Childspace Early Learning Ctr- Karori

Education institution number:
60379
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
28
Telephone:
Address:

81 Old Karori Road, Karori, Wellington

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Childspace Early Learning Ctr- Karori

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 Early Learning Ctr- Karori are as follows:

Outcome Indicators

(What the service knows about outcomes for learners)


Whakaū Embedding

Ngā Akatoro Domains

 

Learning Conditions
Organisational Conditions

Whakaū Embedding
Whakaū Embedding

2 Context of the Service

Childspace Early learning Ctr– Karori, is one of four early childhood centres with shared governance. The service provides education and care for infants and toddlers. Most tamariki transition to Childspace Early Learning Centre – Wilton when they turn two. The culturally diverse roll includes a small number of Māori tamariki. 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

The service philosophy of a peaceful and respectful environment is evident in practice. Kaiako provide a curriculum that enables infants and toddlers to lead their own learning. The indoor and outdoor areas are specifically designed to encourage nature exploration, including the option to sleep outdoors.

Aspects of tikanga Māori are visible in the learning environment. Te reo Māori features during routine and small group times. Some progress has been made in relation to developing targeted strategies for Maori learners to experience success as Māori. Deepening understanding across the organisation about Māori success as Māori is ongoing.  

Tamariki are settled and engaged in the curriculum. Infants are given space and time to explore by kaiako who are attuned to their individual cues and provide continuity of care. Toddlers have good opportunities to challenge themselves and experience the breadth of the curriculum. Transitions into the centre are well supported, often involving home visits that foster strong relationships with parents and whānau.

Assessment documentation shows kaiako are increasingly intentional in using the learning outcomes in
Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum to show progression of learning in range of areas. These practices are embedding. Parent contributions are evident however kaiako responses to the languages, cultures, and identities of tamariki has been identified by the service as a next step. 

Leaders have developed and implemented 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. Kaiako are committed to 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 Early Learning Ctr- Karori will include the following actions in its Quality Improvement Planning:

  • continue to seek and include parent and whānau aspirations to better respond to the languages, cultures, and identities of their tamariki

  • increase the opportunities across the curriculum for tamariki 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.  

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Childspace Early Learning Ctr- Karori 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 Early Learning Ctr- Karori

Profile Number

60379

Location

Wellington

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

22 children, including up to 22 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80-99%

Service roll

28

Review team on site

8 August 2022

Date of this report

23 December 2022

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, April 2018; Education Review, February 2014

Childspace Early Learning Ctr- Karori - 30/04/2018

1 Evaluation of Childspace Early Learning Ctr - Karori

How well placed is Childspace Early Learning Ctr - Karori 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 Early Learning Ctr – Karori is an all-day early learning service licensed for 22 children up to two years of age. 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.

The centre operates as two flexible groups: nursery and toddler. Teachers (kaiako) work over time across both groups and contribute to all aspects of the programme. The centre has a strong relationship with Childspace Wilton, to where the majority of children transition near their second birthday.

The centre philosophy emphasises the importance of respectful practice and children being able to make close attachments with key kaiako. Kaiako resource the environment, with particular attention paid to the use of natural materials, rituals and rhythms, and real-life experiences.

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.

Next steps identified in the service’s February 2014 ERO report have been progressed. This includes developing knowledge of Pacific cultures and strengthening self review. However, cultural responsiveness to Māori remains an area 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 with kaiako. The daily programme reflects ngā kaiako commitment to their philosophical values. They work alongside children at their level, responding attentively to their needs and emerging interests. The learning and wellbeing of children with diverse learning needs are well supported, in consultation with their parents.

Kaiako are skilful in their use of the environment as a learning tool. Children have access to a good range of learning materials linked to their own interests. Spaces and resources are thoughtfully arranged to offer opportunities for inspiration, contemplation and discovery through free movement and self-determined exploration. Recent redevelopments to the outdoor space have allowed for increased flow and connection between the infants' and toddlers' spaces.

Provision for infants and toddlers is responsive and appropriate. Children are respected as competent individuals and benefit from closely attuned relationships with kaiako. Their personal rhythms and cues are sensitively responded to. Care rituals and routines are valued as relationship-building opportunities. Families are welcomed and consulted to develop individualised programmes. The organisation of the environment and provision of opportunities promotes infants' and toddlers' motivation for learning.

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 parent-teacher discussion evenings where families' aspirations are shared. An online assessment tool is used to invite parent comments and strengthen connections between home and centre.

Documentation shows how parent aspirations are thoughtfully implemented in children's learning programmes. A next step for the service is to consider ways to draw on children's cultural contexts to inform individual planning and learning analysis.

Kaiako are sensitive observers and know children well. They document useful information about each child's interests, skills and development, as well as their engagement in the group programme. Documentation shows clear links to Te Whāriki 2017, the early childhood education curriculum. Children’s developing identities as successful, continual learners, and the impact of targeted teaching on individual children’s learning outcomes, is not consistently included in documentation.

Transitions into, through and out of the centre are very well considered. A focus on continuity of care, where key kaiako move through these transitions alongside children, promotes children's sense of security, confidence and wellbeing. Management provides an additional kaiako across the Childspace services to assist during transition periods.

The programme affirms all children’s identities as bicultural citizens of Aotearoa. Kaiako demonstrate authenticity in their commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. They continue to actively grow their knowledge of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori. Leaders agree the team's next step is to research and implement specific strategies for promoting the educational success of Māori learners.

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

Systematic processes for biannual 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 Early Learning Ctr - Karori 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 Early Learning Ctr - Karori 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

60379

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

22 children aged up to 2 years

Service roll

25

Gender composition

Girls 13, Boys 12

Ethnic composition

Māori
Pākehā
Other ethnic groups

1
20
4

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

1:4

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

March 2011

Education Review

February 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 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 Early Learning Ctr- Karori - 05/02/2014

1 Evaluation of Childspace Early Learning Ctr-Karori

How well placed is Childspace Early Learning Ctr-Karori 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 Early Learning Ctr - Karori, is one of four Childspace early learning centres. This centre caters for 22 children up to the age of two, with most transitioning to Childspace Wilton around the time of their second birthday. A strong relationship exists between the Karori and Wilton centres.

The centre is designed to support the developmental stages of infants and toddlers using two different spaces, the nursery space for up to eight infants and the toddler space. Children transition flexibly between these rooms. There are seven teachers employed, including a centre manager and assistant manager, and a cook to provide nutritious meals for children. Four new teachers have been appointed since the August 2010 ERO report.

The areas for review and development identified in the previous review to do with strengthening self-review processes and monitoring outcomes have improved.

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 in of Childspace Early Learning Centres under the Childspace Institute.

The Review Findings

The shared vision, to create a peaceful and respectful environment where all feel valued and loved, is highly evident in practice. There is a strong commitment to the centre philosophy which is focused on building respectful and reciprocal relationships. The curriculum has a strong emphasis on:

  • providing safe and challenging experiences
  • the use of resources that encourage discovery, thinking and exploration
  • supporting free play and choice
  • relationships with children and their family
  • care routines as meaningful learning experiences.

The learning environment is designed to encourage infants and toddlers to engage, explore and develop their physical skills. The outdoor environment reflects the centre's commitment to nature education and sustainable practices and is an ongoing focus for the team. The infant environment, equipment and resources, caters well for the developmental needs of children. Infants are given time and space to move freely and build confidence.

Teachers develop trusting relationships with families when they start at the centre. Transition to the centre is a carefully implemented process. The centre uses a key teacher approach to promote secure attachments and relationships with children, parents and families. They communicate effectively with each other and share information about children, through diaries and regular formal and informal conversations. Teachers view each family and their knowledge of their child as an integral part of the learning community. They respond sensitively to each child's needs and preferences.

The planning framework has been strengthened as a result of an institute-wide review. Teachers effectively document learning experiences for children. These reflect their relationships with others, transitions and possible next learning steps through 'Journeys of Discovery'. Teachers use their knowledge of children and whānau to identify and plan for children's needs, interests and strengths. Parents have regular opportunities to respond to children’s assessments and they contribute to these by adding comments and stories through an online assessment tool.

A strategic priority identified by teachers is to incorporate te ao Māori dimensions more naturally and authentically within the programme. Establishing a common team understanding of success for Māori children as Māori should be explored. The teaching team has identified a need to broaden their knowledge and understanding of Pacific culture and practices.

A culture of inclusiveness is apparent. Teachers work closely with families and external agencies to ensure children with specific learning needs are fully involved in centre activities. Teachers are attuned to children's non verbal cues and gestures and can communicate using sign language.

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:

  • develop shared understandings with Māori whānau for success for Māori children as Māori, so teachers can measure the effectiveness of their practice
  • broaden the team’s knowledge and understanding of Pacific culture and practices
  • continue to strengthen self-review 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 Early Learning Ctr-Karori 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 Early Learning Ctr-Karori will be in four years.

Joyce Gebbie

National Manager Review Services Central Region (Acting)

5 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

Wellington

Ministry of Education profile number

60379

Licence type

Education and Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

22 children up to 2 years

Service roll

25

Gender composition

Boys 18,

girls 7

Ethnic composition

Māori

NZ European/Pākehā

Samoan

Other ethnic groups

1

19

1

4

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

N/A

 

Review team on site

November 2013

Date of this report

5 February 2014

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

March 2011

 

Education Review

February 2008

 

Education Review

May 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.