ChildForum Early Childhood Education Nationwide Network
Promoting quality, valuing knowledge, advancing thinking and working together for the benefit of children, services and the sector

Follow us on FacebookFollow us on Twitteryoutube

Member Login

Advice, resources, research (etc.) for members and subscribers


Regulations & Rules Updates

Licensing Criteria 2016 Changes for Early Childhood Centres


Licensing criteria booklet cover

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.

Sorry, this information or article is available only to early childhood service members.  Log in with your ECE service’s username and password to read more and view the full page.

Here’s how our membership plans work;

  • Individual Membership plans can view both Individual member-only articles and our library of Research Journals.
  • Early Childhood Service plans can view ALL member articles: Individual, Research Journals and Early Childhood Service articles. Also, on this membership plan members can access the online discussion form for individual members AND the online ECE service management / business forum.
  • Research Journal subscription plans can view our library of Research Journals and related research articles only

Should you not hold a current membership, or should you wish to apply to upgrade from an individual to an ECE Service membership plan for your ECE service –  you are welcome to apply now.

Free E-Newsletter

Receive the free Early Childhood Alert.


We hate spam as much as you, we will not sell your contact details to anyone.

You can unsubscribe at any time.

Read our Privacy Policy here.

Don’t miss out any longer, click the button below to join ChildForum

Most Hot Discussion Topics!

There are many great discussions happening here for both 'Individual' and 'Early Childhood Service' members. Please login to view them!



Not a member? See what you’re missing.

Click Here

Join Us!



Subscribe now for information you can trust, expert advice and research, as well as access to quality resources

We are confident you will be delighted to discover and experience the benefits of membership - so join now and make this message for non-members disappear from your screen. 

Membership Options


Who is this for?
This plan is for any person who works with children or has an interest in early childcare and early childhood education.

$98.00 12 months from the date of joining
$60.00 6 months student-only

Your own personal username and password.

ECE Service 

Who is this for?
Centres, home-based, hospital-based, playgroups ... licensed or new set-ups.

$198.00 12 months from the date of joining
Does your ECE group have more than 1 service? See our discounted rates

A shared username and password for your team or ECE group.

Library NZ-International Research
in ECE Journal Subscriber

Who is this for?
Universities, Polytechnics and organisations wishing to have access to all past and current NZIRECE published journal and its articles. Hundreds of research articles!

$125.00 annual renewable in November each year

A username and password for your library users linked to your IP address.