Mini Miners

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

109 Sealey Street, Thames

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Mini Miners - 03/12/2020

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.


Mini Miners is a privately owned and operated service. The centre provides education and care for children from infants to school age in a mixed aged setting. This is the centre’s first ERO review since a change of ownership.

Summary of Review Findings

Children are viewed as competent and confident learners, who are involved in making decisions about their learning. Teachers are responsive to children’s individual needs through positive and reciprocal interactions. The curriculum is informed by assessment and evaluation. Teachers actively seek knowledge from families and respond to information about their aspirations for their children.

The service is effectively governed and managed. Parents and whānau are consulted about service operation. An ongoing process of self-review supports teachers to improve the quality of education and care for children attending the service.

Key Next Steps

Continue to improve the provision of:

  • a curriculum that supports each child to be confident in their own culture and encourages them to respect other cultures
  • opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of the cultural heritages of both parties to Te Tiriti o Waitiangi.

Next ERO Review

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

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

3 December 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Mini Miners

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

30 children, including up to 10 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Gender composition

Male 26, Female 22.

Ethnic composition

Māori 3, NZ European/Pākehā 35, Other ethnic groups 10.

Review team on site

November 2020

Date of this report

3 December 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

No previous ERO reports.

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.