COVID-19 Protection Framework for early learning services

COVID-19 Protection Framework for early learning services

The COVID-19 Protection Framework means we will be freer to move and live with less disruption, and offers the stability businesses need to plan for the future.

What the framework means for licensed early childhood services and certified playgroups

COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system)

This guidance provides a range of mitigations at all settings of the framework. There are others you may want to or need to implement, depending on your risks. For example, you may be in a population that has a lower vaccination rate, and therefore the risk of spread of COVID-19 is greater than it would be for a highly vaccinated community.

The framework allows your service to make decisions based on the needs of your community. To do this you need to consider how to operate in a way that reduces the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

You will be very familiar with all these health measures, as will your community. 

Risk assessment and planning for COVID-19

The following information will support early childhood services to review health and safety plans and practices in relation to COVID-19. 


We acknowledge this guidance does not reflect differences in philosophy and learning settings which exist across the sector, however, the public health measures apply to all services and playgroups.

As this guidance applies to all licensed early learning settings, our language for referring to teachers, educators, kaiako, or adults has been standardised to staff, adults or educators, so think about how the guidance applies to your setting. This guidance applies all licensed early learning settings including playcentres, kindergartens, kōhanga reo, education and care centres, home-based services.  There is also guidance for certified playgroups.