Te Puawaitanga o Ngati Ruanui ECE - 29/06/2020

ERO’s Judgement

Regulatory standards

ERO’s judgement



Premises and facilities


Health and safety

Not meeting

Governance, management and administration

Not meeting

At the time of the review, ERO identified non-compliance with regulatory standards that must be addressed.


Te Puawaitanga o Ngāti Ruanui ECE is an all-day kaupapa Māori-based early learning service. The October 2017 ERO report identified that the service was not well placed. The centre developed a plan to address areas requiring improvement, in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

Summary of Review Findings

The service curriculum reflects the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua. The philosophy expresses the service’s beliefs and values to guide practice. Children are given opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the cultural heritages of both parties to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

An annual plan guides the service’s operation. Aspects of the service’s health and safety practices and governance, management and administration do not meet regulatory standards.

Actions for Compliance

During the onsite phase of the review, ERO found areas of non-compliance in the service.

To meet the Health and Safety Standard the service must ensure:

  • that there is a documented lockdown procedure and drills to inform the annual emergency plan review

  • hazards to the safety of children are identified, eliminated, isolated or minimised

  • food that is served is stored hygienically

  • that infant food given to a child under the age of 12 months is a type approved by the child’s parent.

To meet the Governance, Management and Administration Standard the service must ensure:

  • that parents are advised how to access information concerning their child and the service’s operation documents

  • written information is provided to parents about how they can access any planned reviews and consultation

  • parents of children attending the service are provided with opportunities to contribute to the development and review of the service’s operational documents.

[Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, HS7, HS12, HS13, HS20, HS23, GMA2, GMA3, GMA4]

[Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008 46,1b,1c(iii];47, 1b(ii),1d].

Since the onsite phase of the evaluation the Ministry of Education has visited the service (June 2020) and tested the water temperature. They confirmed that the service has a tempering valve; has sufficient spaces for equipment and material to be stored safely; and that food supplied to infants under 12 months is approved by the parent.

Since the ERO evaluation, the service has provided: lockdown procedures and drills; a form to be used for hazard identification and attention; evidence that shows a cupboard door for safe storage is locked; a record of what time food is delivered to the service; and advice to parents about how to access information concerning their child and service’s operation documents. At the time of the ERO evaluation a cupboard containing wires and cords had a broken lock, this has now been fixed.

Recommendation to Ministry of Education

ERO recommends the Ministry follows up with the service provider to ensure that non-compliances identified in this report are addressed promptly.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review of Te Puawaitanga o Ngati Ruanui ECE will be in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

Darcy Te Hau

Acting Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

29 June 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Te Puawaitanga o Ngati Ruanui ECE

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

15 children, including up to 5 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratio of staff to children under 2

2:5 - Better than regulatory standards.

Reported ratio of staff to children over 2

3:10 - Better than regulatory standards.

Service roll


Gender composition

Male 10, Female 7

Ethnic composition

Māori 12
NZ European/Pākehā 5

Review team on site

February 2020

Date of this report

29 June 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, October 2017
Education Review, February 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 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.