Peninsula Kids - 22/10/2019

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.


Peninsula Kids was licensed as a new centre in October 2017. There are two age-based rooms, each with their own outdoor area. The learning programme is based on Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Children come from diverse cultural backgrounds. The centre manager leads a team of seven qualified teachers, supported by other adults, relievers and a nutritionist. This is the first ERO review of the service.

Summary of Review Findings

The curriculum is inclusive and responsive to children. Adults engage in meaningful and positive interactions with children to enhance learning and nurture relationships. Children’s preferences are respected. They are involved in decisions about their learning. Children have opportunities to develop confidence in their own culture and understandings about the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Health and safety systems are monitored. Parents/whānau are consulted about their children’s learning and service operations. Teacher appraisal and an ongoing process of self review supports teachers and managers to improve the quality of education and care for the children attending the service.

Actions for Compliance

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

  • clearly identifying the adult-to-child ratio on forms that parents sign for excursions.

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

22 October 2019

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Peninsula Kids

Profile Number



Bayswater, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

51 children, including up to 11 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratio of staff to children under 2

3:10 - Better than regulatory standards

Reported ratio of staff to children over 2

1:8 - Better than regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 34 Girls 27

Ethnic composition

Māori 3
NZ European/Pākehā 36
Chinese 5
British 4
other Asian 5
other European 4
other ethnic groups 4

Review team on site

September, 2019

Date of this report

22 October 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

No previous ERO reports

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.