Licensing criteria for hospital-based ECE services
Section 10 of the Education and Training Act 2020(external link) defines hospital-based education and care service as the provision of education or care to 3 or more children under the age of 6 who are receiving hospital care.
ECE services operating from hospital premises that provide education and care to siblings of patients or children of hospital staff or patients are centre-based ECE services, not hospital-based ECE services.
Hospital-based services are licensed in accordance with the Education and Training Act 2020 under the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008(external link), which prescribe minimum standards that each licensed service must meet. Licensing criteria are used to assess how the services meet the minimum standards required by the regulations.
For each criterion there is guidance to help services meet the required standards.
The publication of the criteria on its own can be downloaded as a PDF [PDF, 1.2 MB] and printed.
The licensing criteria were last updated in September 2022.
C11 Parents’ aspirations
Curriculum criterion 11
Positive steps are taken to respect and acknowledge the aspirations held by parents [link] and whānau for their children.
The criterion is underpinned by the belief that a level of collaboration between parents and adults providing education and care will result in positive outcomes for children, and that parents are the ‘experts’ on their own children. The criterion aims to ensure that services consider the parents' perspective in regards to their child
Any examples in the guidance are provided as a starting point to show how services can meet (or exceed) the requirement. Services may choose to use other approaches better suited to their needs as long as they comply with the criteria.
Children are a taonga of their families/whānau. All parents have particular goals and dreams for their children. These aspirations may be about the individual child and/or may be about the child within the context of their collective group.
Educators need to listen carefully and respectfully to the aspirations shared by parents. Sometimes the goals parents identify for their children may not fit comfortably with the service philosophy or what you understand about children’s learning and development. In these situations it is important to discuss this with the parents, articulating your understanding and find a way to meet the parents' aspirations that is appropriate to your service.
Examples of what this might look like in practice:
- Educators are receptive to information about children’s lives at home and incorporate it into their planning and programme
- There are regular opportunities provided for parents to share their goals for their child with educators
- Families are confident to visit, talk with staff, ask questions, and offer information about their child.
- Things to consider
Things to consider
Things to consider:
- Families are confident to visit, talk with staff, ask questions, and offer information about their child.What informal and formal opportunities for engaging with parents are regularly taken (and recorded) to develop an understanding of their aspirations for their child? In what way does our service use consultation to support change?
- How do we create an atmosphere that enables free-sharing of ideas and opinions?
- In what ways do our notions of power impact on parents sharing their aspirations?
- Whose knowledge is viewed as the most valuable?
- What happens when parents/whānau challenge our interpretations of anything? Is the process around this one of empowerment?
- Who decides how families/whānau are consulted? What is the agenda for this consultation?