Early Childhood Education

This page contains resources and local contact information that you can view and use. It is targeted at people working with children aged under 5 in Hawke's Bay. 

Use the tabs at the side for topic areas to navigate.

Hawke's Bay District Health Board has constructued this page to support those working in Early Childhood as a accessible resource. We will endavour to keep it up to date. Please use the "submit a revison" button for any feedback, updates or suggestions.

HBDHB cannot be responsible for material which is posted onto other websites which are linked to this one.  If you are concerned that material here is inappropriate for whatever reason, please use the "submit a revision" button to let us know.


A worry Chart

Child Safety, Well Child Tamariki Ora, Public Health Nurse, Infectious Diseases - Updated

Keep this handy so that you can assess a sick child.

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Taonga Mokopuna

Outbreaks, Gastro - Updated

Fanataistic video learning series from the Healthy Communities Team at Regional Public Health  ‘Taonga Mokopuna video learning series’ designed to reduce the spread of illness and keep centre environments healthy.



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Active Play Guidelines

Physical Activity - Updated

Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well

These Guidelines provide population health advice to support health practitioners, early childhood educators, regional sports trusts and others who provide advice to parents, caregivers and whānau or families on physical activity for children under five years of age.


Let's Play Every Day

Physical Activity - Updated

The Health Promotion Agency has a campaign to get everyone moving and having fun.

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Sport Hawke's Bay

Physical Activity - Updated

Sport Hawke's Bay has an ambition to get more people more active more often.  Click here to see how Sport HB can support your children.

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Healthy Eating and Teeth ECE Flipchart

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Eating - Updated

A resoruce tool for teachers about nutrition and healthy food so knowledge can be applied within their early childhood education centres, Te Kōhanga Reo, or playcentres.

Suggestions of healthy food choices and portion sizes suitable for children  from 0 – 5 years old.

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Writing a Health Report

Opening a Centre - Updated

When you open a new Centre, you will need to submit a Health Report to the Ministry of Education.  Click here to learn how the process works.

For more information around arranging a Health Report contact: Health Protection on (06) 834 1815.


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Cleaning and disinfecting recommendations for ECEs

Common childhood illnesses, Outbreaks, Gastro - Updated

A high level of hygiene must be maintained throughout the centre at all times to prevent the spread of germs (micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa).

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Illness log template

Common childhood illnesses - Updated

Template for reporting illness case logs in centres

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Order FREE Smokefree signs for your ECE

Smokefree - Updated

Early childhood centres must take all reasonably practical steps to make sure that no one smokes on the premises at any time, and that signage is prominently displayed. These signs should be at (or immediately inside) every entrance to the school and the outer entrance to every building or enclosed area forming part of the premises. Click here to order signs FREE from the Health Promotion agency.

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B4 School Check - Information for Early Learning Services

B4 School Check - Updated

The  free B4 School Check is an opportunity for early childhood educators and health professionals to work together to support the health, development and wellbeing of young children by identifying

and following up on any health or development issues before the child starts school.

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Vision and Hearing screening information for Early Childhood Educators

B4 School Check, Vision & Hearing - Updated


Four-year-old children are screened for hearing problems and some vision problems. This routine screening is part of the B4 School Check.

Most vision and hearing screening is conducted by Vision Hearing Technicians (VHTs) who areemployed by District Health Boards. They are trained specifically for this role and conduct screening in schools, early childhood education centres and other community settings such as Plunket rooms or doctors’ clinics.




Wellchild Newsletter Nov 2019

Newsletters, Well Child Tamariki Ora - Updated

Quarterly update of services, information and promotions for children under 5 in Hawkes Bay