Tap water temperature

At centres, the temperature of water delivered from any taps that children can access independently must be no higher than 40°C, and comfortable for children to use.

Hot water cylinder

At centres, water stored in any hot water cylinder must be kept at a temperature of at least 60°C to prevent legionella bacteria developing.

Home-based requirements

The Ministry of Education is not known to apply the above requirements for water temperature to home-based services.  However, parents with children attending a licensed home-based service should expect to the same water temperature practices to help ensure children's safety.


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