Poetiare O Rongomai - 03/02/2021

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

Not meeting

Health and safety


Governance, management and administration


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


Poetiare O Rongomai is governed by the Poetiare Malo Amata Trust. The centre manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the service. She leads a team that comprises three qualified teachers and three support staff. Most children on the roll are of Cook Islands heritage.

Summary of Review Findings

The service curriculum is inclusive and responsive to children as confident and competent learners. Children’s preferences are respected, and they are involved in decisions about their learning experiences. Adults providing education and care engage in meaningful, positive interactions to enhance children’s learning and nurture reciprocal relationships. The curriculum supports children’s developing social competence and understanding of appropriate behaviour. Children are provided with a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance and extend their learning and development.

Consistent implementation of health and safety practices is required to meet all aspects of regulatory compliance.

Actions for Compliance

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

  • the premises conform to any relevant bylaws of the local authority and the Building Act 2004 (building warrant of fitness expired 2019) (PF3).

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

  • all indoor and outdoor items and surfaces, furniture, equipment and materials are safe and suitable for their intended use (bark in outdoor play equipment areas) (PF5)
  • parents/caregivers must give prior written approval to their child’s participation and of the proposed ratio for regular and special excursions (HS17)
  • all children’s workers who have access to children being safety checked in accordance with the Children’s Act 2014 (GMA7A).

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.

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)

Northern Region | Te Tai Raki

3 February 2021

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Poetiare O Rongomai

Profile Number



Otara, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

27 children.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Ethnic composition

Cook Island Māori 20
other Pacific 2

Review team on site

October 2020

Date of this report

3 February 2021

Most recent ERO report(s)

Supplementary Review October 2018
Supplementary Review June 2016.

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.