Juni Uni Whanganui - 29/04/2019

ERO’s judgement

Regulatory standards



Premises and facilities


Health and safety


Governance, management and administration

Not meeting

At the time of the review, ERO identified non-compliance with regulatory standards that must be addressed.


This is the first ERO review of Juni Uni Whanganui. Re-licensed in January 2019, it is one of three centres owned and operated by Juni Uni Group Limited.

The recently appointed centre manager leads a team of three teachers. Two staff are completing full teacher registration.

Summary of review findings

Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum informs the newly introduced systems for assessment and planning. A range of learning experiences respond to individual children’s interests and needs.

Implementation of health and safety monitoring occurs. Parents and whānau are offered opportunities to contribute to their child’s learning and service operation.

Appraisal processes should be fully implemented to support teachers and managers to improve the quality of education and care for children attending the service.

Actions for compliance

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

  • appraisal implementation.
    [Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, GMA7 Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008, 47 (1a)]

Recommendation to Ministry of Education

ERO recommends the Ministry follows up with the service provider to ensure that non-compliances identified in this report are addressed promptly.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review of Juni Uni Whanganui will be in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

Phillip Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region

29 April 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Juni Uni Whanganui

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

children aged over 242

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of staff to children

1 – 10 Meets regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 10, Girls 9

Ethnic composition

Māori 4
Pākehā 11
Other ethnic groups 4

Review team on site

March 2019

Date of this report

29 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.