ACG Tauranga Preschool

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

6 Keenan Road, 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.


ACG Tauranga Preschool is located in Tauranga and positioned alongside ACG Primary School and College. The centre manager is supported by the school’s principal, three qualified teachers and one teacher in training. The preschool provides full-day education and care for children from three months to school age in two age-based rooms. This is the centre’s first ERO review.

Summary of review findings

Children are viewed as competent and confident learners, who are empowered to make their own decisions. Teachers are responsive to children’s needs through positive and reciprocal interactions that support them to develop a strong sense of belonging. Planning, assessment and evaluation is based on the curriculum Te Whāriki. Teachers actively seek knowledge from families and respond to information about their aspirations for their children. A rich and broad programme is promoting positive learning outcomes.

The service is effectively governed and managed. Health and safety systems are monitored and parents and whānau are consulted about the service’s operations. An ongoing process of self review supports teachers to improve the quality of education and care for children attending the service.

Next ERO Review

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

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region

6 June 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

ACG Tauranga Preschool

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

70 children, including up to 10 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80% +

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:4 Better than regulatory standards

Over 2

1:9 Better than regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Female 17 Male 13

Ethnic composition

Māori 2
NZ European/Pākehā 19
Chinese 6 
Other 3

Review team on site

May 2019

Date of this report

6 June 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.