This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force 28 days after notification in the Gazette, amend the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008 so as to—
require early childhood service providers applying to be licensed to pay a fee of $2,756.25; and
modify the way in which compliance with minimum staffing requirements of those regulations is determined in relation to mixed-age early childhood education and care centres and hospital-based services; and
lower from 20 to 17 the age at which a person is counted as an adult for the purposes of the requirements for home-based services.
The requirement to pay the new fee does not apply to existing early childhood services.
The minimum staffing required for a mixed-age early childhood education and care centre or hospital-based service is in part determined by reference to the number of children under 2 attending. For example, if 1–5 children under 2 attend, 1 staff member is required for them, and if 6–10 children under 2 attend, 2 staff members are required, and so on.
The modification of the way in which compliance with minimum staffing requirements is determined has the effect that where the number of children under 2 attending a service is not exactly divisible by 5,—
the appropriate number of staff members is still required for them; but
the number of additional children under 2 who could attend the service without requiring an additional staff member is treated as spare capacity, and can be set off against the number of children over 2 attending the service when the number of staff members required for them is calculated.
Date of notification in Gazette: 27 August 2009.
These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Education.