Magicland Childcare - 18/04/2019

ERO’s judgement

Regulatory standards



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.


Magicland Childcare was purchased by the current owner in 2017. Children are grouped in three rooms according to age, and share an outdoor area. The owner has made alterations to both indoor and outdoor areas to improve the premises and facilities for children. The centre serves a multicultural community and many children are Chinese. Most staff are qualified teachers and some speak children’s home languages. The owner manages the service, and is also a relieving teacher and administrator.

Summary of review findings

Magicland Childcare provides a programme based on children interests, strengths and capabilities. The learning programme is consistent with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, which emphasises learning through play. Suitable human resources practices include provision for teachers’ professional development.

Systems are in place to ensure that the premises, furniture and equipment are kept safe, hygienic and maintained. Annual plans guide the service’s operation, and a budget makes provision for operational costs and professional support.

Next ERO Review

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

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services Northern

Northern Region

18 April 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Magicland Childcare

Profile Number



Albany, Auckland 

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

80 children, including up to 20 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:4 - Better than regulatory standards

Over 2

1: 8 - Better than regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 46 Girls 34

Ethnic composition

Māori 1

Pākehā 17

Chinese 46

Indian 4

Korean 4

other ethnic groups 8

Review team on site

March 2019

Date of this report

18 April 2019

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:

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 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.