SPROUTS Gisborne 7 In-Home Childcare 06/05/2015


SPROUTS Gisborne 7 In-Home Childcare is one of two licences in Gisborne and one of eight home‑based education and care services operated by the SPROUTS organisation. Two coordinators are responsible for overseeing the education and care received by children in educators' homes. An operations manager works alongside the coordinators to support and build their capability to promote positive learning outcomes for children. Of the 43 children enrolled in the service, 14 are Māori.

The August 2013 ERO report identified that SPROUTS Gisborne 7 In-Home Childcare needed to:

  • develop and strengthen professional leadership
  • continue to support educators’ practice in assessing children’s learning
  • support educators to identify and respond to hazards in the environment.

Management and coordinators have responded positively to these recommendations.

The Review Findings

A high percentage of educators and one coordinator are undertaking Level 4 training with an external provider. The growing confidence of coordinators and educators is impacting positively on children’s learning. The SPROUTS organisation demonstrates a commitment to support educators to improve practice. A clear focus on promoting positive outcomes for children is evident.

Children’s interests lead the curriculum. There are good examples to show how children’s interests have been developed and extended. Coordinators support educators to provide a range of learning experiences for children around their interests. They work with educators to develop and implement sound assessment practices. These clearly show the impact of their practice on children’s ongoing development. Coordinators should continue to work alongside educators to build their confidence to notice, recognise and respond to children’s learning.

Leadership is encouraged and supported. Building and supporting professional practice is a feature of the service. There is collaborative planning for the SPROUTS playgroup. Educators comment on what they see as important for children at playgroup and how the learning can be extended at the next session. Records show how educators are building their capabilities to lead learning and take on a range of leadership responsibilities.

Collaborative partnerships between children, their families and educators are evident. Information for families and educators clearly expresses the service’s expectations about how adults can work together to provide the best outcomes for children. Coordinators work alongside educators to ensure that families have opportunities to be actively involved in their child’s education and care.

Māori children are well supported to experience success as Māori. Educators are well supported to learn about local iwi and hapū, their history, sites of significance and kawa. SPROUTS adults and children participated in the local kapa haka festival. A sense of belonging is fostered.

The particular characteristics of infants and toddlers are well catered for. Coordinators carefully select and match the educator and family. Resources for children provided by SPROUTS, such as safe equipment and play packs, enhance what the educators already have.

Self review is becoming established with clear purpose and procedures to guide practice and development. Personnel demonstrate a growing understanding of the purpose of review. In response to the previous ERO report, SPROUTS undertook an extensive review of health and safety. Consequently, more rigorous health and safety practices have been established and maintained. Coordinators have worked positively alongside educators to focus on children’s learning. SPROUTS should continue to develop their self review with a clear focus on positive outcomes for children.

SPROUTS has a sound knowledge of when and how staff share information about children with others and how information for each child is stored. Parents are well informed about privacy matters through information packs on enrolment and newsletters and policies.

Key Next Steps

SPROUTS management and coordinators should continue to develop:

  • educators’ assessment practices
  • evaluative review with outcomes linked to children.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of SPROUTS Gisborne 7 In-Home Childcare 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.

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next ERO review of SPROUTS Gisborne 7 In-Home Childcare will be in three years.

Joyce Gebbie
Deputy Chief Review Officer Central
Central Region

6 May 2015


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