Ohope Beach Montessori Preschool - 03/11/2020

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

Not meeting

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


Ohope Beach Montessori Preschool is a privately-owned service for children from two years to school age. The staff includes qualified and unqualified teachers. The centre owner is the manager and professional leader. The June 2015 ERO report found the service to be very well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

Summary of Review Findings

Positive and meaningful relationships among children and teachers underpin teaching and learning practices. The curriculum supports children to be confident and competent learners. Children are involved in decisions about their learning experiences. A language-rich environment provides a range of learning opportunities for children. The service curriculum acknowledges and reflects the unique place of Maori as tangata whenua. Children are given opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of New Zealand’s bicultural heritage. Regular opportunities are provided for parents to be involved in decision-making concerning their children’s learning interests and strengths.

The service is not meeting the regulatory standards in health and safety and governance, management and administration.

Actions for Compliance

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

  • heavy furniture, fixtures and equipment not secured that could topple or fall and cause serious injury
  • carrying out and evaluating relevant emergency drills on at least a three-monthly basis
  • analysis of accidents and incidents to identify hazards
  • recording the name of the child; name and amount of medication given; date and time medication was administered and by whom for (iii) medication
  • a record of training for the administering of medications is developed and maintained
  • an annual plan that identifies who, what and when in relation to key tasks undertaken each year.

[Licencing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, GMA8, HS6, HS8, HS12, HS28, HS29]

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 will be in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

3 November 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Ohope Beach Montessori Preschool

Profile Number



Ohope Beach

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

30 children, including up to 0 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Gender composition

Female 23, Male 21.

Ethnic composition

Māori 10, NZ European/Pākehā 33, Other ethnic groups 1.

Review team on site

(October 2020)

Date of this report

3 November 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review June 2015
Education Review June 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 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.