The Toy Maker's Cottage Preschool

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

1 Partridge Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland

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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.


The Toy Maker’s Cottage Preschool operates in a heritage villa and was licensed in May 2018. This is its first ERO review. The owner of the centre is responsible for day-to-day management. The head teacher works with four qualified teachers and two unqualified staff members. A mentor provides induction and mentoring for teachers with provisional teaching certificates.

Summary of review findings

The service’s philosophy views children as competent, confident learners and communicators and guides operations. The curriculum is informed by assessment, planning and evaluation. Adults interact in positive ways with children, and show an understanding of relevant theories and practice. Children have opportunities to develop an understanding of the cultural heritages of both partners to the Treaty of Waitangi.

The design and layout of the premises support different types of indoor and outdoor experiences. There is sufficient quantity and variety of equipment, materials and resources.

Next ERO Review

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

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services Northern

Northern Region

18 April 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

The Toy Maker’s Cottage Preschool

Profile Number



Grey Lynn, Auckland 

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

31 children aged over 2 years

Percentage of qualified teachers

80% +

Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2

1:7 - Better than regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Girls 28 Boys 24

Ethnic composition

Māori 5

Pākehā 40

other ethnic groups 7

Review team on site

March 2019

Date of this report

18 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.