Regarding the sector, MoE updates

18 March - The Ministry of Education have posted some very useful FAQs for Early Learning Services - please have a look at this link for further information

19 March -  At the time of writing, no early learning services have been required to close.​ The Ministry is working with other government agencies to align our planning for a range of possible scenarios relating to early learning services and schools. An overview of the decision tool is available here for your information. This tool tells you what will happen in different situations.​

21 March - New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact for COVID-19. People over 70 years of age and those with compromised immunity and certain existing medical conditions are asked to remain at home as much as they can from now on and avoid any non-essential travel. This applies also to all staff, children and young people in schools and early learning services who have compromised immunity or are over 70 years of age. 

Please refer to the MoE funding information regarding absence funding for children - http://education.govt.nz/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-3/#fundingforeve

23 MarchGovernment announcement – moving to Alert Level 3 for 48 hours and then Level 4. The Prime Minister has today announced we are moving to Level 3 for the next 48 hours and then to Level 4 in the COVID-19 Alert Level structure for a further period of 4 weeks. COVID-19 Alert Level [PDF, 50KB]

24 March - Leave subsidy update for home-based educators: It’s important to note that educators who are contractors or self-employed need to apply for the subsidy themselves, rather than the home-based service they contract to, or get work from.
To qualify for the wage subsidy, all applicants must also be able to declare that they meet the other key criteria such as:

  • having experienced a minimum of a 30% decline in actual or predicted revenue (over the period of a month when compared with the same month last year), and that decline is related to COVID-19
  • be taking active steps to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their business
  • making their best effort to retain employees and pay them a minimum of 80% of their normal income for the subsidy period.

25 March - Read the latest MoE bulletin here, with information on essential worker childcare options.

27 March - Read the latest MoE bulletin here, with further information and scenarios regarding supervision and care of children.

28 MarchEarly learning relief teacher applications for COVID-19 Wage Subsidy scheme

30 March - Read the latest MoE bulletin here, with information on COVID-19 and employment relationships

02 April - Read messages from Edubase and Barnardos regarding information on Childcare for Families who are Essential Workers

02 April - Read the latest MoE bulletin here - it has lots of information on wellbeing and more..

07 April - Read the latest MoE bulletin here

09 April - Read the latest MoE bulletin here

14 April - Read the latest MoE bulletin here with information on home learning for Term 2 and more...

16 April - Read the latest message from Iona Halsted regarding our current alert level and any potential changes

17 April - Read the latest Moe bulletin here

19 April - Read an update from our Association's President, Susan Phua, about how to prepare for Alert Level 3

20 April - Read the latest MoE bulletin here, with information on preparations for moving into Alert Level 3

21 April - Read the latest MoE bulletin here

22 April - Read the latest MoE bulletin here; a special issue with an ECE Operational Funding update, and more...

23 April - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. Key messages: advice on the operation of your service, information from MSD on childcare assistance, and an update on date for supply of hand sanitiser

24 April - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. Key messages are regarding the change to Alert Level 3 and more...

28 April - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. Updates from MSD and more, funded flu vaccinations, online guidance

01 May - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. Key messages - planning for Level 2, daily check in process, and more...

05 May - Read the latest MoE bulletin here.

07 May - Read the latest MoE bulletin here - Special Edition with a message from Iona Holsted as well as today's key messages from the Prime Minister

08 May - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. Key messages - update on the Childcare Subsidy, Ministry funded flu vaccination vouchers available, Home Learning TV extended to support teaching and learning

11 May - Read the latest MoE bulletin here.  Key messages - announcement on Alert Level 2, response to initial questions (incl. transitional VT visits), and WorkSafe information.

12 May - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. It includes more guidance on how to operate in Alert Level 2,  pre-budget information, informal playgroups update and more...

14 May - Read the latest MoE bulletin here

15 May - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. It has guidance for leaders about teaching and learning at Alert Level 2, and info on webinars for wellbeing

19 May - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. Includes information on Budget 202, and webinar on wellbeing

20 May - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. Key message is the new NZ COVID Tracer app

21 May - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. Includes more information on the Budget 2020 initiative, weekly attendance data collection update, preparing for the 2020 ECE Census, and more...