Update 11 May 2020


Tēnā koutou katoa

It was good to hear the Prime Minister announce late today that we will be moving to Level 2.  That, of course, means we now can re-open Playcentre.  I suspect that may evoke a mixed reaction, which is perfectly understandable.  While some of you, especially our tamariki, are probably very keen to get back to Playcentre life and meeting up with their friends again, I’m sure that some of you may be feeling somewhat nervous.

I think though we can take a real measure of reassurance from the Government’s view that Level 2 means that Playcentres are safe environments for children and staff and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.   

As we anticipated last week, we will be able to re-open our Centres next Monday. That gives us a week to plan and prepare, and I’m sure many of you have already checked out the guidelines for re-opening that are on our website.  

Over this week, we will be rolling out the information that you will want to see about how to run your sessions safely once everyone is back.

For now, take a breath and think about all we, and the rest of the country, have achieved in seven quite extraordinary weeks. I would just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the Playcentre whānau who have carried on working in what have not always been easy circumstances, and for those who have been unable to work, but have stayed at home, and in the best traditions of Playcentre, made sure that, whatever was happening in the outside world, play continued.   

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Sean McKinley