Te Korowai Early Learning Centre

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Service type:
Education and Care Service
Not Applicable
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13 Coles Place, Manurewa, Auckland

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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.


Te Korowai Early Learning Centre opened in 2019. The two owners are qualified teachers. They lead a team of five qualified teachers and two unqualified staff. A quarter of the children attending are Māori. A small number have Pacific heritages. The community and teaching team are culturally diverse. This is the first ERO review of the service.

Summary of Review Findings

Teachers engage in meaningful, positive interactions to enhance children’s learning and nurture reciprocal relationships. The curriculum acknowledges and reflects the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua. Children have opportunities to develop an understanding of the cultural heritages of both parties to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Assessment, planning, and evaluation records demonstrate an understanding of children’s learning and interests. The curriculum respects and supports the right of each child to be confident in their own culture. There is a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance and extend children’s learning.

An ongoing process of self review helps the service maintain and improve the quality of its education and care.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • improving teachers’ use of te reo Māori in their interactions with children
  • building the capability of all teachers to evaluate how well curriculum experiences and teaching practices impact on improved learning outcomes for children.

Next ERO Review

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

Phil Cowie
Acting Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)
Northern Region | Te Tai Raki

9 August 2021 

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Te Korowai Early Learning Centre

Profile Number



Manurewa, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

50 children over 2 years of age

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Ethnic composition

Māori 14, Indian 20, Samoan 12, Fijian 5, other Pacific 5, other ethnic groups 5.

Review team on site

July 2021

Date of this report

9 August 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.