Update 13 May 2020

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At midnight, we move into Level 2, which will bring many changes for us all.  We are continuing to discuss how we can make getting back to our Centres and offices as safely as possible, and will continue to add to our Centre re-opening checklist over the next two days, so please check out our website if you haven’t already.    When Centres re-open on Monday, the emphasis should be on safety and as public health officials continue to reinforce, keeping track of everyone entering our premises is critical, along with ensuring we are all observing the best hygiene standards.

As I told you yesterday, we have been looking at the implications of the Budget funding announcement for Playcentre.  You may be aware that Playcentre Aotearoa is to receive a 6% subsidy increase from 1 July 2020 and then a further 1.6% in January 2021 with a total increase of $3.1m over four years.   While this does on the face of it seem a sizeable increase, and is the largest increase Playcentre has seen in a very long time, it does come after a long period of underfunding in which Playcentre has received only a 3.1% total increase in funding over seven year.  I have today emailed all our members and staff to explain what this means for us. I have also written to the Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, expressing our disappointment that despite having worked closely with Ministry of Education officials on our Budget bid,  our very real concerns about the future of Playcentre have not been addressed.

A reminder that the Ministry of Education is providing one-off funding to cover flu vaccinations undertaken between now and 30 June 2020 for the Education workforce.

The Education workforce for Playcentre Aotearoa includes:  Any person regularly rostered to be on Playcentre sessions to meet the ongoing licensing requirements for sessions (i.e. anyone on your supervision plan with a qualification contributing to the licensing requirements for your session).

For staff this means that the following people are eligible: Session Support Workers, Session Facilitators, Big Kids Leaders, CSWs, Programme Facilitators and any other staff who work directly with children, for example supporting children with additional learning needs. If you are unsure, please talk to your line manager directly.

More information on how to access vaccinations is on our website here

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Sean McKinley