Update 25 March 2020

Latest update and other information relating to the lockdown – beginning at midnight tonight. (25 March)

The latest news from the Government affecting Playcentre is that all funding will continue for term time over the lockdown period – our Centres and staff will continue to be paid.

Our immediate concern is how we keep our Playcentre village strong during this time.  Communication is one of the best means of doing so, especially to help with the sense of isolation many of us will now be feeling.

It is a very confronting situation for most of us and if there was ever a time when our Playcentre communities should be looking out for each other it is now.  So please make sure that we have all the necessary contacts to stay in touch.

It has been great to see Playcentres nominate a liaison person who will be in contact with their regional manager. This is crucial line of communication so if you haven’t named a contact person yet, please do so.

If we are to ensure information is reaching our members and in order to help maintain our “virtual” village during these extraordinary days, we really do need these contacts. We will be setting up a ‘Virtual Village’ on our website with resources and support for you and your tamariki as we go through this period of isolation together.

Looking after Centres during the lockdown

Again, there should be only one designated person in charge of a Centre and who should be the only one on the property.  All playgrounds are now out of bounds. The Ministry of Education has developed a notice for Centres to put on their gates. Click here to download.

Funding

Bulk funding for Playcentre will continue for term time over the lockdown period. Please be assured that during this time Centres and Playcentre employees will continue to receive funding/salaries as usual.  We are continuing to have regular discussions with Ministry of Education officials about any further moves and will keep Centres and staff updated as much as possible.

Ministry of Social Development Funding

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) will maintain all current funding levels for grants and top-ups for the next six months, including WINZ payments received by many of our Centres.

Paying the bills

The Minister of Finance spoke yesterday about how it’s important to keep the economy running as much as possible during the lockdown.  He urged people to keep paying those bills that are coming in as usual. This will be a huge help to those people you deal with in your community who do work for you.

Contract cleaners 

For contractors to Playcentres, including Cleaners who have or expect a decrease in income in excess of 30%, they will be eligible for the wage subsidy of $350 a week for up to 20 hours or $585.80 for full time. The application process is very simple and can be found here: https://services.workandincome.govt.nz/ess/trader_applications/new

Education

Workshops are no longer being held. We appreciate your patience as we are working to increase the availability of high-quality online delivery through our dedicated online learning platform. Students are welcome to continue to submit assessments thorough the regional assessment email.