Inspiring Minds Montessori Pre-School - 18/02/2021

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


Since the onsite visit the service has provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed non-compliances and is now taking reasonable steps to meet regulatory standards.


Inspiring Minds Montessori Pre-School is a privately owned service that opened in 2015. The owner has overall responsibility for governance and management and is supported by three registered and two additional teachers. Most have Montessori qualifications.

Summary of Review Findings

Children are given a range of experiences and opportunities to extend their learning aligned to the service philosophy. Teachers engage in meaningful, positive interactions to enhance learning and nurture reciprocal relationships. The curriculum provides a language-rich environment. It respects and supports the right of each child to be confident in their own culture and encourages them to understand other cultures.

Strengthening of systems to monitor and record compliance actions across a range of areas has been implemented since ERO was on site.

Actions for Compliance

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

  • nappy change facilities that can be kept hygienically clean (PF25)
  • consistent implementation of the nappy changing procedure to protect children’s right to privacy (HS3)
  • securing heavy furniture, fixtures and equipment that could fall or topple (HS6)
  • daily checks of equipment, premises and facilities that include consideration of hazards in the laundry area, windows and other areas of glass (HS12)
  • consistent recording of risk assessment and management for excursions, including the signature of the person responsible giving approval, having completed one excursion that meets this criteria (HS17)
  • evidence of parent acknowledgement that medication has been given (HS28)
  • advising parents where to access the most recent Education Review Office report regarding the service (GMA2)
  • recording the full outcomes of the safety checking process before the worker has access to children (GMA7A).

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

18 February 2021

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Inspiring Minds Montessori Pre-School

Profile Number



Takaro, Palmerston North

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

28 children aged over 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Ethnic composition

Māori 2
NZ European/Pākehā 14
Chinese 9
Indian 9
Pacific 4
Other ethnic groups 1

Review team on site

December 2020

Date of this report

18 February 2021

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, June 2017.

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.