Licensing criteria for ECE services

The regulatory framework for ECE consists of:

  • the Education Act 1989
  • the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008 and the Education (Playgroups) Regulations 2008
  • licensing criteria for ECE services, kōhanga reo and playgroups.

The Ministry of Education uses licensing criteria to determine if a service meets the requirements set out in the Education Act and corresponding regulations.

There are different criteria for the different service types:

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