Pirimai Kindergarten - 26/09/2012

1 Evaluation of the Service

How well placed is the service to promote positive outcomes for children?

Pirimai Kindergarten is very well placed to promote positive outcomes for children.


Pirimai Kindergarten is governed and managed by the Napier Kindergarten Association. The kindergarten is situated in the suburb of Pirimai and offers four, six hour sessions and one half day session each week for children aged from three to five years of age.

The philosophy is based on respectful and nurturing relationships. Children, families and staff are valued in an inclusive environment where learning is fun and independence is fostered. Teachers are committed to Te Tiriti O Waitangi.

The kindergarten has a positive reporting history with ERO.

This review was conducted as part of a cluster approach to reviews in fifteen early childhood education services within the Napier Kindergarten Association umbrella organisation.

The Review Findings

The diverse backgrounds of children and their families are valued. Parents are welcomed and acknowledged as the children’s first teacher. Strong relationships with parents and whānau are fostered. Teachers encourage and provide opportunities for parents to contribute to their child’s learning. Successful transitions to kindergarten and to school are supported by effective partnerships with families and schools. Parents are well informed.

The programme strongly reflects the kindergarten’s philosophy. Children learn in an environment that promotes tuakana teina where older children accept leadership roles. The design of the outdoor play area is well considered, promotes inclusion and is responsive to children’s interests and needs. Children engage in free uninterrupted play and exploration which encourages independence extends learning. Children’s emerging interests in literacy, numeracy and science are fostered. Profiles provide an attractive record of each child’s learning and experiences. Teachers are aware of the need to include more contributions from parents and whānau.

Self review is planned with a focus on improvement. It informs decision making, planning and resourcing. Contribution is regularly sought from children, parents and whānau.

Teachers are dedicated professionals, highly committed to improving their practice. Through their teaching they demonstrate that they know about current theories of learning and teaching. They engage in regular professional development and Napier Kindergarten Association learning opportunities. Leadership is shared. Teachers work collaboratively, and effectively share their individual knowledge and skills to promote positive outcomes for children

2 Legal Requirements

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Pirimai Kindergarten 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.

During the review, ERO looked at the 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 registration; ratios)
  • evacuation procedures and practices for fire and earthquake.

All early childhood services are required to promote children's health and safety and to regularly review their compliance with legal requirements.

3 Next Review

When is ERO likely to review the early childhood service again?

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in three years. 

Joyce Gebbie

National Manager Review Services

Central Region (Acting)

26 September 2012

Information about the Early Childhood Service



Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

Free Kindergarten

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

44 children aged over 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Female 26, Male 20

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā


Other ethnic groups




Review team on site

August 2012

Date of this report

26 September 2012

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

Education Review

Accountability Review

June 2009

March 2006

January 2002