Learning Links Childcare Hector Drive

Education institution number:
47564
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
63
Telephone:
Address:

38 Hector Drive, Rototuna North, Hamilton

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ERO’s Akanuku | Assurance Review reports provide information about whether a service meets and maintains regulatory standards. Further information about Akanuku | Assurance Reviews is included at the end of this report.

ERO’s Judgement

Regulatory standards
ERO’s judgement

Curriculum

Meeting

Premises and facilities

Meeting

Health and safety

Meeting

Governance, management and administration

Meeting

At the time of the review, ERO found the service was taking reasonable steps to meet regulatory standards.

Background

Learning Links Childcare provides all-day education and care for children from birth to six years of age. The purpose-built facility has two age-based learning areas. The centre owner is responsible for the management of operation and leadership. This is the centre’s first ERO review.

Summary of Review Findings

Positive and meaningful relationships were observed among children and teachers. The service curriculum is responsive to children as confident and competent learners. A range of learning opportunities supports children’s learning and development, individually and in groups across all areas. Regular opportunities are provided for parents to be involved in decision making concerning their child’s learning, interests and strengths.

Processes for internal evaluation help improve the quality of education and care for children. The service’s strategic and annual plans guide daily operation. Policies and procedures are reviewed regularly, contributing to the development of the service.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include continuing to develop:

  • opportunities for children to independently revisit their learning
  • ways to acknowledge and value the cultures and language of all children
  • children’s independent access to resources that enhance and extend their learning.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review is likely to be an Akarangi | Quality Evaluation.

Phil Cowie
Director Review and Improvement Services
Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

2 October 2020 

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Learning Links Childcare Hector Drive

Profile Number

47564

Location

Hamilton

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

70 children, including up to 12 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%+

Service roll

81

Gender composition

Female                 32

Male                      49

Ethnic composition

Māori 6
NZ European/Pākehā 29
Indian 23
Chinese 13
Other ethnic groups   10

Review team on site

August 2020

Date of this report

2 October 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

First ERO review of the service.

General Information about Assurance Reviews

All services are licensed under the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008. The legal requirements for early childhood services also include the Licensing Criteria for Education and Care Services 2008. 

Services must meet the standards in the regulations and the requirements of the licensing criteria to gain and maintain a licence to operate.

ERO undertakes an Akanuku | Assurance Review process in any centre-based service:

  • having its first ERO review – including if it is part of a governing organisation
  • previously identified as ‘not well placed’ or ‘requiring further development’
  • that has moved from a provisional to a full licence
  • that have been re-licenced due to a change of ownership
  • where an Akanuku | Assurance Review process is determined to be appropriate.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

All early childhood services are required to promote children’s health and safety and to regularly review their compliance with legal requirements. Before the review, the staff and management of a service 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. 

As part of an Akanuku | Assurance Review ERO assesses whether the regulated standards are being met. In particular, ERO looks at a 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 certification; ratios)
  • evacuation procedures and practices for fire and earthquake. 

As part of an Akanuku | Assurance Review ERO also gathers and records evidence through:

  • discussions with those involved in the service
  • consideration of relevant documentation, including the implementation of health and safety systems
  • observations of the environment/premises, curriculum implementation and teaching practice.