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Latest COVID-19 updates

COVID-19 update – 9 December(external link)

  • Message from Iona

COVID-19 information

  • Boundary exemption has been gazetted
  • COVID-19 resource toolkit
  • Information on wellbeing for staff

Heads-up

  • New website for Ministry pānui
  • New bill strengthens learner wellbeing and safety
  • Playgroup funding

COVID-19 update – 7 December(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Recently updated advice for early learning services:

  • Attendance at the Red setting

COVID-19 information

  • Travel across the Auckland boundary for children and staff
  • Changes to the Employment Relations Act
  • Updated: Traffic light guidance
  • Workforce wellbeing EAP services extended
  • Vaccine mandate: Fake Diplomatic ID cards

Heads-up

  • Recording absences over the Christmas holiday

COVID-19 update – 3 December(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Recently updated advice for early learning services:

  • Clarification of testing requirements
  • Advice around gatherings

COVID-19 information

  • Funding band protection: November 2021
  • Funding settings under the traffic light system

COVID-19 update – 1 December(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Recently updated advice for early learning services:

  • Parent-led services operating in the Red setting
  • Clarification of traveling across the Auckland border

COVID-19 information

  • Managing positive COVID-19 cases in early learning services
  • COVID-19 Protection Framework guidance for certified playgroups
  • Clarification: Children can attend more than one service at the Red setting

COVID-19 update – 29 November(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Recently updated advice for early learning services:

  • Funding for dual enrolment in Red Setting

COVID-19 information

  • COVID-19 Protection Framework letter template for parents and whānau
  • Operating under the COVID-19 Protection Framework
  • Funding update 2021 and 2022

COVID-19 update – 26 November(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Recently updated advice for early learning services:

  • Playgroups and the Vaccination Health Order

COVID-19 information

  • Information about the COVID-19 Protection Framework
  • COVID-19 Protection Framework guidance
  • Update: Travel across Alert Level 3 boundaries
  • Translated information for parents and whānau
  • AstraZeneca now available

Heads-up

  • Changes coming: Children’s names and dates of birth

COVID-19 update – 22 November(external link)

  • Message from Iona

COVID-19 information

  • Update on saliva testing for Alert Level 3
  • Funding reminders – EC12 exemption

COVID-19 update – 19 November(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Heads-up

  • November 2021 advance funding will not be clawed back in March 2022

COVID-19 information

  •  Information about My Vaccine Pass

COVID-19 update – 18 November(external link)

  • Message from Iona

COVID-19 information

  • FAQ: Are offsite providers required to be vaccinated?
  • Waikato: Information for Alert Level 2
  • Guidance for responding to situations involving strong views and big emotions

Heads up

  • First aid qualifications

COVID-19 update – 12 November(external link)

  • Message from Iona

COVID-19 information

  • Vaccines available under the mandatory vaccination Public Health Order
  • Get in touch if you have concerns about meeting your staffing requirements
  • ERO staff on your early learning service site

COVID-19 update – 11 November(external link)

  • Message from Iona

COVID-19 information

  • Managing employment processes after 15 November
  • AstraZeneca vaccine information and availability
  • Travelling across boundaries

Heads-up

  • EC12 exemption for children not attending under Alert Level 3
  • EC12 application for affected parts of the Waikato region

COVID-19 update – 10 November(external link)

  • Message from Iona

COVID-19 information

  • Health and safety assessment: Information on vaccine requirements
  • Key dates for the vaccination requirements
  • Vaccination requirement – letter template for parents, caregivers and whānau
  • Learning Support specialist staff at Alert Level 3

Heads-up

  • Delay in commencement of qualification requirements for home-based educators
  • Resetting timelines for gazetting Te Whāriki

C(external link)OVID-19 update – 8 November(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Medical exemptions for vaccinations
  • Update: Saliva Testing in Auckland and Waikato at Alert Level 3
  • Immunisation Advisory Centre: Vaccine information and resources
  • Auckland at Alert Level 3 Step 2
  • Upper Northland: Information for Alert Level 2
  • Class border exception applications

COVID-19 update – 5 November(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • What to do if there is a case of COVID-19 in your early learning service
  • Increased bubble size – Alert Level 3 Step 2 for Auckland and Waikato
  • Process for working through teacher shortages 
  • Clarification: Table of required vaccinations
  • Vaccination requirements for Ministry staff on your site
  • Now online: COVID-19 videos with Dr Michelle ‘Nanogirl’ Dickinson
  • Publication of responses to the Attestation of Certificated Teachers’ Salaries
  • Now open: TeachNZ career changer scholarships

COVID-19 update – 3 November(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Application of mandatory vaccination requirements for various roles
  • Webinar tonight: Pregnancy and the vaccine
  • Pay equity claim updates
  • Whānau in-home learning programme tender opportunity on GETS

COVID-19 update – 1 November(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Required Vaccinations Order employment diagram
  • Saliva testing available in Alert level 3
  • Financial support for struggling families
  • Digital early learning child protection resource
  • ECE funding payment

COVID-19 update – 28 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Information about the COVID-19 Required Vaccinations Order
  • Questions and answers about the COVID-19 Required Vaccinations Order

COVID-19 update – 27 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Public Health Order on vaccinations
  • Testing requirements
  • Parts of Waikato at Alert Level 3
  • Outdoor equipment at Alert Level 3

COVID-19 update – 22 October(external link)

  • Enhanced Business Support package announced
  • Parts of Waikato remain at Alert Level 3
  • Open windows and doors will help ventilate rooms
  • Licence applications and amendments for services in Alert Level 3
  • Vaccine letter template for parents, caregivers and whānau
  • He wero, he wānanga: A virtual wānanga about COVID-19

COVID-19 update – 21 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Why get vaccinated
  • Addressing vaccine misinformation in your community
  • Education workers are eligible for priority vaccinations
  • Working through vaccine hesitancy
  • Information and translations about the vaccine for parents and whānau
  • Prioritising testing for the education workforce
  • Where to get tested
  • Reminder: My COVID record
  • Reminder for use of partitions in Alert Level 3

COVID-19 update – 19 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Public Health Testing Order
  • Employer obligations
  • Employee obligations
  • Non-compliance with the Order
  • Questions and answers about the Required Testing Order

COVID-19 update – 18 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Cabinet's decisions this afternoon
  • Northland will return to Alert Level 2
  • Auckland and parts of Waikato remain at Alert Level 3
  • Accessing your vaccination record
  • Pay parity staffing survey
  • Testing requirements for construction sites

COVID-19 update – 15 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Vaccine and testing register
  • Clarification on mandatory testing requirements for Alert Level 3
  • Being fully vaccinated
  • Where to get tested
  • Early learning regulatory consultation extended

COVID-19 update – 14 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Advice on the mandatory vaccination and testing requirements
  • Vaccination and testing requirements for home- based services
  • Updated frequently asked questions on vaccination and testing
  • Northland: E12 exemption for children not attending under Alert Level 3
  • Financial reporting overdue
  • New session: Dr Michelle Dickinson webinars
  • Getting your COVID-19 test results
  • Vaccination register

COVID-19 update – 13 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Northland and parts of Waikato remain at Alert Level 3
  • Vaccination and testing suggested staff notice
  • Super Saturday: Get vaccinated
  • Tonight: Vaccination live chat
  • Wellbeing information and tips
  • New lullaby to support baby and whānau
  • PLD-supported trial: Kōwhiti Whakapae 

COVID-19 update – 12 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Mandatory vaccination requirements
  • Vaccination registers needs to be kept
  • Mandatory testing for Alert Level 3 areas by 26 October
  • Mandatory ongoing testing at Alert Level 3
  • Maximum bubble sizes still in place for all Alert Level 3 areas
  • Pick-ups and drop-offs
  • Distance learning in Auckland, Tai Tokerau and Waikato
  • Guidance on pay parity

COVID-19 update – 11 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Mandatory testing for Alert Level 3 regions
  • Mandatory vaccinations for employees
  • Partitions to keep bubbles separate
  • Translations for Alert Level 3
  • FAQ: What can we say about vaccinations?
  • Vaccination webinars with Dr Michelle ‘Nanogirl’ Dickinson

COVID-19 update – 8 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Alert Level 3 guidance
  • Alert Level 3 letter and translations
  • Who should be on site at Alert Level 3?
  • Alert Level 3 boundaries

 COVID-19 update – 7 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Recently updated advice for early learning services
  • Homebased services operating across Alert Level 2 and 3
  • Centres in Alert Level 2 with staff in Alert Level 3
  • Reforming bubbles
  • Management of bubbles
  • COVID-19 tests for staff
  • Frequency of COVID-19 testing
  • Saliva tests
  • When to return to work after a routine COVID-19 surveillance test
  • Fund settings Alert Level 4 and 3

 COVID-19 update – 5 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Increasing tamariki at Auckland services
  • Accommodating an increase in tamariki
  • Masks at drop-off and pick up
  • Homebased services at Alert Level 3
  • Regular COVID testing for early childhood staff
  • Alert Level 3 boundary exemptions
  • Waikato: EC12 exemption for children not attending under Alert Level 3
  • Funding reminders
  • Te Rito Maioha: Open week

 COVID-19 update – 4 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona

 COVID-19 update – 3 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Alert Level 3 guidance
  • Alert Level 3 letter template and translations
  • Who should be on site in Alert Level 3
  • Alert Level 3 boundaries
  • Where to get tested

COVID-19 updates 2021

 COVID-19 update – 30 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Changes to QR scanning code requirements
  • Permitted travel across the Alert Level 3/2 boundary
  • PLD opportunity: Pito Mata (Realising Potential)
  • PLD-supported trial: Kōwhiti Whakapae
  • Draft licensing criteria guidance for NELP

 COVID-19 update – 28 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Supporting staff to get vaccinated
  • Online information hui for tranche two proposals of the Early Learning Regulatory Review 
  • Awards for teachers of gifted learners: Applications open

 COVID-19 update – 24 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Travel for children and staff from an Alert Level 4 or 3 area
  • Staying home if sick

 COVID-19 update – 21 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Auckland attendance at Alert Level 3
  • Staff at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19
  • Communicating about the need for vaccinations

 COVID-19 update – 20 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Alert Level 3 guidance
  • Going on site to prepare for the alert level change
  • Funding for the Auckland [and Waikato] region in October
  • Travel across alert level boundaries
  • RS7 Return update
  • Home-Based Visiting Teacher Support Payment
  • TESSOL scholarships 2022

 COVID-19 update – 15 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Update on Pay Parity
  • We invite your feedback on the tranche two proposals for the Early Learning Regulatory Review
  • MSD financial assistance tool – for your community

 COVID-19 update – 14 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Auckland: Planning for Alert Level 3

 COVID-19 update – 13 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Privacy concerns about contact tracing registers

 COVID-19 update – 10 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Access to education in different alert levels
  • Three new ERO resources
  • Early intervention study awards

 COVID-19 update – 8 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Priority vaccination for education workers
  • Going to work when you live with someone who is at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or has underlying health conditions
  • Tranche two proposals for the Early Learning Regulatory Review
  • Weekly attendance data

 COVID-19 update – 7 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Alert Level 2 guidance material
  • Face coverings in early learning environments
  • Funding arrangements for early learning services at Alert Level 2
  • Supporting staff at Alert Level 2

 COVID-19 update – 6 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Change to the way you access the Early Learning Information system

 COVID-19 update – 3 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Clarification on funding arrangements in Alert Level 3
  • How our Alert Level guidance is developed

 COVID-19 update – 2 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Northland moving to Alert Level 3
  • Alert Level 3 Translations
  • Ministry licensing activity under COVID restrictions
  • Education Support Workers in Alert Level 3 and 4

 COVID-19 update – 1 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Alert Level 3 funding change for quality-funded home-based services
  • Clarification – using the text tool Mataara for attendance data
  • First Aid qualifications
  • Education Gazette: a digital edition

 COVID-19 update – 31 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Face coverings at early learning services at Alert Level 3
  • Funding arrangements for early learning services at Alert Level 3

 COVID-19 update – 30 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Attendance at Alert Level 3
  • Opening your service at Alert Level 3
  • Expansion of Childcare for Workers of Alert Level 4 Business or Services Scheme to include OSCAR providers
  • Managing and supporting staff at Alert Level 3
  • Alert Level boundary map now live
  • Advice on vandalism

 COVID-19 update – 29 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Planning for alert level change
  • Who can access school and early learning services at Alert level 3?
  • General guidance for Alert Level 3
  • Supporting staff at Alert Level 3
  • Ventilating early learning spaces
  • Travel across alert levels

 COVID-19 update – 27 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona

 COVID-19 update – 26 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Current Alert Level 3 guidance
  • Paying relievers
  • Supporting staff at Alert Level 3

 COVID-19 update – 25 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Kia Manawaroa: Information hub for whānau Māori
  • Early Learning Services with Teacher Aides and Education Support Workers funded by ACC
  • Learning Support remains available

 COVID-19 update – 24 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Mandatory requirement for contact tracing and QR codes
  • Workforce wellbeing EAP services
  • Further information on wellbeing
  • More places to get help
  • Children turning five or six
  • Home Learning update

 COVID-19 update – 23 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Childcare for workers in Alert Level 4 businesses and services
  • Play areas in early learning services
  • Access to food or essential items
  • Useful information
  • Distance learning at Alert Level 4

 COVID-19 update – 20 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • What to do if your centre has a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Supporting your staff
  • Readying for Alert Level 3
  • MSD childcare subsidy payments
  • Keep up the great work

 COVID-19 update – 20 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Accessing premises

 COVID-19 update – 19 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Why we’re in Alert Level 4
  • Testing for COVID-19
  • Childcare for workers in Alert Level 4 businesses and services
  • Fees paid by parents/caregivers
  • Continue to pay your contractors

 COVID-19 update – 18 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • New face covering requirements
  • Locations of interest – rapidly growing
  • COVID information for Pacific communities
  • 10 things you need to know about Alert Level 4
  • Accessing premises
  • Childcare services for essential workers
  • Agencies you can contact for assistance

 COVID-19 update – 17 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Funding arrangements for early learning services at Alert Level 4
  • Distance Learning – Alert Level 4
  • Locations of interest
  • More information

COVID-19 update – 29 June(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • COVID-19 update - all of NZ at Alert Level 1

 COVID-19 update – 27 June(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • COVID-19 update – Wellington stays at Level 2, rest of NZ at Level 1

 COVID-19 update – 24 June(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Guidance for early learning services on staff matters at Alert Level 2

 COVID-19 update – 23 June(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Alert Level 2 in Wellington

 COVID-19 update – 9 April(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Staff undertaking travel to Australia from 19 April
  • COVID-19 diagnosis while travelling or upon return to New Zealand
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

 COVID-19 update – 9 March(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • COVID-19 vaccination programme
  • Playgroup Operational Funding round is open and available through ERS
  • Financial Reporting requirements for the year ending in 2020
  • RS7 Return update
  • Electronic funding notices
  • Funding and COVID-19 alert levels - Friendly Reminder
  • Financial Reporting due 30 June 2021
  • Talking together, Te kōrerorero oral language tool – hard copy resources
  • Survey on the stocktake of early learning resources
  • Access to family violence services

 COVID-19 update – 5 March(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Reminder information
  • Swimming at Alert Level 2
  • Excursions at Alert Level 2

 COVID-19 update – 5 March(external link)

  • Update from Secretary for Education
  • Letter template for services

 COVID-19 update – 1 March(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Services (other than playcentres and playgroups) remain physically open for some children at Alert Level 3
  • Alert Level 2 – Staff and children returning from Auckland
  • Charging parent fees at Alert Level 3
  • Essential links for quick reference

 COVID-19 update – 28 February(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Early learning services at Alert Level 3
  • Funding arrangements for early learning services at Alert Level 3
  • Business Support
  • Supporting staff at Alert Level 3
  • Contactless pick-ups of resources in Alert Level 3
  • Early learning services at Alert Level 2
  • Funding arrangements for early learning services at Alert Level 2
  • Business Support
  • Supporting staff at Alert Level 2

 COVID-19 update – 23 February(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • COVID-19 update

 COVID-19 update – 23 February(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Auckland alert level change and face coverings
  • Make learning unstoppable
  • New rules for quality funded home-based services
  • March funding wash-up
  • Electronic funding notices
  • Changing SMS vendors
  • Updating funding contacts
  • Minimising food-related choking risks first-aid contribution
  • Have your say on the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 Information Sharing Provisions
  • Enhanced Induction and Mentoring Programme
  • Entries for the 2021 Prime Minister’s Awards are now open
  • The second round of applications for the Early Learning Sustainability Fund is now open
  • Vaping regulations consultation
  • Regional News

 COVID-19 update – 18 February(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Face coverings on public transport

 COVID-19 update – 17 February(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • People leaving managed isolation
  • People keep sending your weekly attendance data
  • Funding arrangements – recording absences
  • Template letters for your parent and whānau

 COVID-19 update – 15 February(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Early Learning Services remain open at Alert level 3
  • Funding arrangements for early learning services at alert level 3
  • Supporting staff at alert level 3
  • Contactless pick-ups of resources in Alert level 3
  • After school programmes
  • Who needs to stay away in Alert level 2 regions
  • Supporting staff at Alert Level 2

 COVID-19 update – 14 February(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Update on COVID-19 Alert Levels

 COVID-19 update – 9 February(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Minimising food-related choking risks and vegetable gardens/ fruit trees in early learning services
  • Consultation closing soon – tranche one of the early learning regulatory system review
  • Summer temperatures – plan to keep children comfortable
  • Te Ahu o te Reo Māori registrations now open
  • New dual language e-books in Pacific languages – Pasifika Early Literacy Project (PELP)
  • Changes to NZ Relay services
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories
  • Gifted Awards applications open
  • Survey on the stocktake of early learning resources

 COVID-19 update – 28 January(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • COVID-19 update

 COVID-19 update – 27 January(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Ministry of Health media release

 COVID-19 update – 22 January(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • COVID-19 in 2021
  • Reminder about minimising food-related choking risks in early learning services
  • Funding rates for 100% certificated teachers
  • Critical dates for the RS7 Return due February 2021
  • March ECE funding Wash-up
  • Electronic Funding Notices
  • Reporting deadline for targeted funding for disadvantage
  • Home-Based Visiting Teacher Support Payment
  • Playgroup Operational Funding available through the ERS
  • Review of the early learning regulatory system consultation
  • COVID-19 Urgent Response Fund (URF)

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