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It’s ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani – Cook Islands Language Week – which runs until Saturday. The theme this year is 'Ātuitui’ia au ki te au peu o tōku kāinga Ipukarea, which means: ‘connect me to the traditions and culture of my homeland’.
More information can be found here:
You can see a guide to events here:
Funding Handbook updated chapter now available (to reflect 20 Hours ECE subsidy changes)
As previously advised, Budget 2023 made changes to the 20 Hours ECE subsidy, to extend the subsidy to include two-year-olds, increase the subsidy rate and introduce new funding conditions.
These changes take effect from 1 March 2024 and the Funding Handbook will be formally updated at that time.
However, to give the sector time to understand the changes and prepare, the updated chapter of the Funding Handbook is available now. It is for reference only until 1 March 2024.
We are also working with a sector technical advisory group to develop a guidance document on the changes. It should be available around the end of September on the same web page.
Removal of ESL paper form (ESL 110)
The digital identity team delivered the electronic delegated authoriser (DA) functionality to early childhood services in March 2022.
We contacted the individual delegated authorisers at that time and informed them about the requirement to undergo training within six months to gain access to the electronic DA functionality.
Electronic online delegated authorisers can:
- send invites to staff so they can access applications on behalf of your organisation
- maintain user details and staff access
- unlock accounts for staff that have 'locked' their accounts
- reset ESL passwords for staff
- generate reports with staff access details.
You can complete the ESL delegated authoriser training module to take advantage of these features.
Note that as of 11 September, the ESL 110 form will no longer be available for ECE users for requesting ESL access. To become a delegated authoriser for your organisation, you can request this access via ESL 100 form:
For further information about what your responsibilities are as an online delegated authoriser visit:
Refresh of Action Plan for Pacific Education released
To find information on the 2023 Action Plan go to our website or Kōrero Mātauranga where you can also access:
- the full digital copy of the 2023 refreshed Action Plan, support tools and additional resources and
- the policy statement on Pacific languages in education.
Translated summaries of the 2023 refreshed Action Plan will be available to download online, in late September.
Email email@example.com if you have any queries.
Digital child protection eLearning resource
Following feedback from the sector we have created a direct link from the 0–6 years early learning website to the education learning management system.
This means you can now access the digital child protection eLearning resource more quickly from here:
Introducing Aroturuki Tamariki, the Independent Children’s Monitor
Aroturuki Tamariki has recently been given responsibility to monitor the Oranga Tamariki system. They now have oversight of tamariki in care, as well as any tamariki or rangatahi who are receiving or have previously received services or support through the Oranga Tamariki system. This includes interventions aimed at supporting whānau and enabling tamariki to be cared for by their own communities.
The voices of those experiencing these services are at the heart of its monitoring approach, with a focus on tamariki and rangatahi, and their whānau. Aroturuki Tamariki also want to hear from those who deliver services and those who provide support for this group of tamariki and rangatahi. They would be interested in hearing from regional leaders, early learning leaders, teachers | kaiako and those in non-teaching roles about what is working well, and what needs changing to improve outcomes (including education) for tamariki.
You can find out more about Aroturuki Tamariki, including when they will be visiting your community, at:
You might hear from them when they’re planning the visit to your community, or if you’d like to contact the Aroturuki Tamariki team direct email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free flu vaccinations
Help protect your pēpi and tamariki from getting very sick this winter. Flu vaccines are free for pēpi and tamariki aged 6 months to 12 years.
PLD opportunity: Feeding pēpi in care
The Heart Foundation has partnered with Women’s Health Action (WHA) to develop a professional development session on feeding pēpi in care.
Topics covered include:
- how to support breastfeeding in early learning services
- bottle feeding
- mixed feeding
- first foods for babies in early learning services.
Resources to support your early learning service kaiako and whānau are available, as is support with meeting ECE regulations.
There two online sessions via MS Teams:
- 8 August, 7:30–8:30pm
- 10 August, 10–11am.
New guidance on the use of nappy rash barrier preparations
Nappy rash barrier preparations no longer a category of medicine
Nappy rash barrier preparations in licensed early learning services have to date been managed within the medicines categories HS28 Appendix 3 (centre-based); HS25 Appendix 2 (home-based)). We are now clarifying that early learning services no longer need to manage nappy rash barrier preparations as part of the categories of medicine.
Refer to updated guidance on our website to support early learning services in managing and/or preventing nappy rash occurrences. This guidance was developed in consultation with Te Whatu Ora, National Public Health Service, Greater Wellington Region. This guidance was developed in consultation with Te Whatu Ora, National Public Health Service, Greater Wellington Region.
Guidance on the use of nappy rash barrier preparations in ECE services – Ministry of Education
Child car restraints
Several services have reported concerns about whānau not appropriately using car restraints when transporting tamariki to and from their early learning service.
Under New Zealand law, all children under seven years of age must use an approved child restraint appropriate for their age and size. Children aged seven must be secured in a restraint if one is available in the vehicle.
Waka Kotahi NZ has important car restraint guidance material you can share with the whānau at your service:
If this approach does not result in the correct use of child restraints, Police are the correct authority to contact.
In some situations, it may be appropriate to also contact Oranga Tamariki.