Update 4 May 2020

Tēnā koutou katoa
What a great start to the week to hear for the first time since we began lockdown that there are no new cases of COVID-19 in Aotearoa.  It will interesting to see how much that impacts on the Government’s decision to announce a possible move to Level 2 next week.
Of course that means we need to be really thinking about our “re-entry”, and what we can be doing to move as seamlessly as possible as we slowly but surely go back to normal.  Do look out this week for some additions to the guidelines on the steps that need to be taken before our Centres can re-open.
My meeting with the Trustee Board over the weekend was productive, and we covered a wide range of topics. I have often reflected that technology has been great for allowing us to keep in touch during these extraordinary days and weeks, and I was again struck by how well our weekend meeting worked using Zoom.
The Trustee Board members are very focussed on ensuring Playcentre is well-placed to get through this period and are actively working on information for the upcoming AGM.  They also wanted to pass on their thanks and appreciation for the mahi of many in our Playcentre whānau during what’s been a challenging time. They will shortly be launching a new Governance section on the website with some really comprehensive information about the Trustee Board’s role, which I think will be of real interest to our members.

This is something I alluded to last week, and for some of you, this COVID-19 disrupted time may be an opportunity for you to continue with your Playcentre education.  Given that we are unable to offer workshops, the plan is to put our time, energy and money into high quality learning online that you can access when you choose so you do not have to travel or be available at a particular time. Investing in this development will serve Playcentre not just for now but into the future. 

At the same time we very much appreciate that some of you are not in a position to continue with the programme at the moment.  We do understand that many of you have greater priorities at the moment.  It is fine if you are unable to continue with the Playcentre Education programme at the  moment – please do not be stressed about it – you will be able to continue in the future when the time is right for you.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Sean McKinley