Educare Tawa - 29/10/2020

ERO’s Akanuku | Assurance Review reports provide information about whether a service meets and maintains regulatory standards. Further information about Akanuku | Assurance Reviews is included at the end of this report.

ERO’s Judgement

Regulatory standards

ERO’s judgement

Curriculum

Meeting

Premises and facilities

Meeting

Health and safety

Meeting

Governance, management and administration

Meeting

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

Background

Educare Tawa is one of several early childhood centres in New Zealand owned and operated by Educare Limited. An area manager retains oversight of operation. A recently appointed manager is responsible for the day-to-day management. This is the centre’s first ERO review. 

Summary of Review Findings

The centre’s curriculum is informed by assessment and planning that align with the principles ofTe Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Children can make decisions about their participation and learning experiences. The design and layout of the premises, both indoors and outside, support a range of activities. A policy framework and annual planning guide service operation. Teacher appraisal and internal evaluation processes are established. 

Actions for Compliance

During the onsite visit the service provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed the following non-compliance:

  • items that could fall or topple and cause injury

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, HS6.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review is likely to be an Akarangi | Quality Evaluation.

Dr Lesley Patterson

Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)

Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

29 October 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Educare Tawa

Profile Number

47527

Location

Wellington

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

86 children, including up to 26 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%

Service roll

101

Gender composition

Male 55, Female 46

Ethnic composition

Māori 10
NZ European/Pākehā 63
Pacific 4
Other European 15
Other ethnic groups 9

Review team on site

October 2020

Date of this report

29 October 2020

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 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 Akanuku | 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 Akanuku | 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 Akanuku | 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 Akanuku | 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.