For the purposes of these criteria:
‘Assessment’ means the process of noticing children’s learning, recognising its significance, and responding in ways that foster further learning. It includes documenting some, but not necessarily all, of what and how children are learning in order to inform teaching, and make learning visible.
'Coordinator' means the person who has primary responsibility for overseeing the education and care, comfort, and health and safety of the children, and providing professional leadership and support to educators within the service.
- being outside the licensed premises whilst receiving education and care from the services; but
- does not include an outing for the purposes of emergency evacuations, drills or the receipt of urgent medical attention
- regular excursion means – excursions that parents have agreed to at the time of their child’s enrolment, that are part of an ongoing planned and consistent routine of education and care
- special excursion means – excursions that parents have agreed to prior to the excursion taking place, that are not a regular excursion.
‘out-of-school care’ means the presence of any child during licensed hours who is aged 13 years or younger, who is enrolled at school, and who is counted towards the total number of children that can be present in the home, in line with the requirements set out in S317A of the Education Act 1989.
- the person (or people) responsible for having the role of providing day to day care for the child; and
- may include a biological or adoptive parent, step parent, partner of a parent of a child, legal guardian or member of the child’s family, whānau or other culturally recognised family group.
- outlines the fundamental beliefs, values, and ideals that are important to the people involved in the service – management, adults providing education and care, parents, families/whānau, and perhaps the wider community;
- identifies what is special about the service; and
- is intended to be the basis for decisions about the way the service is managed and about its direction in the future.
'service curriculum’ means all of the experiences, interactions, activities and events - both direct and indirect, planned, and spontaneous - that happen at the service. Teaching practices including planning, assessment, and evaluation form part of the service curriculum.
‘Specified agency’ means any government agency or statutory body that a home-based education and care service is required to notify if there is a serious (or as defined) injury, illness, incident or allegation. This may include but is not limited to: the New Zealand Police; the Ministry of Health; Child, Youth and Family; WorkSafe New Zealand; and the Education Council.
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