Awapuni Early Learners

Education institution number:
55217
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
40
Telephone:
Address:

129 Awapuni Rd, Victoria, Gisborne

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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 (PDF 3.01MB) are the basis for making judgements about the effectiveness of the service in achieving equity and excellence for all learners. The Akarangi Quality Evaluation Judgement Rubric (PDF 91.30KB) derived from the indicators, is used to inform the ERO’s judgements about this service’s performance in promoting equity and excellence.

ERO’s judgements for Awapuni Early Learners are as follows:

Outcome Indicators

ERO’s judgement

What the service knows about outcomes for learners

Whakaū Embedding

Ngā Akatoro Domains

ERO’s judgement

He Whāriki Motuhake

The learner and their learning

Whakaū Embedding

Whakangungu Ngaio

Collaborative professional learning builds knowledge and capability

Whakaū Embedding

Ngā Aronga Whai Hua

Evaluation for improvement

Whakaū Embedding

Kaihautū

Leaders foster collaboration and improvement

Whakaū Embedding

Te Whakaruruhau

Stewardship through effective governance and management

Whakaū Embedding

2 Context of the Service

Awapuni Early Learners is led by a centre manager who works with another leader to enact management responsibilities and lead teaching practice. They work together with teachers across all age groups. The centre philosophy highlights relationships as a core value in the care and education of children.

3 Summary of findings

Tamariki experience responsive care and attention. They display a growing sense of security and trust. Their verbal and non-verbal cues are responded to in meaningful ways. Child agency is fostered as teachers promote independent exploration of the environment.

Strong relationships underpin children’s learning experiences. Collaborative relationships between teachers, parents and whānau assist with identifying priorities for children’s learning. Infants, toddlers and young children experience positive connections with each other and teachers. Children’s individual care needs are based on parents’ identified priorities. Transitions within the centre are unhurried and focused on children’s individual needs and preferences.

Te reo and tikanga Māori are integrated into the programme. Children’s culture, language and identity is valued. Links between home and centre contribute to their sense of belonging and identity as a learner.

Teachers continue to build their capability to use internal evaluation for improvement. The team collaborate to critically reflect on the curriculum and teaching and identify how this influences children’s learning. They are yet to clearly identify indicators of what quality education and care looks like; to evaluate the effectiveness of their practice and to understand how well they are achieving equitable outcomes for children.

Through governance and management the implementation of policies and procedures continue to be monitored. Service personnel have not yet evaluated their effectiveness in relation to quality education and care and health and safety. As a result of enrolling children under three years, it is timely that teachers revisit the service’s philosophy to ensure there is a shared understanding of this in relation to the vision, goals and priorities for children’s learning in relation to this younger age group.

4 Improvement actions

Awapuni Early Learners will include the following actions in its Quality Improvement Planning:

  • further strengthen internal evaluation using clear indicators of what quality early childhood education looks like for children and to evaluate the effectiveness of teacher practice to inform decision making
  • regularly revisiting the service’s philosophy to ensure there continues to be a shared understanding of the intent and purpose in relation to the vision, goals and priorities for children’s learning for all children
  • continue to monitor the implementation of policies and procedures and evaluate their effectiveness in contributing to equitable outcomes for children.

5 Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Awapuni Early Learners 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.

Shelley Booysen

Acting Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

5 October 2021 

6 About the Early Childhood Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Awapuni Early Learners

Profile Number

55217

Location

Gisborne

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

40 children, including up to 8 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers

80-99%

Service roll

50

Ethnic composition

Māori 24, NZ European/Pākehā 22, Other ethnic groups 4.

Review team on site

July 2021

Date of this report

5 October 2021

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, June 2017; Education Review. March 2014; Education Review, February 2011.

1 Evaluation of Awapuni Under Fives Community Preschool

How well placed is Awapuni Under Fives Community Preschool 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

Awapuni Under Fives Community Preschool is a community-based early learning service in Gisborne that provides education and care for up to 30 children aged over two. It is situated within the grounds of Awapuni Primary School.

The centre is governed by a board made up of parents whose children are, or have been, enrolled. Day-to-day management of operation, teaching and learning is the responsibility of a leadership team comprising the head teacher and assistant head teacher. At the time of this report there were five qualified staff.

The centre philosophy emphasises the importance of relationships, respect and care for children's growth and development.

Centre staff have responded well to the next steps identified in the March 2014 ERO report.

The Review Findings

The service's philosophy and values are evident in practice. There is a supportive and welcoming culture. Children engage in a programme that assists them to be confident and competent learners. Cooperative play and friendships are encouraged and positive relationships between teachers and children are evident.

The centre is well resourced to promote children's creativity and support their interests. Their sense of belonging is enhanced through displays celebrating them and their work. Literacy, numeracy, science and creativity are successfully integrated into the programme. Children have ongoing, supported opportunities for investigation, exploration and challenge.

Teachers are kind and respectful, engaging well with children to support them in their play. They should continue to identify and implement strategies that extend children's ideas and maximise opportunities for them to lead their learning and persevere in their play over time. 

The curriculum is strongly based on children's interests and strengths. Teachers also plan activities to engage children and introduce new ideas. An online assessment tool is used effectively to communicate with families about the programme and centre events.

Children's journals are an attractive record of their participation and engagement in centre life. These provide a way for families to contribute to their children's learning programmes.

Teachers should continue to strengthen their approach to assessment, planning and evaluation. Further consideration should be given to:

  • documenting, and planning to meet, parent/whānau aspirations for their children's learning
  • ensuring an appropriate balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed learning episodes is recorded
  • increasing the focus on showing how teachers are identifying next steps to extend children's strengths and interests, and progress their learning
  • reviewing the curriculum policy to clarify revised expectations for assessment practice.

Diversity is recognised and celebrated. Children's languages, cultures and identities are valued and acknowledged. Teachers have well-developed knowledge and understanding of te ao Māori.

Extensive links with the local and wider community have been developed which contribute to a range of learning opportunities for children. A close relationship with the adjoining primary school has been achieved. Teachers should continue to seek ways of sharing information about individual children's learning and early childhood practice with new entrant teachers to further strengthen their approach to support children's transition to school.

The centre is well managed and led by the head teacher. She has good support from board members who work collaboratively with the teaching team to improve outcomes for children, their families and whānau.

Leaders and teachers have participated in relevant professional learning and development (PLD) to support their roles. A new appraisal process has recently been developed that has the potential to build teacher practice to improve outcomes for children. This now needs to be implemented along with the programme of support for provisionally registered teachers.

Use of internal evaluation is at an early stage of development. Recent training has supported teachers' shared understanding. A next step is to support the team's ongoing use of the agreed evaluative framework to measure the quality and effectiveness of priority areas of practice and operation. 

The governance board provides good support for centre operation. Trustees show a commitment to improving management systems. Parents and whānau are regularly consulted. Work has commenced on documenting expectations in relation to governance roles and responsibilities. Although some strategic priorities have been identified, further work should be undertaken to define desired outcomes, especially in relation to teaching and learning. These can then be used to support annual planning, the monitoring of progress towards goals, and decision making about PLD and planned internal evaluation. Increased collaboration with staff about long-term planning should support their ownership of the future the centre.

Key Next Steps

Leaders, teachers and ERO agree there is a need to continue to strengthen:

  • assessment, planning and evaluation

  • internal evaluation

  • the induction and mentoring programme for provisionally registered teachers

  • understanding of governance and management roles and responsibilities.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Awapuni Under Fives Community 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.

In order to improve practice, systems should be put in place to ensure that resources, furniture and fittings are adequately secured and do not pose a high risk in the event of an earthquake. 

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next ERO review of Awapuni Under Fives Community Preschool will be in three years.

Alan Wynyard

Deputy Chief Review Officer Central (Acting)

26 June 2017 

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

Gisborne

Ministry of Education profile number

55217

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

30 children, aged over 2

Service roll

40

Gender composition

Girls 21, Boys 19

Ethnic composition

Māori
Pākehā
Pacific

17
18
5

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%+

Based on funding rates

80% +

Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2

1:5

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

May 2017

Date of this report

26 June 2017

Most recent ERO report(s)

 

Education Review

March 2014

Education Review

February 2011

Education Review

December 2007

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.