Sweet Pea Early Learning Centre - 31/10/2019

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.


Sweet Pea Early Learning Centre is a newly-established, privately-owned service that caters for the care and education of children aged from 3 months old to school age. The centre is divided into three separate areas to cater for the specific needs of infants, toddlers and preschool children. Most staff are qualified early childhood teachers.

Summary of Review Findings

The centre philosophy and learning priorities were collaboratively developed with parents, whānau and teachers. Established values of partnership, creativity, excellence, inclusion and compassion underpin the curriculum and centre operations. There is an emphasis on providing resources that children can choose to use in a variety of ways to promote their working theories and stimulate their imagination.

The manager and teachers use internal evaluation to inform and improve practice. They demonstrate knowledge of relevant theories and practice in early childhood education. A range of professional development and research informs the curriculum and helps to build teacher capability.

Next ERO Review

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

Dr Lesley Patterson

Director Review and Improvement Services Te Tai Tini

Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

31 October 2019

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Sweet Pea Early Learning Centre

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

75 children, including up to 15 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratio of staff to children under 2

1:4 - Better than regulatory standards.

Reported ratio of staff

1:8 - Better than regulatory standards.

Service roll


Gender composition

Male: 19

Female: 28

Ethnic composition

Māori: 1

NZ European/Pākehā: 42

Other ethnicities: 4

Review team on site

September 2019

Date of this report

31 October 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

First ERO review of the service.

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.