Above & Beyond Tauriko

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

57 Taurikoura Drive, Tauriko, Tauranga

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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


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


Above & Beyond Tauriko is privately owned and operated and one of five centres run by the same owner. The service has four age-based rooms catering for children from birth to school age. The Educational Leader leads a team of ten qualified and four unqualified teachers.

Summary of Review Findings

Children are encouraged to make choices and decisions around their play. Their interests and strengths are promoted through a range of experiences within the environment. The service curriculum is inclusive and responsive to children as confident and competent learners. A language rich environment that supports children’s learning is promoted. Respectful and positive relationships between teachers and children are evident.

The provision for parents to be involved in the learning and development of their children has been considered. The centre’s strategic and annual plan guide service operation. Policy review is consistent with the Licensing Criteria for Education and Care Services 2008.

Internal evaluation helps the service improve the quality of its education and care.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • to further strengthen the bicultural curriculum
  • to promote children’s home languages as a part of their identity as learners
  • to strengthen the evaluation of assessment and planning.

Next ERO Review

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

Phil Cowie
Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)
Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

17 June 2021 

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name Above & Beyond Tauriko
Profile Number 47481
Location Tauranga

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

97 children, including up to 25 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers  


Service roll


Ethnic composition

Māori 16, NZ European/Pākehā 61, Other ethnic groups 20.

Review team on site

April 2021

Date of this report

17 June 2021

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.