Active Explorers Blockhouse Bay - 20/05/2020

ERO’s Judgement

Regulatory standards

ERO’s judgement



Premises and facilities


Health and safety


Governance, management and administration


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


Active Explorers Blockhouse Bay is licensed to provide all-day education and care for 61 children, including 20 under the age of two years. There is a centre manager and a head teacher for each of the two age-related rooms. This is the first ERO review of the service under the new ownership of Evolve Education Group.

Summary of Review Findings

Teachers engage in meaningful, positive interactions which nurture reciprocal relationships. They support children to develop their social competence and understanding of appropriate behaviour.

Children have multiple opportunities to develop confidence in their own culture and an understanding and respect for other cultures. Parents are actively involved in decision making about their child’s care and learning.

A philosophy statement, annual plan and policy framework guide the centre’s operations. A process of self review has begun. The design of the premises supports a range of different types of indoor and outdoor play.

Since the onsite visit, the service has addressed areas of non-compliance relating to ensuring:

  • any windows or other areas of glass accessible to children are either made of safety glass, covered by an adhesive film or effectively guarded by barriers

  • the temperature of warm water delivered from taps that are accessible to children independently is no higher than 40 degrees Celsius and comfortable for children at the centre to use
  • water stored in any hot water cylinder is kept at a temperature of at least 60 degrees Celsius.

Key Next Step

A key next step is to evaluate the impact of teaching practices on improved learning outcomes for children.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review is likely to be an Education Review.

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)

Northern Region - Te Tai Raki

20 May 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Active Explorers Blockhouse Bay

Profile Number



Avondale, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

61 children, including up to 20 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratio of staff to children under 2

1:4 - Better than regulatory standards

Reported ratio of staff to children over 2

1:8 - Better than regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 34 Girls 21

Ethnic composition

Māori 7

NZ European/Pākehā 20

Indian 12

Chinese 9

Pacific 5

other ethnic groups 2

Review team on site

February 2020

Date of this report

20 May 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

First ERO review of Active Explorers Blockhouse Bay

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 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 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 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 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.