Cherry Grove @ 101

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

101 Napier Road, Havelock North

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Cherry Grove @ 101

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.


Cherry Grove @ 101 is a privately owned education and care service. Children play in separate
aged-based areas, with access to a large outdoor environment accessible to all children. A newly established management team leads teaching practice. The centre manager has overall responsibility for the service operations.

Summary of Review Findings

Children experience a programme that is consistent with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Teachers demonstrate an understanding of children’s interests and learning development and use this to inform their teaching. A language-rich environment supports children’s development of oral language and social competence.

Adults engage in meaningful, positive interactions to enhance children’s learning and nurture reciprocal relationships. Children’s preferences are respected, and they are involved in decisions about their learning experiences.

A philosophy statement guides the service operation. An ongoing process of internal evaluation helps improve the quality of education and care for children.

Key Next Steps

The key next step for Cherry Grove @ 101 is to:

  • continue to strengthen the visibility of children’s language, culture and identity in assessment of children’s learning.

Next ERO Review

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

Shelley Booysen

Acting Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

4 October 2021 

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Cherry Grove @ 101

Profile Number



Havelock North

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

57 children, including up to 28 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Ethnic composition

Māori 7, NZ European/Pākehā 27, Other ethnic groups 8.

Review team on site

June 2021

Date of this report

4 October 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.