Active Explorers Richmond - 01/11/2019

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 Richmond, previously known as Richmond Early Learning Centre, was rebranded by Evolve Education Group (EEG) in September 2017. The June 2017 ERO report found that the service required further development to promote positive outcomes for children. Progress is evident.

EEG provides governance and management support to their nationwide services. An area manager provides support and guidance to centre staff. Most teachers are qualified.

Summary of Review Findings

Infants, toddlers and older children experience positive, respectful interactions with their teachers. The centre’s curriculum responds to children’s interests and strengths and provides positive learning environments. The design and layout of the premises supports the provision of suitable indoor and outdoor experiences, and has spaces for children’s individual and group learning. Children’s cultures are respected and supported through cultural celebrations.

External support has strengthened teachers’ implementation of assessment and planning. Internal evaluation processes have been established.

A policy framework and an annual plan guide centre operations. Health and safety procedures are well monitored through regular review.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include to continue to:

  • develop teachers’ use and understanding of internal evaluation
  • improve the extent to which assessment information shows children’s progress over time.

Next ERO Review

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

Dr Lesley Patterson

Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)

Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

1 November 2019

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Active Explorers Richmond

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

75 children, including up to 25 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratio of staff to children under 2

1:5 Meets regulatory standards

Reported ratio of staff to children over 2

1:10 Meets regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Male 24, Female 17

Ethnic composition

Māori 3

NZ European/Pākehā 31

Other ethnic groups 7

Review team on site

9 October 2019

Date of this report

1 November 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review June 2017

Education Review September 2013

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.