Update 16 April 2020

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If you tuned into today’s 1pm Government briefing, you’ll know that the Prime Minister has signalled some encouraging signs of a move out of lockdown and into Alert Level 3. While no decisions have yet been made about when the current lockdown will end, the PM has provided information about what will happen when we do move to Alert Level 3. We will know more next week.

Under Level 3, schools (for students up to Year 10) and early childhood centres will be able to open for children, whose parents work in jobs that don’t allow them to work from home. This partial opening does allow for attendance at school or an early learning centre to be voluntary. Of course, children, whānau and staff who are at greater risk from the coronavirus are encouraged to stay at home.

I am now seeking further information from the Ministry of Education to get some clarification about how the changes will affect Playcentre, and I will share that information with you all as soon as I am able to.

How it will all roll out had us scratching our heads at this morning’s management team meeting, even though we have been thinking about how we will proceed for the past week or so. There are a lot of issues to be worked through.

Our whakataukī this morning was from our Accounts Manager, Karen Flattery: “He waka e noa.” It’s been a popular reference for a lot of organisations during the current times. “We are all in this together”, which is of course continues to be so relevant to our experience during this pandemic.

And a reminder that our Virtual Village continues to provide ideas and activities for youngsters. My eye was caught by “Box Play” – there’s a lot of inspiration to be had from the humble cardboard box!

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Sean McKinley