Pandemic planning

The Illness, Injury, and Incident Procedure (9.4.1) outlines the basic details of what to do for any illness, as well what to do if there is a pandemic.

If people develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they should contact Healthline (0800 358 5453) or their doctor immediately and have a test. It is recommended they also contact the centre to advise that they are unwell. If there is a confirmed or probable case linked with your early learning service or kōhanga reo, you will be advised of this by the Medical Officer of Health.

Your Regional Office team and Ministry of Education staff will work with you and local health authorities to agree a plan. That will happen quickly and support will be provided to assist you to communicate with and support your Playcentre community.

For Playcentres, the initial prevention stages of the pandemic planning are cleaning, hygiene and common sense to minimise the chances of infection and contain any cases.

Our regional and national offices are prepared for the times when they are required to work from home so that service and support for centres continues at all Alert Levels.

Centres should have a plan for what to do if their centre is going to be closed for an extended period of time. More guidance can be found our Preparing for a temporary closure page.

For more information, see the Ministry of Education website for resources and guidance for centres at every level of the COVID-19 Alert Level system of the Ministry of Health website for ongoing advice regarding COVID-19 and its progression within New Zealand.