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Our priority will always be to do things safely so that children, parents, families and staff are confident that when they are at the kindergarten we have put in place secure systems and practices to maintain health and safety but still continue to give children opportunities to learn and grow.

COVID-19

Moving between the Covid 19 Alert Level has been met with mixed emotions by many parents.

Worries about the impact it will have on your children's safety, health, and education.

Our priority will always be to do things safely so that children, parents, families and staff are confident that any return to the centre is safe and has been thought through properly.

 

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ARRIVING AT THE KINDERGARTEN

Level 3:

Dropping off your child in the morning under Level 3:

  • The entrance door will be open weather permitting. 
  • The reception will be manned from service opening to 9:00am, welcoming you and your child and supporting families with drop off. 
  • Please use the QR code
  • We ask that ONE ADULT enter the service to drop off and collect your child. 
  • Practice 2m social distancing from other families, use the 2M FLOOR MARKINGS provided if you need to wait. 
  • Please drop off and collect your child in a timely fashion. Call the service if you need to have an extended conversation with the teachers. 
  • Teachers will meet you at the classroom door. Please say goodbye to your child, the teachers will then help your child take their bag to their locker, WASH THEIR HANDS and join their friends. 
  • The teachers will sign your child in and out, on the daily attendance register. 
  • If your child is nervous, you may enter the classroom,
  1. Use HAND SANTIZER before entering the classroom
  2. Please DO NOT TOCUH any hard surfaces. 
  3. Only ONE FAMILY is allowed in the classroom at a time. 
  • If you need ASSISTANCE in the morning, please do not hesitate to call and discuss. If you prefer to have your child collected and dropped at reception or in the car park, this can be arranged.

Level 2:

Dropping off your child in the morning under Level 2:

  • Please use the QR code
  • Practice 2m social distancing from other families,
  • Please drop off and collect your child in a timely fashion. Call the service if you need to have 
  • an extended conversation with the teachers.
  • Teachers will meet you at the classroom door. Please say goodbye to your child, the teachers will then help your child take their bag to their locker, WASH THEIR HANDS and join their friends.
  • Please sign your child in and out, on the daily attendance register.
  • If your child is nervous, you may enter the classroom,
    • Use HAND SANTIZER before entering the classroom
    • Please DO NOT TOCUH any hard surfaces. 
    • Only ONE FAMILY is allowed in the classroom at a time.
  • If you need ASSISTANCE in the morning, please do not hesitate to call and discuss. If you prefer to have your child collected and dropped at reception or in the car park, this can be arranged.



FAQ’S

For some parents the idea of letting your child return to the kindergarten while Covid 19 is present in New Zealand will be a terrifying prospect.  Many parents are also enduring the stress of juggling working while having children at home.

We've put together a list of FAQs which will be helpful for you. If your question is not listed, please contact us. Phone 09 479 3387

At Alert Level 3.  When can my child start attending the service?

Any child who can’t be supervised at home by an appropriate person.  WE do have bubble size limits of 20 children.  Please phone the service Manager to confirm there is a place for your child. 

At Alert Level 3.  Who should not attend an early learning service?

Any child who can be supervised at home.

Anyone who is sick should stay home (phone Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or their GP and get tested if a doctor or health professional recommends to do so).
Anyone who is self-isolating, or who has been advised by health authorities to remain at home while they wait for their COVID-19 test results, must stay home.

Do children need to wear face coverings?

No. Public Health officials have advised that children under the age of 6 should not wear face coverings. Other public health control measures will be in place including early learning bubbles with a maximum of twenty children, children and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing, and hygiene requirements.

Do teachers need to wear face coverings at Alert Level 3?

Teachers do not need to wear face coverings within their early learning bubbles of up to twenty children. Outside of their own early learning or school bubble, teachers are encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a face covering in situations where they are unable to maintain a distance of 2m from people who are not in their bubble of 20, including talking to other adults at school. Other public health measures will be in place including children and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing, and hygiene requirements.

Do teachers need to wear face coverings at Alert Level 2?

Teachers do not need to wear a mask or face covering at the kindergarten.  Outside the kindergarten environment teachers, like all people in New Zealand must, unless they have an exemption, wear a mask or face covering on buses, trains, ferries and on all flights.

Teachers are discouraged to visit public places with large groups of adults (ie supermarkets) during their breaks.   If they do, they are encouraged to maintain 2m from people or wear a mask.  Hand hygiene will be practiced every time they enter the service.

Why doesn’t the kindergarten take children and staff temperatures when they arrive?

Taking temperatures is not part of the public health requirements for COVID-19. It is also not an overly effective tool to screen for people who might have symptoms of COVID-19. The symptoms are varied and the majority of people only have mild symptoms, particularly children. Someone who has a fever looks unwell. You don’t have to take their temperature to suspect they have a fever.

If someone is showing signs of a fever, we may want to take their temperature as part of our usual first aid response to inform medical practitioners and/or parents and caregivers.  Teachers observe children in attendance, checking for symptoms and those presenting as unwell, and will follow the sickness policy and arrange for parents and caregivers to come and pick their child up.

How does the service manage physical distancing?

There is no requirement for staff and children within their bubble to physically distance, although it is recommended that separation is encouraged as much as possible through the placement of resources and activities in the service.

Number of children in the same room or physical space to be limited to bubbles of no more than 20 children. Each bubble must remain separate from other bubbles within the service.

Inside the classrooms adults, where practicable, use 1m as a guide between themselves and other adults and cannot mix between bubbles.

Outside the classroom adults are asked to be 2m apart and staff breaks are staggered.

How does the service keep resources and surfaces clean and sanitized?

Some resources (food role plan items, cushions, dress-ups, messy art play, sandpit, any toys and equipment that cannot easily be sanitized) are not available during Alert Level 3.  The service has through procedures in place for daily cleaning, a good amount of cleaning supply, rotate resources and staff and the commercial cleaning company has received additional instruction.  See our detailed actions on our Management plan.

Best practice to prevent COVID-19 from spreading, continues to be asking people to stay away if they feel ill, maintaining a breathing distance from others, good cough/sneeze etiquette and washing hands regularly.

What happens if the service has a confirmed or probable case?

If the person or persons who are a confirmed or probable case have worked in or attended the service when they could have been infectious (which could start up to 2 days prior to having symptoms) the service will be closed for at least 72 hours to allow time for contact tracing and a clean of the service to align with Ministry of Health guidelines.

In addition to closure for 72 hours for contact tracing health authorities could require closure for longer periods of time, up to 14 further days. 

Detailed information is available in our Management Plan and at the service, COVID-19 in your school or early learning service, Ministry of Education.

Do the teachers talk about Covid-19 to the children?

Yes we do. Helping children with the changes caused by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) means providing accurate information, discussing facts without causing undue alarm, and re-establishing routines.  Teachers and children talk about the “new normal” and teachers role model good cough/sneeze etiquette and washing hands regularly.

Nanogirl video clip with a great explanation for kids about coronavirus:

                  YouTube clip – Nanogirl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPsY-jLqaXM

What happens to my childcare fees?

Throughout Level 3 and Level 2 your child’s enrolment is secure - whether your child attends or remains at home. Childcare fees are only charged when your child attends the service.