Newbees Preschool - 08/11/2019

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.


Newbees Preschool is one of two Kerikeri services owned by the nationwide Provincial Education Group. It is licensed for 45 children over two years of age.

The centre is supported by a regional manager. The centre manager leads a team of seven qualified teachers and untrained staff, including four relievers. A cook and van driver are employed for both centres.

This is the first ERO review since the change of ownership.

Summary of Review Findings

The programme is consistent with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. The curriculum is inclusive, and adults engage in meaningful, positive interactions with children. A range of experiences enhance children’s learning and development.

The service is managed effectively and guided by its philosophy, annual plan and policies. An ongoing process of self review keeps the service focused on improvement in outcomes for children.

The design and layout of the centre provide some challenges for supervision that are effectively managed by staff. Plans are in place to renovate the deck and outdoor areas, to ensure that they continue to be suitable for children.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • increasing the visibility of adults’ support for individual children to be confident in their own culture.

Actions for Compliance

During the onsite visit, the service addressed the following non-compliance:

  • the maintenance of premises, furniture, fittings, equipment and materials in a safe and hygienic condition.
    Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, HS1, PF5.

Next ERO Review

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

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)

Northern Region | Te Tai Raki

8 November 2019

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Newbees Preschool

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

45 children aged over 2 years

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratio of adults to children under 2


Reported ratio of adults to children over 2

1:8 - Better than regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 29 Girls 20

Ethnic composition

Māori 26
NZ European/Pākehā 16
other ethnic groups 7

Review team on site

October 2019

Date of this report

8 November 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review March 2015
Education Review October 2011
Education Review April 2008

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.