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1 ERO’s Judgements
Akarangi | Quality Evaluation evaluates the extent to which this early childhood service has the learning and organisational conditions to support equitable and excellent outcomes for all learners. Te Ara Poutama Indicators of quality for early childhood education: what matters most are the basis for making judgements about the effectiveness of the service in achieving equity and excellence for all learners. Judgements are made in relation to the Outcomes Indicators, Learning and Organisational Conditions. The Evaluation Judgement Rubric derived from the indicators, is used to inform ERO’s judgements about this service’s performance in promoting equity and excellence.
ERO’s judgements for Ako Langimalie are as follows:
(What the service knows about outcomes for learners)
Ngā Akatoro Domains
2 Context of the Service
Ako Langimalie provides a bilingual curriculum that promotes lea faka Tonga and is grounded in Tongan beliefs and cultural values. The service is governed by the Tongan Health Society Incorporated, who also oversee the provision of health and social welfare initiatives within the community. Most of the children enrolled are of Tongan heritage.
3 Summary of findings
Children have a strong sense of belonging. They settle quickly and explore the activities teachers provide. Teachers’ relationships with children and families are positive and responsive. Children express themselves well and know that their needs will be met.
Children of mixed heritages, particularly Māori and Pacific, experience an affirming curriculum that celebrates their cultures. Teachers are yet to design and implement a curriculum that purposefully responds to the identity, languages, and cultures of all children at the centre.
Children with additional learning needs are well supported. Teachers seek guidance from external agencies to help them work closely with individual children and their family.
Infants and toddlers experience a curriculum that is responsive to their individual needs. An unhurried programme provides a calm environment and promotes their independence.
Teachers use Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, to guide their curriculum planning. Opportunities are provided for parents to contribute their skills and knowledge. These opportunities have not yet extended to learning-focused partnerships between families and teachers that focus specifically on children’s learning. Planning and assessment practices do not yet consider children’s learning and development over time.
Systems and practices to support quality improvement are not yet been established at this service. Leaders and teachers need to develop their understanding of how to do and use internal evaluation for improvement. This focus is likely to help them identify the impact their decisions have on children’s learning outcomes.
4 Improvement actions
Ako Langimalie will include the following actions in its Quality Improvement Planning:
Make individual children’s cultures, languages, and identity evident in assessment documentation.
Build teachers’ understanding of useful assessment, planning and evaluation practices.
Develop a shared understanding of internal evaluation processes to help guide improved outcomes for children.
5 Management Assurance on Legal Requirements
Before the review, the staff and management of Ako Langimalie completed an ERO 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:
premises and facilities
health and safety practices
governance, management and administration.
During the review, ERO looked at the 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; safety checking; teacher registration; ratios)
relevant evacuation procedures and practices.
All early childhood services are required to promote children's health and safety and to regularly review their compliance with legal requirements.
6 Action for Compliance
Since the onsite visit, the service has provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed the following area of non-compliance:
Having a record of emergency drills carried out, and evidence of how evaluation of the drills has informed the annual review of the service’s emergency plan (HS8).
Director of Early Childhood Education (ECE)
9 November 2023
7 About the Early Childhood Service
Early Childhood Service Name
Education and care service
Number licensed for
50 children, including up to 10 aged under 2 years
Percentage of qualified teachers
Review team on site
Date of this report
9 November 2023
Most recent ERO report(s)
Akanuku | Assurance Review, March 2021; Education Review, May 2017
ERO’s Akanuku | Assurance Review reports provide information about whether a service meets and maintains regulatory standards. Further information about Akanuku | Assurance Reviews is included at the end of this report.
|Premises and facilities
|Health and safety
|Governance, management and administration
Since the onsite visit the service has provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed non-compliances and is now taking reasonable steps to meet regulatory standards.
Ako Langimalie provides a bilingual education and care programme that is deeply grounded in Tongan cultural values. The service is governed by the Tongan Health Society Incorporated. This association allows children and families access to health services focused on the holistic health and wellbeing of Tongan people and communities.
Summary of Review Findings
The service curriculum respects and supports the right of each child to be confident in their own culture, and it encourages children to understand and respect each other. There are a range of opportunities to enhance children’s learning and development, both indoors and outdoors, individually and in groups.
The unique place of Māori as tangata whenua is acknowledged. Children are given opportunities to develop knowledge and an understanding of the cultural heritages of both parties to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Ongoing monitoring of the implementation of systems, processes and practices will be required to ensure the service continues to meet the licensing criteria.
Since the onsite visit the service has provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed the following non-compliances:
- the building has a current fire evacuation scheme approved by the NZ Fire Service (HS4)
- there is an emergency management plan in place (HS7)
- adults providing education and care are familiar with relevant emergency drills and carry these out with children on at least a three-monthly basis (HS8)
- when children leave the premises on an excursion, parents/caregivers have given prior written approval to their children’s participation and the proposed ratios, and the excursion is approved by the person responsible (HS17)
- children not being able to access parts of the premises that are not supervised by adults (PF2)
- ensuring nappy changing facilities can be kept hygienically clean (PF25)
- furniture and items intended for children to sleep on are covered with non-porous material that protects them from becoming soiled, allows for easy cleaning and does not present a suffocation hazard to children (PF30, HS11)
- consistently documenting that the laundering of linen used by children or adults is being undertaken (HS2)
- equipment, premises and facilities are checked every day of operation for hazards to children
- accident/incident records are analysed to identify hazards and appropriate action is taken, and hazards to the safety of children are eliminated, isolated or minimised (HS12)
- safe and hygienic handling practices are implemented with regard to any animals at the service (HS16)
- developing a procedure for: if children travel in a motor vehicle while in the care of the service, to ensure each child is restrained as required by the Land Transport legislation, and required adult:child ratios are maintained (HS18)
- a record of all medicine given to children attending the service includes evidence of parent acknowledgement that medicine was administered (HS28)
- a procedure people should follow if they wish to complain, including the option to contact the local Ministry of Education office, and which provides contact details (GMA1)
- suitable human resource management practices are implemented including appropriate selection and appointment processes (GMA7)
- all children’s workers who have access to children are safety checked in accordance with the Children’s Act 2014. (GMA7A).
Next ERO Review
The next ERO review is likely to be an Akarangi | Quality Evaluation.
Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)
Northern Region | Te Tai Raki
31 March 2021
Information About the Service
|Early Childhood Service Name
|Education and care service
|Number licensed for
|50 children, including up to 10 aged under 2.
|Percentage of qualified teachers
other ethnic groups 4
|Review team on site
|Date of this report
|31 March 2021
|Most recent ERO report(s)
|Education Review, May 2017
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 Akanuku | 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 Akanuku | 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:
- premises and facilities
- health and safety practices
- governance, management and administration.
As part of an Akanuku | 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 Akanuku | 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.