Issue no. 24 | 20 March 2017
General Information Updates

Police vetting user charges start later this year

Police vetting is part of a broader safety check that education service providers are required to undertake, under the Vulnerable Children Act, for people who work with children. This safety check is about keeping children and young people safe.

Police have advised users of the police vetting service that Police will begin charging a fee to cover the cost of this service later this year. The Ministry and sector groups made submissions on the police vetting cost recovery bill, which was passed in November last year. For more information, please visit

New ERO publications

ERO has recently released several new publications about language development in a child’s life, early learning curriculum and Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako.

Please check for more information.

Early Childhood Advisory Committee

The Early Childhood Advisory Committee (ECAC) last met on Wednesday 15 February.


The committee meets four times per year with senior Ministry of Education staff to share information, provide feedback on proposals and discuss strategic challenges for the early learning sector.


Find out more about ECAC, including minutes from recent meetings, on our website.

Screening service

A screening service is available to undertake safety checks for specified groups of children’s workers.

This service has been established to provide third party safety checks for children’s workers in the health, education and social development sectors who are self-employed or sole practitioners, such as early learning service owner-operators.

There is a cost to applicants for the service.

You can find out more about the safety checking requirements and the screening service on our website.

ELI System

Look at the new ELI homepage

After a technical delay, the new ELI homepage went live on 2 March 2017. Thank you for your patience. Have a look at the new homepage if you haven’t already and become familiar with the new layout. Please save the new ELI homepage link as a favourite in your internet browser. If you have any feedback about the new homepage please submit a feedback form on the Contact ELI page or email


Playgroup Special Grants

All playgroups can apply for a Special Grant to cover costs that cannot be met from other funding. The Special Grant application form is available via our website.


Please return the completed form to your regional Ministry of Education office by Friday 28 April 2017.


If you have any questions about the Special Grant, please contact your regional Ministry of Education office and ask to speak to a playgroup advisor.

Calling for Playgroup story ideas

Do you have a story that you would like to share with other playgroups? The Ministry welcomes contributions from the early learning sector for He Pānui Kōhungahunga – The Early Learning Bulletin. To find out more about how to submit an article, contact us at

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako

Video resources about the Communities of Learning stories

A Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako is a group of early childhood education services me ngā kōhanga reo, schools, kura, and post-secondary, working together to help students achieve their full potential.
An online toolkit has just been released to help Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako make use of resources and services available to meet achievement challenges and deliver personalised learning pathways for all children and young people.
Two new video resources about the Community of Learning stories are available below:
Our Community: Stories and Successes

Calling for all story ideas

Do you have a story you want to share with other early childhood education services or schools? Get in touch with the team at the Education Gazette Tukutuku Kōrero. We aim to inspire teaching and learning, as well as celebrate success and innovation. Email your story ideas to:

Contribute to He Pānui Kōhungahunga – The Early Learning Bulletin

The Ministry welcomes contributions from the Early Learning Sector for He Pānui Kōhungahunga – The Early Learning Bulletin. To find out more about how to submit content, contact us at