Kindergartens are bound by minimum requirements set out in the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008.
The regulations set standards and expectations for curriculum development, teacher qualifications, centre size and ratios, health and safety practices, facilities and premises, governance, management and administration requirements.
Kindergartens must meet the regulations in order to maintain their operating license. The Ministry of Education has developed criteria to assist Kindergartens and other Early Childhood Education centres to meet the regulations.
For a copy of the regulations and further information on the criteria go to www.lead.ece.govt.nz