St John The Evangelist Preschool - 01/05/2019

ERO’s judgement

Regulatory standards



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.


St John The Evangelist Preschool is a non-profit, community-based service that is governed by the Auckland Catholic Preschool Trust. Most of the children attending are Samoan, Tongan or Māori. The centre manager leads a team of three qualified teachers. The service’s programme is bilingual and is based on Christian values and Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum.

Summary of review findings

ERO’s 2017 review identified areas of non-compliance relating to teaching practices, resourcing, self review, and governance and management. The service has made significant progress in these areas.

Children access a range of experiences and resources to enhance and extend their learning in the recently renovated indoor and outdoor environments. Children have opportunities to understand and respect each other, and to develop confidence in their own culture and an understanding about the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Curriculum planning and assessment show children’s interests and record their learning. Teachers have an understanding of, and knowledge about early childhood education theories and practices. An annual plan and self review guide service operations and improvements.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review is likely to be an Education Review.

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services Northern

Northern Region

1 May 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

St John The Evangelist Preschool

Profile Number



Otara, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

35 children over two years of age

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2

1:7 - Better than regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 14 Girls 14

Ethnic composition

Māori 5

Samoan 16

Tongan 6

other ethnic groups 1

Review team on site

March 2019

Date of this report

1 May 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

June 2017

Education Review

December 2014

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:

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 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-licensed 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.