Red Kite Preschool - 06/09/2019

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.


Red Kite Preschool in Epsom offers all-day care and education for up to 35 infants and toddlers. The centre was bought by new owners in 2018. Two-thirds of the children attending are of Chinese descent. There are four qualified teachers, including the manager.

Summary of Review Findings

Teachers plan and implement a programme that is consistent with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. The programme acknowledges the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand. It encourages children to be confident in their own culture and develop respect for other cultures.

Children experience positive, respectful interactions with adults. The curriculum is responsive, promotes children’s independence, and supports their learning and development. Leaders and teachers regularly communicate with parents to share information about children’s learning and encourage their involvement in decision-making.

The service is effectively managed. An ongoing process of self review keeps the service focused on improving outcomes for children.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • clearly identifying teaching strategies for extending the complexity of older children’s play
  • reflecting children’s language and culture in their assessment portfolios

  • making responses to children’s interests and dispositions, and to parents’ aspirations, more visible in assessment, planning and evaluation.

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

6 September 2019

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Red Kite Preschool

Profile Number



Epsom, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

35 children, including up to 5 aged under 2 years

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratio of adults to children under 2

1:3 - Better than regulatory standards

Reported ratio of adults to children over 2

1:8 - Better than regulatory standards.

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 14

Girls 12

Ethnic composition

Māori 2
NZ European/Pākehā 1
Chinese 18
other ethnic groups 5

Review team on site

July 2019

Date of this report

6 September 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review August 2015
Education Review September 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 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.