Kilbirnie Early Learners - 05/11/2020

ERO’s Akanuku | Assurance Review reports provide information about whether a service meets and maintains regulatory standards. Further information about Akanuku | Assurance Reviews is included at the end of this report.

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.


Kilbirnie Early Learners is a community-based service governed by a parent committee. Responsibility for day-to day operation, is undertaken by a senior teacher. A manager supports the committee and staff. Families represent a diverse range of ethnic groups. The March 2017 ERO review found that the service required further development to promote positive outcomes for children.

Summary of Review Findings

The learning programme is child centred and linked to the principles of Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Teachers engage with children, using a range of strategies to promote their participation and learning. They respond to parents’ ideas and needs. The curriculum supports children to know about their own and other cultures.

Premises and facilities are suitably resourced, presented and maintained. Appropriate attention is paid to meeting health and safety requirements. A policy framework and annual planning guide service operation. There are processes in place for reviewing teaching, learning and the delivery of the curriculum.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review is likely to be an Akarangi | Quality Evaluation.

Dr Lesley Patterson

Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)

Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

5 November 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Kilbirnie Early Learners

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

20 children, including up to 7 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Gender composition

Male 16, Female 12

Ethnic composition

Māori 9, NZ European/Pākehā 9, Pacific 4, Other ethnic groups 6

Review team on site

September 2020

Date of this report

5 November 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, March 2019; Education Review December 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 Akanuku | 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 Akanuku | 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 Akanuku | 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 Akanuku | 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.