Update 24 April 2020

Tēnā koutou katoa

Our 30th day of lockdown!  Our whakataukī today was from our National Property Manager, John Manning, continuing what’s been a real theme of sticking together, even if not physically.

Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa

Let us keep close together, not wide apart

John feels this whakataukī us a strong reminder of ensuring we are keeping connected, maintaining relationships and dialogue now and throughout the lockdown.

The Ministry of Education has confirmed that we will be able to claim funding based on enrolments during the Level 4 and Level 3 closures.

We will also be able to claim funding for individual children who were absent from 1 Feb for any reason, for up to 12 weeks – excluding the lockdown period.

Centre Administrators will be provided details of what needs to be entered into Discover in order to ensure we receive all funding we are able to claim. 

For those who have purchased issue 162 these will be posted out once we reach Level 2.​ In the meantime, we are releasing one previous edition of the Playcentre Journal online in our Virtual Village each Wednesday so that you can enjoy them from the comfort of your home.​

This week, we released issue 154 that includes articles and information about 5,4,3,2,1 Blast Off! (children’s fascination with space), Slice of Heaven, mixed age play, the five stages of teams, bring the zoo to you and encouraging social competency. ​

The next journal will be listed on Wednesday 29 April, 2020.​

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Given the absence of Anzac services tomorrow, perhaps a nice way of not just acknowledging the day but providing an opportunity to talk about the history of Anzac Day, is to whip up a batch of Anzac biscuits. Here is a link to a process recipe, ideal for tamariki.

I hope you enjoy the long weekend.  Hopefully, it will be a good marker for us moving into better times.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Sean McKinley