Whales Tales Montessori Preschool - 12/06/2019

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.


Whales Tales Montessori Preschool was fully licensed in October 2018. It is one of two centres owned by the licensee. A centre manager is responsible for the operations of the service. The centre has three rooms, including an under two area. Most staff have an early childhood and/or Montessori teaching qualification.

Summary of review findings

The service caters for a diverse community. Teachers provide a curriculum that respects and supports the right of each child to be confident in their own culture and encourages children to understand and respect other cultures. Positive steps are taken to respond to parent and whānau aspirations for their child. Adults engage in interactions to enhance children’s learning and nurture reciprocal relationships. The programme is underpinned by Te Whāriki, the Early Childhood Curriculum, and the Montessori philosophy. A suitable range of equipment and resources is provided to support the learning and abilities of children.

Next ERO Review

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

Alan Wynyard

Director Review and Improvement Services Southern

Southern Region

12 June 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Whales Tales Montessori Preschool

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

25 children, including up to 7 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1.4 - Better than regulatory standards

Over 2

1:8 - Better than regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 17, Girls 9

Ethnic composition

Māori 3

NZ European/Pākehā 2

Indian 7

Filipino 4

Other ethnicities 10

Review team on site

May 2019

Date of this report

12 June 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.