Pulotu Aoga Amata - 14/06/2013

1 Evaluation of the Service

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

The service is developing its capacity to extend children’s learning.


Pulotu Aoga Amata is a Pacific early childhood centre located in Takanini, South Auckland. The centre has a close association with the Ekalesia Fa’apotopotonga Kerisano Samoa (EFKS) church, Takanini. Its philosophy of promoting children’s understanding and appreciation of gagana Samoa is enacted well.

The 2011 ERO report recommended extending children’s learning and further developing self review as areas for improvement. Since that report, the aoga has made some progress in both areas.

The centre has a committed and stable staff, who are all qualified teachers. A new supervisor was recently promoted to this leadership position in 2013.

Review Findings

Children are keen and confident learners who enjoy cooperative play. They are encouraged to develop social and self-management skills. Children converse and sing in gagana Samoa. Children’s pride in fa’a Samoa is very evident in performance and in art. Children also enjoy waiata Māori.

The programme for children focuses on their emerging interests. Teachers’ interactions with children are positive and supportive. Parents are also involved in supporting the programme for children and are responsive to the centre’s philosophy of developing children’s learning.

The centre’s learning environment is attractive, with children’s artwork displayed well.

Key Next Steps

Teachers should extend children’s learning, creativity and thinking by:

  • consistently using open-ended questions
  • focusing inquiry learning further on what children wish to explore and discover
  • increasing resourcing in all areas of play
  • further incorporating literacy, numeracy and science in the context of play
  • continuing to develop self-review processes by incorporating indicators of effective practice in the review process.

Teachers should also enact the centre’s healthy eating policy and review the effectiveness of this policy.

2 Legal Requirements

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Pulotu 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.

Recommendations to other agencies

Teachers should access whole centre external professional support to continue developing the quality of teaching and learning. It would also be useful for the centre supervisor to access professional learning in leadership.

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.

Dale Bailey

National Manager Review Services Northern Region

14 June 2013

Information about the Early Childhood Service


Takanini, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

Education and Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

30 children, including up to 0 aged under 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Girls 16

Boys 14

Ethnic composition



Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

Not applicable


Over 2


Exceeds minimum requirements

Review team on site

March 2013

Date of this report

14 June 2013

Most recent ERO report(s)

Supplementary Review

Supplementary Review

Supplementary Review

February 2011

December 2009

November 2008

General Information about Early Childhood Reviews

About ERO Reviews

The Education Review Office (ERO) is the New Zealand government department that reviews schools and early childhood services throughout New Zealand.

Review focus

ERO's education reviews in early childhood services focus on the factors that contribute to positive learning outcomes for children. ERO evaluates how well placed the service is to make and sustain improvements for the benefit of all children at the service. To reach these findings ERO considers:

  • Pou Whakahaere – how the service determines its vision, philosophy and direction to ensure positive outcomes for children
  • Pou Ārahi – how leadership is enacted to enhance positive outcomes for children
  • Mātauranga – whose knowledge is valued and how the curriculum is designed to achieve positive outcomes for children
  • Tikanga whakaako – how approaches to teaching and learning respond to diversity and support positive outcomes for children.

Within these areas ERO considers the effectiveness of self review and partnerships with parents and whānau.

Review Coverage

ERO reviews do not cover every aspect of service performance and each ERO report may cover different issues. The aim is to provide information on aspects that are central to positive outcomes for children and useful to the service.