Haleema Kindergarten - 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



Premises and facilities


Health and safety

Not meeting

Governance, management and administration

Not meeting

At the time of the review, ERO identified areas of non-compliance with regulatory standards that are an unacceptable risk to children.


Haleema Kindergarten is owned by a charitable trust and overseen by a board of trustees. It gained its full licence in May 2018. A head teacher has overall responsibility for the day to day operation of the service.

Summary of Review Findings

The service curriculum provides children with a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance and extend their learning and development, indoors and outdoors, individually and in groups. The service provides opportunities for parents and whānau to collaborate about their children’s learning and service operation.

Centre leaders must ensure that the service’s policies and procedures are followed.

Actions for Compliance

ERO found areas of non-compliance in the service relating to:

  • clearly documenting the health and safety practices and monitoring of children’s sleep
  • recording of all aspects in documentation required for excursions.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008; HS9, HS17.

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

  • securing heavy furniture and equipment
  • safety checking of workers who have access to children

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, HS6, GMA7A.

Recommendation to Ministry of Education

ERO recommends that the Ministry reassess the licence of Haleema Kindergarten. ERO will not undertake a further review of this service until the Ministry of Education is satisfied that the service meets regulatory standards.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review of Haleema Kindergarten will be in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

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

Haleema Kindergarten

Profile Number



Lower Hutt

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

40 children

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Gender composition

Male 18, Female 11

Ethnic composition

Samoan 5
Tuvaluan 4
other Pacific Island ethnicities 4
Middle Eastern 4
other ethnic groups 12

Review team on site

September 2020

Date of this report

29 October 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, February 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 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.