Little Blue Penguin Preschool and Nursery - 28/10/2020

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.


Little Blue Penguin Preschool and Nursery opened in 2018. The owner manages the centre with the support of a curriculum leader and leaders in the nursery and preschool. Families from increasingly diverse cultural backgrounds attend the service. This is the first ERO review of the service.

Summary of Review Findings

The service curriculum is inclusive and responsive to children as confident and competent learners. Children are involved in decisions about their learning experiences. Assessment, planning and evaluation practices demonstrate an understanding of children’s learning, their interests and whānau engagement. Children are given the opportunity to develop knowledge of the cultural heritage of both parties to the Treaty of Waitangi.

Premises and facilities include areas for active play, quiet spaces and a range of individual and group learning experiences. A centre philosophy, policy framework and annual plan guide the service’s operations. Health and safety procedures are in place, are regularly monitored, and changes are made when required.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • increasing the opportunities children have to hear and speak te reo Māori in meaningful learning contexts.

Next ERO Review

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

Dr Lesley Patterson

Director Review and Improvement Services

Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

28 October 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Little Blue Penguin Preschool and Nursery

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

40 children, including up to 12 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Gender composition

Male 32, Female 23

Ethnic composition

Māori 8
NZ European/Pākehā 35
Tongan 2
Chinese 4
Other 6

Review team on site

October 2020

Date of this report

Report Date28 October 2020

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 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.