Abusing a teacher is not permitted.
Any parent or person who intentionally insults, abuses, or intimidates staff from an early childhood centre within the presence or hearing of any child at the centre or where the children are gathered, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000.00. (Education and Training Act 2020)
As the wording regarding abusing a teacher within The Act is “centre”, this may not apply to home-based services – but the interpretation would need to be tested in court to be sure.
Failing to meet minimum standards
The Ministry of Education needs to know:
- If you are concerned children’s needs are not being met.
- If you are concerned a service is not meeting a minimum legal requirement.
READ MORE: How to make a complaint and your options.
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Abusing a Teacher, Insulting, or Intimidating Staff. Published in the My ECE Guide to Regulations and Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education Services, prepared by Dr Sarah Alexander and Warwick Marshall.
Last reviewed: 20 November 2022