Morgan Educare Centre Ltd - 29/01/2021

ERO’s Akanuku | Assurance Review reports provide information about whether a service meets and maintains regulatory standards. Further information about Akanuku | Assurance Reviews is included at the end of this report.

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 non-compliance with regulatory standards that must be addressed.


Morgan Educare Centre Ltd is a privately owned early childhood service. This is the first Akanuku | Assurance review for the service, since moving from a provisional licence. The all-day education and care service was issued its full licence in October 2019.

Summary of Review Findings

Children experience a programme that is consistent with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Positive steps are taken to respect and acknowledge the aspirations held by parents and whānau for their children.

Adults providing education and care engage in meaningful, positive interactions to enhance children’s learning and nurture reciprocal relationships. The service curriculum supports children’s developing social competence.

The philosophy, annual and strategic plans guide operation. An increased level of monitoring health and safety practices is required.

Actions for Compliance

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

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

Since the onsite visit the service has provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed the following non-compliances:

  • equipment, premises and facilities that are checked on everyday of operation for hazards to children must include windows and other areas of glass (HS4)

  • the application of a Fire Evacuation Scheme approved by the New Zealand Fire Service (HS12)

  • the supervision of children whilst eating procedure has been reviewed and strengthened (HS22).

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 Morgan Educare Centre Ltd will be in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

29 January 2021

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Morgan Educare Centre Ltd

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

29 children, including up to 9 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Ethnic composition

Māori 23, Samoan 6, NZ European/Pākehā 1, Other ethnic groups 3.

Review team on site

October 2020

Date of this report

29 January 2021

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, September 2017; Education Review, July 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 Akanuku | 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 Akanuku | 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 Akanuku | 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 Akanuku | 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.