Emergencies and traumatic incidents at a service

We can help you plan for emergencies, and support you during an emergency or traumatic incident.

Level of compliance Main audience Other


  • All early learning services
  • Service managers
  • Parents, caregivers and whānau

All early learning services must have written emergency plans.

Cyclone Gabrielle

We will continue to provide information here to support those affected by cyclone Gabrielle.

Early Learning Bulletin(external link)

Funding settings(external link)

Emergency management checklist [DOCX, 130 KB]

Funding for emergencies

If you need to close your service in the case of an emergency, you may be eligible to receive funding. See the 7-5 Emergency closure section of the ECE Funding Handbook for information. 

How we can help 

We can help you develop an emergency plan. For support, email emt@education.govt.nz.

Our support is also available during an emergency or traumatic incident. Our staff, including those at your local Ministry office, can work alongside your traumatic incident or management teams. 

Licensing criteria

See the emergency preparation licensing criteria:

Important resources

If you work in early learning, you should be familiar with these resources to plan, prepare and react to emergencies and traumatic incidents:

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