YMCA Early Childhood Centre - 01/04/2019

ERO’s judgement

Regulatory standards



Premises and facilities


Health and safety

Not meeting

Governance, management and administration


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


The centre is governed by the YMCA board, and day-to-day management is the responsibility of a recently appointed centre manager. ERO’s previous review found the service not well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children. Leaders have ongoing support through the Strengthening Early Learning Opportunities (SELO) programme.

Summary of review findings

All children are provided with a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance and extend their learning and development. They are given the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the cultural heritages of both parties to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Children’s own culture is acknowledged.

Teachers engage in positive interactions with children and nurture reciprocal relationships. They support children’s developing social competence and understanding of appropriate behaviour.

A range of information is provided to parents about the operation of the service. They have opportunities to contribute to the development and review of the service’s operational documents.

Actions for compliance

ERO found areas of non-compliance in the service relating to health and safety. To meet regulatory standards the service should ensure that:

  • emergency drills are carried out on an at least a three-monthly basis

  • sleeping children are checked every 5-10 minutes and the timing of these is recorded accurately

  • checks of equipment, premises and facilities are undertaken every day, and these are consistently recorded

  • risk assessment is undertaken for regular excursions

  • documentation required for excursions is complete including a list of adults involved in the excursions and parent approval of the adult: child ratio

  • the procedure for responding to serious incidents or accidents includes the review and implementation of practices as required

  • records of medicine given to children attending the service are consistently completed and include evidence of parental acknowledgement that medication has been administered.

[Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, HS8, HS9, HS12, HS17, HS27, HS28]

[Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008 46, 1a, 1c (iii), 1d]

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 YMCA Early Childhood Centre will be in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

Phillip Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services Central Region

1 April 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

YMCA Early Childhood Centre

Profile Number 55309


Marewa, Napier

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

50 children, including up to eight 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

1:3 Better than regulatory standards

Over 2

1:5 Better than regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 24, Girls 17

Ethnic composition

Māori 31

Pākehā 7

Other ethnic groups 3

Review team on site

March 2019

Date of this report

1 April 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

May 2018

Education Review

February 2016

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.