Orewa Preschool - 11/02/2021

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

Not meeting

Health and safety


Governance, management and administration


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


Orewa Preschool is a privately-owned centre that offers sessional day care for up to 30 children from the age of two to five years. A service manager and head teacher lead a team of qualified teachers. The June 2018 report found that the service required further development to promote learning outcomes for children. Some progress is evident.

Summary of Review Findings

Teachers plan and implement a programme consistent with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, by responding to children’s interests, strengths and capabilities. Children experience a range of learning experiences.

Their learning is supported by positive interactions with teachers in a language-rich environment. The programme acknowledges the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand. Positive steps are taken by the service to build on parents’ and whānau aspirations for their children. Leaders and teachers regularly share information with parents and encourage their involvement in decision making about their children’s learning.

Actions for Compliance

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

  • at least one of the toilets used by the children is designed to provide them with some sense of privacy.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, PF22.

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

  • sufficient spaces for equipment and materials to be stored safely (PF8)
  • suitable facilities are provided for washing sick and soiled children and a procedure for outlining how hygiene and infection control will be met when washing sick and soiled children (PF26)
  • the premises are located in a building that has a current Fire Evacuation Scheme approved by the New Zealand Fire Service (HS4)
  • all children’s workers who have access to children are safety checked in accordance with the Children’s Act 2014 (GMA7A).

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.

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)

Northern Region | Te Tai Raki

11 February 2021

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Orewa Preschool

Profile Number



Orewa, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

30 children, including up to 0 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā 14
other ethnic groups 4

Review team on site

September 2020

Date of this report

11 February 2021

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review June 2018
Education Review May 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.