Gumdrops Early Learning Centre - 29/04/2020

ERO’s Judgement

Regulatory standards

ERO’s judgement



Premises and facilities


Health and safety


Governance, management and administration



Gumdrops Early Learning Centre is a family owned and operated service. Governance and management are provided by the owner. A curriculum leader supports the teaching team to plan and implement the learning programmes. Many of the mixed-age learners are from an ethnically diverse community. The systems, processes and actions for compliance identified in the February 2017 and January 2019 ERO reports, have been further developed and sustained.

Summary of Review Findings

Children experience positive, respectful interactions with their teachers. The centre’s planning and assessment responds to children’s interests and strengths and is aligned with the principles of Te Whāriki, The Early Childhood Curriculum. The layout of the premises supports the provision of suitable indoor and outdoor experiences and has spaces for individual and group learning. Children’s cultures are respected and supported through cultural celebrations. Strategies are in place to involve parents and whānau in their child’s learning.

Teacher appraisal and internal evaluation processes are established. A policy framework and an annual plan guide centre operation. Health and safety procedures are well monitored through regular review.

Key Next Steps

Next steps are to continue to:

  • show how parent aspirations are enacted in children’s learning documents
  • embed bicultural practices across the teaching team.

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

29 April 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Gumdrops Early Learning Centre

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

30 children, including up to 8 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratio of staff to children under 2

1:4 - Better than regulatory standards.

Reported ratio of staff to children over 2

1:7 - Better than regulatory standards.

Service roll


Gender composition

Male 16, Female 17

Ethnic composition

Māori 5 
NZ European/Pākehā 11
African 4
Other ethnicities 13

Review team on site

February 2020

Date of this report

29 April 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, January 2019
Education Review, February 2017

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.