Peacocks Early Learning - Stonefields

Education institution number:
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Not Applicable
Total roll:

31 Purchas Hill Drive, Stonefields, Auckland

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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



Premises and facilities


Health and safety


Governance, management and administration


Since the onsite visit the service has provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed non-compliances and is now taking reasonable steps to meet regulatory standards.


This is the first ERO review of Peacocks Early Learning – Stonefields, which opened in February 2019. Four age-based areas cater for children from infants to school age. The centre manager is supported in her leadership role by a practice leader and managers of the four centres associated with the umbrella organisation.

Summary of Review Findings

Infants, toddlers and older children experience positive, respectful interactions with adults. Their preferences are respected, and they are involved in decisions about their learning experiences. Positive steps are taken to respect and acknowledge the aspirations held by parents and whānau for their children.

The service curriculum is inclusive. It provides children with a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance and extend their learning and development individually and in groups. The curriculum is informed by assessment, planning, and evaluation that demonstrates an understanding of children’s learning, their interests, whānau, and life contexts.

Key Next Step

A key next step is to strengthen bicultural practice by developing authentic relationships with local iwi and apply new understandings of te ao Māori to the centre’s curriculum and teaching practice.


Since the onsite visit the service has provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed the following non-compliance:

  • furniture and items intended for children to sleep on (such as cots, beds, stretchers, or mattresses) that will be used by more than one child over time are securely covered with or made of a non-porous material (PF30).

Next ERO Review

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

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)

Northern Region | Te Tai Raki

11 February 2021

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Peacocks Early Learning - Stonefields

Profile Number



Stonefields, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

100 children, including up to 25 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Ethnic composition

Māori 5
NZ European/Pākehā 28
Chinese 14
European 10
Asian 9
other ethnic groups 6

Review team on site

November 2020

Date of this report

11 February 2021

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.