Punavai Ole Atamai Preschool
Ownership: This service is not-for-profit and operated by a community trust, incorporated society or association
Street or Road: 41 Macandrew Road
Phone: contact number is not available for new enrolments
Ages of children: Licensed to care for children from infancy
Group / Centre Size: The centre operates on a small and personal scale for children and families. It is licensed for 50 or fewer children. It is what we call a 'boutique' early childhood centre.
Qualified teaching staff: 80% to 100% of teaching staff are qualified teachers (according to funding claimed from the Ministry of Education, last updated beginning of 2020).
Shows Children that Men Can Teach and Care for Young Children Too: In 2019 the teaching team was, known to have been usually or all of the time, women only. (Note that it is best to have gender balance with children being taught and cared for by both men and women. In Home-based ECE this criterion relates to visiting teachers only)
Highly Parent Rated: THIS SERVICE CANNOT YET BE CLASSIFIED AS A HIGHLY RATED SERVICE. (To be so it needs to have a number of recent positive reviews - at least 5 positive if a small centre, or 10 if a mega-centre or a home-based service)
Entrant in the Hall of Excellence: Not yet
Compliance with Regulations & Minimum Standards: It has a clean record. It was not downgraded to a provisional or suspended licence by the Ministry of Education last year (if you want to check on its history before 2019 go to more info below)
Entrant in the Wall of Shame: NO. As far as is known there has not been a major reported incident of the standard or ethic of care falling below what society in general considers to be acceptable
Education Review Office report: The last report was in 2019 and it was most positive
Ministry of Education Licence ID number: 83069
In August 2014 the parents of a 2 year old child told the Otago Daily Times newspaper that their son was able to leave the centre unnoticed, crossing a busy road and was found by a member of the public. It was reported that the centre was well-staffed with above the minimum required number of adults and that a faulty latch on the gate may have been to blame. But note that close supervision for children under 5 years of age is important for safety at all times. The adults/teachers should know where each child is and what each child is doing, and be involved in children's play
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