Certification criteria for playgroups

Section 10 of the Education and Training Act 2020(external link) 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 and Training Act 2020 under the Education (Playgroups) Regulations 2008(external link), 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.

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

The publication of the criteria on its own can be downloaded as a PDF [PDF, 1.1 MB] and printed.

The certification criteria were last updated in September 2022.

HS12 Incident notification to the Ministry of Education

  • Criteria
    • Criteria

      Where there is a serious injury or illness or incident involving a child while at the playgroup, the service provider must notify us as soon as practicable after the event.

  • Guidance
    • Guidance

      After the incident has been managed on site (e.g. first aid provided, parents notified, any other agencies notified if required), it is recommended that you then call your local Ministry office to inform them of the incident. Then you should send them a copy of the notification.

      Once notified, we will follow up with the service to ensure any recommended actions are put in place.