Child Restraint Law Change – 1 November 2013
Changes to child restraint laws may affect your family.
From 1 November the mandatory use of child restraints in vehicles will be extended by two years, with all children required to be correctly secured in an approved restraint until their seventh birthday (this includes booster seats).
Children aged seven will continue to be required to be secured in an approved child restraint if one is available in the vehicle, and if not, in any child restraint or safety belt that is available.
The law changes will help reduce preventable deaths and serious injuries to children travelling in vehicles. Information including Q&As and resources can be found at this link.
SKIP - New Resources
SKIP Booklets have been revised and there are now 3 core booklets: ‘SKIP tips for babies’, ‘SKIP tips for under-fives’ and ‘tips for the Tricky Bits’. A new pocket-sized booklet ‘Staying Calm with Kids’, with simple tips for managing anger has also been released. There is also a refreshed version of the ‘Thinking about Parenting’ workbook in printed versions as well as electronically.
Check out all the new booklets before you order, on
the resource download section of their website.
New ERO Reports
The Education Review Office has recently published two new national reports on ECE:
Priorities for Children’s Learning for Early Childhood Services (May 2013)
Working with Te Whāriki (May 2013)
These reports present the findings of a 2012 national evaluation in which ERO focused on curriculum priorities in early childhood services. While one report focuses on the implementation of Te Whāriki, the other discusses the extent to which services implemented a curriculum that reflected their identified priorities for children’s learning. Both reports can be accessed on ERO’s websites on the links above and include useful information, as well as highlighting areas for improvement including self review and assessment.