In regard to noise levels, as an adult if you think the environment is noisy then it is more than likely harmful for children’s hearing too.
Sound absorption materials
Acoustic absorption materials must be used within the service, such as carpet, so noise levels are not such that children’s learning or wellbeing may be negatively affected by noise.
Ensuring children are not exposed to high noise levels
Early childhood services must take all practicable steps to manage high noise levels (inside the service or coming from outside the service) so the noise does not unduly interfere with normal speech and/or communication or cause any child attending distress or harm.
See information on simple changes and ways to reduce noise levels in the environment and in children’s play – go to an article on noise levels.
Failing to meet minimum standards
The Ministry of Education needs to know:
- If you are concerned children’s needs are not being met.
- If you are concerned a service is not meeting a minimum legal requirement.
READ MORE: How to make a complaint and your options.
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Noise Levels and Noise Control. Published in the My ECE Guide to Regulations and Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education Services, prepared by Dr Sarah Alexander and Warwick Marshall.
Last reviewed: 20 November 2022