Te Rāwhiti Kindergarten 3

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

89 Poplar Ave, Raumati South

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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

Not meeting

Governance, management and administration

Not meeting

At the time of the review, ERO identified non-compliance with regulatory standards that must be addressed.


This is the first review of Te Rāwhiti Kindergarten 3. The centre opened in April 2019 and is based on the grounds of Te Rā school. The centre offers early childhood education within a Waldorf Steiner context. It employs two qualified teachers, one who is fully certificated. A change to leadership has recently occurred.

Summary of Review Findings

Children experience respectful and positive relationships with teachers. The centre’s curriculum provides opportunities for children to engage in self-directed play using natural and open-ended materials and equipment. The design and layout of the premises supports the provision of different types of indoor and outdoor activities. The curriculum reflects the principles of Waldorf Steiner education and Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum.

Effective governance and management systems related to timely review of policies have not been maintained. An increased level of monitoring of health and safety practices is required.

Actions for Compliance

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

  • a more thorough check of hazards to children including recognition of potential hazards is undertaken every day of centre operation. Hazards identified should be documented in a risk management system that shows how these are being eliminated, isolated or minimised and a documented risk management system is in place
  • an ongoing process of review of operational documents that helps maintain and improve the quality of education and care
  • an attendance record is maintained that shows the times and dates of every child’s attendance at the service.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education & Care Services 2008, HS12, GMA6, GMA11.

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

  • suitable human resource management practices are implemented which includes a statement related to discipline and dismissal procedures
  • an annual plan clearly identifying who, what and when in relation to key tasks is developed.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education & Care Services 2008, GMA7, GMA8.

Recommendation to Ministry of Education

ERO recommends the Ministry follows up with the service provider to ensure that non-compliances identified in this report are addressed promptly.

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

29 June 2021 

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name Te Rāwhiti Kindergarten 3
Profile Number 47663
Location Raumati South

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

12 children aged over 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Ethnic composition

Māori 2, NZ European/Pākehā 7.

Review team on site

May 2021

Date of this report

29 June 2021

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.