Kanuka Corner Early Childhood Centre - 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.


Kanuka Corner Early Childhood Centre is a privately-owned service located at Lake Hawea. The managers lead a team of seven qualified teachers and additional support staff. Children transition through to age specific rooms. This is the service’s first ERO review.

Summary of Review Findings

The service plans and implements a curriculum that responds to the learning interests and strengths of children. The design and layout of the service support the provision of different types of indoor and outdoor experiences appropriate to the number, ages and abilities of children.

The service is governed and managed in accordance with good management practices. Staff are provided with professional support, development and resources to support children’s learning. There are systems in place to monitor the implementation of health and safety requirements. Self review/internal evaluation helps the service to maintain and improve the quality of education and care.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • continuing to establish a set of centre learning priorities to focus the planning for individuals and groups of children
  • strengthening evaluation processes to clearly show the effectiveness of teaching strategies in supporting children’s learning
  • establishing systems to monitor the consistency and quality of planning for children’s learning and development.

Next ERO Review

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

Lesley Patterson

Director Review and Improvement Services

Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

22 October 2019

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Kanuka Corner Early Childhood Centre

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

31 children, including up to 16 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratio of staff to children under 2

1:4 Meets regulatory standards

Reported ratio of staff

1:8 Meets regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 30, Girls 22

Ethnic composition

Māori 9

NZ European/Pākehā 35

Asian 3

Other ethnic groups 5

Review team on site

September 2019

Date of this report

22 October 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 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.