Mercury Bay Preschool (2018) Ltd - 04/12/2020

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

Not meeting

At the time of the review, ERO identified non-compliance with regulatory standards that must be addressed.


Mercury Bay Preschool (2018) Ltd is a privately owned service. Since the July 2019 ERO Akunuku | Assurance Review, there have been changes in leadership and teachers. ERO identified areas of non-compliance in the July 2019 report relating to teacher appraisals, excursion records and emergency drill records. Some progress is evident.

Summary of Review Findings

Children are provided with a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance and extend their learning and development. They are involved in decisions about their learning experiences. Adults providing education and care engage in meaningful, positive interactions that nurture reciprocal relationships.

The quantity and variety of resources provided are appropriate for the learning and abilities of children attending.

Procedures are in place to manage health and safety requirements including excursions and emergencies.

Processes for reviewing and evaluating teaching and learning practices require strengthening. Appraisals of the centre manager and teachers are yet to be implemented.

Actions for Compliance

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

  • an ongoing process of self-review that maintains and improves the quality of education and care
  • implementation of a system of regular appraisal.

[Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, GMA6, GMA7]

Recommendation to Ministry of Education

ERO recommends the Ministry follows up with the service provider to ensure that non-compliances identified in this report are addressed promptly.

Next ERO Review

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

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

4 December 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Mercury Bay Preschool (2018) Ltd

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

39 children, including up to 10 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Gender composition

Female 24, Male 20.

Ethnic composition

Māori 14, NZ European/Pākehā 21, Pacific 3, Other ethnic groups 6.

Review team on site

November 2020

Date of this report

4 December 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Akanuku | Assurance Review, July 2019; Education Review, December 2015.

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.