Opening at Level 3

Hello all

As we prepare to move into Level 3 we also need to abide by Ministry of Education and Public Health guidance to operate safely. We can open at Level 3 with limited capacity  for essential workers and their children. We can also accept parents that require ECE for other reasons i.e if there is a desperate need. MOE guidelines are children should learn from home if possible.

Some of requirements are we have been given for level 3 is (once again)a higher amount of cleaning of all surfaces daily with high touch surfaces cleaned more frequently, frequent hand washing, stay at home if sick, toys that can not be wiped put away, sleep furniture cleaned after use by child and PPE/mask not required to be worn.

What we require now moving forward is if you could please inform me if you will be attending at level 3 and what are the hours essential workers will require as this is going to be based on what the we hours of operation of the centre will be during level 3.

 Also as our role does not really indicate hours, for the children who are going to attend at Level 3  what hours do you require at level 3 in order to fore fill your work obligations? Ideally we would like to close earlier than 5.30 due to extra cleaning and we will be teaching with a smaller team at level 3 and have to spread ourselves out over quite a long day.

MAIN POINT is can you please email (please use – juliebarton@xtra.co.nz) or text me on 0275706124 what your intentions are and at which level you intend to return. If returning at level 3 what are the hours your require so I can plan  teaching staff roster plus hours of operation. Level 2 will hopefully be back to normal hours.

Stay safe

Will look forward to hopefully getting back to normal soon

Julie

Fees during level 4

hello all

today’s news of Covid reaching wellington is very worrying but i am sure we can all manage this together.

similar to last years troubles during Level 4 Lockdown we will not be asking for parents to pay fees. we ask that fees continue when we are able to welcome your children back safely, which will be based on government guidlines as soon as they are announced.

As we have yet to hear what Wellingtons plan for leaving Lockdown will be we are unsure when we are able to open, and who we will be aloud to return.

we hope everyone stays safe and has a smooth process booking your vaccinations.

SsK.

Lockdown Level 4

Following the news today (20/08/2021) Wellington will be entering an extended lockdown. we are unsure of when we will be able to reopen and for whom.

last year we opened back up for essential workers only during level 3. at this present time we are unsure if the same rules will apply this time around.

SSK.

Siouxsie Wiles: Posts on Covid-19

The Spinoff 

Viruses vs Everyone

Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris, with help from Dr Siouxsie Wiles, explores three important points about Covid-19.

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After ‘Flatten the Curve’, we must now ‘Stop the Spread’. Here’s what that means

March 14, 2020

We must act quickly, with no half-measures. Dr Siouxsie Wiles explains why, with illustrations by Toby Morris.

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During an outbreak, if we can’t control the spread of the disease, then the number of sick people quickly rises. For Covid-19 we know this: about two out of every 10 people will need to be hospitalised for between two and six weeks. About one in 20 people will end up in intensive care, and one in a hundred will need a ventilator to help them breathe.

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The world is on fire: My message to New Zealanders on Covid-19

March 16, 2020

Think of the coronavirus pandemic as a bunch of fires erupting around the world. Drastic action is required, and that’s why firebreaks are urgent, writes Siouxsie Wiles.

Dear fellow people of Aotearoa New Zealand

I’m writing this letter because I want to reach out to you all about Covid-19. If you don’t know me, I’m a microbiologist. I have spent the last 20 years studying infectious microbes. I work at the University of Auckland where my lab is trying to find new antibiotics – not very useful when it comes to stopping viruses, unfortunately, but something we are in growing need of for other reasons.

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How testing for Covid-19 works

How the process runs, why we’re not testing everyone who feels ill, and something you can do online immediately and easily to help the fight against the virus.

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Keeping anxiety in check amidst uncertainty

From The Detail 18 March 2020

Psychologist Karen Nimmo has issued some sage advice about combating your coronavirus fears – included among it, maybe ration your news intake and stop talking about it so much at home, especially in front of the children.

“It’s all around us – there are experts talking about it, it’s new and it’s uncertain, every day and often every hour we’re getting fresh updates. So of course you’re going to be anxious.

Listen to the podcast where she talks to Emile Donovan about keeping anxiety in check amidst uncertainty and  how to talk to your children about Covid-19: you don’t want to underplay it, but you also don’t want to traumatise an eight year-old. Nimmo says if both parents are worried about it, maybe don’t talk about it so much – especially not where flapping ears are taking it all in.

Centre Management of COVID-19

COVID-19

The centre has adopted the Ministry of Health (MOH) guidelines and will be following all advice issued by the Ministry of Education (MOE) / MOH / NZ Government.

Current MOE guidelines state that there is no need to close the centre as there are only a few cases of COVID-19 and none related to small children.

Prevent the Spread

  • Do you feel unwell?
  • Do you have any of these symptons:
    • Cough
    • Fever
    • Breathing difficulties
  • Have been overseas in the last 14 days?
  • Are you close to someone diagnosed with COVID-19?

If YES PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE CENTRE.

Call 0800 358 5453 for free advice from a health professional.

Preventing the risk

At the centre the most important thing we can do to prevent infection is to practice good hygiene. This means:

  • covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues
  • disposing of used tissues appropriately in a bin
  • coughing/sneezing into your elbow – we will be demonstrating this technique to our kids and encouraging them to use it
  • washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and drying them thoroughly:
    • before eating or handling food
    • after using the toilet
    • after coughing, sneezing, blowing nose or wiping children’s noses
    • after touching public surfaces
  • using hand sanitiser between hand washing
  • disinfecting surfaces

At the centre we have checked out civil defense kit and first aide kits are well stocked and up-to-date.

We have stocked up on disinfectant, hand sanitiser and paper towels and ensuring that the centre is well ventilated.
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Matariki 2019

Matariki signals the start of the Māori New Year that begins with the rising of the Matariki star cluster (the Pleiades or Seven Sisters).

Because Māori follow Maramataka (the Māori lunar calendar), not the European calendar, the dates for Matariki change every year. In 2019  Matariki will re-appear in the dawn sky between the 25th to 28th June.

Matariki is a time a time for renewal, celebration and wellbeing. Māori were guided by  the stars, when Matariki disappeared in April/May, it was time to preserve crops for the winter season. When it re-appeared in June/July, tūpuna would read the stars to predict the upcoming season – clear and bright stars promised a warm and abundant winter while hazy stars warned of a bleak winter (from Te Iwa o Matariki).

See our last year’s post on Matariki »

Te Iwa o Matariki Resources

Find out more about Te Iwa o Matariki with these helpful resources.

 

What do I say to my child? Helping your child after a traumatic event

MOH advice on how to help your children cope with trauma

How children react to trauma is different from adults – they may withdraw or behave in a more “babyish” way, seem anxious or clingy, be preoccupied with the event in their play or drawing, have problems sleeping or nightmares, or may get physical symptoms such as stomach aches or headaches.

As with adults, most children will recover with support and love from those around them.

As parents or caregivers you will know your kids best, and what works for them. Some simple dos and don’ts to guide you support a distressed child are:

Do:

  1. Reassure them that the event is over and they are safe.
  2. Encourage them to talk about how they feel about what happened.
  3. Tell them they can ask questions, and answer these in plain language appropriate to their age – be honest but avoid details of the trauma.
  4. Tell them that feeling upset or afraid is normal, and that telling you how they are feeling will help, that with time they will feel better.
  5. Be understanding – they may have problems sleeping, tantrums, wet the bed – be patient and reassuring if this happens – again, with support and care it will pass.
  6. Give your children extra love and attention.
  7. Remember that children look to their parents to both feel safe and to know how to respond – reassure them, share that you are upset too but that you know you will all be fine together.
  8. Try to keep to normal routines – mealtimes, bedtimes etc. – allow them to get out and play, to go to the park etc.
  9. HOWEVER if a child’s distress is escalating, or they are displaying any worrying behaviours – extreme withdrawal, terror that you cannot comfort them from etc – seek help early. Your GP is a good start, OR For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 – free, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to talk it through with a trained counsellor.

Don’t:

  1. Talking about the details of a traumatic event repeatedly can be harmful. Children may be fascinated/horrified and may want to ask about details, talk about what they saw/experienced.
  2. If this is repeated try to refocus them on how they are feeling e.g. what happened is awful, it’s normal to feel upset or afraid, how are you feeling?
  3. Don’t tell them “don’t worry” or “don’t be upset” – it is natural to want to protect them from fear and difficult emotions, but they need to have their feelings acknowledged and validated as a normal response.
  4. Try not to be over-protective, again this is a natural thing for a parent to do, but as part of keeping normal

See also:

What to tell children about the Christchurch mosque shootings

Parents wrestling with how to explain the Christchurch mosque massacre to their children should tell them they’re safe, but be honest that something bad has happened.

Clinical psychologist Dr Sarb Johal said that when it came to dealing with tragedy, children took cues from their parents

“Kids need to be told ‘you’re safe, we’re safe, something bad has happened and there are people out there helping’,” Johal said.

Read more: What to tell children about the Christchurch mosque shootings
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