Information last updated 7 September 2021
When centres re-open at level 2, the emphasis should be on safety and as public health officials continue to reinforce, keeping track of everyone entering our premises is critical (see more information below on the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster), along with ensuring we are all observing hygiene standards.
In general, the things to remember are:
The Ministry has completed a review of the Alert Level 2 Public Health Response Order and updated all of their guidance material.
The table below summarises the Alert Level 2 requirements and recommendations for early learning services.
The Ministry of Education have also provided an Alert Level 2 checklist for licensed services and prepared up to date Alert Level 2 guidance material:
Please use these forms in the context that it relates to your centre ie. staff / centre whānau.
Educational facilities are not considered gatherings under the COVID-19 alert level framework. This means there are no restrictions on numbers of people indoors or outside during the operating hours for early learning services other than what other public health or health and safety measures require, and usual licensing and building requirements apply.
While physical distancing is not a requirement in early learning services, we will be doing our best to keep physical distance between adults and keeping spaces well-ventilated while maintaining the required temperature.
Face coverings are not required to be worn in early learning services.
Public health recommend that the focus for children under six is on getting children to cough and sneeze into their elbow, and wash and dry hands / hand hygiene.
Face coverings are not required in early learning services and early learning services are not expected to provide face coverings for children or staff. It remains an option for those individuals, staff and whānau.
Centres need to ensure that anyone who hires their centre agrees to follow the centre’s cleaning practices and observes any limitations about group gatherings.
You can find further Ministry of Education guidance and licensing information here – Health-and-safety-for-COVID-19-Licensed-Early-Learning-Services-Alert-Levels-1-4
All businesses and workplaces legally must display an NZ COVID Tracer QR code in a prominent place at or near your main entrance. You also need to offer customers and visitors an alternative way to record their visit. If you are using an alternative contact tracing system, you need to record:
Please make sure you keep your contact tracing records secure.
Here is a link on how to get a QR code poster – Get your QR code poster | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz).
You can reprint your QR code posters, update and manage the contact details registered to your poster and archive any posters you no longer need online.
Centres do not need to observe restrictions on group sizes when holding business meetings as in this context we would be considered as a workplace. Members should be seated 1 metre apart and social distancing and hygiene practices should be encouraged. That being said, many of us have embraced online tools for meetings, and we encourage you to continue to make good use of these. You can find information about using online meeting platforms in the Virtual Village.