Important Update: In 2009 the Minister of Education and the Ministry of Education reviewed the new regulations and criteria, and this requirement was changed to make it optional for centres to have a closed door on their sleep rooms. This was the main issue of debate. Unfortunately the change also made it optional for centres to have a separate sleep room instead of just simply allowing for flexibility for sleeping arrangements for individual children.
We have published this article to give you background information on what was an important debate.
Early Childhood Regulations and the new requirement for closed-door, noise and temperature controlled sleep arrangements for under-two-year olds
By Sarah Farquhar (published August 2008)
We take for granted or assume that criteria for early childhood regulations must naturally be based on at least one of the following things:
- Commonsense – what’s practicable, reasonable, and rational
- Knowledge of best practices within early childhood services – what works well especially for diverse children and families, and also staff, in the individual settings
- Knowledge obtained from thorough reviewing and skilled analysis of pertinent research.
State regulation of early childhood services is typically for the purpose of child protection and may also be for developmental enhancement. Through the regulatory system the government fulfils its protective role by setting and assuring a common baseline of standards and practices for health, safety, and child development.
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