Terms & Conditions


  1. Acknowledgement and acceptance of general terms
  2. Ownership of content on the Site and intellectual property
  3. Corrections and complaints
  4. Indemnity and Disclaimer
  5. Obligations
  6. Links to, or with, third party websites
  7. Memberships and subscriptions
  8. Events



Access to, use of, and/or linking to www.childforum.com "the Site" constitutes your agreement to be bound by these Terms and Conditions and that you have read and have agreed to our Privacy Policy.  These Terms and Conditions and our related privacy policy apply to all users of the Site, and this includes visitors, members, and non-members.

We reserve the right to amend these terms at any time. You are deemed to be aware of and bound by the amendments to the terms upon publication on the Site. 

If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions you must stop accessing and using the site, and if you are a member you must cancel your membership.

Before reading or making use of any articles, and before giving any information or confirming it to us, you should review the Terms and Conditions here.

You accept that if we consider you have breached any of the Terms and Conditions as stated here, we may immediately and without written notice to you, suspend or terminate your access to the Site. On suspension or termination, you must immediately cease using the Site and any materials and information you may have obtained from it, and any communications including newsletters that we may have sent to you or your service or organisation.



All content on the Site, is protected by copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws unless expressly indicated otherwise on the page on which the content is published.

You may browse the public area of the Site for your own personal use, information, research, study, teaching and educational purposes only.

Journalists and members of the media are welcome to cite any content provided in the public area of the Site provided that the source is appropriately and correctly acknowledged. 

Members and subscribers may view and use for personal/professional non-commercial purposes only, content located within the area of the Site applicable to their membership or subscription.

No user, member, or non-member/subscriber, has the right to breach copyright, trademark and other intellectual properly laws.

If you wish to syndicate or use any content or materials of the Site in other way please contact us. Your request will need to be in writing.



While we make every attempt to ensure that no content on the Site is offensive, abusive, libellous, obscene, incorrect, or false - we are only human and may miss something. Furthermore, we only know what we know - and you may have further information that we have not been party to. You will contact us immediately and tell us should you see, read, or find anything on the Site that is offensive, abusive, libellous, obscene, incorrect or false. By notifying us immediately, we will be able to take timely action and avoid or reduce any potential for harm.

Please use the Contact Us form on the Site or email us directly. Sometimes electronic mail can get caught up in Spam or may not be received by us, so should you not hear back from us within 72 hours of sending your notice of correction or complaint we recommend that you send a printed copy to our postal address: ChildForum, PO Box 58-078, Porirua 5245, NZ.

Information or material that is found (1) not to be false, or is the reported experience of a person/s, group/s, or party/parties, and (2) is in the public (which may include children, parents, and the ECE sector) interest to know will not be removed from the site unless sufficient and strong reason is provided by the complainant. Should you disagree or dispute our decision, we reserve the right to seek mediation by a third independent party.



No liability is accepted for the accuracy of any statement/s, articles, advice, information, and published materials on the Site. We do not give any representation or warranty as to the reliability, accuracy, or completeness of the Site content.

Independent and/or legal advice should be sought before taking any action in reliance of any information, advice, or resources provided on the Site. 

Where the Site and/or our newsletters contain third party advertisements and/or information, materials and documents relating to or provided by third parties, we and our employees, advisors and contractors do not recommend or endorse the products or services of those third parties. Any offers made by third parties are not made by us or anyone in our team, and the third party is solely responsible to you for the quality and delivery of any goods or services you access from the third party.

You indemnify and hold us and our employees, advisors, and contractors harmless and keep us indemnified from and against all loss, actions, proceedings, costs, expenses (including legal fees), claims and damages incurred or suffered from your access to and/or use of the Site and any associated correspondences including newsletters.



You may access the Site through a standard web browser.  You must not access the Site using any other method, including: deep-linking, data mining, use of a robot or spider, or any similar data gathering, extraction or other monitoring method. 



No responsibility is taken by us for the contents of links in the Site to other websites. Hyperlinks are provided to you as convenience only. You link to any such linked website entirely at your own risk. We do not provide any guarantees or representations as to the content and reliability of any such linked website.  We will not be liable for any loss or damage suffered by you from accessing, using, relying on, or trading with third parties. 



A) Membership Criteria

ECE Service Provider members agree in taking out such a membership, that they will abide by the Code of Conduct for Early Childhood Services AND the Code of Rights for Children in ECE Services (both Codes are available at www.myece.org.nz).  Should it come to our attention that an ECE service of an ECE Service Provider member, has breached either or both Codes, we reserve the right to suspend or cancel access to membership.

We reserve the right to decline the membership application of any person who is employed by or associated with an early childhood lobby group, political group, or competing organisation. 

You will inform us if you or your early childhood service is in, represented by, or associated with the Early Childhood Council (ECC).  Should an early childhood service or service provider be found to be in, represented by, or associated with the ECC, and this has not been disclosed to us, we reserve the right to cancel membership without notice and no refund will be due.  We reserve the right not to provide membership to services, service providers and persons that are within or in any way associated with the ECC.

B) Use Of Your Name And Security Of Membership Account

The Site requires users to provide their real name for an Educator membership, the ECE service name/s and licence number/s for a Service Provider membership, or the name of the organisation or library for a Research User subscription.

As a member or subscriber, you agree not to share your password or let anyone else access your membership account. To help to keep your account secure we recommend you change your password at least every six months. You must quickly contact us if you become aware of any unauthorised use of your membership/subscription account or your login details. You must not permit your login details to be used by or transferred to any other person.

C) Fees, Refunds & Conditions

A membership or subscription must not be shared with or transferred to another person, group, or organisation.

Membership fees and subscriptions paid are non-refundable. Should a member wish to cancel membership before expiry date for whatever reason, no refund is payable.

Should an ECE service provider sell or merge their service/services with another service provider, the member accepts responsibility to immediately inform us and request cancellation of membership. The new owner or operating group must take out a new membership under its name.

Password access to the applicable member or subscription area of the Site will be deactivated when the renewal fee has not been paid by the date that the membership or subscription runs to.

Should your application for membership or subscription not be accepted for whatever reason, any money paid in application for the membership shall be refunded less 10% administration fee or credit card processing fee, which ever is the highest amount. We reserve the right to accept or not accept any membership application.

At any time following termination, you must not attempt to become a Registered User without our prior written consent. If you do attempt to join without written prior consent, any fee paid will be refunded less 50%.  

D) Termination

Any person/s, service, or organisation who has threatened, undermined or caused damage in any way to us will lose their access to membership and no refund will be due.

Where a member passes on information (verbally, electronically, in writing, or printed copies) from the member-only or subscription area of the Site to any other person or organisation or shares it in any way including on social media, we reserve the right to cancel the member's or subscriber’s access without notice, to name and shame, and refuse any future applications for membership or subscription. 

We take seriously the protection of membership benefits, as we expect you to do too. You accept as a member that you have responsibility to inform us of any misuse of membership that comes to your attention, including membership-only information being shared with third parties and breaches in copyright. 

E) Online Access and Access to Member-Only Articles, Resources and Benefits

You agree that from time to time we may remove access or partial access for indefinite periods of time or cancel your access and membership at any time, without notice to you.

We reserve the right to modify, change or discontinue what we offer to you as a member and without notice. This includes the right to withdraw access to a membership benefit/s or changing the benefit/s provided to you.

At present a member benefit for Educator members and Service Providers is open access to NZIRECE journal articles and we reserve the right to discontinue or limit this access at any time.

We do not guarantee that your use of our service and/ or access to our website or to any content on it, will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free.

Being online, access is available 24/7 but we cannot guarantee that the website will not go down at any time, that it will not be hacked, or that a server may go down either through human error or an act of God.

You expressly agree that your use of, or inability to use, the service is at your sole risk



We reserve the right to cancel any event and all fees will be refunded. We accept no responsibility for other costs (e.g., travel, accommodation bookings) incurred by the registrant. No refunds will be given if a registrant for whatever reason, is unable to attend the event booked.

The registrant may choose to give his/her place to someone else from his/her organisation or service; and this will be accepted if the registrant informs us before the day of the event as to who will be his/her replacement.

We reserve the right to change the venue. If this is necessary, we will undertake to email all registrants of the change of venue at least one week prior to the event date. In extraordinary circumstances, such as flooding and fire at the venue, advance notification of a change of venue may not be possible.


LAST UPDATED - These Terms and Conditions were last updated 29 April 2021. 

Membership Options


Who is this for?
Teachers - Student Teachers - Parents
$78.00 one year
$145.00 two years
Your own personal username and password.
Includes access to research library

ECE Service Provider  

Who is this for?
Service providers with one or more licensed ECE services
Starting from $198.00 for one year
Your own unique username and password.
Includes access to research library 

Researcher Membership or
a Library Subscription

Who is this for?
Libraries and organisations $250 annual 
Researchers $145.00 for two years
Access to over 20 years of NZ-International Research in ECE journal issues and articles