How to close your centre

Information last updated on 23 March 2020

As per the governments directive, centres need to be shut by 12am on Wednesday 25 March 2020.

Please consider the following to ensure your centre is secure during that time:

    • Turn off unnecessary plugs and switches
    • Turn off gas bottles
    • Empty kettles or other bodies of water
    • Remove any food that may spoil
    • Put away any outdoor equipment that may usually be left outside
    • Take home or cover/hide electronic equipment or items that may be tempting
    • Consider setting mouse traps/ant bait.
    • Ensure that there is a plan for any centre pets/fish (to be taken home by a family, or one person designated to come in and feed them)
    • Consider taking down shadesails.
    • Letting members ‘check out’ or take home some toys or consumable resources to help keep children entertained
    • Centre members may also want to take home their profile books/records of learning to look at over this time, and or add stories too while they are at home.
    • Using online systems to ensure the basic monthly bills continue to be paid – make sure these still have centre approval.
    • Consider if any services that come to centre need to be put on hold – such as lawnmowing, pest control, water testing (although many will also be shutdown)
    • Put a sign on the door to advise that the centre is closed, with a phone number of who to contact for enquiries.
    • If you have a facebook page or other social media do a post to confirm your centre is closed, but also how people can contact you if they need to. 
    • Consider giving contact phone number to neighbours so they can let you know if there is any unexpected activity at the centre.
    • Have a way of coordinating with other members so that if anyone does need to go into the centre it can be done without interacting with others.


Also consider how to stay in touch with your members during the time the centre is closed – this may be via a Facebook page or other social media, a group email, skype/zoom catch up or using a phone tree to check in with each other every so often. Keeping in touch with your Playcentre community will help in dealing with potential stress and isolation during this difficult time.

Designate a key contact person to liaise with centre members, regional office, and where necessary Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health. This may be your President, Centre Health and Safety Officer, Privacy Officer or another reliable member.

Advise the regional office of this key contact person so they can liaise with them if required.