Montessori House Atelier de Bambini - 08/12/2020

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

Meeting

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

Background

This is the first ERO review of Montessori House Atelier de Bambini that opened in 2019. The service is privately owned and provides education and care for children aged over two years. The owner manages the centre with the support of a team leader and two teachers.

Summary of Review Findings

The service curriculum is inclusive. Children experience positive, respectful interactions with adults and each other. They have opportunities to develop an understanding of the dual heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand. Children’s cultures are respected and supported with the use of their home languages and cultural events are celebrated. A policy framework and annual planning guide the centre’s operations. Teacher appraisal and internal evaluation processes are established. Health and safety systems and procedures are regularly monitored. The premises and facilities are resourced to provide for the learning and abilities of the children attending the service.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • increasing the opportunities that children have to hear and speak te reo Māori in meaningful learning contexts.

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

8 December 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Montessori House Atelier de Bambini

Profile Number

47619

Location

Dunedin

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

29 children aged over 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%

Service roll

30

Gender composition

Male 12, Female, 18

Ethnic composition

Māori 4, NZ European/Pākehā 18, Chinese 8

Review team on site

October 2020

Date of this report

8 December 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

First ERO review of the service

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.