Active Explorers - Kaiapoi - 01/05/2019

ERO’s judgement

Regulatory standards



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 - Kaiapoi is a new centre opened in June 2017. It is part of the Evolve Group. The centre manager leads a team of five qualified teachers and some teachers in training. Children are grouped in three separate areas according to their age. This is the centre’s first ERO review.

Summary of review findings

Teachers plan, implement and evaluate a curriculum based on Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Infants, toddlers and older children engage in a range of experiences to support their learning. They have opportunities to be confident in their own culture and to develop a respect for other cultures.

The service is governed and managed by Evolve Ltd. Parents and whānau are consulted about their child’s learning as well as service operations. Health and safety systems are monitored. An ongoing process for self review and appraisal supports teachers and managers to improve the quality of education and care for children attending.

Next ERO Review

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

Alan Wynyard

Director Review and Improvement Services Southern

Southern Region

1 May 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Active Explorers - Kaiapoi

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

68 children, including up to 12 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1-4 Better than regulatory standards

Over 2

1-8 Better than regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 40

Girls 34

Ethnic composition

Māori 7

NZ European/Pākehā 59

Other ethnicities 1

Review team on site

March 2019

Date of this report

1 May 2019

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:

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 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.