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Licensing Requirements

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Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008 and Licensing Criteria for ECE Centres

Abusing, Insulting or Intimidating Staff
Adult / Staff Qualifications Minimum
Adult-Child Ratios: Minimum Number of Adults to Children Permitted
Amount of Indoor and Outdoor Space Required and Design, Layout and Use of Space
Animals and Pets at the Centre
Assessment and Reporting Children's Learning to Parents
Behaviour Management and Positive Guidance of Children
Building - Floor Surfaces, Windows, Furniture and Fittings
Child Abuse - Minimising the Risk of Abuse
Class or Centre Size - The Allowable Maximum Number of Children
Collection of Children from Centres
Complaints Procedure
Curriculum Needed To Support Children's Learning and Development
Curriculum Requirements Specific to Te Kohanga Reo (language nests)
Documentation Centres Must Have - A Quick Overview
Emergencies and Disasters (fire, threats, natural disasters, etc)
Equipment and Storage Requirements
Facilities Located Outside of the Centre and Use
Financial Planning and Budgeting
First Aid, Reporting and Notification of Incidents, Illnesses and Accidents
Food and Drink
Funding and Informing Parents about How Funding is Spent
Hazard Managment - Health and Safety Management System
Human Resource / Staff Management Practices
Hurt, Sick or Soiled Children
Inspection and Powers of Entry to Licensed and Unlicensed Services
Licence holding requirements for the service provider
Maori, Biculturalism, Culture and Identity
Medicines and Parent Written Authority
Nappy Changing (Diapers)
Noise, Lighting, Room Temperature and Ventilation
Outdoor Play Area Standards and Access for Children
Parent's Right to Enter and Stay at the Centre
Police Vetting of Non-Teaching Staff, Unregistered Teachers, Contractors and their Employers
Record Keeping - Attendance Records
Record Keeping - Enrolment Records
Self-Review and Centre Philosophy
Sleeping and Children's Rest
Toilets and Hand Washing Requirements
Travel in a Motor Vehicle
Washing Sick and Soiled Children and Cleaning Facilities
Water Temperature
Written Information that Must be Provided to Parents

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