Twinkle Toes Educare - Rotokauri

Education institution number:
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Not Applicable
Total roll:

29 Gilchrist Street, Hamilton

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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.


Twinkle Toes Educare - Rotokauri is a privately owned and operated education and care service, established in 2018. The service has eight registered teachers. It is a purpose-built facility with three age-based learning areas. The current roll of 91 includes children from diverse ethnic backgrounds. This is the centre’s first ERO review.

Summary of review findings

Children experience respectful and engaged interactions with their teachers and each other. Learning and relationships are enhanced by teachers who have an understanding of children’s development. The curriculum is inclusive, responsive and children’s preferences are respected. A rich bicultural programme is promoted, and a wide range of learning experiences are provided. The large outdoor areas foster children’s confidence and competence.

The service’s strategic and annual plan and policies guide daily operations. Internal evaluation contributes to the development of the service.

Next ERO Review

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

Phillip Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region

9 July 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Twinkle Toes Educare - Rotokauri

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

110 children, including up to 30 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80% +

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:5 - Meets regulatory standards

Over 2

1:10 – Meets regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Male 45

Female 46

Ethnic composition

Māori 14

NZ European/Pākehā 14

Indian 26

Chinese 10

Fijian 9

African 4

Others 14

Review team on site

June 2019

Date of this report

9 July 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.