Active Explorers Papakura

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

989 Papakura - Clevedon Road, Papakura, Auckland

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Active Explorers Papakura - 13/11/2020

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



Premises and facilities


Health and safety


Governance, management and administration


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.


Active Explorers Papakura opened in May 2018. It is governed by Evolve Education Group. The centre manager leads a team of nine qualified teachers and seven unqualified staff, including a cook and an administrator. A small number of Māori and Pacific Island children attend the service.

Summary of Review Findings

The service curriculum is inclusive, and responsive to children as confident and competent learners. Children are involved in decisions about their learning experiences. Their developing social competence and understanding of appropriate behaviour is supported.

Teachers engage in meaningful, positive interactions to enhance children’s learning and nurture reciprocal relationships. They acknowledge the aspirations parents and whānau have for their children’s learning.

A philosophy statement guides the service’s operation. A process of self review helps teachers to maintain and improve the quality of education and care. An annual plan guides the service’s operation.

Actions for Compliance

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

  • ensuring that heavy furniture, fixtures and equipment that could fall or topple and cause serious injury or damage is secured (HS6)
  • medication records, including parental acknowledgement they have been advised when medication is administered to children (HS28).

Next ERO Review

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

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)

Northern Region | Te Tai Raki

13 November 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Active Explorers Papakura

Profile Number



Papakura, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

85 children, including up to 20 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Gender composition

Male 55 Female 37

Ethnic composition

Māori 15 NZ European/Pākehā 26 Indian 26 Pacific 9 other ethnic groups 16

Review team on site

September 2020

Date of this report

13 November 2020

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 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.