Little Pipi Early Childhood Centre - 16/06/2020

ERO’s Judgement

Regulatory standards

ERO’s judgement



Premises and facilities


Health and safety

Not meeting

Governance, management and administration


At the time of the review, ERO identified areas of non-compliance with regulatory standards that are an unacceptable risk to children.


Little Pipi Early Childhood Centre is a privately owned service, operating since 2018. A new centre manager and teachers have started since this time. The Ministry of Education issued a provisional licence in March 2018. The centre returned to a full licence in November 2019. This is its first review.

Summary of Review Findings

A philosophy guides the service’s operation. The curriculum is inclusive and responsive to children as competent and capable learners. Teachers engage in meaningful, positive interactions with children and families. Links between home and the centre, and the range of indoor and outdoor experiences, supports children’s development. Parents and whānau are involved in decision-making about the service and their child’s learning.

Systems and processes are in place to guide centre operation. Internal evaluation helps the service maintain the quality of its education and care.

A key aspect of the health and safety standard does not meet requirements.

Actions for Compliance

ERO found an area of non-compliance in the service relating to the:

  • supervision of children while eating.
    [Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, HS22]

Recommendation to Ministry of Education

ERO recommends that the Ministry reassess the licence of Little Pipi Early Childhood Education. ERO will not undertake a further review of this service until the Ministry of Education is satisfied that the service meets regulatory standards.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review of Little Pipi Early Childhood Education will be in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

Darcy Te Hau

Acting Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

16 June 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Little Pipi Early Childhood Centre

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

40 children, including up to 10 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratio of staff to children under 2

1:3 - Better than regulatory standards.

Reported ratio of staff to children over 2

1:8 - Better than regulatory standards.

Service roll


Gender composition

Male 22, Female 22

Ethnic composition

Māori 13
NZ European/Pākehā 28
Other ethnic groups 3

Review team on site

February 2020

Date of this report

16 June 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 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.