Licensing criteria for kōhanga reo

Kōhanga reo run a total immersion te reo Māori whānau (family) programme for mokopuna (young children) from birth to six years of age to be raised within its whānau Māori, where the language of communication will be Māori.

The operation and decision making of each kōhanga reo are the responsibility of the whole whānau within the guidelines set down by Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust Board. The trust and the kōhanga reo whānau administer the kaupapa to ensure the safety and well-being of the mokopuna and the whānau and to ensure the survival of te reo Māori.

Kōhanga reo are currently chartered to Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust and licensed by the Ministry of Education under the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008.

The Ministry does not provide guidance for the kōhanga reo licensing criteria. Guidance, however, is available upon request directly from Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust.

A copy of the criteria can be downloaded from the right hand column.

The licensing criteria were last updated in June 2018.

Licensing Criteria Cover

Child protection

  • HS31: Child protection
    • Health and safety practices criterion 31

      A process for the prevention of child abuse is implemented, and a procedure for responding to suspected child abuse is followed when required.

      Documentation required:

      1. A written child protection policy that contains:
        • provisions for the service’s identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect;
        • information about the practices the service employs to keep children safe from abuse and neglect; and
        • information about how the service will respond to suspected child abuse and neglect.
      2. A procedure that sets out how the service will identify and respond to suspected child abuse and/or neglect.
  • HS32: Inappropriate material
    • Health and safety practices criterion 32

      All practicable steps are taken to protect children from exposure to inappropriate material (for example, of an explicitly sexual or violent nature).

      Rationale/Intent:

      The criterion aims to uphold the safety and wellbeing of children by ensuring that pornographic or violent material (electronic games, DVDs, websites, magazines, etc) is not available to children.

  • HS33: Alcohol
    • Health and safety practices criterion 33

      No person on the premises uses, or is under the influence of, alcohol or any other substance that has a detrimental effect on their functioning or behaviour during the service's hours of operation.

      Rationale/Intent:

      The criterion aims to uphold the safety and wellbeing of children.