Northland Kindergarten

Education institution number:
5368
Service type:
Free Kindergarten
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
48
Telephone:
Address:

22 Albemarle Road, Northland, Wellington

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1 Evaluation of Northland Kindergarten

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

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

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

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

Background

Northland Kindergarten is licensed for 41 children aged over two years. Of the 59 enrolled, six are Māori. Daily sessions are for children from two to school age. Around one third are aged under three. The kindergarten serves an increasingly diverse ethnic community.

All teachers are qualified and registered. There has been minimal staff turnover since ERO's June 2015 review.

The kindergarten philosophy emphasises the importance of recognising children’s competency, and supporting their communication, curiosity, perseverance, risk taking and bicultural citizenship in accordance with the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

ERO's 2015 report identified aspects of practice to further develop. These included the evaluation of teaching and learning, and strategies to support success for Māori and Pacific children. Progress is evident.

The kindergarten is governed and managed by He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua Kindergarten Association (the association). The association governs 103 early childhood services which include a diverse range of kindergartens, all day education and care services, three Pacific kindergartens and a Pacific home-based service. A team of senior teachers oversees and supports professional practice.

Progress has been made by the association to improve support for individual kindergartens, the appraisal process, and teachers' capability to work with Māori learners.

This review is one of eight in the He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua Kindergarten Association, Wellington region.

The Review Findings

The learning environment is well organised and presented to invite children's interest and investigation. A comprehensive range of resources is freely accessible. Literacy, mathematics, science and the arts are thoughtfully woven through the curriculum in play-based ways. Digital technology is used effectively and creatively as a learning and teaching tool. The outdoor area promotes physical challenge and adventure. Children are motivated and self-managing learners who make the most of the opportunities available to them. Many sustain their engagement in their play for extended periods.

The curriculum is rich and authentic. Children are viewed as competent learners. They lead their own learning and have ongoing choices about what they do, when and with whom. The local area and history are valued. Parents and whānau are encouraged to be learning and teaching partners.

Teachers are respectful, responsive and well engaged with children. A priority for them is building children's social competence and purposeful participation in the curriculum. They effectively use a range of strategies to develop children's skills, knowledge and stimulate their thinking and curiosity.

There is comprehensive support for families' induction into the kindergarten. This includes the sharing of operational information, meetings with key staff, and gathering details about children's and parents' needs. Teachers work effectively to support a sense of belonging. Learning partnerships develop with many families.

An ongoing focus on strengthening teachers' understanding of te ao Māori and Treaty-based practice has resulted in a rich and well researched bicultural programme. Kawa is well known and respectfully followed. Te reo me ngā tikanga Māori are highly valued as parts of everyday practice. Children enthusiastically take part in haka, powhiri, pepeha, waiata, and use the language and protocols as they play. A planned next step is to work with the association kaitiaki to develop local iwi connections.

The philosophy underpinning teaching and learning has been reviewed by teachers and is now better aligned to the strong te ao Māori and environmental programme focus. The next step is to embed the revised ideas and values in practice.

Children's transitions to school are well supported. Involvement in a Ministry of Education initiative has assisted with the development of relationships with other early childhood services and schools. Comprehensive learning information about individual children is shared with new entrant teachers.

Provision for children requiring additional support is well developed. Regular team discussions effectively inform planning that removes barriers to their participation and promotes their active involvement in the curriculum. Outside agency assistance is sought as required. Teachers are highly responsive to families' cultures and languages. They continue to seek learning opportunities and tools to strengthen their approach.

Planning for learning is well considered and effectively implemented. Groups plans are informed through emerging needs and interests. Children's progress and participation are well illustrated through displayed and evolving planning stories. Assessment is meaningful and effective, incorporating a range of lenses to support the analysis of individual children's learning. Stories are translated into Māori and other home languages as required. Responding to parents' aspirations is prioritised by teachers. The approach aligns with ngā mātāpono Māori and the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Records show how teachers extend and progress children's learning over time and regularly reflect on the impact of their teaching.

Teachers work cohesively, valuing each other's expertise. The head teacher provides strong leadership and models high level reflective practice. Team work is well established, and improvement focused.

Self review is valued as a tool to strengthen practice and operation, and results in improved outcomes for children. A next step is to develop shared understanding and effective use of internal evaluation.

The association provides effective professional development and ongoing support to build the leadership capabilities of the head teacher and teaching team. Well-considered resource allocation enhances teaching and support for children’s learning and wellbeing. There is an established culture in place which values and celebrates children and their whānau.

The well-considered appraisal process continues to be reviewed and developed to better support teachers and leaders to inquire into the effectiveness of their practice. Work is ongoing to build and embed understanding of the association's expectations and processes.

Association leaders, including the senior teachers, work effectively together with shared commitment to the mission, vision, values and goals of the organisation. Strategic goals and objectives are focused on improvement for the benefit of children, whānau and community. Tūmanako, is providing high-level guidance for the association's future direction as a Tiriti o Waitangi based organisation. A range of effective tools is used well by senior teachers to monitor the quality of, and promote improvement to, individual kindergarten practice and operation.

Key Next Steps

ERO and senior leaders agree that priorities for teachers are to:

  • continue to develop their understanding and use of internal evaluation.

The priority for the association is:

  • to continue to build on and follow the strategic direction set through Tūmanako, Te Tiriti o Waitangi- based strategic priority framework.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Northland 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.

Dr Lesley Patterson

Director Review and Improvement

Southern Region - Te Tai Tini

5 June 2020

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

Wellington

Ministry of Education profile number

5368

Licence type

Free Kindergarten

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

41 children aged over two

Service roll

59

Gender composition

Female 33, Male 26

Ethnic composition

Māori
NZ European/Pākehā
Pakistani
Other ethnic groups

6
38
4
11

Percentage of qualified teachers

80% +

Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2

1:10

Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

March 2020

Date of this report

5 June 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

June 2015

Education Review

October 2012

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 Northland Kindergarten

How well placed is Northland 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

Northland Kindergarten is situated in a western suburb close to Wellington city. The service offers flexible, daily education and care for children aged over two years. Most children attending are three to five years old.

Northland Kindergarten is one of 85 kindergartens and three home-based education and care networks governed and managed by He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua Free Kindergarten Association Incorporated (the association). This is a new kindergarten association created from joining the Rimutaka and Wellington Kindergarten Associations in 2014. The transition to the new association is expected to be a three-year process.

The board and managers provide governance for the organisation. Senior teachers have delegated kindergartens. Their role is to provide regular support and a range of professional learning and development opportunities for teachers.

In 2012, the association developed a framework to guide the implementation of its curriculum, Te Manawa. This document outlines criteria for curriculum delivery including expectations for assessment and planning for children’s learning.

The October 2012 ERO report for Northland Kindergarten identified that components of self review, assessment and te ao Māori needed further development. Many aspects of good performance continue to be strengths of the service. Areas where the association needed to strengthen its support for teachers were also identified. Improvement continues to be needed in these areas and feature as key next steps in this report. The alignment of individual kindergartens' annual plans with the association’s strategic priorities has now been addressed.

All teachers at Northland Kindergarten are qualified and registered. The head teacher has been at the kindergarten for several years. Significant staffing changes have occurred since the previous ERO report. The kindergarten currently has five permanent fulltime teachers.

This review was part of a cluster of 16 reviews in the He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua kindergartens.

The Review Findings

The kindergarten philosophy is strongly evident in teaching and learning. Teachers have clearly identified the attributes of a Northland Kindergarten learner, where the programme, based on the notion of whakamana (facilitating empowerment) supports children to develop as confident, coindependent, lifelong learners. ERO observed these aspects of the philosophy being enacted in practice and through centre documentation.

Secure, child-teacher-family relationships encourage the development of children's identity. Assessment is highly responsive to their immediate and emerging strengths, interests and skills. Learning stories show children's engagement and progress. Observations of learning are well reflected in profile books, on DVDs and in visual displays within the kindergarten. Documentation shows evidence of teachers’ analysis of observations and their increased understanding of a range of learning styles.

Children are provided with a wide range of opportunities to meaningfully use information and communication technologies (ICT) as an integral part of teaching and learning. Literacy and mathematical learning features significantly within a variety of experiences throughout the curriculum.

Children have fun as part of the learning process, supported by warm, nurturing adults. Teachers mostly use an effective range of strategies to encourage the development of children's ideas about how the world works. Teachers frequently engage with children in one-to-one, sustained interaction. Adults work sensitively and effectively in partnership with parents of children with special needs. Teachers recognise and respond to individual learning.

Recent review guides effective transition-to-school processes. Teachers share children’s learning through the preparation of a “pūrongoronga boundary object” that is passed on to the new entrant teacher. Teachers work collaboratively with parents to support children’s seamless transition to school.

The head teacher confidently leads teachers. Staff use self review to strengthen teaching and learning and to meet the strategic objectives that support building capacity and sustainability. Regular consultation with parents encourages their contribution to decision-making processes and enhances outcomes for children.

The senior teacher provides termly written reports that outline agreed development priorities and progress in relation to the quality of teaching and learning. The association has recently implemented new reports that should more deliberately focus on outcomes for children, teacher and leader performance. ERO's evaluation affirms this development.

The 2012 ERO report identified that the association needed to improve the appraisal processes. These continue to require development. A recently revised appraisal model, yet to be implemented, includes: more focused goals that build teacher and leader capability; more regular and targeted feedback and feed forward about teaching practice; and clearer links with the Registered Teacher Criteria.

Kaupapa Māori concepts of manaakitanga and kotahitanga are evident in centre practice. Children have frequent opportunities to learn about Aotearoa New Zealand’s dual cultural heritage. Association leaders acknowledge that they need to build teachers’ capability to be responsive to Māori children’s culture, language and identity. This development should include establishing relationships with mana whenua and making use of Ministry of Education resources such as, Ka Hikitia - Accelerating Success 2013 - 2017 and Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners.

Key Next Steps

The senior teacher, head teacher, staff and ERO agree that the following key next steps for Northland Kindergarten are to continue to:

  • use the kindergarten’s effective review process to evaluate all aspects of teaching and learning

  • enhance teaching strategies to provide further opportunities for Māori and Pacific children to enjoy success as Māori and Pacific.

The senior management team of He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua should continue to further improve processes for growing and developing the practice of teachers, head teachers and senior teachers. This should include:

  • improvements to the quality and monitoring of processes to support individual kindergartens and regular implementation of a robust appraisal system

  • building teachers’ capability to be more responsive to Māori children’s culture, language and identity.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Northland 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 Northland Kindergarten will be in three years.

Image removed.Joyce Gebbie

Deputy Chief Review Officer Central

19 June 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

Northland, Wellington

Ministry of Education profile number

5368

Licence type

Free Kindergarten

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

40 children, aged over 2

Service roll

65

Gender composition

Girls 33, Boys 32

Ethnic composition

Māori

Pākehā

6

59

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

April 2015

Date of this report

19 June 2015

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

October 2012

 

Education Review

April 2008

 

Education Review

June 2005

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.