Health and wellbeing

Proactive engagement with workers and others will contribute to your obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act. More importantly, it will support their health and wellbeing by creating a safe and caring environment.

Questions to consider

  • What do you have in place so workers are able to make informed decisions on administering medication to, and monitoring the health of tamariki and ākonga? For early learning, refer to HS28.
  • Do you have health care plans in place for ākonga and tamariki with additional health needs?
  • Do you have programmes and resources available to manage staff and ākonga and tamariki wellbeing?

Supporting ākonga with health conditions

We have guidance to support creating healthy and safe environments for ākonga who may have been diagnosed with a health condition (for example, severe asthma, severe allergies, cancer, brain injury).

Supporting ākonga with health conditions 

Developing and supporting health plans

Communicable diseases

This information supports responses to increased levels of risk to staff and ākonga from a communicable disease, including guidance on creating and implementing pandemic, health and safety or emergency management plans.

Communicable diseases: A guide to legal powers

Measles information

Planning for an epidemic or pandemic event

Promoting healthy lifestyles

The following resources were developed in consultation with the Ministry of Health to assist schools and early childhood education services to promote healthy lifestyles.

Promoting healthy lifestyles

Mental health and wellbeing

Resources for supporting ākonga and staff with stress, anxiety, depression, mental health and suicide prevention.

Supporting young people with stress, anxiety and/or depression – MSD(external link)

Education – Mental Health Foundation(external link)

Mental health education – NZ Health Education Association(external link)

Wellbeing in schools and early learning services

Information for supporting, mentoring and counselling ākonga, dealing with bullying, caring for international students, and safely using digital technology.

Wellbeing in schools

Student wellbeing

Bullying Free NZ(external link)

Guidelines to assist secondary schools and wharekura in the provision of good practice in pastoral care, guidance and counselling:

This information covers aspects of the New Zealand Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy and provides resources for educators, ākonga, and whānau to support wellbeing:

Wellbeing in education

Health and safety standards are covered in detail in the licensing criteria for services.

Licensing criteria for early learning services

The early learning child wellbeing and participation page contains additional early-learning-specific information about child protection, whooping cough, identifying health problems early and protecting tamariki from sun damage and air pollution.

Child wellbeing and participation

Wellbeing for staff

Health and wellbeing programmes aim to improve the health of workers and their whānau while reducing health-related costs to the school or early learning service.

Wellbeing for staff

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