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policy, procedures and policies for early childhood services

What Written Polices Must An ECE Service Actually Have?

Early Childhood Service Policies. Many early childhood services are caught up in a sea of paperwork under a belief that a policy on nearly everything needs to exist. But it doesn’t according to Dr Sarah Alexander. A service must have […]

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Emergency Management Policy, Procedures, and Supplies

Here is a sample emergency management policy template, covering different emergencies such as fire, flooding, terrorist or armed offender, and natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic activity, and tsunamis.  We also show you what you might put in a sample […]

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Child Protection Policy

This template will help you develop and review your early childhood service’s child protection policy.  Rationale – Why do you need this policy? Describe your commitment to protect children from child abuse and neglect.  Include discussion about: Teachers as advocates […]

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Raising Concerns – Complaints Policy

Does your early childhood service have a well-written, well thought-out complaints policy? Getting it right is essential to support people to raise their concerns and avoid situations escalating and further problems. Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa.  Let […]

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Excursions and Outings

Policy and procedures for excursions and outings. An excursion is when children are taken outside the licensed premises as part of the learning and teaching programme while attending the service. It does not include an outing for emergency evacuations, drills, […]

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Lockdown Policy and Procedures

ECE Service Lockdown Policy Template and Procedures. The terror incident in Christchurch in March 2019 prompted many ECE services to review their lockdown procedures, leaving us questioning whether we are well-prepared for situations where we may need to go into […]

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Losing a Child or Preventing Children Escaping Policy

Prevent Child Escapes. Having a child slip out of a gate un-noticed or being sent home with the wrong person is something that everyone would dread. It is expected that children are safe in their ECE environment and cared for […]

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Separated Parents – Policy on Who Child Can Leave With and Disclosure of Information about a Child

Separated Parents. It can be tricky being caught between parents, new partners of parents, and lawyers and it’s never easy trying to determine what information if any you can and should share and where the line is between privacy rights and responsibilities and […]

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Sun Protection Policy

Early childhood service sun protection policy and guidance. A few years ago I was a head teacher in a kindergarten. We prided ourselves on not allowing children outside without hats and sun screen. We deliberately created areas in the grounds that […]

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Social Media Policy

Social Media Policy. How social media is used can have a significant influence on the reputation of an early childhood service and the safety of participants. Social media technologies if used appropriately can become an excellent way to broaden and […]

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Covid-19 Alert Level 3 Centre Operating Procedures

Below is a copy of the procedures developed by one of our members for operating under Alert Level 3. Thank you to Whenuakite Country Kids!  It will of course be constantly updated and improved with experience and based on government guidance. […]

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