Fantails Childcare - Estate

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

1669 Dairy Flat Highway, Silverdale, Whangaparaoa-Auckland

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Fantails Childcare - Estate

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.


Fantails Childcare – Estate is a privately owned, purpose-built service. A team of head teachers provide curriculum oversight for each of their age-grouped rooms. A group manager, centre manager and supervisor provide governance and support for curriculum implementation. Children enrolled are from diverse ethnicities, and a small number of children are Māori.

Summary of Review Findings

Teachers engage in meaningful, positive interactions to enhance children’s learning and nurture reciprocal relationships. The curriculum is inclusive, and responsive to children as confident and competent learners. Children’s preferences are respected, and they are involved in decisions about their learning experiences.

Teachers and leaders provide children with a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance and extend their learning and development, individually and in groups. The curriculum provides a language-rich environment that supports children’s learning.

The curriculum is consistent with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum and reflects the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua.

Key Next Step

A next step is to continue to strengthen assessment, planning, and evaluation to reflect children’s progress and learning over time, their interests, whānau, and life contexts.

Next ERO Review

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

Filivaifale Jason Swann
Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)
Northern Region | Te Tai Raki

19 October 2022 

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Fantails Childcare - Estate

Profile Number



Silverdale, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

150 children, including up to 50 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Review team on site

September 2022

Date of this report

19 October 2022

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 regulatory 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; safety checking; teacher certification; ratios)

  • relevant evacuation procedures and practices.

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.