At Red, action will need to be taken to protect both at-risk people and protect our health system from an unsustainable number of hospitalisations.

Early learning services are open with staff and children on site for education and care.

Operation of services

  • All licensed early learning services are open as long as they can operate within the public health measures and any specified controls.
  • Can parent-led services open at the Red setting?
    Under the traffic light framework services are open. At the Red setting, our guidance is that parents/caregivers who can supervise their children at home should do so. This doesn’t prevent parent led services from opening.
  • Who can attend at the Red setting?
    At the Red setting, parents/caregivers who are able to supervise their children at home are encouraged to do so. However, all licensed early learning services should be open for anyone seeking to attend.
  • There are greater risks so extra public health precautions are necessary to protect our children and staff.
  • Services are prohibited from requiring parents, caregivers and whānau to be vaccinated to access licensed early learning services, unless they are covered by the vaccination mandate, which Playcentre being a licensed ECE is.

Access on site

  • Can children attend more than one service at the Red setting?
    At the Red setting, children can attend more than one service, but parents/caregivers are encouraged to consider minimising the number of children and other adults their children are interacting with.
  • Fully vaccinated staff can work at more than one service.
  • Face coverings are required for parents/caregivers and visitors when on drop-off and pick up, to settle a child, or to view a service.
  • Parents/caregivers and visitors are encouraged to maintain 1m distancing from other adults if they are going on site.
  • Limit events to prevent further transmission. Events must meet wider public health measures.
  • No non-essential visitors on site.


  • If My Vaccine Pass is used – up to 100 people, based on 1m distancing. Please note that your licensing capacity still applies.
  • If My Vaccine Pass is not used – up to 25 people, based on 1m distancing. Please note that your licensing capacity still applies.


Children/tamariki should have separate food containers and should not give or take food to/ from each other. Food can be supplied in accordance with public health guidance.


  • Any excursions will need to meet the wider public health measures.
  • As normal a risk assessment must be undertaken ahead of the excursion being approved by the person responsible.


  • You should have a cleaning schedule for regular cleaning of high touch surfaces, linen and sleep furniture, toys and resources.
  • Toys and resources that cannot be easily wiped down should be put away. You should have a cleaning schedule for regular cleaning of high touch surfaces, linen and sleep furniture, toys and resources.

Ministry licensing activity

  • Any required on site licensing activity can take place. Desk-based assessments made where appropriate.
  • Face coverings should be worn by Ministry staff and 1m distance should be kept from other adults.
  • Only fully vaccinated Ministry staff will be able to go on site.

Support services and agencies on site

  • Includes Ministry of Education, Education Review Office, Health staff Police, Fire etc.
  • Minimise attendance on site for non-essential services as much as possible.
  • Those on site must be captured in a visitor register or other system, to support contact tracing and must meet any other health requirements applicable at the time.
  • Learning support services continue.


Usual funding rules apply. 

Operation of playgroups

  • Certified playgroups can only open with Vaccine Passes.
  • For certified playgroups that operate at or for an education service then evidence of vaccination is required for those parents attending.