Frequently Asked Question Bank

We have created a COVID-19 frequently asked questions bank. We are working with the Ministry of Education and will be continually adding more information as it becomes available. 

If you have questions that you would like included please send them through to us via our COVID-19 feedback form available here

Please refer to the Te Mahau (MOE) Frequently asked questions for more general ECE information

Last updated: 14 July 2022

Vaccine Mandate/Vaccine Passes

Are vaccine passes still required to attend Playcentre?

Why are there changes to the Vaccine Mandate and My Vaccine Pass?

Why has the vaccine mandate been lifted?

Who is required to wear a face mask?

What public health measures can centres put in place to protect people from COVID-19?

Can visitors attend Playcentre?

Are vaccine passes required to attend infant programmes (Space and Babies Can Play)?

Can our centre continue to ask people for their vaccination status or vaccine pass?

Do I still need to provide Playcentre with my vaccination information?

What is Playcentre Aotearoa doing with the vaccination records they have for staff and volunteer workers?

Can I decline a child’s enrolment based on the vaccination status of their parents or caregivers?

Can I require parents or caregivers to tell me their vaccination status?

Can I prevent unvaccinated parents or caregivers from coming into the building?

What is Playcentre Aotearoa’s position/policy on the vaccination mandate?

Managing COVID 19 cases in your centre

What do centres need to do if they have a positive case at their centre?

Does our centre need to close if a case has been identified at our centre?

What are centres required to do for contact tracing?

What cleaning process do centres need to undertake after a positive case of COVID-19 has been in the building?

What to do if our Centre is contacted by the media?

What support is available for whānau experiencing hardship?

What support is available for self-isolating households?

COVID-19 Protection Framework

How does the COVID-19 Protection Framework apply to Playcentre?

What is the self-isolation period if I test positive for COVID-19?

Public Health Measures

Who needs to sign in?

Who is required to wear a face mask?

What are the physical distancing recommendations?

What public health measures can centres put in place to protect people from COVID-19?

What hygiene and cleaning protocols do we need to follow on session?

Can we have shared kai on session?

What is the best way to ventilate a Centre?

Funding

What funding settings apply under the traffic light setting?

How do we manage discretionary days?

Does our centre need to close if a case has been identified at our centre?

When can our centre use the EC12 exemption from absence funding (for June to September 2022 funding period)?

June to September 2022 funding period Frequent Absence Rule

Playgroup funding

Cleaning

Can a Centre Member be paid to undertake cleaning as part of hiring the centre to a third party?

What is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?

What is “best practice” to clean and disinfect?

What products can be used to disinfect?

Can I use a product that claims to clean and disinfect at the same time?

What is the difference between household grade disinfectant and hospital grade disinfectant?

Which areas should be cleaned and disinfected, and how often?

What is meant by a frequently touched surface?

How do I use cleaning and disinfecting chemicals safely?

Do I need to wear protective equipment when cleaning?

What if a known case of COVID-19 has been in the building?

How should soft or porous surfaces be cleaned?

Are there any cleaning methods I shouldn’t use?

Is ‘fogging’ an effective disinfectant method?

Is a sanitiser a disinfectant?

Does heating or freezing kill the virus?

Can I make my own disinfectant?

Will an antibacterial product kill COVID-19 or other viruses'?

Can I use the same disinfecting wipe on multiple surfaces?

Playcentre education ākonga

Are Playcentre education students required to wear masks in face-to-face workshops?