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. The site works best when selecting only one tab at a time.

Hawke's Bay District Health Board has constructed 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.

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Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ

Respiratory, Healthy Homes - Updated

Asthma Foundation resources for both whanau and teachers includes: an App and action plan templates in both Te Reo Maori and English

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Allergy New Zealand

Skin, Respiratory, Allergies, Child Safety - Updated

Allergy NZ provides reliable information, education and support to all New Zealanders, helping you or your children to manage allergies and live an active and healthy lifestyle.

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Healthy Kids

Healthy Eating, Breast Feeding, Physical Activity - Updated

Healthy Kids is full of fun, free and low-cost ideas, recipes and resources on active movement, healthy eating and sleep tips

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Keeping our Tamariki healthy (in Samoan)

Skin, Healthy Eating, Healthy Teeth, Child Safety, Healthy Homes, Infectious Diseases, Head Lice - Updated

Resource for childhood skin infections, prevention and treatment ( in Samoan). Also includes information on dental care, headlice and healthy homes.

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Keeping our Tamariki healthy (in English)

Skin, Healthy Eating, Healthy Teeth, Child Safety, Healthy Homes, Infectious Diseases, Head Lice - Updated

Resource for childhood skin infections, prevention and treatment. Also includes information on dental care, headlice and healthy homes.

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Noise

Child Safety, Opening a Centre, Vision & Hearing, Health Protection - Updated

Noise in the environment can be a risk to the health of people and communities. In an ECC all practicable steps must be taken to ensure that noise levels do not unduly interfere with normal speech and /or communication, or cause any child attending distress or harm.

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Air Quality

Respiratory, Health Protection - Updated

Clean air is a basic requirement of human health and wellbeing.

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Drinking Water

Opening a Centre, Health Protection - Updated

An ample supply of water that is fit to drink must be available to children at all times. Click here for information on drinking water quality and links to other helpful resources.

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Housing

Healthy Homes, Health Protection - Updated

The Health Protection Team  provides health risk assessment and health advice for housing that may be unsafe or unhealth in collaboration with other agencies. 

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Recommendations for Cleaning and Sanitising in ECEs

Gastro, Outbreaks, Infectious Diseases - 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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Healthy Homes

Smokefree, Respiratory, Healthy Homes - Updated

Click here to learn about the Child Healthy Housing Team and the work that they do.

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Starting a service

Opening a Centre - Updated

Click here to learn all about starting a new early learning service on the Ministry of Education site.

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Health Assessment Visit Information Sheet

Opening a Centre, Health Protection - Updated

When you open a new Centre, you will need to submit a Health Report to the Ministry of Education.  Click here to learn about the scope of a Health Assessment Visit that is carried out by a Health Protection Officer for them to be able to write a Health Report.

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

 

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Health Assessment Form

Opening a Centre, Health Protection - Updated

Example template for the Health Asessment report for centre based ECE services.

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Outbreak Preparedness Kit

Gastro, Opening a Centre, Infectious Diseases, Outbreaks - Updated

Information on a preparedness kit for outbreaks. A kit should be assembled in preparation for any outbreak, be it gastroenteritis, influenza-like illness or any other infectious illness outbreaks.

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Illness (and exclusion) Policy Template

Gastro, Opening a Centre, Infectious Diseases, Outbreaks - Updated

Information on how to design your illness policy so that the transmission of infectious illness such as gastroenteritis is significantly reduced within your centre.

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Washdown Guidelines

Gastro, Opening a Centre, Infectious Diseases, Outbreaks - Updated

Advice on wash down facilities and procedures for sick or soiled children.

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Communciable Disease Information Sheets

Infectious Diseases, Immunisation, Gastro, Outbreaks, Health Protection, Public Health Nurse - Updated

Information about a number of communicable diseases, their signs and symptoms and treatment.