Early Learning General News – February 2017

General news for the Early Learning sector for February 2017 including updated police vetting form, emergency planning and TLIF eligibility for ECE.

Updated police vetting request form

The NZ Police have updated their vetting request and consent form. A new guide to completing the form is also available. You can find these on the NZ Police website (external link) .

The guide contains information that might be useful to agencies and applicants such as:

  • a description of all the required fields in the request and consent form
  • a list of acceptable primary and secondary evidence of identity documents
  • an explanation on what information may be released in a vetting result, including how the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act is applied
  • information on requesting an Australian National Police History Check.

Any feedback or suggestions on the new form and guide can be emailed to queryme@police.govt.nz.

Emergency planning

Now is a good time to review your emergency planning to ensure that appropriate procedures are in place to deal with fires, earthquakes and other emergencies.

We recommend you review the emergency health and safety licensing criteria (HS4-8 for centre-based services, HS4-7 for home-based services and HS2-HS4 for playgroups).

This includes:

  • designated safe assembly areas
  • securing heavy furniture, fixtures and equipment
  • written emergency plans and supplies
  • practising emergency drills.

We also recommend that you check enrolment forms include up-to-date information on emergency contact numbers and the names of people authorised to collect children (GMA10 for centre-based services, GMA9 for home-based services and MA5 for playgroups).

There is good guidance alongside each of the criterion to help you meet or exceed the requirement. This includes links to tools and resources.

We also have information on our website for what to do in an emergency, including traumatic incidents. We recommend that you read these resources before you need them.

If your service’s emergency contact person’s details have changed, please email these through to your regional office.

If you have any questions, please email ECE.info@education.govt.nz.

Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF) eligibility extended to early learning sector

The TLIF supports teams of teachers to collaboratively develop innovative practices that improve learning outcomes.

ECE qualified teachers and kōhanga reo kaiako holding Tohu Whakapakari can now apply directly to the TLIF for their inquiry project.

Teachers working within Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako are encouraged to collaboratively develop their TLIF project proposal.

To give ECE teachers time to prepare quality proposals, a separate funding round for qualified ECE teachers and kōhanga reo kaiako holding Tohu Whakapakari is now open and will close on 13 April 2017. ECE teachers need to express their interest in applying by 16 March 2017.

More information about the fund and how to express interest and apply is on the Ministry of Education website.

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