Pinnacles Early Learning Centre

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Service type:
Education and Care Service
Not Applicable
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Glen Dene Crescent, Wanaka

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Pinnacles Early Learning Centre - 30/10/2020

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 found the service was taking reasonable steps to meet regulatory standards.


Pinnacles Early Learning Centre opened in January 2019. This is the first ERO review of the service. The owner provides governance and a centre manager leads the service on a day-to-day basis. Staff include ten qualified teachers. Children from infants-to-school age learn in three aged-based areas.

Summary of Review Findings

Children experience positive interactions and reciprocal relationships with their teachers. The service curriculum is informed by assessment, planning and evaluation and demonstrates teachers’ understanding of children’s learning, their interests, whānau and life contexts.

There are suitable systems for governing and managing the service. Parents have opportunities to contribute to the development and review of the service’s operational documents.

The purpose-built premises and environments provide for a range of individual and group learning appropriate for the children attending. The premises and equipment are kept safe, hygienic and maintained in good condition. Health and safety procedures are monitored, and changes made when required.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • continue to develop the local curriculum to reflect the things that are important to children and their families, kaiako and the wider community
  • provide further opportunities for the perspective’s parents and whānau have about their children to be shared and responded to
  • strengthen the extent to which information documented about children’s learning reflects their identity, language and culture.

Next ERO Review

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

Dr Lesley Patterson

Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)

Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

30 October 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Pinnacles Early Learning Centre

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

80 children, including up to 20 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Gender composition

Male 39, Female 37

Ethnic composition

Māori 7
NZ European/Pākehā 63
Other 6

Review team on site

October 2020

Date of this report

30 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.