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How to Write a Policy and Undertake an Evaluation

There are some important things you need to know before embarking on policy writing and evaluation if you are to get it right and not waste time and energy unnecessarily. A template to assist you when beginning to draft a […]

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Child Protection Policy

The Ministry of Education has identified non-compliance in services that don’t have a child protection policy that contains: provisions for the identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect, andinformation about how the service will keep children safe from abuseand […]

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Social and Emotional Competence Policy

Promoting Social and Emotional Competence Policy and Procedures. Rationale: This policy and accompanying procedures will help us to ensure our curriculum and teaching practice supports the development of children’s social competence and understanding of appropriate behaviour in our service.  Regulations […]

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Curriculum Policy – Teaching and Learning, Assessment, Planning and Evaluation

Use and adapt the following curriculum policy to suit your service and meet regulatory requirements. Your curriculum policy must be consistent with the curriculum framework and be informed by assessment, planning, and evaluation (documented and undocumented) that demonstrates an understanding […]

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Right of Entry Policy

Regulations require that certain groups of people, including parents, union staff, and public officials, have a right of entry to the early childhood service under certain conditions, and set out the responsibilities of the early childhood service. Below is a […]

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Collection of Children Policy

Here is a policy and set of procedures for the Collection of Children that you may use and adapt for your early childhood service. Services are responsible for upholding children’s safety at all times. This includes responsibility for ensuring the […]

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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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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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