Child wellbeing and participation
Information about a variety of subjects relating to wellbeing and participation in early learning.
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Further reading on health, safety and wellbeing is required as part of the licensing criteria. Additionally, further reading on the other topics on this page will be required for some services.
- The New Zealand Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy
- Health, safety and wellbeing in early learning services
- Transporting children to and from services
- Children participating in school/home education
- Providing a licensed home-based service and out-of-school care at the same time
- Further information
The New Zealand Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy envisions New Zealand being the best place in the world for children and young people.
Education will play an essential part in supporting this strategy. Everyone in education has an important role in promoting and supporting the wellbeing of children and young people.
Health and safety standards are covered in detail in the licensing criteria for services.
It is critical that early learning services follow the Ministry’s Health and safety guidance.
Additionally, some specific health, safety and wellbeing topics are particularly relevant to early learning services.
- Child protection - Identifying and reporting family harm
- Keeping children safe from sun damage and air pollution
- Protect against whooping cough
- Early identification of hearing, vision or other health problems
- Staying calm with a crying baby
Early learning services, family and whānau should understand the requirements surrounding the transportation of children to and from services.
Children who are enrolled in school or participating in home education cannot attend an early learning service, either in term time or holidays.
Home-based early learning services can offer out-of-school care at the same time that they offer ECE, under certain conditions.
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