Elm Tree Early Learning Centre

Education institution number:
47108
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
69
Telephone:
Address:

16 Mission Street, Tauranga

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Elm Tree Early Learning Centre

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.

ERO’s Judgement

Regulatory standards

ERO’s judgement

Curriculum

Meeting

Premises and facilities

Meeting

Health and safety

Meeting

Governance, management and administration

Meeting

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.

Background

Elm Tree Early Learning Centre is a privately owned education and care centre. The service regained its full licence in November 2020. The centre manager leads a team of ten qualified and two unqualified teachers. The centre philosophy values whanaungatanga, curiosity, wonder and a child-led, play-based curriculum.

Summary of Review Findings

Infants, toddlers, and young children experience nurturing reciprocal relationships with kaiako. A range of experiences is offered indoors and out to enhance children’s learning and development. The service curriculum acknowledges Māori as tangata whenua. Children have opportunities to develop knowledge and an understanding of the cultural heritages of both parties to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Assessment, planning, and evaluation demonstrate an understanding of children’s learning and their interests. An ongoing process of self-review helps the service maintain and improve the quality of its education and care. Policies and procedures align with the licensing criteria. 

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • to continue to develop the local curriculum to reflect the things that are important to children and their families, to kaiako and the wider community
  • to increase the range of opportunities children have to share aspects of their culture with others in the service.  

Actions for Compliance

During and since the onsite visit the service has provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed the following non-compliances:

  • ensuring areas of glass accessible to children are made of safety glass (PF7).
  • ensuring heavy equipment that could topple and cause serious injury is secured (HS6).

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review is likely to be an Akarangi | Quality Evaluation.

Shelley Booysen
Acting Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)
Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

9 September 2021 

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Elm Tree Early Learning Centre

Profile Number

47108

Location

Tauranga

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

83 children, including up to 18 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers

80-99%

Service roll

76

Ethnic composition

Māori 4, NZ European/Pākehā 55, Indian 5, Other ethnic groups 12

Review team on site

July 2021

Date of this report

9 September 2021

Most recent ERO report(s)

Akanuku | Assurance Review, April 2019.

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:

  • curriculum
  • 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.

Elm Tree Early Learning Centre

ERO Early Childhood Service Assurance Review

ERO’s Assurance Review reports provide information about whether a service meets and maintains regulatory standards. Further information about Assurance Reviews is included at the end of this report.

ERO’s judgement

Regulatory standards

Curriculum

Meeting

Premises and facilities

Meeting

Health and safety

Meeting

Governance, management and administration

Meeting

At the time of the review, ERO found the service was taking reasonable steps to meet regulatory standards.

Background

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

47108

Location

Tauranga

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

76

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.