Hillpark Preschool - 05/04/2019

ERO’s judgement

Regulatory standards



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.


Hillpark Preschool is a privately owned, all-day education and care service. It is purpose built and licensed for 30 children aged over two years of age. There are four teachers who are qualified and registered. The centre’s roll currently is 38, including six Māori children. This is the centre’s first ERO Review.

Summary of review findings

The centre curriculum is responsive to children’s emerging interests and learning. The systems and practices for assessment, planning and curriculum align with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum.

The philosophy guides the service’s operation. Positive relationships support children’s communication and developing social competence. Appropriate documentation and records are developed and maintained and health and safety systems are monitored.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review is likely to be an Education Review.

Phillip Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region

5 April 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name Hillpark Preschool

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

30 children, aged over 2 years

Percentage of qualified teachers


Number of qualified coordinators/ hospital play specialists


Quality or Standard funded

(Home-based services)


Reported ratios of staff / 5 adults to 30 children

Over 2

Better than regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 14 Girls 24

Ethnic composition

Māori 6

Pākehā 32

Review team on site

March 2019

Date of this report

5 April 2019

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:

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 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.