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My ECE Service Checklist


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PRACTICAL CONCERNS                                                       tick or cross the services on each checklist item

Is the service in a location that is convenient?


Is it in a safe location?


Is it in a single-storey building or on the ground floor?


Are the hours suitable?


Can I adjust the hours my child attends if I need to?


Do the fees meet my budget?


Have I been adequately informed about any extra costs? (e.g., stationery, holiday charges, late pick-up charge) 


Does my child like this service and the people at it?


Do I feel welcome and comfortable in the service?


Is it able to support my child’s learning, and any health and disability needs?


Is support shown for parents to breastfeed on site?  


Is the name and contact details of the service owner or operator available in case of emergency and for parents to make a complaint directly to if necessary?



Is the number of children manageable for the teaching staff so my child is more likely to receive individual attention? 


Is it a relaxed and emotionally-safe environment, with laugher, cuddles and affection shown, and everyone enjoying being there?


Does it embrace diversity – e.g., include men in its teaching staff and welcome children with disabilities?


Does it have an open-door policy, allowing families to visit and stay when they wish?


Are opportunities regularly given to families to join curriculum activities and attend special events?


Is interest shown in what children do at home, their pets, and so on? 


Are parent views on their child’s care asked for and respected (e.g., for sleep, diet, etc)?


Is there ample play space and a good variety of play areas and materials for the number and ages of children, both inside and outdoors?


Are children actively involved in activities (not wandering around, passively watching, or doing nothing)?


Is children’s privacy respected (e.g., toilets have doors which children can close when they wish)?


Is high attention paid to correct hand-washing and hygiene practices for children and adults?


Are children actively supervised?  (i.e., every child has an adult with them or close by who is watching and able to quickly intervene if necessary) 


Will my child be supervised and taught by a person/s who is trained and qualified in early childhood education (Qualified means an early childhood education qualification at Level 7 for centre teachers and at least Level 4 on the NZQA Framework for home-based educators)? 


Other things I want to check out are:


Print a copy of the checklist for your personal use - go to the My ECE Early Childhood Service Checklist page for a printable copy.