Kids Count - Pukekohe - 03/05/2019

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.


This is the first ERO review of Kids Count - Pukekohe, which is part of the Kids Count organisation. Most of the children have Māori or Pacific heritage. The centre manager leads a team of six qualified teachers, as well as teachers in training and unqualified staff. They are supported by van drivers, administration staff and a Family Liaison Officer. Staff reflect the cultural diversity of the community.

Summary of review findings

Teachers engage children in meaningful, positive interactions and provide a language rich environment that supports children’s learning and social competence. The curriculum supports each child to be confident in their own culture and to understand the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua. Teachers provide a programme based on Te Whāriki, early childhood curriculum.

Premises and facilities are regularly maintained, and the service promotes the good health and safety of children. There are sufficient and suitable spaces for the provision of indoor and outdoor experiences to support children’s learning and development. A policy framework and self review process are in place.

Next ERO Review

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

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services Northern

Northern Region

3 May 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Kids Count - Pukekohe

Profile Number



Pukekohe, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

100 children, including up to 30 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1-5- Meets regulatory standards

Over 2

1-10 - Meets regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 55% Girls 45%

Ethnic composition

Māori 76%
NZ European/Pākehā 7% 
Kiribati 5% 
other ethnic groups 12%

Review team on site

April 2019

Date of this report

3 May 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.