Small Poppies - 25/09/2019

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.


Small Poppies has been part of the nationwide Provincial Education Group since 2017. Approximately 25 percent of the children attending are Māori. The centre manager leads a team of eight qualified teachers and eight untrained staff, including a centre cook.

Summary of Review Findings

Teachers plan and implement a programme that is consistent with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. The service’s curriculum is inclusive and responsive to children as confident learners. Adults engage in meaningful, positive interactions that enhance children’s learning and nurture reciprocal relationships. Teachers provide a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance and extend children’s learning and development.

A philosophy statement and annual plan guide centre operations. Appropriate policies and procedures are in place to support children’s and adults’ health and safety. An ongoing process of review keeps the service focused on improving outcomes for children.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • continuing to develop bicultural practices and incorporate this practice as part of internal 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

25 September 2019

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Small Poppies

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

58 children, including up to 25 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratio of adults to children under 2

1:4 - Better than regulatory standards

Reported ratio of adults to children over 2

1:8 - Better than regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 43 Girls 34

Ethnic composition

Māori 19
NZ European/Pākehā 41
African 4
other ethnic groups 13

Review team on site

August 2019

Date of this report

25 September 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review September 2016
Education Review April 2013
Education Review July 2009

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.