22 September 2021 Update

22 September 2021

Welcome to level 3 Auckland.

As you will know, for Auckland Alert Level 3 will be in place for a further two weeks, with a review on Monday 4 October. The rest of New Zealand will remain in Alert Level 2. 

Yesterday you would have received an announcement that Playcentre has appointed David Moger as our new Chief Executive.  David will start in the role on 1 November. 

David has extensive experience with the not-for-profit sector, previously working with Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RSA), and YMCAs of New Zealand. He is currently the Chief Executive of Funeral Directors Association New Zealand.

Our Co-Presidents said “We are very excited to have David join our organisation as he brings a wealth of experience, skills and knowledge with him. David will be an asset to Playcentre Aotearoa, and we look forward to welcoming him to the role”.

For those Auckland centres thinking ahead to opening at level 2 here are some links to support you.

This information is a brief tikanga guide for centres returning to their place of learning and place of work under the COVID-19 level 2. The following guide will support centres wishing to use tikanga Māori to return to their learning environment. 

We have created the following sign to place on your Playcentre’s door to advise about Level 2 and one if you are not taking visitors just yet.


The Ministry of Education have translated some key messaging for families and whānau. Feel free to use these if they are useful. 

PDF version – translations

Dr Hinemoa Elder (child adolescent psychiatrist) and Nathan Wallis (neuroscience educator) provide some tips and advice for parents and whānau are feeling anxious about their children’s behaviour and routine changes through alert level changes and extended alert level restrictions.

The Ministry of Education have made the video available here. In the video they they describe what parents can do if they have concerns.

Feel free to share this video within your Playcentre village.

If parents are still concerned their tamariki aren’t coping, it’s important to remind them to reach out and talk with a health professional. There’s lot of support, information and help available.

EC12 exemption for children not attending – Auckland Region

In addition to part of September, from 1 October up to 31 October 2021, services that are open, can use the EC12 exemption for permanently enrolled children who are absent. Funding can continue for absent children up to 31 October 2021, and the requirements of the frequent absence rule are suspended. 
Services that are open should record children present or absent as they usually would. Services do not need to complete an EC12 form for children but will need to follow the process outlined in your Student Management System (SMS) to apply this exemption. Funding cannot be claimed for children who are no longer enrolled. 

If you have any questions please contact your Regional Office.

Please be respectful of other people’s privacy and identity. For more detailed information about privacy and the use of personal information please refer to the Privacy and Information Management Policy here

Please also contact your Regional Office with any concerns.