Small World Preschool and Nursery - 29/10/2020

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


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 World Preschool and Nursery is a privately owned service. The centre owner is a registered teacher. Most other staff are qualified teachers. The community is ethnically diverse. This is the second ERO review for this service within a 12-month period. The service has had recent professional development support from the Ministry of Education and other providers.

Summary of Review Findings

Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, underpins the centre programme. Infants, toddlers and older children experience positive, respectful interactions with adults.Positive steps are taken to communicate with families and support them to be involved in the decision-making concerning their child’s learning. The premise and facilities are resourced to provide for the learning and abilities of the children attending. Health and safety procedures are monitored, and changes made when required. A policy framework and annual planning guide centre operation. The service is establishing processes and procedures for internal evaluation, and assessment, planning and evaluation of key learning priorities.

Key Next Steps

  • continue to develop the local curriculum to reflect the things that are important to children and their families, to Kaiako and the wider community
  • improve the extent to which assessment, planning and evaluation information shows children’s next steps, progress and learning overtime.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review is likely to be an Akarangi | Quality Evaluation.

Dr Lesley Patterson

Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)

Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

29 October 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Small World Preschool and Nursery

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

28 children, including up to 8 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Gender composition

Male 12, Female 12

Ethnic composition

Māori 2
NZ European/Pākehā 13
Other ethnicities 9

Review team on site

September 2020

Date of this report

29 October 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, April 2019
Education Review, July 2015

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.