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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

To our Kids Count Whanau

The Government’s decision to move us to Alert Level 2 at 11:59pm on Wednesday, 13 May, is a welcome sign that we’re closer to minimising COVID-19. At Kids Count, we’re looking forward to welcoming all of our tamariki back to their centres under Alert Level 2 from Thursday 14th May.

 

You will have heard in the Prime Minister’s announcement that schools will be reopening on Monday 18th May. This is for children who attend secondary school and had not previously be able to return to school. Early childhood education centres, like Kids Count, have been open and operating under Level 3 conditions since Wednesday 29th April and are very confident with our safety precautions.From Thursday 14th May we can move to the Alert Level 2 safety precautions. Alert 2 allows more freedom and flexibility in movement but you can be assured we will be maintaining all our safety precautions including daily temperature checks of all staff and children.

 

We want to reassure all our whanau that we’re ready to welcome your tamariki back to Kids Count. We’re sure they're missing their friends and whaeas – and we are missing them! We want you to know our centres have a series of measures happening in the background to ensure we’re taking every precaution for the health, safety and wellbeing of our children and staff. We’ll continue to enforce measures like frequent handwashing and disinfecting of commonly touched surfaces; social distance for adults and so on.

Critical to minimising the risk of COVID-19 transmission is to record all adult contacts. A per the Government’s direction, we will ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with the centre. You can be assured that we will know everyone who is in our centres and which staff and tamariki have been in close contact with each other.

Under Alert Level 2, we are continuing to advise our staff to remain at home if they feel any symptoms of cold or flu, and we ask you to keep children home if they are unwell.Should a child develop symptoms while in our centre, we will contact you to bring them home.

 

We will continue to make our services contactless. To achieve this, we ask:

1.    When approaching the vans you wait for our custodians to open the van doors. Your tamariki’s temperature will be taken digitally and we’ll ask for your name. Our van service will run this Thursday and Friday only for those whanau who request the service in advance. Your centre team will contact you regarding your preference.  Our regular van services will recommence normally on Monday morning,18th May.

2.   For centre-based signing in, a Kids Count staff member will welcome you and your child and take their temperature before they enter and sign your child in.

3.   We will be messaging or emailing you weekly to confirm your tamariki’s attendance and ask that you respond to confirm our record.

4.   Finally, we ask that food not be brought into the centres in children’s backpacks. During Alert Level 2, tamariki’s snacks and meals will be individually plated and no food sharing allowed.

 

If you have any questions about our health and safety plan -- or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a specific plan for them -- please contact your centre. Children who have been attending since we reopened on 29th April have been delighted to unite with their friends and their teachers and we are really looking forward to welcoming you back!

 

Ngā mihi,  The team at Kids Count


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