Kinderen (A) Daycare Centre - 20/09/2019

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.


Kinderen (A) Daycare Centre is one of two privately owned services operated by the same management. A team leader has responsibility for teaching and learning. The Ministry of Education revoked the service’s Full Licence and placed it on a Provisional Licence in 2018. A Full Licence was reinstated in March 2019.

Summary of Review Findings

Children’s holistic development and learning are catered for. Inclusive practices and a culturally responsive curriculum align with Te Whāriki and reflect the service philosophy. Children have easy access to well-resourced physical learning spaces. The teaching team facilitate individual and group learning experiences.

The service is effectively operated. Leaders and teachers collaborate for the day-to-day operation of the service. Systems promote good health and safety of children.

Strategies used involve parents and whānau in decision-making about the service and their child’s learning. Practices for building leaders’ and teachers’ capability are in place to contribute to improved curriculum provision.

Next ERO Review

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

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

20 September 2019

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Kinderen (A) Daycare Centre

Profile Number



New Plymouth

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

21 children, including up to 20 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratio of staff to children under 2

1:4 - Better than regulatory standards.

Service roll


Gender composition

Male 16 , Female 14

Ethnic composition

Māori 6
NZ European/Pākehā 14
Other ethnic groups 10

Review team on site

July 2019

Date of this report

20 September 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, June 2016
Education Review, January 2013

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.