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Privacy & Legal Policies

A copy of our Operations Manual, detailing in full our Policies and Procedures is available at your request from the office.

The following is a summary of the purpose and rationale of the policies adhered to at Whitford Early Learning Centre.

Curriculum Policies:

•    Bi-cultural: To ensure children are given the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the cultural heritages of both parties to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

•    Curriculum: We aim to give all children the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to grow up as competent learners and communicators.

•    Social Competence: To provide clear guidelines of acceptable behaviour for all children and adults to ensure fairness and justice.

•    Special Needs: To recognise the individual needs of a child are paramount. Programmes will be flexible enough to offer a positive learning environment for all.

•    Transition: To support young children and their families through the process of transition, into the centre, within the centre, and to school.

Premises and Facilities Policies:

•    Sleep: To ensure teachers follow individual children’s rhythms and sleeping routines in a relaxed and familiar environment

•    Smoke Free: To provide children with a healthy environment and promote healthy living and good habits for both teachers and children.

Health & Safety Policies:

•    Alcohol & Substance Abuse: To provide an environment where children are kept safe from harm.

•    Child Protection: The interests and welfare of children are the prime considerations when any decision is made about suspected abuse.

•    Excursions: To ensure that planned and spontaneous excursions are carried out in a manner that promotes safety for both children and teachers.
•    Health & Safety: To comply with relevant legislation at all times to ensure we provide a safe and healthy environment for all staff, children and their parents.

Governance & Management Policies:

•    Communication: To ensure parents and whanau are encouraged to participate in decision making regarding their child.

•    Complaints: To ensure all concerns from parents/whanau are addressed in a fair and confidential manner.

•    Enrolment: To maintain enrolment records for each child currently attending the Centre, ensuring up to date information is kept for all children.

•    Financial: To ensure the operation systems within the Centre are maintained in a manner that accurately monitors the day to day finances and shows accountability to management, parents and the Ministry of Education.

•    Personnel: To implement the principles of being a good employer and appoint competent and capable staff who are committed to ongoing learning and growth.

•    Self Review: To ensure practices are constantly and consistently under review to enhance quality outcomes for all children and their families.


Whitford Early Learning Centre and Private Kindergarten has been providing quality childcare for over 20 years...



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