Coastlands Preschool - 14/12/2020

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.


Coastlands Preschool provides all-day education and care for children from birth to six years of age. The purpose-built facility has three, age-based learning areas. The centre manager and assistant manager are responsible for operation and leadership. This is the first review since the centre’s license was amended.

Summary of Review Findings

Positive and meaningful relationships are evident among children and teachers. The service curriculum provides children with a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance and extend their learning and development. Parents’ aspirations and children’s interests inform individualised learning plans. Teachers seek information and guidance from external agencies to support children with additional learning and development needs. Processes for internal evaluation help improve the quality of education and care for children.

Actions for Compliance

Since the onsite visit the service has provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed the following non-compliance:

  • heavy furniture, fixtures and equipment are secured that could fall or topple and cause serious injury or damage (HS6)
  • record of evidence of parental acknowledgement that medicine has been given to children (HS28).

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

14 December 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Coastlands Preschool

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

125 children, including up to 25 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Gender composition

Female 59, Male 53.

Ethnic composition

Māori 23, NZ European/Pākehā 64, Other ethnic groups 25.

Review team on site

October 2020

Date of this report

14 December 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review June 2017, Education Review February 2014

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.