Magnolia Montessori Ltd

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Service type:
Education and Care Service
Not Applicable
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22A Taylor Street, Cambridge

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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.


Magnolia Montessori Ltd opened in August 2020 and is one of two services located in Cambridge under shared ownership. It offers care and education for children up to three years with a Montessori based curriculum. This is the first ERO review for this service.

Summary of Review Findings

The centre curriculum is based on the Montessori philosophy and is consistent with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Meaningful and positive interactions enhance children’s learning. The curriculum acknowledges the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua.

Children are provided with a range of opportunities to enhance and extend their learning and development, both indoors and outdoors, individually and in groups.

An ongoing process for self-review, including of policies and procedures, helps the service maintain and improve the quality of its education and care. The premises and facilities are resourced to provide for the learning and abilities of the children attending.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • provide further opportunities for children to be involved in decisions about their learning experiences
  • take a more consistent and systematic approach to seeking and responding to parent/whānau aspirations for their child’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

21 January 2022 

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Magnolia Montessori Ltd

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

15 children, including up to 8 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā 8, Other ethnic groups 4

Review team on site

December 2021

Date of this report

21 January 2022

Most recent ERO report(s)

First ERO review of this 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.