Aroha Montessori - 09/05/2018
Evaluation of Aroha Montessori
How well placed is Aroha Montessori to promote positive learning outcomes for children?
ERO's findings that support this overall judgement are summarised below.
The Review Findings
- how best to assess children’s interests, strengths and learning dispositions
- the planning of intentional strategies to promote children’s learning
- evaluation that informs decisions about next teaching and learning steps
- ways of integrating Montessori and Te Whāriki assessment processes
- increased response to children's bicultural and multicultural backgrounds
- further integration of parents' aspirations and goals for children’s learning.
Key Next Steps
- Leaders and teacher should:
- continue the integration of Te Whāriki into curriculum and assessment practices to extend opportunities for children to increasingly lead their own learning
- align the philosophy, strategic plan and annual plan to better identify priorities
- develop a shared understanding of internal evaluation to enable ongoing improvement.
Management Assurance on Legal Requirements
- Before the review, the staff and management of Aroha Montessori 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:
- 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.
- Since the on-site phase of the review, the centre has further reviewed its policies and procedures in line with the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.
Next ERO Review
- When is ERO likely to review the service again?
- The next ERO review of Aroha Montessori will be in three years.
- Patricia Davey
- Deputy Chief Review Officer Central (Acting)
- Te Tai Pokapū - Central Region
- 9 May 2018