Early learning regulatory changes to better protect children

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Over the next six months, changes from tranche one of the Early Learning Regulatory Review will come into effect across three key dates. This is the first of three tranches, announced in 2020.

We designed the changes to close gaps in the regulatory system to better protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our youngest tamariki and to respond to changes that have impacted early learning over the last decade.

The eleven proposals under tranche one received majority support. Public and sector consultation in late 2020 and early 2021 shaped the regulations and licensing criteria into clear, sensible and transparent requirements and helped us understand the guidance and support services needed to implement the changes.

Services, whānau and communities should become familiar with the changes taking place over the next six months. In August, we will provide further information, including draft guidance for the licensing criteria requiring services to have regard for the National Education and Learning Priorities (the NELP).

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