Scallywaggs Kindergarten & Care Waipawa

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

40 Watts Street, Waipawa

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Scallywaggs Kindergarten & Care Waipawa

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.


Opened in 2020, Scallywaggs Kindergarten and Care Waipawa is one of eight services governed and managed by Scallywaggs 2007 LTD. Children play and learn in a mixed-age rural environment.  A head kaiako guides the teaching team. Scallywaggs senior leaders provide governance support. Of the children enrolled, half identify as Māori.

Summary of Review Findings

Infants, toddlers and older children experience positive, respectful interactions with adults. Regular opportunities are provided for parents to be involved in decision-making concerning their child’s learning.

The service curriculum acknowledges and reflects the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua.

A policy framework and an annual plan guide centre operations. Teacher appraisal and internal evaluation processes are established. The premises and facilities are resourced to provide for the learning and

abilities of the children attending. Health and safety procedures are monitored, and changes made when required.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • continuing to develop the local curriculum to reflect the things that are important to children and their families, kaiako and the wider community.

Next ERO Review

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

Phil Cowie
Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)
Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

22 December 2022

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Scallywaggs Kindergarten and Care Waipawa

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

25 children, including up to 10 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Review team on site

November 2022

Date of this report

22 December 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.