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...

26 May - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. Key messages are: Funding update, Identifying and managing family harm, Contact tracing apps, Information for disabled people and their whānau

28 May - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. Includes information on gathering size increase, financial reporting, and more...

02 June - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. Key messages are: Illnesses versus allergies, Increase in number of people at gatherings, Discretionary hours continue at 60 hours

04 June - Read the latest MoE bulletin here.  (A reminder that Government will consider on Monday 08 June when we will go to Alert Level 1)

08 June - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. Includes guidance for Alert Level 1.

11 June - Read the latest MoE bulletin here.

16 June - Read the latest MoE bulletin here.

23 June - Read the latest MoE bulletin here.

25 June - Read the latest MoE bulletin here.

30 June  - Read the latest MoE bulletin here.

03 July - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. It has information on The 2020 Wellbeing Budget Package and a Bulletin update

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12 August - Read the latest MoE bulletin here, as Auckland goes back into Alert Level 3 for 3 days, and the rest of NZ into Alert Level 2 - stay safe everyone!

13 August - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. Includes Funding arrangements, Contact tracing, Face covering, Quick link to COVID-19 guidance and parent information

14 August - NZ COVID Tracer QR codes. Businesses and services (this includes homebased educators!) must display the official NZ COVID Tracer QR code posters wherever customers or visitors enter the premises.

The self service web form allows a business to generate up to 20 posters for different sites.  For businesses with more than 20 locations a form needs to be completed and sent to the Ministry of Health.  All the info can be accessed here: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-resources-and-tools/nz-covid-tracer-app/nz-covid-tracer-qr-codes#posters

15 August - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. Including Public Health measures that apply at Alert Levels 2 & 3, and Specific information for licensed early learning services and playgroups at Alert Levels 2 & 3

18 August - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. Focus on Auckland at Alert Level 3

19 August - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. Includes an update that homebased providers are now eligible to apply for Urgent Response Funding!

21 August - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. Includes info on COVID-19 Resurgence Wage Subsidy, Wage Subsidy Extension, negative wash up reimbursement process, and Auckland travel exemptions

24 August - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. It follows the Prime Minister's announcement that Auckland will reduce from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2 from 11.59pm on Sunday 30 August while the remainder of the country will remain at Alert Level 2 during this period. This gives you and your teachers a week to plan for the change to Alert Level 2 in Auckland. We have provided some information to help you plan and will be providing more information during the course of the week.

25 August - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. Face coverings, Alert level 3 – Auckland regional boundary restrictions

27 August - Read the latest MoE bulletin here.

28 August - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. Includes 10 things you need to know about Alert Level 2 and Common Questions.

01 September - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. It highlights the additional measures in place for Auckland at Alert Level 2

04 September - Read the latest MoE bulletin here.

08 September - Read the latest MoE bulletin here.

14 September - Read the latest MoE bulletin here. Includes the Prime Minister’s announcement on Alert Levels, the Early Learning Sustainability Fund, and Curriculum Wellbeing Leads...

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All of NZ in Level 1 as of 05 October

05 October - Read the latest MoE bulletin here.