Update 4 June 2020

Tēnā koutou katoa

We continue to attract media attention. This week I have been interviewed by the Dominion Post/Stuff for a story the paper is doing on inequalities in ECE funding.  The reporter has also spoken to parents at Wellington’s  Kelburn Playcentre.

There was as well a front page  story about Playcentre in the Clutha Leader this week.  Furthermore, Peter Dunne weighed in in the New Zealand Herald asking  “why Playcentre has been relegated to the back of the class.?

Obviously, there is a lot of positive feeling in the community towards Playcentre and it is really gratifying to see.

The Ministry of Education has announced that Playcentres may access 10 discretionary days between June and September 2020. This is an increase from the usual five per funding period, for situations where you cannot meet the qualification requirements to run a funded session. You will still need to follow the insufficient licensing process which can be found on our website, and ensure that you meet first aid and ratio requirements on all sessions.  


The Ministry of Education has provided the following information – the staff age band is mandatory for paid Playcentre educators employed during the return week.  It is not required for the majority of your parents.

Unless I have something of note to report tomorrow, there won’t be a Friday update.  The Government appears to be signalling a move to Level 1 will take place next week.  From my understanding that would mean that apart from border restrictions, we will be back to business as usual possibly by the latter part of next week.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Sean McKinley