Ownership: This service is a privately operated business e.g. it is owned by a sole trader, partnership, company or private trust
Ages of children: 2 years and over
Teachers of both genders: It's great for children - teaching staff of both genders are employed and present during the hours the service is open according to the Ministry of Education annual census data or according to self-report by the service (if you find this is no longer the case or is not correct please inform us at My ECE)
A specialist early intervention service?: No this is a mainstream service
Education Review Office report: The last report was in 2017 and it was most positive
Ministry of Education Licence ID number: 10008
Qualified teaching staff: 80% or more of the teachers counted within the minimum ratio for the number of children hold a practising certificate recognised for teaching in NZ
My ECE Rating of this Service:
Four-Star Rating (4 out of 5)
Qualified Staff: This service has a higher proportion of qualified or trained teachers/ educators.
(Centres with 80% or more qualified teachers within the legal minimum staffing requirement. Home-based services and Playcentres on a higher funding rate for educator training).
Service Size: The service operates on a small and personal scale for children and families. It is what we call a 'boutique' early childhood service.
Education Review Office report: The latest ERO report for this service was a positive one (or ERO has yet to make a report available on this service).
Commitment to Continuous Quality Improvement: The service regularly evaluates how well it is providing for children and its quality by asking families for feedback using the "NZ ECE Survey of Parent Satisfaction and Experience" developed by researchers.
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Parents rating of service: Insufficient positive reviews from parents / caregivers
I've experienced three different early childhood centres and whilst the others were good, Farm Friends is exceptional. It's a place where kids get to be kids and explore their environment on their own terms, make their own connections and develop their own interests.
One of the many things I love about Farm Friends are the wide open spaces the children get the opportunity to explore. The play areas are not sanitised, there's mud, sand, trees and garden. There's a pine forest, a creek and pond and let's not forget the animals. My children have built bridges, forts, made and slid down mud slides, made mud pies, all the stuff that lets kids use their imagination and create hours of fun.
The teachers are wonderful and love their work. This is evident in a really low (almost non existent) staff turnover rate. They take the time to develop each child's interest and build their confidence. By the time these children start school they are intelligent, self assured, articulate little people.
The food provided is healthy and delicious and the children all seem to love it. They even grow their own veges with the children in the garden.
I cannot rate Farm Friends high enough.
Lisa Andersen likes: Outdoor space, Food, Teachers, Activities, Teaching philosophy