MoE Update – 2 April 2020

Information supplied from Ministry of Education on Wednesday 2 April 2020.

COVID-19 Early Learning Special Bulletin

Licence Applications

Licence applications that have been received prior to the lockdown period cannot be progressed if a site visit is still required as licensing staff are not listed as essential workers. It will not be possible for other applications to be progressed within the usual 30 working day timeframe and we will not be issuing probationary licences until the lockdown period has been lifted. Unless you were licensed prior to the lockdown you cannot receive funding. Regional staff will contact you as soon as practicable once the lockdown is lifted.

Future licence applications can be sent into local regional offices via email if you wish however, applications will not be able to be progressed until after the lockdown period. As noted above, licensing staff are not listed as essential workers so are not able to complete an onsite visit during the lockdown period. It is unlikely that applications will be able to be processed within the usual 30 working day timeframe once the lockdown is lifted. Please be aware that applicants may also face difficulties in obtaining all required information for a new application such as health reports, fire evacuation schemes and confirmation of building requirements.

Once the lockdown is lifted we will be prioritising assisting existing licensed services to resume operations. Regional offices may be able to assess applications but will advise you of their capacity on receipt of your application.

 

Amendment to licences

Applications to amend licences may be able to be processed by regional offices if received via email. These will be assessed on a case by case basis depending on the nature of the amendment sought. Regional staff will advise you of their capacity to complete these on receipt of your application.

Please be aware that applications to change the identity of the service provider will be processed on a case by case basis depending on the licence status, any regulatory action pending or other concerns about the licence or service provider as required by regulations. Vendors and purchasers should seek legal advice in light of New Zealand Law Society guidance that all settlements should be deferred until 10 working days after a level 2 alert is imposed and that any settlement involving physical movement of people is considered unlawful during Alert 4.

 

Licence Reclassifications

We are working on our responses to other licence reclassifications including for services looking to move to full licences from provisional or probationary licence status during this time. Further guidance will be issued shortly. In the meantime we ask that you are patient with us.