10 March 2022 Update


Media Release 10 March 2022

Playcentre Aotearoa today announced the appointment of Erana Rattray as the new Kaiwhakahaere Hononga Māori (Māori Relationship Manager).  Erana will take up her new position on 14 March. 

This is a key role for the organisation.  Erana will join the Senior Leadership Team and report directly to the Chief Executive.

Speaking about the appointment, Playcentre Aotearoa Chief Executive David Moger said, “After a rigorous recruitment campaign run by an independent recruitment company, Erana, currently our Upper South Island Kaihononga Māori (Māori Relationships Advisor) clearly demonstrated that she is the ideal person for the role”.

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The expectation at the Red Protection Framework Setting is that all Early Childhood Education (ECE) services including Playcentres are open, however the Ministry of Education has acknowledged that Playcentre’s supervision model is different to other ECE services and that parents may have no option but to remain home with their children, which in turn effects the ability for the session to run.

The Ministry of Education has now approved funding for the February to May 2022 period only at this time for sessions who decide not to open under the red setting

This is intended to help Playcentres continue to be funded for sessions which would normally be closed and therefore no funding received – it is not intended that most Playcentre sessions will close under Red Setting like under Level 3 lockdown, as they should be open.  Playcentres are still encouraged to open and can still apply for Emergency Closure (if Person Responsible Isolating), Discretionary Days (lack of qualifications to meet Supervision Plan) or Provisional Licence, but these cannot be taken as guaranteed as these decisions still rest with Ministry of Education Local Education Managers.

For families who have used the ‘Statement of Intention to Return’ process and confirmed they will not be attending at Red we can use the ‘EC12 rule’ to ensure we still receive funding for that family.  These statements will need to be reconfirmed to the Regional Funding Administrator every 4 weeks and we ask families to please reply as a matter of importance to any email requests for reconfirmation of their intention.

We have added three more documents to our COVID-19 signage web page, including:


Discover has made a system wide update to the Tablet Visitor Sign In which now includes fields that ask for Vaccination Status as a requirement with the dose dates being optional. There is also an option under status to say ‘no information provided’ if the person wishes.

Centres can now use this field for visitors who come into centre.

If your emergency contact person for your centre has changed, please ensure you update your Regional Support Lead with the new emergency contact details.


Isolation periods are being shortened. From 11:59pm Friday 11 March, people with COVID-19 and their Household Contacts must isolate for 7 days, not 10 days.

Household Contacts will need to test on Day 3 and Day 7.

Once you have recovered from COVID-19, you will not need to isolate again for 3 months, if someone else in your household tests positive during that time. This is an increase from 1 month.

For further information please visit the Government’s covid19.govt.nz website.

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As outlined in our 23 February COVID-19 update, we are not anticipating Playcentres will need to access the Close Contact Exemption Scheme for staff. 

Therefore, Playcentre will not currently be eligible to access supplies of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs).