Childcare

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COVID-19 – caring for kids

Kids need reassurance about the COVID-19 pandemic. And parents need resources to help support kids through the COVID-19 stay at home period, while juggling home schooling, spending quality time with them and, in many cases, working from home as well.
Click here for helpful resources from Health Navigator New Zealand.

Parents must ensure that all their children under 14 years of age will be supervised and cared for by a responsible person, approved childcare facility, or school, which they know to be a safe place for their children to go to & learn.

If you you are unable to arrange suitable childcare then we can find an approved childcare provider for you. Please email or phone us.

Email:
[email protected]
Freephone:
0800 007 008

It’s illegal to leave your child at home alone if they’re under 14. If you leave them at home, you need to make sure they are safely supervised.

If you’re an essential worker during COVID-19, you may be able to get help with childcare.

You can leave children under 14 at home if they’re:

  • supervised by a responsible person who is at least 14
  • safe
  • not left for a long time.

You need to judge if the situation is safe and reasonable — for example, it may be okay to leave your child with someone who is 14 for a few hours, but not for a few days.

If you don’t make safe arrangements you can be fined up to $2000 under the Summary Offences Act 1981. 

At what age can a child legally do things? 

Choosing who to leave your child with

The person you get to look after your child needs to be at least 14 and able to give reasonable supervision and care.

They should be:

  • mature
  • confident looking after children
  • able to cope in an emergency.

Make sure they can get help if they need it — for example, that they have someone to call in an emergency.

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