Country Footsteps - 08/04/2019

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.


Country Footsteps, was recently re-licensed under the new ownership of Papatoetoe Adventist Early Childhood Trust. A regional manager oversees service operation. The day-to-day processes are managed by the centre supervisor. She leads a team of two qualified teachers. The environment and practices reflect the service’s special character.

Summary of review findings

Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, informs the service’s planning, implementation and evaluation framework. Children have a variety of experiences as individuals and as a group. Their preferences are respected. Cultural practices and language opportunities support children’s confidence.

The service is governed and managed well. Health and safety systems are monitored. Parents and whānau have opportunities to inform the service about their child’s learning and contribute to service operation. There is a newly implemented appraisal system and a process of self-review to support teachers and managers to improve the quality of education and care for children attending the service.

Next ERO Review

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

Phillip Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services Central

Central Region

8 April 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Country Footsteps

Profile Number



New Plymouth

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

children over 2 years25

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of staff to children

- Meets regulatory standards1 - 10

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 12, Girls 6

Ethnic composition

Pākehā 8
South African 4
Other ethnic groups 6

Review team on site

March 2019

Date of this report

8 April 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

No previous ERO reports

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.