Queens Preschool

Education institution number:
83026
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
36
Telephone:
Address:

195 Surrey Street, St Clair, Dunedin

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Queens Preschool

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 Queens Preschool are as follows:

Outcome Indicators

(What the service knows about outcomes for learners)

Whāngai Establishing

Ngā Akatoro Domains

 

Learning Conditions
Organisational Conditions

Whakaū Embedding

Whakaū Embedding

2 Context of the Service

Queens Preschool is a small community-based centre. It is governed by a parent committee and day-to-day management is overseen by a centre manager and two curriculum leaders. Leadership and staffing have been very stable over recent years. Since the last ERO review in 2019, the service made significant progress on the key next steps.

3 Summary of findings

Children are empowered as independent and confident learners in an inclusive learning environment. Infants and toddlers experience a calm, slow pace that gives them space and time to lead their own learning. The curriculum is designed to foster individual learning dispositions.

Kaiako provide intentional and engaging open-ended learning opportunities that enhances children’s identity as learners. Children are well supported through kaiako building caring and trusting learner-focused partnerships with them and their whānau.

The agreed learning priorities of relationships, independence, resilience, culture, and transitions are strongly reflected in assessment for learning documentation. Assessment and curriculum design is underpinned by the principles and strands of Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Kaiako are beginning to explore the use of the learning outcomes from Te Whāriki.

Leaders and kaiako facilitate opportunities for children to develop knowledge and understanding of the cultural heritage of Aotearoa | New Zealand. This includes:

  • a curriculum that reflects te ao Māori values

  • promoting a sustainable learning environment is raising children awareness of the importance of protecting and nurturing Papatūānuku

  • building kaiako capability to integrate te reo Māori authentically in the daily programme.

There is not yet clear evidence of how teachers support each child to be confident in their own language, culture, and identity.

Leaders and kaiako work collaboratively to improve outcomes for children. Internal evaluation is improvement focused and is becoming embedded. Having a more in-depth focus on evaluation including evidence which identifies what is and is not working and for whom is required.  

4 Improvement actions

Queens Preschool will include the following actions in its Quality Improvement Planning:

  • Co-construct the curriculum with whānau and mana whenua to develop a responsive and localised curriculum that reflects the local cultural narrative.

  • Embed good quality assessment for learning processes including the use of the learning outcomes from Te Whāriki to support and inform future curriculum development.

  • Build leaders and kaiako capability for internal evaluation that identifies and gathers the evidence required to demonstrate what is and is not working and for whom in the curriculum.

5 Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Queens 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.

Dr Lesley Patterson
Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)
Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

8 September 2022 

6 About the Early Childhood Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Queens Preschool

Profile Number

83026

Location

Dunedin

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

29 children, including up to 10 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80-99%

Service roll

34

Ethnic composition

Māori 11, NZ European/Pākehā 21, other ethnic groups 2

Review team on site

May 2022

Date of this report

8 September 2022

Most recent ERO report(s)

Akanuku | Assurance Review, November 2019; Education Review, June 2017

Queens Preschool - 06/11/2019

ERO’s Judgement

Regulatory standards
ERO’s judgement

Curriculum

Meeting

Premises and facilities

Meeting

Health and safety

Meeting

Governance, management and administration

Meeting

At the time of the review, ERO found the service was taking reasonable steps to meet regulatory standards.

Background

Queens Preschool is a community-based service administered by a parent trust. A manager is supported by mostly qualified teachers in the two aged-based areas. The June 2016 ERO report identified that governance and management practices required improvement. Very good progress has been made in response.

Summary of Review Findings

Teachers plan and implement a curriculum based on Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Infants, toddlers and older children have a range of experiences to support their learning. Centre-wide learning priorities for children that reflect an understanding of current research and practice and parents’ aspirations have been developed.

Parents/whānau are consulted about their child’s learning as well as service operations. Health and safety systems are monitored. A process for self review and an appraisal system that supports teachers and managers to improve the quality of education and care have been developed and implemented.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • strengthening the extent to which information documented about children’s learning reflects their language, culture and identity
  • continuing to develop assessment, planning and evaluation to show children’s progress against the service’s identified learning outcomes.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review is likely to be an Education Review.

Dr Lesley Patterson Director

Review and Improvement Services (Southern)

Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

6 November 2019

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Queens Preschool

Profile Number

83026

Location

Dunedin

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

29 children, including up to 10 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%+

Reported ratio of adults to children under 2

1:4 Better than regulatory standards

Reported ratio of adults to children over 2

1:7 Better than regulatory standards

Service roll

35

Gender composition

Male 18

Female 17

Ethnic composition

Māori 10

NZ European/Pākehā 25

Review team on site

October 2019

Date of this report

6 November 2019

Most recent ERO reports

Education Review June 2017

Education Review May 2014

General Information about Assurance Reviews

All services are licensed under the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008. The legal requirements for early childhood services also include the Licensing Criteria for Education and Care Services 2008.

Services must meet the standards in the regulations and the requirements of the licensing criteria to gain and maintain a licence to operate.

ERO undertakes an Assurance Review process in any centre-based service:

  • having its first ERO review – including if it is part of a governing organisation
  • previously identified as ‘not well placed’ or ‘requiring further development’
  • that has moved from a provisional to a full licence
  • that have been re-licenced due to a change of ownership
  • where an Assurance Review process is determined to be appropriate.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

All early childhood services are required to promote children’s health and safety and to regularly review their compliance with legal requirements. Before the review, the staff and management of a service 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.

As part of an Assurance Review ERO assesses whether the regulated standards are being met. In particular, ERO looks at a 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 certification; ratios)
  • evacuation procedures and practices for fire and earthquake.

As part of an Assurance Review ERO also gathers and records evidence through:

  • discussions with those involved in the service
  • consideration of relevant documentation, including the implementation of health and safety systems
  • observations of the environment/premises, curriculum implementation and teaching practice.