Ventilation in early childhood services

Ventilation in early childhood services

Ventilation in early childhood services

Making sure indoor spaces are well ventilated and have lots of fresh air is recommended for services at all levels of the COVID-19 Protection Framework. Good ventilation helps slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

The best way to maximise ventilation is to open all windows and doors as much as possible, and whenever it is practical to do so. The exception to this is spaces that are fitted with ducted air conditioning systems (excluding heat pumps), which do not rely on opening windows to bring in fresh air.  

Follow our guidance to fine-tune your service’s ventilation strategies to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures while achieving good ventilation.

Ventilation help in winter

Air flow behaves differently at different temperatures – for example, the bigger the temperature difference between outside and inside, the more efficiently fresh outside air is drawn in through open windows. This means ventilation can work better during cold weather, so you can still achieve good ventilation with windows just partially open.

Support is available to services who are concerned about maintaining good ventilation. This includes:

  • updated guidance to inform services' ventilation strategy
  • specific ventilation advice from our COVID-19 ventilation team
  • the ability to purchase suitable CO2 monitors and portable air cleaners and from the Ministry’s nominated suppliers at discounted pricing.