Inspire Early Learning Centre - 29/04/2020

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 identified non-compliances with regulatory standards that have since been addressed.


Inspire Early Learning Centre is a privately owned, full-day education and care service in Papakura, Auckland. The centre owner manages and operates the service. Most staff are qualified. Children transition through three rooms according to age. They come from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds. This is the centre’s first ERO review.

Summary of Review Findings

The service curriculum is informed by assessment, planning and evaluation that demonstrate an understanding of children’s learning, interests and life contexts and the principles of Te Whāriki. The leader and teachers are responsive to children’s language, culture and identity. Adults engage in positive interactions with children. There are safe and comfortable spaces for infants and toddlers. Parents are provided with information and regular opportunities to be involved in the service. Suitable policies and procedures that are regularly reviewed guide service operations. The health and safety practices identified as non-complaint at the time of the review have since been addressed.

Actions for Compliance

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

  • furniture intended for children to sleep on are of a non-porous material
  • older children independently accessing drinking water
  • ensuring accident records are signed by all parents
  • developing guidelines so that children are protected from exposure to inappropriate material.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Services, 2008, PF30, HS17, HS21, HS27, HS32.

Next ERO Review

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

Lesley Patterson

Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)

Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

29 April 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Inspire Early Learning Centre

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

70 children, including up to 10 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratio of staff to children under 2

1:5 Meets regulatory standards.

Reported ratio of staff to children over 2

1:10 Meets regulatory standards.

Service roll


Gender composition

Male 27, Female 38

Ethnic composition

Māori 19
NZ European/Pākehā  6
Fijian Indian 11
Indian 11
Tongan 4
Cook Island 4
Other Ethnicities 10

Review team on site

January 2020

Date of this report

29 April 2020

Most recent ERO report

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 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.