Educare Pukekohe

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

144 Kitchener Road, Pukekohe West, Auckland

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Educare Pukekohe

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.


This is the first ERO review of Educare Pukekohe that opened in February 2019. The centre is privately owned, and staff include a centre manager and seven other teachers. Three age-based areas cater for children from infants to school age. The centre is ethnically diverse with most families living in the local rural area.

Summary of Review Findings

The service curriculum is inclusive, and responsive to children as confident and competent learners. Children’s preferences are respected, and they are involved in decisions about their learning experiences. They have opportunities to develop knowledge and an understanding of the cultural heritages of both parties to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

An annual plan guides centre operations. Processes for teacher appraisal and internal evaluation are established. Health and safety procedures are monitored, and changes made when required. The purpose-built premises are resourced to provide for the learning and abilities of the children attending.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • strengthening te ao Māori in programmes when delivering Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum
  • continuing to implement the Emerging Leaders’ programme.

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
18 February 2021 

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name Educare Pukekohe
Profile Number 47603
Location Pukekohe

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

105, including up to 25 under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Ethnic composition

Māori       13
NZ European/Pākehā  22
Indian        6
other ethnic groups  11

Review team on site

December 2020

Date of this report

18 February 2021

Most recent ERO report(s) This is the service’s first ERO review

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 (PDF 1MB).  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.