There are well in excess of 4,000 government licensed early childhood services in NZ.
The majority work ethically and professionally to provide a standard of care that meets or exceeds minimum standards.
To be on the Early Childhood Wall of Shame a service is one where a child or children have been seriously hurt or abused and where practices are far below the standard expected by the early childhood profession.
Often, but not always, the service owner or provider has accepted no or little responsibility - meaning that there is a risk of the underlying causes or reasons leading to harm remaining.
Note that over time the service owners and/ or staff may change and because a service is on the Wall of Shame one year does not mean that it will continue to be so in future years. Also, the service may receive professional help to uplift the quality of practices.
It is possible for a service that is on the Wall of Shame in any one year to change and work toward entering the Hall of Excellence the following year.
The 2016 Early Childhood Wall of Shame
Bright Sparks Airport Childcare Centre, Mangere, Auckland