Just Kidz Educare - Dannemora - 10/07/2020

1 Evaluation of Just Kidz Educare - Dannemora

How well placed is Just Kidz Educare - Dannemora to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Just Kidz Educare - Dannemora is well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

ERO's findings that support this overall judgement are summarised below.


Just Kidz Educare - Dannemora is a privately-owned service providing education and care for children from birth to school age. There are three indoor areas for children of different ages. Older children in two rooms have access to a shared outdoor area. Infants and toddlers have a separate outdoor area.

Two experienced leaders oversee centre operations and administration. There are five qualified teachers, including the centre manager and head teacher, and four other staff. The staff team reflects the culturally diverse community of children and families enrolled at the service.

The centre’s philosophy is based on Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, and has an emphasis on valuing and respecting the dual cultural heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The 2016 ERO report noted the welcoming and inclusive environment, and the opportunities for children to play together and develop social skills. These aspects remain features of the service. Areas for development included annual and strategic planning. These areas continue to be a focus for improvement.

The Review Findings

Children experience a caring, welcoming environment that values their diverse cultural heritages. They are confident and independent. Children make decisions about their learning and initiate conversations with each other to share their thinking and ideas. They engage well with the range of activities teachers provide.

Teachers' unhurried and calm interactions allow time for children to explore their environment. Inclusive teaching practices affirm children's choices and acknowledge children's strengths and interests. Teachers communicate with children and whānau in their home languages. This has strengthened parent relationships and supports children's sense of belonging at the centre.

Teachers incorporate waiata, te reo Māori and sign language during large group times. Children respond to these positively and some children reply using te reo Māori or sign language. Older children enjoy story time, especially when teachers read the books made by children.

Leaders work well together and are focused on improving the curriculum provided for children. An internal evaluation process has been developed. This could be strengthened by focusing on purposeful data gathering and thorough analysis of information. A priority for centre leaders is to build shared teacher understandings of how to improve learning outcomes for children. A new process of teacher appraisal is being implemented.

Key Next Steps

Leaders identified relevant next steps that include:

  • increasing teachers' knowledge and use of te reo Māori in everyday conversations with children

  • evaluating the effectiveness of the curriculum in promoting children's individual learning pathways

  • including and responding to parent aspirations for their child's learning in assessment and planning records.

A key next step for leaders is to monitor centre-specific annual and long-term plans to evaluate how well the service's improvement goals are being met.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Just Kidz Educare - Dannemora 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.

Since the on-site review, service leaders have improved areas of practice relating to children's health and safety, including the evaluation of emergency plans, excursion processes and the administration of medicine.

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)

Northern Region - Te Tai Raki

10 July 2020

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


Dannemora, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

50 children, including up to 12 aged under 2 years

Service roll


Gender composition

Girls 22 Boys 18

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā
other ethnic groups


Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2


Better than minimum requirements

Over 2


Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

March 2020

Date of this report

10 July 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

August 2016

Education Review

June 2013

Education Review

May 2010

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

The overall judgement that ERO makes will depend on how well the service promotes positive learning outcomes for children. The categories are:

  • Very well placed

  • Well placed

  • Requires further development

  • Not well placed

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.