Kia kotahi te kaihoe i te waka,
Kia ū ki uta
Only by rowing our canoe in unison
Will we reach our destination
From 11.59pm on Monday 4 April, the Government are removing the vaccine mandate for the education sector. So, all Playcentre staff (paid and voluntary), including parents/caregivers will no longer be required to be vaccinated to be on session with children.
New Zealand remains at the red traffic light setting. However, Cabinet will review the framework colour level on Monday 4 April.
Playcentre Aotearoa has undertaken a review of our Covid-19 Risk Assessment and other relevant health and safety policies. We will be providing more advice this week as we work through the feedback we are receiving and any further information from the Ministry of Education. Below we outline the key changes for Playcentre so far.
- Vaccination mandates have been removed for all staff and parents at Playcentre. This change will take effect from 11.59pm Monday 4 April.
- The requirement to provide a My Vaccine Pass has been removed for all staff and parents at Playcentre. This change will also take effect from 11.59 Monday 4 April.
- There is no requirement for Playcentres to display QR code posters (although we encourage you to retain them) or have other processes, other than your regular processes, to support people to check-in. This system may need to return if case numbers rise.
- Please ensure everyone continues to sign in on the Discover app on your centre tablet. This includes all children, parents on the duty team, parents dropping off and picking up children, and any visitors.
- Children are not required to wear face masks at Playcentre.
- At the Red setting, visitors (including parents and caregivers dropping off and picking up children) are legally required to wear face masks when coming indoors at Playcentre. Playcentre Aotearoa recommends all adults on session also wear face masks whilst indoors at Playcentre.
- At the Orange setting, face masks are recommended for visitors. Playcentre Aotearoa also recommends all adults on session wear a face mask whilst indoors.
- Playcentre Aotearoa has chosen to recommend that adults on session with children wear a face mask indoors (at red and orange settings) as we consider this to be an appropriate health and safety measure as part of our risk assessment and management plan.
- We note that some people may have a face mask exemption due to a disability or health condition that makes wearing a face mask unsuitable.
- Playcentre are not expected to provide face masks for children or adults at Playcentre.
Playcentre Aotearoa recommends all adults continue to follow COVID-19 public health measures:
- If you are unwell, stay home and get tested
- Wear a face mask when indoors
- Sign in using the Discover app on the Playcentre tablet
- Maintain physical distancing
For more information, please go the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Question Bank on the Playcentre website.
Questions answered include:
- Are vaccine passes still required to attend Playcentre?
- Why are there changes to the Vaccine Mandate and My Vaccine Pass?
- Can visitors attend Playcentre?
- Are vaccine passes required to attend infant programmes (Space and Babies Can Play)?
- Can our centre ask people for their vaccination status or vaccine pass?
- Do I still need to provide Playcentre with my vaccination information?
- Who is required to wear a face mask?
- What public health measures can centres put in place to protect people from COVID-19?
- Who needs to sign in?
- How does the COVID-19 Protection Framework apply to Playcentre?
- What do centres need to do if they have a positive case at their centre?
- and MORE!
If you have questions that you would like answered or comments you would like to make. please send them through to us via our COVID-19 feedback form available here.