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:
- their own homes
- the home of the person providing education or care
- 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.
Licensing Criteria Cover
GMA11 Availability of documentation
Governance Management and Administration criterion 11
Required documentation is made available as appropriate to parents and Government officials having right of entry to the service under Section 319B of the Education Act 1989.
The criterion makes the development and maintenance of all the 'required documentation' related to the criteria a licensing requirement.
Any examples in the guidance are provided as a starting point to show how services can meet (or exceed) the requirement. Services may choose to use other approaches better suited to their needs as long as they comply with the criteria.
Services need to ensure the required documentation as outlined in the Governance, Management and Administration criteria is made available when required.
Any historic documentation stored at a head office needs to be easily retrievable when required.
- Things to consider
Things to consider
Having a process whereby the attendance records are collected or delivered to the service provider every three months (or after each funding period) could minimise the likelihood of loss or damage.