A health report is required before the Ministry of Education will issue a license for an early childhood centre to operate. The health report can be obtained from Population Health. Further information on this service can be found in the Guidelines for Early Childhood Centres. [PDF, 2.8 MB]
Contact a health protection officer on (07) 838 2569 for more advice and information on health inspections of early childhood centres. A health inspection incurs a cost.
The Ministry of Education (external link) provides information on establishing an early childhood centre on its website.
Infectious diseases such as Giardia and Norovirus can spread through early childhood centres quite rapidly. This is because of the close contact between people and the under-developed hygiene habits of children.
There are several steps that can be taken to help prevent the spread of infections, a brief summary of these include:
The Ministry of Health recommends that children are immunised against:
While parents may choose not to have their children immunised against any or all of these illnesses, early childhood centres are required by law to hold a register which clearly identifies the immunisation status of all the children.
This is to help protect children in the event of a disease outbreak in the centre. Health protection officers and the medical officers of health must be able to access the immunisation register at any time.
To order free health resources for your early childhood centre visit the HealthEd website (external link) or call Population Health. There are a number of different health topics including communicable disease, immunisation, and children’s health, available.