Lollipops New Plymouth - 21/11/2019

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.


Lollipops New Plymouth operates under the umbrella of Evolve Education Group and was previously known as Leaps and Bounds New Plymouth. The service has responded positively to the areas for development identified in the May 2017 ERO report. There have been staffing changes since the previous report, including a new centre manager.

Summary of Review Findings

The philosophy identifies the intended outcomes for children attending the service. Infants, toddlers and older children experience positive interactions with adults. The curriculum is informed by newly developed systems for assessment and planning. It provides children with a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance their learning and development, both indoors and outdoors.

A policy framework and an annual plan guide centre operation. The premises and facilities are resourced to provide for the learning and abilities of the children attending. Internal evaluation processes are established.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • improving the extent to which assessment information shows children’s progress and learning over time
  • strengthening the extent to which information documented about children’s learning reflects their language, culture and identity.

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

21 November 2019

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Lollipops New Plymouth

Profile Number



New Plymouth 

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

70 children, including up to 20 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratio of staff to children under 2

1:5 - Meets regulatory standards.

Reported ratio of staff

1:10 - Meets regulatory standards.

Service roll


Gender composition

Male 55, Female 44

Ethnic composition

Māori 22
NZ European/Pākehā 46
Indian 18
Other ethnic groups 13

Review team on site

6 November 2019

Date of this report

21 November 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, May 2017
Education Review, April 2014
Education Review, March 2011

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.