Biggles Katikati - 22/07/2019

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.


Biggles Katikati is a privately owned and operated education and care service. Previously known as Pukeko Corner Kindergarten, it has been re-licensed and under new ownership since June 2018. The owner/centre manager leads a team of five qualified teachers. This is the centre’s first ERO review as Biggles Katikati.

Summary of review findings

Teachers demonstrate an understanding of children’s learning and development. They plan, implement and evaluate a curriculum based on Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Infants, toddlers and older children experience a range of individual and group experiences. Children’s preferences are respected, and they are involved in decisions about their learning. Parent and whānau aspirations for their child’s learning are sought.

The service is effectively governed and managed. Teacher appraisal and an ongoing process of self review supports teachers to improve the quality of education and care for children. Professional learning and development is provided. Health and safety systems are monitored.

Next ERO Review

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

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region

22 July 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Biggles Katikati

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

29 children, including up to 4 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:4 Better than regulatory standards

Over 2

1:7 Better than regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Male 21 Female 12

Ethnic composition

Māori 2
NZ European/Pākehā 25
Other ethnic groups 6

Review team on site

May 2019

Date of this report

22 July 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Previous Reviews of Pukeko Corner Kindergarten

Education Review

August 2015

Education Review

October 2012

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.