Pine Hill Children's Centre - 29/03/2017

1 Evaluation of Pine Hill Children's Centre

How well placed is Pine Hill Children's Centre to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

ERO's findings that support this overall judgement are summarised below.


Pine Hill Children's Centre is privately owned and provides full-day education and care for children from infancy-to-school age. It is licensed for 40 children including up to 10 aged under two. At the time of the review there were 21 currently enrolled. Since the review the centre has been sold to another local early learning service provider.

The previous ERO review was a Category 2 in March 2015. Recommendations included embedding and formalising assessment, planning and evaluation systems, improving the appraisal process and the use of internal evaluation.

Since the 2015 report the centre has received external professional support. This resulted in some effective systems being developed to address the areas needing improvement.

The Review Findings

The previous centre owner had not maintained many of the practices established in 2015 as a result of external support.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Pine Hill Children's Centre 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.

Actions for compliance

ERO found significant areas of non-compliance in the service related to:

  • the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014

  • Education Council requirements around appraisal, provision of regular professional development and teacher registration

  • updating and reviewing plans and practices relating to emergencies

  • ensuring there is a system to regularly analyse accidents (HS7)

  • informing parents of the adult-child ratios when seeking their consents for excursions

  • ensuring there is a system to regularly evaluate the quality of aspects of the service's operation and of teaching and learning.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, GMA7A, HS31, HS7, GMA6.

Recommendation to Ministry of Education

ERO recommends that the Ministry reassess the licence of Pine Hill Children's Centre. ERO will not undertake a further education review of this service until the Ministry of Education is satisfied that the service meets licensing requirements.

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next ERO review of Pine Hill Children's Centre will be in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

Dr Lesley Patterson

Deputy Chief Review Officer Southern (Te Waipounamu)

29 March 2017

The Purpose of ERO Reports

The Education Review Office (ERO) is the government department that, as part of its work, reviews early childhood services throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. ERO’s reports provide information for parents and communities about each service’s strengths and next steps for development. ERO’s bicultural evaluation framework Ngā Pou Here is described in SECTION 3 of this report. Early childhood services are partners in the review process and are expected to make use of the review findings to enhance children's wellbeing and learning. 

2 Information about the Early Childhood Service 



Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

40 children, including up to 10 aged under 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys: 13

Girls: 8

Ethnic composition



NZ European/Samoan

NZ European/Māori

Māori/ other European








Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates


Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2


Better than minimum requirements

Over 2


Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

February 2017

Date of this report

29 March 2017

Most recent ERO report(s)


Education Review

March 2015

Education Review

November 2012

Education Review

February 2009

3 General Information about Early Childhood Reviews

ERO’s Evaluation Framework

ERO’s overarching question for an early childhood education review is ‘How well placed is this service to promote positive learning outcomes for children?’ ERO focuses on the following factors as described in the bicultural framework Ngā Pou Here:

Pou Whakahaere – how the service determines its vision, philosophy and direction to ensure positive outcomes for children

Pou Ārahi – how leadership is enacted to enhance positive outcomes for children

Mātauranga – whose knowledge is valued and how the curriculum is designed to achieve positive outcomes for children

Tikanga whakaako – how approaches to teaching and learning respond to diversity and support positive outcomes for children.

Within these areas ERO considers the effectiveness of arotake – self review and of whanaungatanga – partnerships with parents and whānau.

ERO evaluates how well placed a service is to sustain good practice and make ongoing improvements for the benefit of all children at the service.

A focus for the government is that all children, especially priority learners, have an opportunity to benefit from quality early childhood education. ERO will report on how well each service promotes positive outcomes for all children, with a focus on children who are Māori, Pacific, have diverse needs, and are up to the age of two.

For more information about the framework and Ngā Pou Here refer to ERO’s Approach to Review in Early Childhood Services.

ERO’s Overall Judgement and Next Review

The overall judgement that ERO makes and the timing of the next review will depend on how well placed a service is to promote positive learning outcomes for children. The categories are:

  • Very well placed – The next ERO review in four years
  • Well placed – The next ERO review in three years
  • Requires further development – The next ERO review within two years
  • Not well placed - The next ERO review in consultation with the Ministry of Education

ERO has developed criteria for each category. These are available on ERO’s website.

Review Coverage

ERO reviews are tailored to each service’s context and performance, within the overarching review framework. The aim is to provide information on aspects that are central to positive outcomes for children and useful to the service.