Little Flyers Early Learning

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

68A Harrison Street, Whanganui

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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.


Little Flyers Early Learning is a privately owned education and care service. The owner/manager leads a team of four qualified and two unqualified teachers. The philosophy highlights children as capable individuals where independence and autonomy are promoted. This is the service’s first ERO review under new ownership.

Summary of Review Findings

The service philosophy is consistent with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Children are provided with a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance and extend their learning and development.

Aspirations held by parents and whānau for their children are respected and acknowledged. They have regular opportunities to be involved in decision making concerning their child’s learning.

Adults engage in meaningful positive interactions to enhance children’s learning. Children are supported to develop social competencies and understandings of appropriate behaviours.

Governance and management systems guide service operations. Suitable management systems are implemented.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • explore ways to increase te reo me ngā tikanga Māori in the design, implementation and evaluation of the service’s local curriculum.

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

10 June 2022 

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Little Flyers Early Learning

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

33 children, including up to 13 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Ethnic composition

Māori 18, NZ European/Pākehā 18, Other Ethnic Groups 1.

Review team on site

May 2022

Date of this report

10 June 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.