Explorers Early Learning Centre - 21/09/2020

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



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.


Explorers Early Learning Centre opened in August 2017. Governance is provided by two directors. One director is the service provider/centre manager. She and the head teacher are fully registered teachers who lead a team of five qualified teachers; two teachers in-training and one unqualified teacher.

Summary of Review Findings

Positive and meaningful relationships are evident among children and teachers. The service curriculum is responsive to children as confident and competent learners. Their choices are respected. Parents’ aspirations and children’s interests inform individualised learning plans. Teachers seek information and guidance from external agencies to support children with additional learning and development needs. The curriculum acknowledges the place of Māori as tangata whenua.

Processes for internal evaluation help improve the quality of education and care for children. Management processes and health and safety systems are in place.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include strengthening:

  • opportunities for children to independently revisit their learning
  • the extent to which information documented about children’s learning reflects their identity, language and culture
  • children’s independent access to resources and curriculum areas to further enhance and extend their learning.

Next ERO Review

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

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

21 September 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Explorers Early Learning Centre

Profile Number



Te Kuiti

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

35 children, including up to 9 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Gender composition

Male 29 Female 25

Ethnic composition

Māori 27
NZ European/Pākehā 23
Other ethnic groups 4

Review team on site

August 2020

Date of this report

21 September 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Assurance Review, May 2019.

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.