Update 23 March 2020


Kia ora whānau

As you will be aware, the Government has announced the country has moved to Alert Level 3 and will move to Alert Level 4 by midnight on Wednesday.

Playcentres should not open tomorrow. All schools and ECEs are closing by midnight on Wednesday at the latest, and with the school holidays now being brought forward, will be closed at this stage for the next four weeks.

Over the next 48 hours, our Playcentres must prepare to shut their doors, with no Centres able to open after midnight on Wednesday.  This of course also means all our Space, BabiesCanPlay and CYCLE sessions are now closed and we will be postponing any planned education workshops effective immediately, while working to increase delivery online.

Playcentres should work through the list here to ensure their centres are safe and secure while we are closed, and ensure they have selected a contact person and given their details to the Regional office.

Playcentres will continue to receive funding for all licensed sessions from today on even though no sessions will be held and no children will attend.

We will be setting up a ‘Virtual Village’ on our website with resources and support for you and your tamariki as we go through this period of isolation together.

Regional and National personnel will be on deck for the duration and will be working with the Ministry of Education and other relevant organisations to keep you informed and safe.

Please continue to look after yourself, your whānau and your village.

All staff, who are able, will need to work from home and for those of you in that position we have the following advice – see below. Your managers will work with you on what can be done from home and how we will manage this.

This decision is effective immediately and at this stage will remain in place through to the end of the school holidays, which are to be brought forward.

Please contact your manager or Meg Cooksley our HR Manager on [email protected] if you have any concerns.


To view the latest staff information click here

To view tips for working from your home click here

We recommend regularly checking the Ministry of Education website, as it updates information and advice for the education sector and the Ministry of Health website for ongoing advice regarding COVID-19 and its progression within New Zealand.