is responsible for day-to-day operation of the kindergarten.

Since April 2018, the association's programme of professional learning and development and curriculum implementation has been managed by He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua Free Kindergarten Association Incorporated. An association senior teacher and two senior teachers from Whānau Manaaki provide regular support for teachers.

This review was part of a cluster of 15 in the Whanganui Kindergarten Association Incorporated.

The Review Findings

Children are celebrated for who they are and valued for what they bring to their kindergarten community. Teachers' relationships with parents and families are warm and responsive. Manaakitanga is central to interactions. There is a sense of whānau and friendship.

Strong community relationships foster children's sense of belonging within a wider local environment and culture. Teachers successfully engage with community role models to encourage children's aspirations and develop their interests.

Teachers are making good progress in fostering the learning of children requiring additional support. Individual planning is in the early stages and enables teachers to be more intentional in their teaching. Children with additional learning needs are well supported. Teachers work closely with whānau, and a range of external agencies, to plan and implement programmes to support these children's individual learning pathways.

The culture, language and identity of Māori children is highly promoted in an environment that is steeped in te ao Māori. Teachers successfully incorporate the skills and expertise that whānau Māori bring to the kindergarten. Collaboration with iwi is evident in the curriculum.

Children engage with resources, activities and routines that promote Pacific cultures. These are valued by teachers and form an integral part of the curriculum.

Learning stories identify children's interests and dispositions and are beginning to inform planning. Consistency of practice in relation to children's assessments is growing across the teaching team.

Children's sense of belonging is nurtured during and after transitions into the service and when moving to school. Children have many opportunities to experience the school environment and to interact with students and teachers. School children who previously attended Gonville remain a part of the kindergarten whānau.

Teachers focus on improving the quality of children's learning and wellbeing through ongoing and systematic internal evaluation. This continues to develop and contributes to improved outcomes for children.

The governing board is future-focused and has taken appropriate steps to strengthen opportunities for teachers’ professional learning and development. An association-wide appraisal process is in place to support teacher practice in promoting positive learning outcomes for children. Consistency of its implementation across all kindergartens requires strengthening.

Key Next Steps

Association leaders and ERO agree that for ongoing and sustained improvement, teachers at Gonville Kindergarten should continue to strengthen the consistency and analysis of evidence-based assessment and embed individual planning for all children.

The senior management team of Whanganui Kindergarten Association Incorporated should continue to strengthen the implementation of teacher appraisal.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Gonville Kindergarten 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.

In order to improve practice teachers should ensure that at least one of the toilets for use by children is designed to provide them with some sense of privacy.

Since the on-site stage of the review, association leaders have provided ERO with steps taken to address this area.

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region

24 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 Early Childhood Service

Location

Whanganui

Ministry of Education profile number

5240

Licence type

Free Kindergarten

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

40 children aged over 2

Service roll

34

Gender composition

Boys 18, Girls 16

Ethnic composition

Māori
Pākehā
Other ethnic groups

14
18
2

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%+

Based on funding rates

80% +

Reported ratios of staff to children

1:10

Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

April 2019

Date of this report

24 May 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

December 2015

Education Review

September 2012

Education Review

July 2008

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

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.

1 Evaluation of Gonville Kindergarten

How well placed is Gonville Kindergarten to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

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

Background

Gonville Kindergarten is situated in Whanganui. It is one of 14 kindergartens administered by the Whanganui Kindergarten Association (WKA). The kindergarten is licensed to provide all day education and care for 40 children, age two to five years. All teachers are qualified and registered with a range of teaching experiences.

The governing board is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction for the WKA. The day-to-day running of the association is the role of the general manager, who is responsible to the board. Two senior teachers are employed to support the learning and development of teachers. Two cultural advisors were recently been appointed to support teachers to realise potential and support success for Māori and Pacific children.

Teachers have responded in a considered way to the areas for improvement in the September 2012 ERO report. Development has been well supported by focused professional learning.

This review was part of a cluster of seven kindergarten reviews in the Whanganui Kindergarten Association.

The Review Findings

The kindergarten philosophy is focused on whanaungatanga which influences teaching practice and provides close relationships with families and the community. It directly connects to the Priorities for Children’s Learning, which have been collaboratively developed by teachers, children, whānau, community, iwi, local schools and the association. The spirit of a community of learners is strongly evident.

Te ao Māori and the principles of Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum are clearly evident and influence ongoing curriculum development. Children’s holistic growth is promoted through developing their sense of belonging, wellbeing and social competence.

A calm, unhurried and positive tone prevails. Interactions between adults and children are nurturing, respectful and reciprocal. Families and whānau are warmly welcomed and work in partnership with teachers to support their children’s learning.

Children enthusiastically participate in a varied and culturally rich curriculum. Te Tiriti o Waitangi based practices are honoured, enacted and recognised in models of good practice. A Pacific teacher and teacher aide speak to children in their home languages.

Leaders and teachers use assessment information well. Individual learning portfolios celebrate children’s achievements, culture and learning as well as their developing skills, knowledge and attitudes. Teachers analyse assessment information to identify children requiring additional support and inform ongoing programme planning.

Children have many opportunities to determine the direction of their own learning. Teachers support this skilfully. They are intentional in the teaching strategies they use and provide children with complex learning experiences. Many activities include te ao Māori, Samoan and the learning of literacy, mathematical and science skills. Children’s learning is further enhanced through regular outings and experiences in the community. Highly inclusive practices help all children and whānau to celebrate their differences.

Children and whānau transitioning into the kindergarten and to school are well supported. Positive relationships and dialogue between kindergarten and school personnel greatly assists this process. The head teacher networks with a range of professional leaders to pursue the best outcomes for children locally.

Internal evaluation for improvement is well understood and effectively guides ongoing change and decision- making. It provides a useful framework for teachers to reflect on their practice. This process is aligned to policies, procedures, philosophy, and all aspects of teaching and learning and is responsive to the cultural curriculum. Leaders and teachers and ERO agrees that using this process as a tool to better understand the impact of practices on outcomes for children will further strengthen internal evaluation.

A useful appraisal process supports teachers to reflect on their practice in relation to professional teaching requirements. The association leadership team is in the process of implementing a revised approach. This should include focused observations of teachers’ practice in relation to their professional goals. Once the new approach is fully implemented, evaluation of its impact on teachers’ development should be a next step for the association.

The kindergarten annual plan reflects the association’s strategic direction and incorporates the priorities for children’s learning. Teachers at Gonville Kindergarten have a strong sense of ownership of their annual plan.

The head teacher values children and teachers for who they are and what they bring to the kindergarten. She provides staff with opportunities to build their own leadership capability. These link to appraisal and focus on teacher inquiry and research. Teachers are collaborative and highly reflective practitioners who seek out current theory and best practice to adapt their teaching. They are advocates for all children.

The ‘Priorities for Children’s Learning’ kindergarten initiative is guided by the senior teachers’ response to a recent ERO National Evaluation report. This comprehensive, sound and strategic framework is being used to strengthen planning, assessment and evaluation processes.

Key Next Steps

The senior teacher, head teacher, staff and ERO agree on the following key next step to:

  • continue to evaluate how well teachers support the development of children’s social competencies to further strengthen teacher practices to support all children.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Gonville Kindergarten 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.

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next ERO review of Gonville Kindergarten will be in three years.

Joyce Gebbie

Deputy Chief Review Officer Central

23 December 2015

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

Whanganui

Ministry of Education profile number

5240

Licence type

Free Kindergarten

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

40 children, aged over 2

Service roll

43

Gender composition

Girls 23, Boys 20

Ethnic composition

Māori

Pākehā

Pacific

Other ethnic groups

21

15

3

4

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2

1:10

Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

October 2015

Date of this report

23 December 2015

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

September 2012

 

Education Review

July 2008

 

Education Review

August 2003

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.