Little Moa's Educare - 25/10/2019

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.


Little Moa’s Educare is part of the nationwide Provincial Education Group. It gained a full licence from the Ministry of Education in May 2018. The centre manager leads a team of eight qualified teachers and six untrained staff, including a centre cook. Children from diverse cultural backgrounds attend the centre and staffing reflects this diversity.

Summary of Review Findings

Adults engage in meaningful, positive interactions that enhance children’s learning and nurture reciprocal relationships. The service’s curriculum is inclusive and responsive to children as capable learners. It respects and supports children to be confident in their own culture. Teachers provide a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance and extend children’s learning and development.

A philosophy statement and annual plan guide centre operations. An ongoing process of internal evaluation helps maintain and improve the quality of education and care. Parents are provided with opportunities to contribute to the development and review of operational documents and to be involved in decision-making about their child’s learning.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • strengthening assessment, planning and evaluation processes to make learning and teaching more visible.

Next ERO Review

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

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)

Northern Region | Te Tai Raki

25 October 2019

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Little Moa’s Educare

Profile Number



Mt Wellington, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

76 children, including up to 16 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratio of staff to children under 2

1:5 - Meets regulatory standards

Reported ratio of staff to children over 2

1:10 - Meets regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Girls 36 Boys 35

Ethnic composition

Māori 7
NZ European/Pākehā 8
Indian 15
Chinese 8
Samoan 5
Tongan 4
Asian 4
other ethnic groups 20

Review team on site

August 2019

Date of this report

25 October 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review June 2015

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.