Risk Assessment

Guidance for Centres on conversations around risk assessment

Last updated 19 March 2020

Guidance for Centres on Conversations around Risk Assessment

  • keep calm
  • balance the likelihood of risk with common sense
  • consider where the ‘person of concern’ has travelled and when they returned, or how they were exposed and how long ago
  • consider whether the person of concern is showing any symptoms or has been tested
  • consider how far removed the centre member is from the person of concern and whether they were within 1.5 metres for more than 15 minutes
  • consider whether cleanliness regimes are being followed in centre
  • consider whether distancing recommendations can be followed in centre

Discuss the matter calmly and respectively with the centre member, and follow the current advice given by  Playcentre in the COVID-19 section and the Ministry of Health website or call Healthline if you are concerned about the health of yourself or your family.

It’s a good idea to read through the resources about  Talking to children about COVID-19, encourage people to wash their hands on arrival to centre, and frequently throughout session. 

Staying calm is key – we’re working really closely with Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health officials to keep our communities safe, and will let centres know if the advice changes at any point.

The advice from Playcentre Aotearoa and Health officials remains the same:

  • Avoid close contact with people with cold or flu-like illnesses – if you or your children are unwell, please do not come to session.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing.
  • Try to avoid touching your face as much as possible.
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap and dry them thoroughly:- 

             – before eating or handling food              

             – after using the toilet          

            – after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses    

            – after caring for sick people.

We know this is a difficult time for many, so if you have any concerns please contact your regional administrator or your Centre support worker.