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A provisional licence is issued when an early learning service (sic 'early childhood service') isn't meeting the Ministry's licensing standards. Severity of the breaches is taken into consideration. This includes if there are immediate risks to the health and safety of children and the total number of regulatory breaches. (Ministry of Education quote 14/6/2018)

This page lists the names of services (75) placed on a provisional licence and the names of services that had their licence cancelled by the Ministry of Education due to non-compliance (four) for the period January 2016 to the end of 2016. 

There were other services on a provisional licence during 2016 but because these were identified in 2015 the services are not included in this list. For example, Bright Sparks Airport centre was placed on a provisional licence from 23 Dec 2105 to 30 June 2016 following a complaint received about the serious burning of an infant and the discovery of several licensing breaches. (find out more about this case

The list of services shown below also includes services identified by the Education Review Office (ERO) over a six month period from June 2016 to the end of 2016 as having compliance issues - not meeting one or more of the minimum requirements for holding a full licence or not able to meet requirements for any reason.  (These are the services that the Ministry of Education collected information on non-compliance issues from ERO reports on, and the Ministry started doing this from June 2016.)

Two main things can be learnt by comparing the information below on provisional licences issued, cancelled licences and ERO confirmed reports. 

The first thing we notice is that few of the services that ERO found to have area of non-compliance were closed or placed on a provisional licence by the Ministry of Education, including when ERO identified breaches that appear to be serious. Some examples were:

  • Sprouts In-Home Childcare Manawatu neither had nor implemented a process to ensure all legal requirements were met by its home-educators and supervisors/coordinators. There was no ongoing process for review of the quality of education and care it provided to children. Appraisal of teaching staff using professional standards was not undertaken.
  • Ta Fesilafai Aoga Amata had many shortcomings according to ERO – some of these included: not providing a safe and hygienic environment for children, not feeding children when hungry, not providing a nutritious menu, and a need to accurately record and notify parents of accidents.
  • Camrose Kids Centre No.2 was not implementing Te Whariki, the early childhood curriculum. It also had serious shortcomings in human resource management including not having adequate policies for staff selection and appointment.

The second thing is that most services the Ministry of Education placed on notice or closed had positive ERO review reports. This begs the question that has been asked before in another article - what value do ERO review reports have?   

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Disclaimer:  Every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is correct, but it has been difficult to compile from Ministry and ERO sources and there may be errors. Should you notice an error or an omission please let My ECE know asap through our contact page. Thank you!

Note that My ECE takes no responsibility for how the information below may be used.  

 

Service name* 

Location

Ownership

Did the Ministry of Education
close the service because it was not meeting minimum standards?

Did ERO find the service was non-compliant and how long did ERO give before it would re-visit?

Did the Ministry of Education identify non-compliance and reclassify the service’s licence to provisional? How long was the provisional licence necessary?

Service ID number

Absolute Baby and Childcare Centre 
(no longer operating)

Wellington, 
Kelburn

Private business

Yes

Yes but a year earlier in 2015

No 

 

Ace Homecare 
(no longer operating)

Hawke's Bay

Private business

Yes

No 

No 

 

Active Explorers Tai Tapu

Taitapu

Private business

No

No 

Yes
1 month

 70123

AKO-hia Home-based ECE Service

Auckland, 
Clover Park

Private business

No

Yes
2 years

No

 
Akoteu Nasaleti Auckland Community No No Yes
2 weeks
25369

All About Children Titahi Bay Centre

Porirua, 
Titahi Bay

Private business

No

No 

Yes
2 months

 60308

All About Kidz Childcare

Feilding

Private business

No

Yes
3 years

No

 

Angels Childcare Takapuna Centre

Auckland, 
Takapuna

Private business

No

In 2014 it was found by ERO to have multiple areas of non-compliance including for children's physical safety and unsuitable staffing. A child died at the centre in 2016

Yes
1 month

 20256

Anne West Kindergarten (Free kindergarten)

Kaitaia

Public

No

Yes
3 years

 No

 

Aria Playcentre

Aria

Community

No

Yes
3 years

No

 

Aur Pair Link Central North Island Home-based   

Tauranga

Private business

No

No 

Yes
2 months

 45126

Aur Pair Link, Waikato 1 & 2 Home-based

Cambridge, Leamington

Private business

No

No 

Yes
4 months

45674 46031

Barnardos Kidstart Childcare Centre Mangere

Auckland, 
Mangere 

Community

No

 No

Yes
1 week

 25006

Bayfield Early Education Centre (now under a new name and new management) 

Auckland, 
Herne Bay

Private business

No

Yes
2 years

No

 

Big Bear Early Childhood Education & Care Centre

Auckland, 
Clover Park

Private business

No

Yes
3 years

 No

 

Big Hugz Early Learning Centre Ltd

Hamilton,
Hillcrest

Private business

No

No 

Yes
6 weeks

 45609

Bright Beginnings Montessori Centre

Rolleston

Private business

No

No 

Yes
1 month

 45483

Camrose Kids Early Learning Centre 1 (now under a new name and new management)

Auckland, 
Glenfield

Private business

No

Yes
3 years

No

 

Camrose Kids Early Learning Centre 2 (now under a new name and new management)

Auckland, 
Glenfield

Private business

No

Yes
2 years

No

 

Central Kids Kindergartens - Rewi Street (Free kindergarten)

Te Awamutu

Public

No

Yes
3 years

No 

 

Child Pre-School Education Ltd Centre

Auckland,
Takapuna

Private business

No

No 

Yes
2 months

 25406

Children's World centre

Wellington

Private business

Yes

No 

No 

 

Choicekids Alfriston Road Centre

Auckland, 
Manurewa East

Private business

No

No

Yes
2 weeks

 45923

City Limits Childcare centre

Hamilton

Private business

No

Yes
3 years

No 

 

Discoveries Educare at Gillies Centre

Auckland, 
Epsom 

Private business

No

No

Yes
2 weeks

 46322

Dot Kids Early Learning Centre Carterton (licence number 45581)

Carterton

Private business

No

No 

Yes
2 weeks

 45581

Doubtless Bay Kindergarten (Free kindergarten)

Taipa

Public

No

Yes
3 years

No 

 

East Tamaki Childcare Centre

Auckland, 
East Tamaki

Private business

No

No

Yes
4 months

 10167

Edukids Wairakei Centre

Christchurch, 
Papanui

Private trust

No

No 

Yes
1 month

 70093

Fa'amasani Aoga Amata

Auckland, 
Massey

Community

No

Yes
3 years

No

 

Family Link Childcare Centre

Dargaville

Community

No

No

Yes
5 months

 11402

Fanau a le Tupu A'oga Amata

Napier

Community

No

Yes
No timeline for 
re-review

Yes
1 month

 30244

First Years Richmond centre

Nelson, 
Richmond

Community

No

Yes
3 years

No 

 

Gisborne Montessori Preschool

Gisborne,
Mangapapa

Community

No

Yes
3 years

No 

 

Grow and Learn Early Learning Centre Ltd

Porirua, 
Elsdon

Private business

No

Yes
3 years

No 

 

Growing Minds Early Learning Centre

Auckland, 
North Shore

Private business

No

Yes
2 years

No 

 

Happy Days Childcare Centre

Upper Hutt 

Private business

No

No 

No
3 months

 55412

Happy Feet Childcare Otahuhu Centre

Auckland,  
Otahuhu

Private business

No

No

Yes
6 months

 10051

High Five Early Education Centre

Wellington, 
Hataitai

Private business

No

No 

Yes
1 month

 55422

In Our Garden centre

Hastings,
Raureka

Private business

No

Yes
3 years

No 

 

Juni Uni II Centre            

Hamilton

Private business

No

No 

Yes
5 months

 30343

Karatia Bilingual Playcentre

Omanaia

Community

No

Yes
No timeline for 
re-review

Yes
1 month

 17146

Kids Castle Education and Care Centre

Dannevirke

Private business

No

Yes
3 years

 No

 

Kids HQ St Johns Centre

Auckland, 
St Johns

Community

No

No

Yes
3 months

 20545

Kidz Paradise Home-based

Christchurch, 
Hei Hei

Private business

No

No 

Yes
2 months

 45323

Kiwi Clubhouse Learning Centre

Hawera

Community

No

Yes
2 years

No

 

Kiwi Corner Early Learning and Childcare Centre (now under a new name and new management) 

Auckland, 
Henderson

Private business

No

Yes
3 years

No

 

Kiwi Kids Childcare Centre

Wellington, 
Karori

Private business

No

Yes
3 years

No 

 

Krafty Kidz Centre

Auckland, 
Henderson

Private business

No

Yes
2 years

No

 

Lalanga Mo'ui Tongan EC Centre

Palmerston Nth, 
Roslyn

Community

No

Yes
2 years

No 

 

Learning Land centre

Nelson,
The Wood

Private business

No

Yes
3 years

No 

 

Les Mills New Lynn Kids Club centre

Auckland, 
New Lynn

Private business

No

Yes
3 years

No 

 

Lighthouse@ Home (13 licensed services).  Service closed in 2017

Auckland

Private business

No

No

Yes
1 month

 

Lindisfarne Nursery (closed and a new centre now operates from the premises from 2018)

Christchurch, 
Linwood

Private business

No

No. But after the Ministry approved it and gave it a full licence again, ERO reviewed the centre in 2017 and found it was in fact operating in breach of several areas of licensing requirements 

Yes
3 months

 70391

Little Feet Pre-school (now under a new name and management) 

Auckland, 
Mt Wellington

Private business

No

Yes
2 years

No

 

Little Gems Childcare

Papakura

Private business

No

No

Yes
3 months

 45817

Little Learners Education and Care Centre

Tauranga

Private business

No

No 

Yes
2 weeks

 40288

Little Ones Preschool (licence no: 45356)

Loburn

Private business

No

Yes
2 years

No 

 

Little People Preschools (2 licences: 65150 65197)

Nelson, 
Wakefield and Richmond

Private business

No

Yes
2 years

No 

 

Little Pipis Childcare Inc Centre

Wellington, 
Thorndon

Community

No

 No

Yes
2 weeks

 45732

Lollipops Educare Te Rapa centre

Hamilton, 
Te Rapa

Private business

No

Yes
3 years

No 

 

Mapusaga Aoga Amata

Christchurch, Ferrymead

Community

No

Yes
3 years

No 

 

McKenzie Centre

Hamilton

Community

No

Yes
3 years

No 

 

Milton Early Learning House 
(no longer operating)

Otago

Private business

No

Yes
No timeline for 
re-review

No 

 

Mission Place Kindergarten (Free kindergarten)

Kaitaia

Public

No

Yes
3 years

 No

 

Mo Tatou In-Home - La Ta'aui Measina  (no longer operating)

Kapiti Coast, Paraparaumu

Community

No

No 

Yes
1 month

 46372

Mokopuna ki Clendon Early Childhood Service Centre

Auckland, 
Clendon

Community

No

No

Yes
3 weeks

 45865

Mt Royal Early Learning Centre

Auckland, 
Mt Albert

Private business

No

Yes
2 years

Yes
6 months

 10351

Murupara Educare Centre

Murupara

Community

No

Yes
No timeline for 
re-review

No 

 

Nafanua Aoga Amata

Auckland, 
Avondale

Community

No

No

Yes
3 weeks

 20462

Nga Taonga Tuku Iho I te Wa Kainga Home-based

Wellington, 
Porirua

Private business

Yes Read more 

 No

 -

 

Nor Western Cook Islands Early Childhood Centre

Auckland, 
Ranui

Community

 No

No

Yes
7 months

 25048

Nurtured at Home Waikato 2

Auckland, 
Chartwell

Private business

No

No

Yes
2 weeks

 46350

Oak Tree Home Care (5 licensed services) Service closed in 2017

Auckland 

Private business

No

No

Yes
1 month

 

Ol-wens (now under a new name) 

Kerikeri

Private business

No

Yes
2 years

No 

 

Opaheke Child Care and Learning Centre 

Auckland, 
Papakura

Private business

No

No

Yes
3 months

 

Opotiki Rose Garden Preschool

Opotiki

Community

No

Yes
3 years

No 

 

Pakuranga Montessori Learning Centre

Auckland, 
Manukau

Private business

No

Yes
3 years

Yes
6 months

 45823

Patoka Rural Kindergarten Centre

Patoka

Community

No

Yes
No timeline for 
re-review

No 

 

Playworx Kindy centre

Hamilton,
Melville

Private business

No

Yes
2 years

No 

 

Poetiare O Rongomai Centre

Auckland, 
Otara

Community

No

No 

Yes
8 months

 10232

Pulotu Aoga Amata

Auckland, 
Takanini

Community

No

Yes
2 years

No 

 

Puna ole Malamalama Aoga Amata 

Christchurch, Addington

Private business

No

Yes
2 years

No

 

Purerehua Early Learning Centre  (since sold and now a private business with a new licence)

Turangi

Community

No

Yes

Yes
5 months

 40284

Reach for the Stars Early Learning Centre

Auckland, 
Mairangi Bay

Private business

No

No

Yes
3 months

 20243

Sanson Playcentre

Sanson

Community

No

Yes
2 years

No 

 

Scallywaggs Sprouts CHB1 and CHB2 

Waipukurau

Private business

No

Yes
2 years

No 

55329
30280

Scallywaggs SPROUTS In-Home Childcare Hawke's Bay 

Napier

Private business

No

Yes
2 years

No 

55459
30337

Sonrise Christian Preschool

Gisborne,
Riverdale

Community

No

Yes
No timeline for 
re-review

Yes
2 months

 45569

Sprouts In-Home Childcare Manawatu 9 and Manawatu 27

Palmerston Nth, 
Takaro

Private business

No

Yes
2 years

No 

45066
30305

Stepping Stones Early Learning Centre (now under the ownership of a private company) 

Whanganui

Community

No

Yes
No timeline 
for re-review

Yes
6 months

 51502
Stylee Kids Early Childhood Centre (now under a new name and ownership) Auckland, 
Pt Chevalier
Private business No No Yes
1.5 months
20080

Ta Fesilafai Aoga Amata

Auckland, 
Beach Haven

Private business

No

Yes
No time-line

No

 

Tafesilafa'I Early Learning Centre (TELC)

Christchurch

Community

No

No 

Yes
1 week

 70550

Taikura Rudolf Steiner Kindergarten

Hastings
central

Community

No

Yes
3 years

No 

 

Tamariki Akoranga Centre

Taumarunui

Community

No

No 

Yes
6 weeks

 30116

Tamariki Takitumu Punanga Reo

Auckland, 
Mangere

Community

No

No

Yes
6 months

 25106

Taulapapa Leata Su'a Aoga Amata

Auckland, 
Henderson

Community

No

Yes
No time-line

No

 

Te Atawhai Early Childhood Centre

Hastings,
Mayfair

Community

No

No 

Yes
6 weeks

 55281

Te Kōhanga Reo o Atutahi

Taumarunui, 
Tokirima

Community

No

Yes
3 years

No 

 

Te Kōhanga Reo o Kaiwahaiki

Whanganui

Community

No

 No

Yes
1 month

 52728

Te Kōhanga Reo o Nga Whare Maha

Auckland, 
Mairangi Bay

Community

No

No

Yes
7 days

 45561

Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Kupenga o Te Matauranga

Napier, 
Onekawa

Community

No

Yes
1 year

Yes
5 months

 55112

Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Maunga Kohungahunga

Auckland,
Papakura

Community

No

No

Yes
5 months

 25261

Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Roopu Whanau

Kaitaia

Community

No

Yes
3 years

 No

 

Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Whare o Wikitoria

Hastings

Community

No

No 

Yes
5 months

 55106

Te Kuiti Playcentre

Te Kuiti

Community

No

Yes
3 years

No 

 

Te Parekereke Mokopunao Hiruharama, (Free Kindergarten)

Ruatoria

Public

No

No 

Yes
5 months

 46723

Te Whare Aroha O Nga Mokopuna Centre

Hastings,
Flaxmere

Community

No

No 

Yes

5 weeks

 55036

Te Whare Kohungahunga O Nga Whetu Tiaho Shining Stars Preschool

Opotiki

Community

No

Yes
3 years

No 

 

Te Whare Whai Hua centre

Gisborne,
Riverdale

Community

No

No 

5 months

 30179

TnT Kidscare centre

Hamilton

Private business

No

Yes
2 years

No 

 

Tokomaru Early Childhood Centre Inc.

Tokomaru

Community

No

Yes
3 years

No 

 

Tower Road Christian Pre School

Matamata

Private business

No

Yes
2 years

Yes
5 weeks

30013

Turoa Yeti Kids Centre 
(no longer operating)

Ohakune

Private business

No

Yes
3 years

No 

 

Whitianga Playcentre

Whitianga

Community

 No

Yes
2 years

No

 

Whiz Kids centre

Kaikohe

Private business

No

Yes
2 years

 No

 

Woodhouse Early Learning Centre

Invercargill

Private business

No

No 

Yes
6 months

90112

Woolston Preschool Inc

Christchurch, 
Woolston

Community

No

Yes
No timeline for 
re-review

Yes
Less than 1 week

70505

* The names of services that failed to fully meet regulations in 2016 are public information. By publishing the names of services here My ECE is not breaching confidentiality or privacy laws.

  1. Under the education regulations the licence a service holds must be prominently displayed. Should a service be placed on a provisional licence it must display this and attending families should/would know of the licence change.   
  2. And, ERO publishes confirmed reports on early childhood services showing the ones it identified as having regulation breaches. 

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