15 October 2021
We understand and appreciate there is a lot of uncertainty and concern about this week’s announcement regarding the mandating of vaccinations for the education sector. We can assure you all that Playcentre Aotearoa operational management team are working closely with the Ministry of Education and information will be shared with us all when it is available. We know that looking after each other, our Playcentre whānau and our communities will be the priority for most of us in the coming weeks and months, and as part of Playcentre philosophy and our long-held values, manaakitanga and whanaungatanga are particularly comforting at this time.
Nā mātou noa, nā,
Avis Stewart, Michelle Hutton, Tiso Ross, Char Martin, Ranee Davies
TWTNoA-PA Trustee Board
As you would have seen, the Government has confirmed mandatory nationwide vaccination as a means of protecting children attending early learning services, protecting each other and of course protecting our broader community.
Playcentre is required to follow the directive from the Prime Minister and cabinet, through the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. They have stated that Playcentres, as licensed early learning services, are covered by the vaccination mandate and staff and volunteers will need to be vaccinated. This includes paid and volunteer staff. This mandate also includes parents or caregivers attending Playcentre playgroups and our infant programmes.
All of our staff and volunteers are required to have received their first COVID-19 vaccination by 15 November 2021 and be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022.
We have been advised by the Ministry of Education that the Public Health Orders, which put the Government’s decisions to mandate vaccinations and testing into effect, will be published tonight for testing requirements and next week for vaccinations. We will be providing further guidance next Monday.
We understand that there will be discussion and even disagreement about this mandate at local centres. These debates will have at their heart, the same thing as the mandate; a desire to keep our children safe. We should remember that all of us at Playcentre can agree on that. Please remember ngā mātāpono, our values, at this time, particularly whanaungatanga – which promotes caring, nurturing and sharing in order to grow as a whānau with aroha and understanding. Playcentre is our village, our whānau whanui, let us manaaki each other.
Thank you for all of the feedback and questions that have come in so far. We have created a frequently asked questions bank that we will continually add to as more information becomes available. It is available here. As above we will be able to provide clearer guidance once the Public Health Order’s have been published.
If you have a question or would like clarity on a specific point please feed this through the COVID-19 feedback form available here: