Otautau Playcentre - 30/04/2019

ERO’s judgement

Regulatory standards



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.


Otautau Playcentre is a parent cooperative that is part of Playcentre Aotearoa New Zealand. It is supported by the Southern South Island Region (SSIR) Playcentre Hub. It is located in rural Southland and provides four morning sessions a week. ERO’s April 2017 review identified a number of areas of non-compliance.

Summary of review findings

The playcentre received significant support to address the areas of non-compliance. The educator and parents plan, implement and monitor a programme that is based on Te Whāriki (2017) - The Early Childhood Curriculum. Parents are involved in and contribute to their child’s learning. They are involved in the day-to-day operation and management of the service. They are supported by the SISR to meet regulatory requirements. The educator and parents use self-review processes to improve aspects of education and care.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review is likely to be an Education Review.

Alan Wynyard

Director Review and Improvement Services Southern

Southern Region

30 April 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Otautau Playcentre

Profile Number



Otautau , Southland

Service type


Number licensed for

32 children, including up to 10 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of adults to children

Under 2

1:1 Meets regulatory standards

Over 2

1:5 Meets regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 13

Girls 13

Ethnic composition

Māori 6

Pākehā 20

Review team on site

March 2019

Date of this report

30 April 2019

Most recent ERO reports

Education Review

April 2017

Education Review

September 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:

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 Assurance Review process in any 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 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 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 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.