Mercury Bay Preschool (2018) Ltd - 23/07/2019

ERO’s judgement

Regulatory standards



Premises and facilities


Health and safety

Not meeting

Governance, management and administration

Not meeting

At the time of the review, ERO identified non-compliance with regulatory standards that must be addressed.


Mercury Bay Preschool (2018) Ltd is a privately owned centre. Since the last ERO review in 2015 there have been significant changes in the ownership, leadership and within the teaching team. Leaders and teachers have benefited from recent professional development through Ministry of Education funded Strengthening Education Learning Opportunities (SELO) to address areas identified in the last ERO report and to support the new team.

Summary of review findings

Children benefit from meaningful and positive interactions with their teachers. The recently revised curriculum provides children with a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance their learning and development. The playground has been developed and a sufficient variety of furniture, equipment and materials is provided. Infants and toddlers have their care needs well met and their preferences respected.

Areas found to be non-compliant in 2018 are related to appraisal, excursions and fire drills. Some of these have processes have since been addressed. The new centre manager has recently resigned. ERO has concerns about the ongoing sustainability of the staffing within the centre.

Actions for compliance

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

  • teacher appraisals, not conducted in 2018

  • excursion records, not consistently signed by parents in 2018

  • travel by private motor vehicle, not accurately documented in 2018

  • fire drills, not completed three-monthly during 2018.

These processes have been strengthened in 2019 and now need to be accurately monitored by managers and leaders.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, GMA7, HS17, HS18, HS8 Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008, Regulation 47, (1) (a&e), 46 (1) (a,b &d).

Recommendation to Ministry of Education

ERO recommends the Ministry follows up with the service provider to ensure that non-compliances identified in this report are addressed promptly.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review of Mercury Bay Preschool (2018) Ltd will be in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region

23 July 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Mercury Bay Preschool (2018) Ltd

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

39 children, including up to 10 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of staff / adults to children

Under 2

1:5 Meets regulatory standards

Over 2

1:10 Meets regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Female 18 Male 14

Ethnic composition

Māori 7
NZ European/Pākehā 17
Other 8

Review team on site

May 2019

Date of this report

23 July 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

December 2015

Education Review (as Lil Nippers Daycare and Preschool)

July 2012

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.