Licensing criteria for Kōhanga Reo

Te Kōhanga Reo is 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 is 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.

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

Licensing Criteria Cover

HS18 Travel by motor vehicle

  • Criteria
    • Criteria

      Health and safety practices criterion 18

      If children travel in a motor vehicle while in the care of the service:

      • each child is restrained as required by the Land Transport legislation;
      • required adult: child ratios are maintained; and
      • the written permission of a parent of the child is obtained before the travel begins (unless the child is traveling with their parent).

      Documentation required:

      Evidence of parental permission for any travel by motor vehicle. In most cases, this requirement will be met by the excursion records required for criterion HS17. However, services that provide transport for children to and/or from the service must also gain written permission from a parent upon enrolment.

      Related to clause 46(1)(a&b) of standard.


      The criterion aims to uphold the safety of children while traveling in motor vehicles. Linking the restraint of children to licensing requirements allows Ministry of Education to put a regulatory intervention in place for non-compliance, as opposed to fines given by Police.

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