Nelson Park Kindergarten Toddler and Baby - 01/07/2019

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.


Nelson Park Kindergarten Toddler and Baby, a purpose-built early learning service, opened in March 2018. All day service and sessional options are available. There are four separate areas for infants, toddlers and older children. This is the service’s first ERO review.

Summary of review findings

The philosophy promotes working in partnership with families. There are regular opportunities for parents and whānau to be involved in their child’s learning and the service’s operation. Teachers take positive steps to respect and acknowledge the aspirations held for their children.

The design and layout of the premises provides space for individual and group learning experiences. These are appropriate to the number, ages and abilities of children attending. The curriculum is inclusive and responsive to children as confident and competent learners.

Suitable human resource management practices are implemented. There is a system of regular appraisal.

Next ERO Review

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

Phillip Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region

1 July 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Nelson Park Kindergarten Toddler and Baby

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

75 children, including up to 20 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

- Better than regulatory standards1:4

Over 2

– Meets regulatory standards1:10

Service roll


Gender composition

Male 37, Female 24

Ethnic composition

Māori 14
NZ European/Pākehā 30
Other ethnic groups 17

Review team on site

May 2019

Date of this report

1 July 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.