Elm Tree Early Learning Centre

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

16 Mission Street, Tauranga

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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.


Elm Tree Early Learning Centre is a privately owned and operated service. It was established in 2016, and two new co-managers were appointed in November 2018. The service has eight qualified and registered teachers in three age-based learning areas. This is the centre’s first ERO review.

Summary of review findings

The service’s curriculum is inclusive, responsive and consistent with Te Whāriki. Interactions between teachers and children are respectful and enhance their learning. A range of activities and experiences supports children’s learning and development. Children’s preferences are respected, and they are involved in decisions about their learning. Regular opportunities are provided for parents to communicate about the care and education of their child.

The centre’s philosophy, mission, vision and strategic plan guide the service’s operation. There is a process in place for reviewing policies and improving practice. Policies and procedures are implemented to maintain safe and hygienic practices.

Next ERO Review

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

Phillip Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region

11 April 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Elm Tree Early Learning Centre

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

80 children, including up to 18 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80% +

Reported ratios of staff children

Under 2

1:4 –Better regulatory standards

Over 2

1:8 – Better than regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Girls 42 Boys 34

Ethnic composition

Māori 3
Pākehā 57
Indian 5
Other ethnic groups 11

Review team on site

March 2019

Date of this report

11 April 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.