1. When children go on excursions the adults at an early childhood centre must:

  • Undertake an assessment and management of risk.
  • Determine the most appropriate adult: child ratios according to the assessment (as long as the minimum standard for ratios is met then it is up to the individual centre to determine if more adults than the minimum are needed).
  • Record:
    • Names of adults and children involved.
    • Time and date.
    • Location and method of travel.
    • Assessment and management of risk.
    • Adult: child ratios.
    • Evidence of parental permission and approval.
    • The signature of the Person Responsible giving approval for the excursion to take place.


2. First aid requirements must be met for children going on an excursion and for those remaining at the centre:

  • One adult for every 50 children will hold at least a current first aid qualification gained from an NZQA accredited first aid training provider.
  • An injured child is administered first aid or supervised by this adult.


3. For regular excursions, written approval from the parent must be given for their child’s participation and for the proposed ratio (this permission should be given at the time of enrolment).


4. For special excursions, written approval from the parent must be given prior to the outing taking place.


5. The person responsible (usually this is the Centre Manager) approves each regular or special excursion before children leave the centre.


6. Communication systems can inform people where the children are and the adults can communicate with others as necessary.   (We don't think this standard is very clear and suggest it would be clearer if it read:  "communication systems ensure parents of children can know where their children will be at any given time, meaning the adults taking children on an excursion must either carry cell phones and remain in cell phone coverage and/or have access to a landline phone nearby".)