Consultation starts on minimising food-related choking risks in early learning services

Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of children. While children can choke at any age, children aged five years and under are at a higher risk, as they have small air and food passages and are developing their biting, chewing and food-grinding skills.

The Ministry of Education is proposing to amend the licensing and certification criteria to minimise the risk of young children choking on food, by requiring early learning services to follow Ministry of Health guidance in the preparation and serving of food.

We expect most services already follow guidelines for minimising food-related choking risks. However, some may need to make changes to the way they do things to meet the new minimum standards. 

The Ministry would like to hear views from parents, educators, caregivers and whānau.

Have your say: take the short survey about minimising food-related choking risks in Early Learning Services(external link)

Consultation ends on Friday 15 November 2019. 

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