Montessori Milestones Preschool - 08/12/2020

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.


Montessori Milestones Preschool, a privately owned and operated service, is run by two qualified, registered teachers. It is licensed for 20 children over the age of two years. The previous ERO evaluation identified that governance and management practices required further development. Sufficient progress has been made in addressing these areas.

Summary of Review Findings

Children experience respectful and positive relationships with their teachers. Learners are considered to be confident and competent and lead their learning. Children’s learning, whānau and life contexts inform the curriculum. The unique place of Māori as tangata whenua is acknowledged and reflected. Parents have opportunities to share in their children’s learning.

Annual and strategic plans guide daily operation. Processes for self review of policy and procedures helps the service maintain the quality of education and care.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • continuing to enhance and extend children’s learning through an increased range of opportunities both indoors and outdoors.

Next ERO Review

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

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

8 December 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Montessori Milestones Preschool

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

20 children aged over two years

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Gender composition

Male 3, Female 3.

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā 2, Other ethnic groups 4.

Review team on site

9 November 2020

Date of this report

8 December 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Supplementary Review, June 2018, Education Review, July 2015, Education Review, April 2012

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.