Future Kids Preschool New Plymouth

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

1 Swans Road, Bell Block, New Plymouth

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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.


Future Kids Preschool New Plymouth is a privately-owned, purpose-built centre. The management team, including a general manager and centre manager, are supported by team leaders in four aged-based rooms. The all-day education and care service was issued a full licence in May 2021. This is the service’s first ERO review.

Summary of Review Findings

The service’s philosophy expresses the beliefs, values, and attitudes about the provision of early childhood curriculum. Children are provided with a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance their learning. The curriculum reflects the unique place of Māori as Tangata whenua. Adults engage in positive interactions to nurture reciprocal relationships with tamariki. The service is governed and managed in accordance with good management practices.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • continue to explore the services learning priorities to further inform development of the localised curriculum.

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

8 February 2022 

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Future Kids Preschool New Plymouth

Profile Number



New Plymouth

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

120 children, including up to 41 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Ethnic composition

Māori 38, NZ European/Pākehā 77, Other ethnic groups 17.

Review team on site

8th December 2021

Date of this report

8 February 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 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.