Te Kāinga Pōtiki ō Pāharakeke Early Childhood Centre - 01/04/2019

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.


Te Kāinga Pōtiki ō Pāharakeke Early Childhood Centre is governed by the Kahungunu Health Services Charitable Trust. The day-to-day management is the responsibility of a centre manager. The physical space provides two separate areas for younger and older children. This is the service’s first ERO review.

Summary of review findings

The service curriculum reflects the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua and children have opportunities to be confident in their own culture and develop respect for other cultures. Positive steps are taken to respond to aspirations held by parents, whānau and the wider community.

Infants, toddlers and older children experience a range of Teachers respond to learners’ interests and provide a variety of activities appropriate for their learning. The service promotes healthy eating and wellbeing.individual and group experiences.

Suitable human resource management practices are implemented. A system of teacher appraisal has been established.

Next ERO Review

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

Phillip Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services Central Region

1 April 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Te Kāinga Pōtiki ō Pāharakeke Early Childhood Centre

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

54 children, including up to 15 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Number of qualified coordinators/ hospital play specialists


Quality or Standard funded

(Home-based services)


Reported ratios of staff / adults to children

Under 2

4:11 Better than regulatory standards

Over 2

3:14 Better than regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 14, Girls 11

Ethnic composition

Māori 14

Māori Cook Island6

Other Pacific Groups 3

Other Ethnic Groups 2

Review team on site

March 2019

Date of this report

1 April 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

No previous ERO reports

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-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.