HR practices

Suitable human resource management practices must be implemented for all staff (inclusive of educators if the service is a home-based service). There is no specific list of requirements for what these practices must be.

Documentation required

The service must have a documented HR process that details include:

  • It's selection and appointment procedures of suitable staff (and educators).
  • Job/role descriptions.
  • The induction procedures.
  • The system used for regular appraisal of staff (and educators).
  • What provisions are made for the professional development of the individual.
  • It's definition of serious misconduct.
  • It's discipline and dismissal procedures.

Safety Checking

All staff (paid and unpaid) who have access to children must be safety checked in accordance with the Children's Act 2014.  Safety checks must be undertaken, and the results obtained before the worker has access to children. The results of the safety checks must be recorded, and the record kept as long as the person is employed at the service. Every worker must be safety checked every three years. Safety checks may be carried out by the employer or another person or organisation acting on their behalf.


CAUTION: This page and the information here is provided as part of the My ECE Guide to Regulations for Early Childhood Education Services (The Guide).  The Guide does not purport to be a full and accurate interpretation of all statutory provisions relating to early childhood education services. While best efforts have been used in preparing this guide, no representations or warranties of any kind are made and My ECE assumes no liabilities of any kind with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the content. Please note that the Government and Ministry of Education may change, update, or alter any of the requirements at any time.  Please help to keep the information on this page up to date by letting us know of changes that need to be made. Thank you!  Kia pai te rā

My ECE Guide to Regulations for Early Childhood Education Services (Centres and Home-based Services)
Prepared by Dr Sarah Alexander and Warwick Marshall

Last reviewed: 1 October 2022