The Blue Cottage - 06/05/2019

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.


The Blue Cottage Preschool is a new, privately owned, purpose built service. It provides all-day education and care for 80 children including up to 24 children under the age of two years. It operates three age group areas. Most staff are qualified and registered teachers. This is its first ERO review.

Summary of review findings

The centre’s curriculum is consistent with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum and is inclusive and responsive to children’s interests. Adults provide a language rich environment. They engage children in meaningful, positive interactions to enhance their learning and to nurture reciprocal relationships. Families have regular opportunities to communicate with teachers and share information about their children’s learning.

A philosophy statement, guidelines and expectations for centre practices, policies and procedures are in place. There are processes for reviewing and evaluating centre systems and the quality of education and care.

Next ERO Review

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

Phillip Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region

6 May 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

The Blue Cottage

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

80 children, including up to 24 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of staffto children

Under 2

1:4 - Better than regulatory standards

Over 2

1:8 - Better than regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Girls 50

Boys 45

Ethnic composition

Māori 20

Pākehā 59

Other European 4

Indian 3

Other 9

Review team on site

March 2019

Date of this report

6 May 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:

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.