Update 8 June 2020

Tēnā koutou katoa

With the news today that there are now no active cases of COVID-19 in the country and that for the 17th day in a row New Zealand has had no new cases,  there has also come that announcement from the Government that we will move to Alert Level One at midnight tonight. Basically, that means we are back to normal, with the exception of border restrictions. The Prime Minister also made the point today that depending what happens with measures around the borders, it is “almost certain” that we will see further cases. With that in mind, In terms of Playcentre, we should continue to observe the personal hygiene measures – regular handwashing and cough etiquette –  we’ve become used to – it makes sense anyway when we are in flu season here.  You will now be able to retire your COVID check list and go back to your usual daily checks.   It’s the time as well to bring out some of those resources that were put away during Level 2.  Centres may also want to keep track of visitors.

Today I was in a Zoom meeting with Peter Reynolds, the president of the Early Childhood Council.  Peter is very supportive of Playcentre’s need for more funding and would like to see much greater fairness, equity and transparency in ECE funding.  We certainly agree with his position that all early learning centres need surety of funding in order to have any strategic plan.  

On the subject of “the broken ECE funding model”, the Dominion Post and Stuff ran a story, adding to a lot of Post Budget media on our concerns.

As I know from your comments on Facebook, many of you will have seen that the Spinoff ran a thoughtful opinion piece from North Canterbury Playcentre mother, Kate Barber (Henson).

And a call for more Government funding for rural Playcentres ran in the Whanganui Chronicle – which also ran on the NZ Herald website.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Sean McKinley