Imagine That Preschool

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

108 Lakes Boulevard, Pyes Pa, 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.


This is the first ERO review of Imagine That Preschool that opened in February 2018. Governance is provided by two directors. One director is the licensee/centre manager. Staff includes three head teachers and seven qualified teachers. Three aged-based areas cater for children from infants to school age.

Summary of review findings

Infants, toddlers and children experience meaningful and positive relationships with their teachers. They are seen as capable and competent, and their choices are respected. The curriculum is inclusive and responsive to children’s interests and needs. Children’s social and emotional competencies are well supported through the centre’s curriculum.

The centre’s philosophy has been collaboratively developed with parents, families and teachers. Well-established processes for internal evaluation improve the quality of education and care for children. There are effective systems and processes that support health and safety practices in the centre.

Next ERO Review

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

Phillip Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region

1 July 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Imagine That Preschool

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

62 children, including up to 19 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of staff / adults to children

Under 2

1:4 - Better than regulatory standards

Over 2

1:9 - Better than regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Male 37

Female 47

Ethnic composition

Māori 7
NZ European/Pākehā 67
Other 10

Review team on site

May 2019

Date of this report

1 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.