Scallywaggs Graduation Kindergarten - 17/06/2019

ERO’s judgement

Regulatory standards



Premises and facilities


Health and safety

Not Meeting

Governance, management and administration


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


Scallywaggs Graduation Kindergarten is one of four services under the same ownership and governance. The centre is governed and managed by a general manager and operations manager. The June 2017 ERO report identified that the service required further development. The service has made sufficient progress in responding to these development areas.

Summary of review findings

A shared philosophy guides the centre’s operation. The curriculum provides children with a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance their learning. Teachers engage in meaningful, positive interactions within a language rich environment.

Parents have regular opportunities to be involved in decision making concerning their child’s learning.

Governance and management systems and processes are implemented. An ongoing process of self-review helps to maintain and improve the service’s operation. A regular cycle of teacher appraisal has been established.

Actions for compliance

ERO found an area of non-compliance in the service relating to health and safety. To meet regulatory standards the service provider should ensure that:

  • they take all reasonable steps to promote the good health and safety of children enrolled in the service, including the supervision of children.
    [Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008 Regulation 46, 1 (a)

Next ERO Review

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

Phillip Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region

17 June 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Scallywaggs Graduation Kindergarten

Profile Number




Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

24 children aged over 2

Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2

1:10 - Meets regulatory standards

Service roll


Gender composition

Male 17, Female 6

Ethnic composition

Māori 6
NZ European/Pākehā 12
Other ethnic groups 5

Review team on site

May 2019

Date of this report

17 June 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

June 2017

Education Review

February 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.