Hatchlings ECE Ltd - 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.


Hatchlings ECE Ltd is a new education and care centre catering for infants and toddlers. It is open seven days a week and the qualified licensee is supported by both qualified and unqualified staff. It gained a full licence in September 2019. This is the first ERO review of this service.

Summary of Review Findings

A philosophy guides the service’s operation. Children experience meaningful and positive interactions with adults in the service. The curriculum supports the right of each child to be confident in their own culture and encourages children to understand and respect other cultures. A language rich environment supports young children in their development. Teachers providing education and care demonstrate an understanding of relevant theories and practice in early childhood education. A range of experiences and opportunities enhances and extends learning and development both indoors and outside. Opportunities are provided for parents to contribute to the programme.

Two areas relating to health and safety were identified and addressed while ERO was on site.

Actions for Compliance

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

  • removed an item that could topple or fall (HS6)
  • not having evidence of parental acknowledgment when medicine has been given (HS28).

Next ERO Review

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

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

21 September 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Hatchlings ECE Ltd

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

Five children, including up to five aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Gender composition

Male 3 Female 2

Ethnic composition

Māori 2
NZ European/Pākehā 2
Other ethnic groups 1

Review team on site

September 2020

Date of this report

21 September 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.