Update 18 August 2021

These are uncertain times for everyone – please look out for your whānau and Playcentre village. Please keep in touch with your Playcentre community via social media, a group email, skype/zoom catch up or using a phone tree to check in with each other every so often.

As alert levels have changed swiftly, you may not have been able to prepare as much as previous lockdowns. If your centre will be closed for less than 14 days, you don’t need to do anything significant. If you do need to enter your centre to feed pets, pick up a laptop, clean out the fridge etc… please designate one person to access your centre during this time. More information is available here.

At Alert Level 4, Playcentre can use the Emergency Closure code to maintain funding, effective from 17 August 2021 at 11:59pm. The Emergency Closure (EC) covers the days you would normally have been open. The Regional Funding Administrators will ensure this happens and you do not need to apply to the Ministry to access this funding.

Please note that centre paid staff who have regular contracted hours will continue to be paid during lockdown or they can take leave without pay if they wish.

Where possible, centre paid staff will be doing as much of their work as they can from home.  This could be a great opportunity to catch up on some tasks and planning. We know they will be juggling home and family responsibilities as well as work, so flexibility will be key for us all.

All Playcentre Education scheduled workshops will be postponed if the region is in Levels 3 or 4 on the workshop date. The Student Support Team will email students and tutors to confirm cancelled workshops.  For further information on the restrictions for workshops at other alert levels please click here.  

Ākonga (students) are still able to enrol in online modules and are welcome to continue to submit assessments.

For the Festival of Learning workshops scheduled for this weekend, the PLD team will be in touch with those who have registered, and these will be rescheduled.

We will be postponing Playcentre Messy Play week that was scheduled for 23-27 August. We have seen centres enthusiastically embrace the Messy Play campaign and are considering what postponement dates would be most suitable.


National and Regional staff remain at work remotely, so please be in contact if you need assistance.

Further information about Alert Level 4 can be found on the https://covid19.govt.nz website.