Education Review Office Report
Kiddz Homebased Early Childhood Services
12 April 2011
To the Parents and Community of Kiddz Homebased Early Childhood Education Services
These are the findings of the Education Review Office’s latest report on Kiddz Homebased Early Childhood Education Service has two services that operate in the Christchurch and Westport areas. This report refers to the Christchurch area. The service director/visiting teachers and educators are making ongoing improvements to practices and promoting positive outcomes for children and families.
The service philosophy of fostering positive and respectful relationships is evident in action. Children and families are warmly welcomed by caring and friendly home educators. The director/visiting teachers provide a high level of support to educators to promote children’s well-being and learning. Children benefit from settled environments, small group numbers and focused one-to-one learning interactions.
Regular playgroups provide opportunities for group learning and positive social experiences. The director/visiting teacher is skilled at delivering purposeful musical experiences that encourage children’s participation and enjoyment of music.
Other positive features of this home-based education and care service are:
- Educators who know the children well and have fun with them.
- The unhurried pace of interactions that are respectful and responsive to each child’s individual needs and preferences.
- Environments that provide a range of real-life learning experiences.
- A commitment to supporting children with special educational needs.
The director/visiting teachers foster opportunities for educators and children to develop increased understandings of the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa/New Zealand in ways that are meaningful and respectful of the Māori culture.
The director/visiting teachers and ERO agree that the next steps for the service relate to consolidating and building learning and assessment and self-review processes; refining management systems; making wider use of tikanga and te reo Māori; and strengthening relationships with local Māori whānau.
ERO is confident that the service is being managed in the interest of the children. Therefore ERO will review the service again within three years.
When ERO has reviewed an early childhood service we encourage management to inform their community of any follow up action they plan to take. You should talk to the management if you have any questions about this evaluation, the full ERO report or their future intentions.
National Manager Review Services
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT REVIEWS
ERO is an independent, external evaluation agency that undertakes reviews of schools and early childhood services throughout New Zealand.
About ERO Reviews
ERO follows a set of standard procedures to conduct reviews. The purpose of each review is to:
- Improve quality of education for children in early childhood services.
- Provide information to parents, communities and the Government.
Reviews are intended to focus on outcomes for children and build on each service’s self review.
ERO’s framework for reviewing and reporting is based on four review strands.
- Quality of Education – including the quality of the programme provided for children, the quality of the learning environment and the quality of the interactions between staff and children and how these impact on outcomes for children.
- Additional Review Priorities – other aspects of the operation of a service, may be included in the review. ERO will not include this strand in all reviews.
- National Evaluation Topics – This strand contribute to the development of education policies and their effective implementation. The information from this strand is aggregated by ERO for its national evaluation reports. Topics for investigation are changed regularly to provide up-to-date information.
- Compliance with Legal Requirements – assurance that this service has taken all reasonable steps to meet legal requirements.
ERO reviews do not cover every aspect of service performance and each ERO report may cover different issues. The aim is to provide information on aspects that are central to positive outcomes for children and useful to this service.
Most ERO reports include recommendations for improvement. A recommendation on a particular issue does not necessarily mean that a service is performing poorly in relation to that issue. There is no direct link between the number of recommendations in this report and the overall performance of this service.
Individual ERO school and early childhood centre reports are public information and may be copied or sent electronically. However, the Education Review Office can guarantee only the authenticity of original documents which have been obtained in hard copy directly from either the local ERO office or ERO Corporate Office in Wellington. Please consult your telephone book, or see the ERO web page, http://www.ero.govt.nz, for ERO office addresses.