Bright Sparks Childcare Airport
Ownership: This service is a privately operated business e.g. it is owned by a sole trader, partnership, company or private trust
Street or Road: 77 Aintree Avenue, Mangere
Phone: contact number is not available for new enrolments
Ages of children: Licensed to care for children from infancy
Group / Centre Size: 51 or more children. This is a mega licensed early childhood centre. Check that small family-like group sizes are maintained, and not large classes. It is important for children's learning and emotional wellbeing to consistently have the same teachers everyday. No child should feel or be 'lost in the crowd'.
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: YES. 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 2018 and it was most positive
Ministry of Education Licence ID number: 10218
In 2016 an 8 month old suffered third-degree burns to his back when being bathed. His parents were not contacted by the centre and told what happened and no immediate medical care was sought by the centre for the infant. The injury resulted in hospitalisation. The temperature valve on the tap was reported to have been faulty. On investigation the Ministry of Education found several other safety breaches and problems in the management culture. The centre was placed on a provisional licence and the licence was then extended for a further period awaiting the centre making satisfactory improvements. The Ministry of Education issued it with a full licence again after providing the centre with intensive support to meet minimum standards. Read a parent's story
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