YMCA Early Childhood Centre - 03/12/2020

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

Not meeting

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.


YMCA Early Childhood Centre is governed by the YMCA board, and day-to-day operation is the responsibility of the centre manager. Children play and learn in three rooms organised approximately by age. In April 2019, ERO found that that the service did not meet health and safety regulatory standards.

Summary of Review Findings

Children experience a curriculum informed by assessment, planning and evaluation that shows understanding of their learning, interests, and life contexts. Positive steps are taken to acknowledge the aspirations held by whānau for their children.

Teachers support children’s developing social competence and understanding of appropriate behaviour. Staff are provided with adequate support, professional development opportunities and resources.

Rigorous checking of the premises, equipment, fittings and furniture is needed to ensure that they are in good condition, safe and suitable for their intended use.

Actions for Compliance

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

  • ensuring the furniture, fittings and equipment are kept safe and maintained in good condition
  • ensuring outdoor items and surfaces are safe and suitable for their intended use
  • daily checks of equipment, premises and facilities sufficient to identify hazards to children
  • eliminating, isolating and minimising identified hazards.

[Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres HS1, PF5, HS12]

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

  • including a full list of safety and emergency supplies and resources, and details of how these will be maintained, within the written emergency plan (HS7).

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)

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

3 December 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

YMCA Early Childhood Centre

Profile Number



Marewa, Napier

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

50 children, including up to 8 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers


Service roll


Ethnic composition

Māori 33, NZ European/Pākehā 4, Other ethnic groups 1.

Review team on site

October 2020

Date of this report

3 December 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Akanuku | Assurance Review, April 2019; Education Review, May 2018.

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.