These are the findings of the Education Review Office’s latest report on Country Kids Childcare Centre.
The centre is purpose-built and comprises three rooms catering for different age groups. Pikopiko caters for infants up to two years old, Ngā Whetu for children two to five years, and Just4Kids is for three and a half to five years. There is consistency of teaching practice between all three rooms of the centre. At times throughout the day children share these spaces.
Children are engaged in a programme that is responsive to their interests. Interactions are warm, welcoming and respectful. Teachers know the children well within the context of their family. The high quality learning environment provides opportunities for children to challenge their learning and development. Their independence skills are promoted. Literacy, numeracy and te reo Māori are effectively integrated throughout the play-based learning programme.
Significant progress has been made in developing assessment and planning practices in response to the recommendations of the February 2009 ERO report.
Management identify that further work is required to strengthen evidence-based self review, teacher appraisal and assessment practices. ERO’s external evaluation supports these findings. In addition, managers should give greater consideration to how they promote success for Māori children.
ERO is likely to review the service again in three years.
When ERO has reviewed an early childhood centre we encourage management to inform their community of any follow up action they plan to take. You should talk to the management or contact person if you have any questions about this evaluation, the full ERO report or their future intentions.
If you would like a copy of the full report, please contact the centre or see the ERO website, http://www.ero.govt.nz.
Acting National Manager Review Services