Update 14 May 2020

Tēnā koutou katoa

Auckland Regional Manager Anna Fleet got today’s management meeting off to a fine start with a whakataukī she’d chosen.  It’s a familiar one, but as Anna said, it sums up the present situation well, and it’s a good one to think about as we re-open Centre: “E waka eke noa” – We’re all in this together.  There are still things we will have to figure out as we go back to sessions, and it may be a bit challenging, so just remember to be kind to each other and be kind to yourselves in these strange times.  

You can find this guidance on the website here – we have added more information today, which we hope will be helpful.  Much of the new advice is in response to many of the questions from members fielded by our RMs.

You can follow these links for some thoughts on how to manage contact-tracing, meetings and visitors to Centres.

http://www.playcentre.org.nz/covid-19/contact-tracing/

http://www.playcentre.org.nz/covid-19/meetings/

http://www.playcentre.org.nz/covid-19/visitors/

Cleaning is a topic that is providing much food for thought.  There will no doubt be challenges as we do need to be more vigilant about cleaning and ensure that all used resources and surfaces are sanitised at the end of  each session, and areas that are high risk, such as taps, door knobs, handrails, etc are sanitised frequently.  You should discuss with your Centre whānau how best to manage cleaning and hygiene in a way that is most practicable for your Centre,

While there are no restrictions on what items you can have available on session, reducing the number of resources available, rearranging the layout of spaces, starting clean-up earlier, or having sanitising rostered to a smaller team may be options for you to consider.

We understand that many of you do have questions and we will keep trying to address them.

The Ministry of Education has centrally purchased a supply of hand sanitiser to help support schools and early learning services.  Supplies are based on roll size and will be available for delivery for day one when Centres re-open.  Further information on how to order, etc is available here.

Space sessions will not be resuming in Centres prior to June, with programmes continued to be delivered online as they have been  throughout the lockdown.  Centres will be kept informed about any decisions to hosting Space on their premises.  

Because excursions are an important part of Playcentre, some of you have asked about how and if they should be undertaken.  That will be up to individual Centres – just be sure to take a cleaning kit along with the usual First Aid kit, think about the environments you are taking children into and remember that for the time being public toilets won’t be open.

As you will understand from the information I emailed to you all yesterday, we are very disappointed in the Budget’s meagre investment in our organisation.   We will continue to press our case and I will keep you informed of further developments.  

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Sean McKinley