COVID-19 Update – 8 June 2022

Removal of Playcentre Aotearoa COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Following our last COVID-19 update on the 5 April and the subsequent review of the Risk Assessments a small number of Playcentres submitted, this consultation is now complete. Thank you to those centres who completed their own Risk Assessment and engaged in the consultation.

To ensure we are complying with all legal requirements and regulations, we reviewed our position and have taken legal advice and we can confirm that the outcome of the review is that there is insufficient justification for continuing the Playcentre Aotearoa COVID-19 vaccination policy as the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 in the workplace (ie at Playcentre) is no higher than it is in the community.

Therefore, we will be removing the Playcentre Aotearoa COVID-19 Vaccination policy on Friday, the 10th of June 2022.

The reasons for our decision include: 

  • Vaccination does not significantly reduce the transmission of the Omicron variant unlike the other variants. 
  • Omicron can still be contracted and transmitted by vaccinated people;  
  • The focus should be on the control measures that are less intrusive than vaccination and prevent vulnerable people being exposed to it such as using face coverings indoors, limiting numbers, ensuring physical distancing, ventilation and good hygiene practices.

We will now undertake a review of our current Health & Safety policies and procedures (9, 9.4, 9.4.1, 9.4.3, 9.10.2) to ensure that we have sufficient policies and procedures in place, along with effective control measures.

All Playcentres will be included in this consultation in due course. 

 

CO2 Monitor Pilot – Expression of Interest

Playcentre Aotearoa are undertaking a pilot of CO2 Monitors to assist us in understanding their usefulness in a Playcentre context.

Twenty (20) internet connected monitors will be piloted in 10 centres in Waikato and Otago and 20 manual monitors will be piloted in 10 centres nationally.

If you are interested in taking part in these trials please fill out the CO2 Monitor Pilot – Expression of Interest Form by 18 June 2022.

If your centre is selected for the pilot our property team will be in touch.

 

Winter Ventilation Support

Good ventilation continues to have an important part to play in reducing COVID-19 airborne transmission as we move into winter.
 
Centres will be making their own decisions about how best to manage ventilation, but the Ministry of Education have published guidance to support these decisions.
 
Ventilation in early childhood – Te Mahau