Wyndham Playcentre

Education institution number:
90028
Service type:
Playcentre
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
6
Telephone:
Address:

Raglan Street, Wyndham

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ERO’s Akanuku | Assurance Review reports provide information about whether a service meets and maintains regulatory standards. Further information about Akanuku | Assurance Reviews is included at the end of this report.

ERO’s Judgement

Regulatory standards

ERO’s judgement

Curriculum

Meeting

Premises and facilities

Meeting

Health and safety

Meeting

Governance, management and administration

Not meeting

At the time of the review, ERO identified non-compliance with regulatory standards that must be addressed.

Background

Wyndham Playcentre is a parent-led service administered by Te Whānau Tupu Ngātahi o Aotearoa – Playcentre Aotearoa. It provides one morning session per week. Support is provided by a centre advisor. 

Summary of Review Findings

The service curriculum provides children with a range of learning experiences within the Playcentre philosophy of free play. Children are supported to have positive interactions and nurturing, reciprocal relationships with adults and their peers. Their preferences are respected, and they are involved in decisions about their learning.

The design and layout of the premises support the provision of different types of indoor and outdoor experiences. There is sufficient quantity and variety of furniture, equipment, materials provided appropriate to the number, ages and abilities of the children attending. A process of ongoing self review that supports improvement has not been maintained.

Actions for Compliance

ERO found an area of non-compliance in the service relating to:

  • implementing an ongoing process of self review that helps the service maintain and improve the quality of its education and care.

Licensing criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, GMA6.

Since the onsite visit the service has provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed the following non compliances: 

  • securing of heavy equipment on a shelving unit that could fall and cause serious injury or damage (HS6)
  • maintaining the emergency supplies for the children and adults (HS7)
  • providing evidence that evaluation of emergency drills has informed the annual review of the emergency plan (HS8)
  • providing opportunities for parents to contribute to the development and review of the operational documents (GMA4).

Recommendation to Ministry of Education

ERO recommends the Ministry follows up with the service provider to ensure that non-compliance identified in this report is addressed promptly.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review is likely to be an Akarangi | Quality Evaluation.

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

1 July 2021 

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name Wyndham Playcentre
Profile Number 90028
Location Wyndham

Service type

Playcentre

Number licensed for

20 children, including up to 10 aged under 2.

Service roll

8

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā 8.

Review team on site

June 2021

Date of this report

1 July 2021

Most recent ERO report(s)

Akanuku | Assurance Review, May 2019; Education Review, April 2017.

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 Akanuku | 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 Akanuku | 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 Akanuku | 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 Akanuku | 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.

ERO’s judgement

Regulatory standards

Curriculum

Meeting

Premises and facilities

Meeting

Health and safety

Not meeting

Governance, management and administration

Not meeting

At the time of the review, ERO identified non-compliance with regulatory standards that must be addressed.

Background

Wyndham Playcentre is a parent cooperative that is part of Playcentre Aotearoa New Zealand. It is supported by the Southern South Island Region (SSIR) Playcentre Hub. The playcentre is located in rural Southland and provides two morning sessions a week. ERO’s April 2017 review identified a number of areas of non-compliance.

Summary of review findings

Since ERO’s 2017 review, the playcentre received additional support to address the areas of non-compliance and improve the programmes and practices. The parents plan, implement and monitor a programme that is based on Te Whāriki (2017) - The NZ Early Childhood Curriculum. They provide a positive environment for learning, including a range of resources and experiences. Parents are involved in and contribute to their own and other children’s learning and are involved in the day-to-operation and management of the playcentre. There are some matters that must be addressed to meet regulatory requirements.

Actions for compliance

ERO found areas of non-compliance in the service relating to health and safety, premises and facilities and governance and management. To meet regulatory standards the service provider must ensure that:

  • the outcomes of self review are reported and a schedule of planned reviews is developed

  • water is maintained at the appropriate temperature.
    Licensing criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, HS13, HS14, GMA6

Recommendation to Ministry of Education

ERO recommends the Ministry follows up with the service provider to ensure that non-compliances identified in this report are addressed promptly.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review of Wyndham Playcentre will be in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

Alan Wynyard

Director Review and Improvement Services Southern

Southern Region

15 May 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Wyndham Playcentre

Profile Number

90028

Location

Wyndham, Southland 

Service type

Playcentre

Number licensed for

20 children, including up to 10 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49%

Reported ratios of adults to children

Under 2

1:1 Meets regulatory standards

Over 2

1:5 Meets regulatory standards

Service roll

16

Gender composition

Girls 10

Boys 6

Ethnic composition

Māori 4

NZ European/Pākehā 7

Other ethnicities 5

Review team on site

March 2019

Date of this report

15 May 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

April 2017

Education Review

September 2013

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:

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 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.