Staying Ahead of the Regulator (Christchurch)

An informational workshop designed to help ECE centres demonstrate that they are meeting the requirements set by the regulator.

Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Date: Thursday 14 March 2024

Location: ANZ Centre, 267 High Street, Christchurch 8011

More information

Are you involved in the operation of an Early Childhood Education (ECE) centre? Understanding and complying with licensing requirements and associated regulations is crucial to ensure a safe, high-quality learning environment for young children and the adults who work for you. However, ECC frequently sees unexpected issues leading to licence suspensions and cancellations. Many of those negative outcomes may have been avoided, with a better approach.

In this informative and interactive workshop, we will delve into key examples of licence interventions and how skilled operators can give themselves the best chance to have a full licence granted, or avoid being placed on a provisional or suspended licence.

This is not going to be a general overview of the regulations – this workshop is for people who want to sharpen up their capabilities in regard to dealing with regulators. Skills learnt are transferrable to any regulatory issue. Workshop participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of what to do with issues relating to an existing ECE licence, and how to resolve licensing issues.

Key topics of the workshop:

  • Understanding the regulators’ motivations and what they will try to achieve through their licensing powers. Any question or interaction between your service and Ministry of Education officials gives rise to potential licensing issues.
  • What are the options available if you don’t think it’s fair when the Ministry of Education places your service on a provisional or suspended licence?
  • The process of challenging licensing decisions, including how to seek a clarification, complain, or legally challenge a decision, what evidence is required, and the timelines and costs involved.
  • Real-life case studies and engage in practical exercises to enhance your problem-solving skills when it comes to licensing issues.
  • Explore strategies for ongoing compliance with licensing requirements and for proactively addressing potential issues to prevent issues in the first place.

This workshop is suited to individuals engaged or employed in ECE services including centre managers, directors, and owners and trustees who are present in running the business/organisation. The regulations do not differ for community based providers and private providers – this workshop is equally suitable for both types.

Facilitator: Simon Laube

Afternoon tea will be provided. Registrants will be asked to submit their dietary requirements during the registration process.

About the presenter

Simon Laube

Simon has a background in public policy and joined ECC from the public service where he held various roles in the Ministry of Education including: early learning, partnership schools kura hourua/charter schools; and the NCEA review; he also completed secondments at the Ministry of Health, and in the Office of the Minister of Education (four years).

Simon understands how government works and knows how to influence government to get better results, while being personally committed to improving public services so children and families can get the education they need

Registration information

  • $150 for ECC Members
  • $525 for non members

Any cancellations made before or on Friday 9 March will incur a 20% administration fee. Any cancellations made after Friday 9 March will not be eligible for a refund.

The Early Childhood Council reserve the right to change the venue and duration of the event if exceptional circumstances demand. In the event of a change of venue and/or duration, your ticket will remain valid.


ECC member price: $150

You must enter your discount code during the checkout process, you can find the discount code in the Member Portal.