Licensing criteria for home-based ECE services

The Education Act 1989 S309 defines home-based ECE services as the provision of education or care, for gain or reward, to fewer than 5 children under the age of 6 (in addition to any child enrolled at school who is the child of the person who provides education or care) in:

  1. their own homes
  2. the home of the person providing education or care
  3. any other home nominated by the parents of the children.

These services are licensed in accordance with the Education Act 1989 under the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008, which prescribe minimum standards that each licensed service must meet. Licensing criteria are used to assess how the services meet the minimum standards required by the regulations.

For each criterion there is guidance to help services meet the required standards.

The publication of the criteria on its own can be downloaded as a PDF [PDF, 541 KB] and printed.

The licensing criteria were last updated in November 2016.

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Appendix 1: First aid requirements for criterion PF15

First aid kits should include the following (or these items are available on the premises):

  • disposable gloves
  • sterile saline solution (or some other means of cleansing wounds)
  • safety pins, bandage clips or tape (or some other means of holding dressings in place)
  • sterile wound dressings, including sticking plasters
  • rolls of stretchable bandage
  • triangular bandage (or some other means of immobilising an upper limb injury)
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • cold pack
  • first aid manual
  • National Poisons Centre phone number - 0800 POISON / 0800 764766
  • Healthline phone number - 0800 611 116

The first aid kit may also contain any Category (i) medicines the service chooses to use, providing the appropriate written authority has been gained from parents (see Criterion HS25).