Children enrolled in school / home education

Early learning service attendance not permitted

Children who are enrolled in school or participating in home education can’t attend an early learning service, either in term time or holidays.

Exceptions

There are 2 exceptions:

If present for short periods 

Children enrolled in school or participating in home education 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
  • attending an event with family or teachers, such as watching a performance.

Out-of-school care at a service

Children enrolled in school or participating in home education can continue to attend an out-of-school care programme run by a licensed service. The programme does not count as part of the early learning service, because it runs outside of the service's licenced hours, and in a separate premises during licenced hours.

School enrolment / home education cancellations

Children under the age of 6 can return to their early learning service if their school enrolment has been cancelled or their home education has stopped.

If you have any questions, please contact your local Ministry of Education office.

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