Children enrolled in school
Children enrolled in school can’t attend an early learning service
Children enrolled in school can’t attend an early learning service. This applies during school terms and in the school holidays.
There are 2 exceptions:
- children under the age of 6 with an agreed graduated transition plan, who may attend their early learning service on the days they are not attending school, and
- children attending out-of-school care offered by a licensed home-based early learning service, as long as certain conditions are met.
Children enrolled in school can be present for short periods
Children enrolled in school can be present at an early learning service for short periods for a specific purpose, as long as they are supervised by an adult who is directly responsible for them. For example:
- dropping off or collecting a younger sibling with a parent, or
- attending an event with family or teachers, such as watching a performance.
Centre-based services delivering out of school care pogrammes
It is possible for a centre-based service to deliver an out of school care programme under certain circumstances. These are:
- in the licenced premises outside of licenced hours or;
- in a separate premises during licenced hours.
Children under 6 who have had their school enrolment cancelled
Children under the age of 6 can return to their early learning service if their school enrolment has been cancelled.
If you have questions, please contact your local Ministry of Education office.
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