Vulnerable Children Act 2014 & Health and Safety 2016
New Policy Changes
E te whānau o ngā Kōhanga Reo, puta noa i te motu tēna koutou katoa.
Kei te mōhio koutou, kua whakahoungia e te Kawanatanga i ngā kaupapa here e pā ana ki te Vulnerable Children Act 2014, Food Act 2015, me te Health & Safety Act 2016, Ahakoa ngā tini āhua o ēnei kaupapa, he whakapapa tā tēna ki te tino take ara, ko te Tiaki Mokopuna.
E ai ki tā mātou kaupapa o Te Kōhanga Reo “ko Te Reo he taonga, ko te Mokopuna, te tino taonga”.
As you will be aware, the new changes to the government’s policy work is underway with the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, Food Act 2015 and the Health & Safety Act 2016 coming into effect. The changes are multifaceted and focused on ensuring the safety and well being of our tamariki/ mokopuna. Many of the policies are inter-related and inter-dependent (as depicted below).
Tiaki Mokopuna sets the context and conditions for the operational policies for Te Kōhanga Reo (refer illustration below), to ensure we have the kaupapa at the centre; whilst keeping abreast of the changes being implemented.
At the February 2016 meeting, the Board approved the first of a series of policy changes for implementation; and procedures process to support the implementation and delivery. These are:
- Tiaki Mokopuna- Strategy Policy
- Tiaki Mokopuna- Operational Policy- Kaimahi Safety Checking Policy (police Vetting)
- Tiaki Mokopuna- Operational Policy- Tūkino Tamaiti (Child Abuse)
- Tiaki Mokopuna- Operational Policy- Tamaiti Protection
- Tiaki Mokopuna- Implementation processes
What to do next:
- Whānau should meet and discuss the policies within the context of the kaupapa of Te Kōhanga Reo.
- The regulatory requirements within the associated the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, Food Act 2015 and the Health and Safety Act 2016 are also reflected within the licensing criteria HS 31-38.
- There are the first, of a series of policies that will be delivered to Kōhanga Reo. They should be adopted to replace existing policies.
Should you have any questions queries and /or want to provide feedback please send these to info@kohanga .ac.nz
We are also considering the provision of training to support implementation of the polices for whānau. If you have any immediate concerns or needs, please contact your District Office.
Nō reira e te whānau o ngā Kōhanga, kaati ake mō tēnei wā, kia kaha tonu tātou i roto i o mahi katoa.
Nāku noa nei
Nā Kararaina Cribb
Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust.