Millie's House - Armagh St

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Service type:
Education and Care Service
Not Applicable
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The Old Courthouse 85 Armagh Street, Christchurch

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Millie’s House - Armagh Street

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.


Millie’s House – Armagh Street is one of four services under the same ownership. It is a newly established service in the central business district of Christchurch. This is its first review. Teachers and management are developing and establishing processes and procedures that reflect the philosophy and character unique to the setting.

Summary of Review Findings

The curriculum reflects the principles of Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum and the service’s philosophy. There is a positive learning environment for children to explore and develop relationships with teachers and their peers. Children are able to experience local events as part of the curriculum. The premises have been altered to suit the needs of children, teachers, and adults where the history and significance of the building are celebrated.

A policy framework, and annual planning guide service operation. Health and safety processes are monitored, and changes are made when required.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • fore fronting children’s language and culture in planning, teaching, and learning in assessment practices
  • consulting with the local community about what learning matters here.

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

26 March 2021 

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name Millie’s House - Armagh Street
Profile Number 47700
Location Christchurch

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

80 children, including up to 39 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Ethnic composition

Māori 6, NZ European/Pākehā 22, Other ethnicities 20.

Review team on site

January 2021

Date of this report

26 March 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 (PDF 1MB). 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.