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Licensing Criteria 2016 Changes for Early Childhood Centres


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Did you know that nappy changing facility design and construction no longer has to maximise occupational safety and health for staff under the licensing criteria?  Yet this goes against a finding in the recently released survey results showing that back issues and constant lifting and handling of infants is one of the main causes of injury for staff.

Centres no longer need to provide evidence/written documentation to show that parents have been informed about an incident suffered by a child and needing first aid under the First Aid criterion HS25 as the following text was deleted by the Ministry from this criterion: "Documentation required: A record of all injuries that occur at the service that include the child's name, the date, time, and description of the incident, actions taken and by whom, evidence of parental knowledge of the incident".

Under HS27 if it's an obvious serious injury or serious illness for which the centre gets medical assistance (such as from a doctor or calls an ambulance) including any injury or illness under the criterion of HS27 then it is required that parents are notified. For a definition of a serious injury - Worksafe says that non-serious injuries and illnesses are ones that "only require first aid to treat them". An injury is serious if needs more than first aid to treat it.  

These are just two of the changes that have been brought in by the Ministry of Education. 

Save time comparing your copy of the Licening Criteria to the one that the Ministry now has online and trying to discern what the changes are.  Instead of printing off an entire new copy make use of the information sheet we have provided for you below to quickly see what the new criteria are and what criteria have changed.

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