Certification criteria for playgroups

The Education Act 1989 S 309 defines a playgroup as a group that meets on a regular basis to facilitate children's play and in respect of which—

  1. no child attends for more than 4 hours on any day; and
  2. more than half the children attending on any occasion have a parent or caregiver present in the same play area at the same time; and
  3. the total number of children attending on any occasion is not greater than 4 times the number of parents and caregivers present in the same play area at the same time.

Playgroups include Puna Kōhungahunga, cultural playgroups and community language playgroups.

Playgroups are certificated in accordance with the Education Act 1989 under the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008, which prescribe minimum standards that each certificated playgroup must meet. Certification criteria are used to assess how playgroups meet the minimum standards required by the regulations.

The certification criteria were last updated in May 2016.

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

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

Licensing Criteria Cover

Certification criteria for Playgroups 2008.