Reach Forward Early Learning Centre - Warkworth

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Service type:
Education and Care Service
Not Applicable
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11 Falls Street, Warkworth

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Reach Forward Early Learning Centre - Warkworth - 23/10/2020

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


At the time of the review, ERO identified non-compliance with regulatory standards that must be addressed.


Reach Forward Early Learning Centre Warkworth opened in 2019 and has three spaces for different age groups of children. The open-plan layout offers a variety of indoor and outdoor experiences. This is the first ERO review of this service.

Summary of Review Findings

Teachers engage in meaningful and positive ways that enhance children’s learning and nurture reciprocal relationships. Teachers maintain a calm, slow pace in which younger children have space and time to lead their learning.

The physical environment provides a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance and extend learning and development. The service provides a sufficient quantity and variety of furniture, equipment and materials that are appropriate for children’s learning and abilities.

Teachers respond to the cultures, languages and identities of the children and their families.

Actions for Compliance

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

  • monitoring and supervision of children’s sleep
  • evidence of stored water being kept at a temperature of at least 60 degrees
  • evidence of parental acknowledgement related to medication given.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, HS9, 14, 28.

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

23 October 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Reach Forward Early Learning Centre - Warkworth

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

48 children, including up to 10 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Gender composition

Girls 23 Boys 13

Ethnic composition

Māori 3
NZ European/Pākehā 20
South African 6
other ethnic groups 7

Review team on site

September 2020

Date of this report

23 October 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.