Childspace Ltd - Northland

Education institution number:
55384
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
22
Telephone:
Address:

17 Albemarle Road, Northland, Wellington

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Childspace Ltd - Northland

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 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 Childspace Ltd - Northland are as follows:

Outcome Indicators

(What the service knows about outcomes for learners)


Whāngai Establishing

Ngā Akatoro Domains

 

Learning Conditions
Organisational Conditions

Whāngai Establishing
Whakaū Embedding

2 Context of the Service

Childspace Ltd - Northland is one of four privately owned early childhood centres with shared governance. The service has a small number of tamariki Māori, and a small number of children of Indian heritage enrolled. Progress towards the key next steps identified in ERO’s 2018 report is ongoing. This evaluation was one of a cluster of four reviews of the Childspace Early Learning Centres.

3 Summary of findings

Tamariki experience an environment that has been intentionally planned by kaiako to promote the service values of respectful practice, beauty, and empowerment. Tamariki under two years are nurtured through unhurried caregiving routines in their dedicated indoor and outdoor learning spaces. Older tamariki explore a natural outdoor setting where kaiako provide for a range of physical challenges to support curiosity, creativity, and risk-taking.

Kaiako provide a range of opportunities to develop tamariki understandings of bicultural Aotearoa/ New Zealand throughout the curriculum.  Aspects of tikanga Māori and te reo Māori are integrated in the teaching and learning environment. Some progress has been made in relation to developing targeted strategies for Māori learners to experience success as Māori. Deepening understanding across the organisation about Māori success as Māori is ongoing.  

A system for documenting tamariki learning forefronts the learning outcomes in Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Leaders and kaiako are strengthening this to ensure it is fully implemented and consistently used in individual learning records. Progression of learning in relation to the outcomes is yet to be documented for all tamariki. Assessment records show some evidence of kaiako seeking information from parents and whānau in order to respond to the language, culture, and identity of their tamaiti.

Leaders use effective systems for monitoring and reporting how well the service is meeting regulatory requirements. A useful internal evaluation process is in place. It informs decision making and results in ongoing improvement. Leaders and kaiako are developing their practice.

Governance and management leaders are improvement focused. They evaluate aspects of the strategic goals and vision for the service however could more clearly show the impact on outcomes for tamariki. They provide a high level of guidance and support for leaders and kaiako including ongoing support for new staff and leaders and regular opportunities for ongoing study and professional learning and development. 

4 Improvement actions

Childspace Ltd - Northland will include the following actions in its Quality Improvement Planning:

  • fully implement and embed assessment for learning practices and continue to include the languages, cultures, and identities of tamariki in their planning and assessment documentation  

  • increase the opportunities that tamariki have to hear and use te reo Māori  

  • governance and management to continue to use review and internal evaluation to scrutinise all aspects of operation and more clearly show the impact on outcomes for learners. 

5 Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Childspace Ltd - Northland completed an ERO 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; safety checking; teacher registration; ratios)

  • relevant evacuation procedures and practices.

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 Services (Southern)
Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

23 December 2022 

6 About the Early Childhood Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Childspace Ltd - Northland

Profile Number

55384

Location

Wellington

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

30 children, including up to 12 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80-99%

Service roll

24

Review team on site

August 2022

Date of this report

23 December 2022

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, April 2018; Education Review, February 2014

Childspace Ltd - Northland - 30/04/2018

1 Evaluation of Childspace Ltd - Northland

How well placed is Childspace Ltd - Northland 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

Childspace Ltd – Northland, is licensed for 30 children, including 12 aged up to two years. The service is one of four in the area that are governed by a board of directors with considerable knowledge and expertise in early childhood education and environment design.

A centre manager oversees the curriculum, staff and day-to-day operation. The governance group employs a principal to offer further professional and operational support. They also provide professional development and resources to others in the early childhood sector. A kai creator is employed to provide nutritious meals for the children. Childspace is committed to gender balance in its staffing, and employs a number of male kaiako.

Relationships are core to the service philosophy. Staff (kaiako) focus on resourcing the environment, with particular attention paid to natural materials, rituals and rhythms, and real-life experiences. Teaching practices are underpinned by Resources of Infant Educarers (RIE) philosophy, emphasising respectful practice and close attachments with key teachers.

Five kaiako have started at the centre since the beginning of 2017. Re-establishing the team has been a strong focus for the year. Three of these kaiako are previous employees of the Institute, including the centre manager, who has been in the role for ten months. The centre manager previously held the position of principal of the Institute.

The next step identified in the service’s February 2014 ERO report related to developing transition to school processes has been progressed. However, cultural responsiveness to Māori and internal evaluation remain areas requiring development.

This review was one of a cluster of four reviews of the Childspace Early Learning Centres.

The Review Findings

Children benefit from warm and respectful interactions. Children freely access a good range of learning materials linked to their own interests, throughout the day, and confidently participate in rituals.

Kaiako work alongside children at their level, and support their oral language through attentive conversations.

Dedicated indoor and outdoor spaces support movement and self-determined active exploration. The outdoor environment provides high levels of interest, challenge and creative play opportunities. Kaiako are skilful in their use of the environment as a learning tool.

The daily programme reflects ngā kaiako commitment to their philosophical values. It is strongly childled and unfolds over the day. Kaiako use a range of highly effective strategies to promote children’s social competence.

A strength of the programme is the emphasis on sustainability and the natural world. Group projects and investigations are supportive of children’s interests as well as offering valuable new experiences. The curriculum is enriched by a weekly forest exploration programme, where groups participate in excursions into the local bush and community.

Kaiako liaise with parents and outside agencies, as appropriate, to support the learning and wellbeing of children with diverse learning needs. Transitions into, through and out of the centre are very well considered. Management provides an additional kaiako across the Childspace services to assist during transition periods. The service has built positive, reciprocal relationships with local schools.

Provision for infants and toddlers is responsive and appropriate. These children are respected as competent individuals and benefit from closely attuned relationships with kaiako. Their personal rhythms and cues are sensitively responded to. Care routines and rituals are maximised as valuable relationship-building opportunities. Interactions are warm, calm and peaceful. Families are welcomed and consulted to develop individualised care programmes.

Positive relationships with parents are prioritised. Kaiako provide a range of opportunities for families to engage in their child’s learning programme, including regular workshops and parentteacher discussion evenings where families' aspirations are shared. An online assessment tool is used to invite parent comments and strengthen connections between home and centre.

As a next step, kaiako should clearly demonstrate in documentation how close relationships with families enrich their planning and assessment. This would mean stronger acknowledgement of parent aspirations as well as children’s culture, language and identity.

Kaiako are sensitive observers. They document useful information about children’s individual interests, skills and development, as well as their engagement in the rich group curriculum. Portfolios show that kaiako know children well. They thoughtfully relate observations to a range of theoretical lenses. Documentation shows clear links to Te Whāriki 2017, the early childhood education curriculum.

However, the impact of targeted teaching on individual children’s learning outcomes is not clear in documentation. Assessment and planning requires strengthening, to better show and build children’s identities as successful, continual learners.

Kaiako are building their knowledge of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori. The centre’s sustainability focus, excursions into the surrounding community, and explorations into native bush, are usefully linked to bicultural perspectives. Kaiako demonstrate authenticity in their commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The programme affirms all children’s identities as bicultural citizens of Aotearoa.

Leaders agree their next step is to build on this knowledge to explore and implement specific strategies for promoting the educational success of Māori learners. This is indicated in future plans.

Teaching teams collaborate on useful investigations to inform change and improve the programme. A next step is to build review practices which are strongly evaluative. Leaders should support kaiako to use systematic, robust evidence-gathering to inform refinement of practices. Internal evaluations should clearly measure and monitor the impact of practices against intended outcomes for children.

Systematic processes for bi-annual appraisal are in place. Kaiako are highly reflective. Observations of teaching practice are part of this process. To support an improved approach these observations and other evidence should consistently inform more robust feedback and feed forward, strongly focused on children’s learning outcomes and alignment with centre goals.

Strategic planning identifies useful goals that are likely to positively affect children’s outcomes. To strengthen long-term planning, clear indicators of success should be developed, linked to each goal, to enable ongoing measurement of progress and inform actions. Since the onsite stage of ERO's evaluation, clear indicators of success have been developed that should support an improved process.

Childspace kaiako are well supported by management. A range of useful documents and resources are in place to support shared understandings. The Institute offers many opportunities for kaiako to network and take on leadership roles, in the centre as well as in the wider sector. Leaders purposefully and consistently promote team cohesion and a positive culture.

Key Next Steps

The intended goals, strategies and outcomes identified in the revised and updated 2018-2023 Childspace Strategic Plan outline the service's intended next steps in relation to the need to strengthen:

  • the focus on measurement and monitoring of the impact of practices on children's outcomes through internal evaluation processes

  • individualised assessment and planning processes, particularly in relation to building children's identities as ongoing learners, and responding to children's cultural contexts

  • all teachers' understanding and implementation of targeted strategies for the promotion of educational success for Māori learners.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Childspace Ltd - Northland 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 practice, management should strengthen its monitoring of quality assurance processes to ensure the service consistently meets the requirements of Licensing Criteria for Education and Care Services 2008 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.Since the onsite phase of the review management has taken steps to address this.

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next ERO review of Childspace Ltd - Northland will be in three years.

Alan Wynyard

Deputy Chief Review Officer Central (Acting)

Te Tai Pokapū - Central Region

30 April 2018

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

55384

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

30 children, including up to 12 aged under 2

Service roll

43

Gender composition

Boys 23, Girls 20

Ethnic composition

Māori
Pākehā
Other ethnic groups

3
32
7

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%+

Based on funding rates

80% +

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:4

Better than minimum requirements

Over 2

1:7

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

November 2017

Date of this report

30 April 2018

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

February 2014

Education Review

August 2010

Education Review

June 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.

Childspace Ltd - Northland - 07/02/2014

Evaluation of Childspace Ltd-Northland

How well placed is Childspace Ltd-Northland 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

Childspace Ltd-Northland is located in a residential area in a two-storey villa. The centre is licensed for 30 children, including 12 children aged up to two. The centre is designed for the different ages with the Tuakana group being located on the first floor and the Teina group on the second floor. It operates from 7.30am to 6.00pm, five days per week and has teacher-to-child ratios which exceed the minimum regulated requirements. The centre is influenced by a variety of philosophies and research, and relevant ideas and theories are reflected in practice and the environment.

Significant developments have occurred since the August 2010 ERO report. There have been changes to the teaching team, including a new centre manager. Ongoing developments have been made to the outside environment and gardens, with a newly build outdoor classroom.

This service is governed by the Childspace Institute (the Institute). This organisation offers the wider early childhood sector professional development, resources and equipment. The centre is serviced by the Childspace Workshop. It has a high commitment to maintaining 80% to 100% of qualified teachers and ongoing teacher education and professional development.

This review was part of a cluster of four reviews of Childspace Early Learning Centres under the Childspace Institute.

The Review Findings

Teachers have positive, responsive and sensitive relationships with children. A key teacher approach is used to establish relationships with families. Teachers work well to identify children’s interests and ideas and use these to guide how they plan the programme. The use of the tuakana teina model to promote learning through peer interactions is valued by teachers and evident in practice, particularly with sibling relationships. There is a high level of trust in children and they are viewed as leaders. This promotes empowerment for children in their learning and environment.

The physical and natural environment is homely and allows ample opportunities for children to explore, wonder, create, investigate and problem-solve. Teachers encourage and support children to do this well by using a range of teaching strategies. Rituals and rhythms are integral to the programme and promote all children’s independence, sense of belonging and self regulation. Teachers respond to children's care needs in a respectful and gentle way. Care moments are highly valued by teachers.

Informal and formal opportunities for children to participate in literacy and numeracy experiences are evident. Leadership opportunities for children are fostered. Teachers interact and converse well with children using these times to prompt children to think and explore deeper understandings. Group times for children and a mentoring programme for older children provide experiences for them to support their transitions to school. Teachers have identified the need for continuous reflection on ways they can strengthen relationships with schools.

Settling-in processes for infants and toddlers are highly valued, well considered and responsive to the needs and routines of the child and their family. Teachers recognise the importance of consistency and continuity to support transitions into and throughout the centre. They maintain a calm, slow pace with infants and toddlers. Children are given space and time to lead their learning. Teachers offer infants and toddlers choices, respecting their competency to participate and contribute.

Kaupapa Māori concepts of manaakitanga and kotahitanga are highly evident in the centre. In-depth work has helped teachers to gain an understanding of these ideas and how they are reflected in practice. Teachers have identified that they would like to continue to develop their understandings and use of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori. EROs evaluation affirms this direction.

The assessment process builds children’s identities as successful learners. This is used well to capture learning over time, show development and progress, and to plan. Opportunities for children to revisit their learning are provided. Formal six-monthly meetings with parents provide the opportunity to discuss children’s overall development. Including parents' aspirations discussed at the meetings in the child's portfolio would further show how parent input informs planning. Parents have regular opportunities to respond to children’s assessment and they contribute to these by adding comments and stories through an online assessment tool.

Leadership within the centre is promoted and encouraged, with many opportunities for all teachers to lead areas of the curriculum and centre operations.

Centre self-review processes are well developed and focused on quality improvement. Reviews provide opportunities for teachers to reflect on what they are doing. As a result, what is offered to children and families is improved and extended. Teachers are now ready to shift the focus of reviews from what they are doing to how well they are doing it. This shift should strengthen their reviews and better align with the intent of the Institute's process.

The principal, based at the Institute, is involved with the aspirations, learning programmes and developments within the centre and provides ongoing support to the teaching team. Leadership is a strength and well promoted. The appraisal system provides a clear process for staff. This is currently under review. There is a good quality of feedback from appraisers to promote growth in professional practices.

The Institute provides a high level of guidance and support for teachers for the continuous improvement of teaching and learning. This includes:

  • robust policies and procedures developed in consultation with teachers and parents
  • well-considered assessment and planning frameworks
  • clear processes and expectations for continuous review
  • professional learning and leadership opportunities for staff.

Centre management plans clearly link to the Institute’s strategic plan. There is a focus on improvement through reflection, review and professional development. Many opportunities for teachers to further their education are provided.

Key Next Steps

Centre leaders and the principal have outlined in an action plan the priority areas for further development. These are to:

  • shift the focus of self review from what teachers are doing, to how well they are doing it
  • continue to strengthen transition-to-school processes with a particular focus on strengthening relationships with schools
  • develop shared understandings with Māori whānau for success for Maori children as Māori, so teachers can measure the effectiveness of their practice.

ERO's evaluation affirms these priorities to further enhance teaching practice and outcomes for children and whānau.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Childspace Ltd-Northland 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 Childspace Ltd-Northland will be in four years.

Joyce Gebbie

National Manager Review Services Central Region (Acting)

7 February 2014

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

55384

Licence type

Education and Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

30 children, including 12 aged up to 2

Service roll

34

Gender composition

Boys 17; Girls 17

Ethnic composition

Māori

NZ European/Pākehā

Other ethnic groups

1

28

5

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:4

Better than minimum requirements

 

Over 2

1:8

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

November 2013

Date of this report

7 February 2014

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

August 2010

 

Education Review

June 2007

 

Education Review

February 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.