Who can be accredited

Find out what organisations are eligible to apply for, and maintain, accreditation

Te Kāhui Kāhu accredits the legal entity for an organisation - so accreditation will be against your organisation’s legal name. We use the NZBN as the identifier for an accredited organisation.

To be eligible for accreditation, your organisation needs to meet certain criteria.

OSCAR programmes must also meet additional criteria.

Eligibility criteria for accreditation

To be eligible for accreditation, your organisation must meet at least one of the following conditions:

  • have a contract to deliver social services for one (or more) of the following government agencies:
    • Department of Corrections - Ara Poutama Aotearoa
    • Ministry of Housing and Urban Development - Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga
    • Ministry of Justice - Tāhū o te Ture
    • Ministry for Pacific Peoples -Te Manatū mō ngā Iwi ō te Moana-nui-ā-Kiwa
    • Ministry of Social Development - Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora
    • Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children.
  • be negotiating a social services contract for one of the government agencies above
  • provide inter-country adoption services
  • provide out of school care and recreation programmes (OSCAR), or
  • be a community service provider for the purposes of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989.

Additional Criteria for OSCAR programmes

OSCAR programmes must also meet additional criteria around:

  • site/venue
  • fees, and
  • hours of operation.


Accreditation is site-specific. If your organisation operates OSCAR programmes out of more than one site, we need to know all the locations for these.

This does not include venues visited from time to time for activities.


OSCAR programmes must receive income from parent/caregiver fees or contributions.

Hours of operation

Please note:

  • all OSCAR programmes need to operate 5 days a week, excluding weekends
  • OSCAR programmes must operate from the same venue
  • we will not accredit programmes that run exclusively during weekends as these do not meet the criteria for being OSCAR.

For specific OSCAR programme types, see additional criteria below.

Before School

If your organisation's hours of operation are before school, it must operate:

  • within the hours: 6:30am – 9:00am.

After School

If your organisation's hours of operation are after school, it must operate:

  • between the hours: 2:30pm –7:00pm
  • for a minimum of 2 hours each afternoon.

You must also care for children from the time that school finishes. Accreditation will not be given if your organisation starts at a later time.

Holiday Programmes

If your organisation's hours of operation are for a holiday programme, it must operate:

  • for at least 4 weeks per year (at least one week within each school holiday period)
  • within the hours: 6:30am –7:00pm.


Some OSCAR programmes operate camps or overnight stays outside of the 6:30am – 7:00pm hours. The Outdoor Pursuits and Camp Programmes for Children and Young People specialist standard will apply in this case.

Specialist standards

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