Hunter Park Kindergarten - 22/10/2019

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.


Hunter Park Kindergarten operates under the umbrella of Heretaunga Kindergarten Association (HKA). They provide support to the newly established team of four qualified teachers. The May 2018 ERO report identified that the service required further development. The service has made significant progress in responding to these development areas.

Summary of Review Findings

Te Puna o Pukekaihou philosophy guides the centre’s operation. The service curriculum reflects the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua. Positive steps are taken to respond to aspirations held by parents, whānau, iwi and the wider community.

Systems are in place to include parents and whānau in decision-making about the service and their child’s learning. The curriculum is informed by assessment and planning that demonstrates children’s learning, their interests, whānau and life contexts.

Suitable human resource management practices are implemented. An education advisor provides ongoing professional learning and support aligned to improving the operation of the service.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include kaiako strengthening the:

  • planning process to consistently support, respond to and extend children’s learning and development
  • provision of a language rich environment to deepen the complexity of children’s learning and language development.

Next ERO Review

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

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

22 October 2019

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Hunter Park Kindergarten

Profile Number




Service type

Free Kindergarten

Number licensed for

30 children aged over 2 years.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratio of staff to children under 2


Reported ratio of staff to children over 2

1:10 - Meets regulatory standards.

Service roll


Gender composition

Female 25 Male 14

Ethnic composition

Māori 11
NZ European/Pākehā 26
Other ethnic groups 3

Review team on site

September 2019

Date of this report

22 October 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review May 2018
Education Review May 2014

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.