Early Learning Regulatory Update – February 2020
Regulatory reminders for the early learning sector for February 2020 including checking your contact information is up-to-date.
- Is your funding contact person and service provider contact person up-to-date?
- Children enrolled in school
We find that some early learning services are confused about the two roles. So, here is a quick reminder.
As the name suggests, this person is the main point of contact between the Ministry and the service on all matters relating to funding e.g. funding claims, equity funding, missing financial information. It makes sense that this person knows what was claimed and has access to financial information. We also use this person’s contact email address for sending remittances.
Service provider contact
The service provider contact represents the service on all matters. They must have authority to act on behalf of the service and they must reside locally. Unlike the funding contact, the service provider contact is a role described in the regulations and the person is named on the certificate of licence.
Making sure we have the right name and contact details for both roles helps ensure speedy resolution when issues arise. Changing the funding contact or service provider contact is a simple process through the EC8 Application to amend form. If you have any questions, please contact your local Ministry office.
Children enrolled in school cannot attend a licensed early learning service. This applies during school terms and school holidays.
There are two exceptions:
- children with an agreed graduated transition plan, who may attend their early learning service on the days they are not attending school; and
- children attending out-of-school care offered by a licensed home-based service, as long as certain conditions are met.
Children enrolled in school can be present at an early learning service for short periods of time for a specific purpose, as long as they are supervised by an adult who is directly responsible for them. For example, dropping off a younger sibling with a parent.
Children aged five who are no longer enrolled in school may return to an early learning service.
It is possible for a centre-based service to deliver an out of school care programme:
- in the licensed premises outside of licensed hours or;
- in a separate premises during licensed hours.
You can read more about this on our website.
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