Central Hawkes Bay

Nurturing Children For Life

Scallywaggs Sprouts CHB1 06/12/2013

1 The Education Review Office (ERO) Evaluation

Education Review Report: Home-Based Care Scallywaggs SPROUTS CHB1
Scallywaggs SPROUTS CHB1 operates in Central Hawke's Bay. It is one of eight home-based services operated by the SPROUTS organisation.

A general manager and two coordinators are responsible for the provision of home-based care, implementing the curriculum for children and for the ongoing professional growth of educators. A new general manager has recently been appointed.

Scallywaggs SPROUTS CHB1 offers shared care and education with other Scallywaggs services and with local kindergartens. The Scallywaggs organisation also offers after-school care.

This review was part of a cluster of eight home-based early childhood education and care service reviews in the SPROUTS organisation. The review evaluates the quality of education and care provided by a sample group of educators and the quality of support provided by the SPROUTS management. This is the service's first ERO review.

Children learn in a home-based environment where the service philosophy is evident in practice. They experience a wide range of opportunities and experiences to support them to become capable and confident learners. Warm and responsive relationships foster their emotional security.

Educators are very responsive to individual children's needs and family practices. Partnership with parents is evident.

The recent change in the organisation has been well managed. Coordinators and educators are supported to grow their practice through a range of professional learning opportunities. Self review is leading to improved outcomes for children.

ERO and management have agreed that the next steps for development include strengthening educators' practice in evaluating children's learning; identifying and addressing hazards in the environment; and continuing to extend strategies to support Māori children's success as Māori.

Future Action

ERO will review the service again within three years.

2 The Focus of the Review

All ERO education reviews in early childhood focus on the quality of education. For ERO this includes the quality of:

  • the programme provided for children
  • the learning environment
  • the interactions between children and adults.

ERO's findings in these areas are set out below.

The Quality of Education

Background

Scallywaggs SPROUTS CHB1 operates in Central Hawke’s Bay. It is one of eight home-based services operated by the SPROUTS organisation.

A general manager and two coordinators are responsible for the provision of home-based care, implementing the curriculum for children and for the ongoing professional growth of educators. A new general manager has recently been appointed.

Scallywaggs SPROUTS CHB1 offers shared care and education with other Scallywaggs services and with local kindergartens. The Scallywaggs organisation also offers after-school care.

This review was part of a cluster of eight home-based early childhood education and care service reviews in the SPROUTS organisation.

The review evaluates the quality of education and care provided by a sample group of educators and the quality of support provided by the SPROUTS management.

This is the service’s first ERO review.

 

Areas of good performance

Children learn in a home-based environment where the service philosophy is evident in practice. They are provided with a wide range of opportunities and experiences to support them to become capable and confident learners. Their efforts and achievements are praised and celebrated.

Educators know children well. Warm and responsive relationships foster children’s emotional security. Children's interests are extended during regular group sessions, local outings and through additional resources provided by coordinators.

Many of the children also attend local kindergartens or other Scallywaggs services. Carefully considered activities and resources support this practice.

Children are prepared effectively for their move to school. SPROUTS staff have developed a transition-to-school pack for parents and educators to use with children. It focuses on literacy and numeracy activities.

The playgroups and gym sessions are a strength of the service. The inclusive and child-centred environment supports development of children’s physical and social skills. Older children and infants settle quickly and play together happily.

Partnership with parents is evident. Educators are very responsive to individual children’s needs and family practices. Journals are a rich source of information for parents about their children’s activities.

The recent change in the organisation has been well managed. Clear guidelines and expectations support coordinators and educators. They are assisted to grow their practice through a range of professional learning opportunities.

Educators are being supported to develop their understanding of self review. Review at organisation level is leading to improved outcomes for children.

Collaborative ways of working are fostered with everyone involved in the service.

 

Areas for development and review

Educators’ practice in evaluating children’s learning is developing. Managers and coordinators should continue to support educators to develop this area.

The service provides appropriate procedures to safeguard children’s health and wellbeing. Coordinators should continue to support educators to identify and address hazards in the environment.

Coordinators have identified that development is needed to support Māori children’s success as Māori. ERO affirms this next step.

 

3 Management Assurance on Compliance Areas

Before the review, the management and staff of Scallywaggs SPROUTS CHB1 completed an ERO Home-Based Education and Care Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklist. In these documents they attested that they had taken all reasonable steps to meet their legal obligations related to:

  • curriculum standard
  • premises and facilities standard
  • health and safety practices standard
  • governance management and administration standard.

During the review, ERO checked the following items because they have a potentially high impact on outcomes for children:

  • emotional safety (including behaviour management, prevention of bullying and abuse)
  • physical safety (including behaviour management, sleeping and supervision practices; accidents and medication; hygiene and routines; travel and excursion policies and procedures)
  • staff qualifications and organisation
  • evacuation procedures and practices for fire and earthquake.

 

4 Future Action

ERO will review the service again within three years.

Joyce Gebbie
National Manager Review Services
Central Region (Acting)

6 December 2013