Co Kids Thorndon

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

170 Thorndon Quay, Thorndon, Wellington

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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.


Co Kids Thorndon is a privately-owned central city centre which opened in October 2018. It is purpose built and contains three large, age-based learning areas that cater for children from infants to school age. Most teachers are qualified, and the day-to-day operation is the responsibility of the centre manager. Governance is provided by four directors, one of whom is the licensee. The centre also employs a chef.

This is the first review of Co Kids Thorndon.

Summary of Review Findings

Infants, toddlers and older children experience positive, respectful interactions with teachers. They have opportunities to develop an understanding of the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand. Children’s cultures are respected and supported through the use of home languages and celebrating cultural events. The curriculum provides a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance and extend their learning and development. Ngā Kete o te Wānanga leads curriculum to support Māori tamariki.

Indoor and outdoor spaces are well designed and resourced to provide for the learning and abilities of all children. A policy framework and an annual plan guide centre operations. Health and safety procedures are monitored through regular review.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include to continue to:

  • develop teachers’ use and understanding of internal evaluation
  • embed the bicultural curriculum.

During the onsite stage of the review, ERO found an area of non-compliance relating to an aspect of medication administration. The centre responded promptly to this and provided evidence to ERO that this matter has now been addressed.

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

Dr Lesley Patterson

Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)

Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

19 February 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Co Kids Thorndon

Profile Number 47567



Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

99 children, including up to 40 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratio of staff to children under 2

1:4 - Better than regulatory standards.

Reported ratio of staff to children to children over 2

1:8 - Better than regulatory standards.

Service roll


Gender composition

Male 53%, Female 47%

Ethnic composition

Māori 5%, NZ European/Pākehā 22%, Indian 14%, Samoan 6%, Chinese 6%, British 5%, Malaysian 4%, Filipino 4%, Other ethnic groups 34%

Review team on site

January 2020

Date of this report

19 February 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

These are available at

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 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 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.