All NZ early childhood centres must at minimum have and/or do the following:
1. A documented and current fire evacuation scheme is approved by the New Zealand Fire Service.
2. Designated assembly areas for evacuation purposes outside the building keep children safe from further risk.
3. Heavy furniture, fixtures and equipment that could fall or topple causing serious injury or damage is secured.
4. There is a written emergency plan and supplies to ensure the care and safety of children and adults at the service. The plan must include evacuation procedures for the service’s premises, which apply in a variety of emergency situations and which are consistent with the Fire Evacuation Scheme for the building:
• An evacuation procedure for the premises.
• A list of safety and emergency supplies and resources sufficient for the age and number of children and adults at the service and details of how these will be maintained and accessed in an emergency.
• A communication plan for families and support services.
• Evidence of review of the plan on an, at least, annual basis and implementation of improved practices as required.
5. Adults providing care and education understand relevant emergency drills.
6. Emergency drills are carried out at least three-monthly with the children and a record is kept.
7. A record of emergency drills carried out is kept along with evidence of how evaluation of the drills has informed the annual review of the service’s emergency plan.