Little Learners Dinsdale Ltd

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Service type:
Education and Care Service
Not Applicable
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30 Tuhikaramea Road, Dinsdale, Hamilton

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Little Learners Dinsdale Ltd

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 Learners Dinsdale Limited is a new, privately owned service co-owned by two qualified teachers, responsible for governance and leadership. A third of the children enrolled are Māori and a small number of children are of Pacific heritages. The philosophy promotes partnerships with whānau, and extending children’s development and knowledge through play.

Summary of Review Findings

The service provides children with a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance and extend their learning and development. The curriculum is inclusive, children’s preferences are respected, and children are involved in decisions about their own learning. 

The unique place of Māori as tangata whenua is acknowledged, and children are developing knowledge and understanding of the cultural heritages for both parties to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Adults providing education and care engage in positive, meaningful interactions and nurture reciprocal relationships with children. Positive steps are in place to respect and acknowledge the aspirations held by parents and whānau for their children.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • increasing the intentional use of the learning outcomes in Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, in assessment and planning, to support children’s learning

  • strengthening the extent to which information documented about children’s learning reflects their identity, languages and cultures.

Next ERO Review

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

Patricia Davey
Director of Early Childhood Education (ECE)
26 September 2023

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Little Learners Dinsdale Ltd

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

95 children, including up to 25 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Review team on site

July 2023

Date of this report

26 September 2023

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.