COVID-19 update 21 April 2020

We know there will have been any number of challenges for you to deal with but we have been getting some great feedback about the learning that is happening and thank you for all your support.

Yesterday the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on 28 April. That means we will be open to receive children at a time following this, we will be back in touch with you regarding the exact date. We will start to prepare our site from tomorrow.

The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. You should only physically send your child to an early learning service if you need to.

In order to ensure the safety of your children and our staff, we will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures. This includes additional measures such as changes to drop offs, cleaning etc. We will explain these measures to you closer to the time.

We will contact you later this week to find out whether you can keep your child learning from home or need your child to attend in person.

The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with health to develop clear guidance that will support early learning services to safely re-open their premises to children and staff. This will help us work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet. As you will be doing, we want to be sure that what we do will keep our tamariki, whānau and staff as safe as possible.

We will be in touch again soon with more information. As you have been doing, please keep connecting with your teachers with any questions you might have.

Thank you for your ongoing support over this period.

Lawn and Garden Contracting

We have 23 kindergartens throughout Southland that require lawns to be mowed, gardens to be kept tidy and some general tasks related to the upkeep of buildings.

As the current contract we have for this work is due to expire, we are now inviting expressions of interest to quote for this work.

Distance Learning

Kia ora whānau. Some of our whānau are choosing to continue distance learning during COVID-19 Alert Level 2 and we are committed to ensuring there continues to be distance learning experiences shared from Kindergartens South. At the start of each week you will find some learning experience ideas you can enjoy at home here on the Kindergartens South website.

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