Kereru Tots 'n' Dots Early Childhood Centre - 17/02/2021

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

Not meeting

Governance, management and administration

Not meeting

At the time of the review, ERO identified areas of non-compliance with regulatory standards that are an unacceptable risk to children.


Kereru Tots 'n' Dots Early Childhood Centre is located in rural Hawkes Bay. The centre operates from 9am to 3pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the local hall. The centre is governed by a parent committee. Daily management is delegated to the qualified, certificated supervisor.

Summary of Review Findings

Records of safety checking for all children’s workers and emergency drills that have been carried out require addressing. While ERO was onsite, steps were taken to ensure that daily hazard checks more clearly aligned to health and safety criteria requirements.

The service’s philosophy guides operation and teaching practice. Meaningful, positive interactions enhance children’s learning and nurture reciprocal relationships. The curriculum is inclusive and demonstrates an understanding of children’s learning, their interests and family life. Parents have regular opportunities to be involved in decision making concerning their child’s learning.

Actions for Compliance

ERO found areas of non-compliance in the service relating to:

  • records of safety checking of all children’s workers
  • records of emergency drills carried out on an at least three monthly basis.

[Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, GMA7A, HS8]

Recommendation to Ministry of Education

ERO recommends that the Ministry reassess the licence issued to this service provider. ERO will not undertake a further review of this service until the Ministry of Education is satisfied that the service meets regulatory standards.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review will be in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

17 February 2021

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Kereru Tots ‘n’ Dots Early Childhood Centre

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

12 children aged over 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā 6.

Review team on site

December 2020

Date of this report

17 February 2021

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, October 2016
Education Review, August 2013.

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.