Persons authorised to collect children

Children must not be allowed to leave the care of the service with any person, unless the person: Regulations 2008 cover

  • has the role of providing day-to-day care for the child; or
  • is authorised in writing to take the child by a person who has the role of providing day-to-day care for the child.

Person's age

The regulations do not specify the legal age for a sibling or other authorised person to collect a child.  

Normally a licensed service would not release a child to a sibling under the age of 14 years, unless the child's parent was also present or at least within sight (for example, can be seen waiting in their car).


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