Ruru House Limited

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

246 Richmond Road, Lepperton

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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.


Ruru House, situated in Lepperton, provides full day, education and care for 54 children. The philosophy emphasises ‘quality care and education for children in a setting that is a safe haven, nestled in nature’. Ruru House opened in January 2019. This is the first ERO review of the service.

Summary of Review Findings

Ruru House’s philosophy guides all aspects of service operation. The design and layout of the premises support the provision of a range of learning experiences.

The curriculum provides children with a range of contextualised experiences. Children are provided with opportunities to enhance and extend their learning. Teachers focus on children’s interests and strengths and promote care for the environment and animals.

Strategies are in place to respect and respond to the aspirations held by parents and whānau for their children. Kaiako support children to be confident in their own culture.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • embedding the use internal evaluation to further develop the local curriculum.

Actions for Compliance

ERO found an area of non-compliance in the service relating to:

  • written information letting parents know how to access information regarding the amount and details of the expenditure of any Ministry of Education funding received by the service.

[Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, GMA3]

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

  • providing written information letting parents know how to access information regarding the amount and details of the expenditure of any Ministry of Education funding received by the service
  • written communications with parents informing them of the policy and procedure changes.

[Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, GMA3]

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

29 October 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Ruru House Limited

Profile Number



Lepperton, Taranaki

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

54 children, including up to 24 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Gender composition

Male 38, Female 31.

Ethnic composition

Māori 19
NZ European/Pākehā 42
Other ethnic groups 8

Review team on site

October 2020

Date of this report

29 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.