New Zealand’s Trusted Early Education Specialist for Children from 3 months to 5 years old

H&S Rules at Kiddie Garden During Covid-19

Kiddie Garden Learning Corner invites our Kiddie Garden community to unite against COVID-19. Following the support and guidance of Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, weare introducing below additional new strict (COVID-19) rules if we are instructed by the government to re-open under Level 3 or Level 2 or Level 1. We trust you will understand, value and be confident about these stringent rules, bearing in mind that they are coming from a place in our hearts of absolute care and absolute commitment in doing the right things as well as doing things right:

New COVID-19 prevention rules at Kiddie Garden Learning Corner Ellerslie:

1. CONTACT LESS THERMOMETER CHECKS FOR ENTRY

  • All staff, parents, whanau, children, managers, directors will be checked outside the front entrance/door for high temperature ("at least 38°C" as specified by the Ministry of Health).
  • If there is a queue, then please observe physical distancing while you wait.
  • If anyone has a high temperature, they will not be allowedin the centre.
  • Turning children away like this will be managed kindly, respectfully, and sensitively (for example: they will be offered a lollipop or their favourite toy from the centre to play with until they get better. Any mat time, singing or group activities within the centre will also be live on ZOOM so that the unwell child can at least connect and participate with us).
  • We want to be as inclusive as we can, while enforcing this strict rule for the health and safety of everyone in the centre as well as our nation.
  • The parent should then contact Health line on 0800 358 5453, for their next steps, before returning to our centre.

2. ON ARRIVAL (DROPOFF) TO OUR CENTRE

  • Parents will not be allowed to enter our hyper-clean classrooms. Instead parents will be asked to bring their child to the foyer by reception, where a teacher will greet you (at 1m distance), take both your temperature’s, and if under 38°C will welcome your child inside and sign them into our safe "mini-bubble" classrooms and playgrounds.
  • Parent please use hand sanitizer supplied at foyer to sanitise your and your child’s hands.
  • Only one family member should bring your child to the front door (this is to limit crowding and apply social distancing at our entrances).

3. ON PICKUP AT OUR CENTRE

  • Parents will not be allowed to enter our hyper-clean centreanc classrooms. Instead parents will be asked to call from the carpark or wait outside the foyer. One of our teachers will sign out, wash your child’s hands and bring your child to your child to you (i.e. transfer your child from our safe centre bubble into your safe home bubble).

4. GOVERNMENT PROPOSED "MINI-BUBBLES" COMPRISING 10-20 CHILDREN

  • As per the Ministry of Education's new COVID rules, each child's "micro-bubble" (3sqm per child) may occupy space inside a "mini-bubbles" will remain together during each day as a tight group.
  • Our Adult: Child ratios will remain best in class as we have always maintained to ensure highest quality care and education.
  • We will work with parents on a needs basis (i.e. essential workers, parents who must return to work. Etc) in determining the priority-based makeup of each "mini-bubble" group).

5. NO ENTRY IF SYMPTOMATIC

if any teacher or parent or child feels any of the COVID-19 Symptoms as stated on the Ministry of Health website:

  • A cough
  • A high temperature (a least 38°C)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing and runny nose
  • Temporary loss of smell,

they will not be allowed entry into our centre. See guidelines here: www.covid19.govt.nz

6. NO ENTRY IF SYMPTOMATIC

If any parent starts to feel any of the COVID-19 Symptoms while at work during the day, and if there is no other pickup option for the child, then before entering our centre to pick up their child, they must call our centre and wait outside the front entrance. One of our teachers will sign out and bring their child to them. The parent should then contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453, for their next steps, before returning to our centre. Until then, rule#2 applies.

7. NO FEES IF FORCED TO BE AWAY

We understand that the entire world is in uncharted waters, so we are lifting up to the "spirit of the law", rather than the "letter of the law". We want to be as kind and as respectful and as supportive as we can to help you through this if you and your child need to stay at home due to having COVID-19 symptoms. Our online platform via ZOOM will continue for your child so that they can stay connected with their friends and teachers.

8. CANCELLATION OF ENROLMENT

If any parent is found negligent, or puts our community at risk, or fails to follow our rules and Ministry of Health guidelines, then their enrolment will be cancelled, and we may be required to report them to the Ministry of Health.

9. NO ENTRY FOR VISITORS

We have shifted all non-essential meetings at our centre into ZOOM Meetings for the foreseeable future.

10. NO ENTRY FOR WALK-INS

we do not allow walk-ins by anyone with non-enrolled children to any of our centres until further notice.

11. NO EXCURSIONS

We have postponed all centre excursions for the foreseeable future to eliminate contact with strangers or unclean surcases. There is ample exciting discovery, exploration and fun awaiting our children still in our centre playground.

12. PRE-BOOKED TOURS

New registered parents booked in for a tour must be asymptomatic, check temperature and must use our hand sanitisersonsite before starting the tour. We will maintain a 1m distance rule as per requirements here www.covid19.govt.nz. New parents being toured will not need to touch/contact anything. Once enrolled, rules #1 -#13 continue to apply for the foreseeable future.

13. GREETINGS

Friendly "East Coast Waves" and respectful "Salutes" will be practiced at our centre from now on (who knew the military had picked a future trendy contactless greeting for all of society!).


Ongoing best practices at Kiddie Garden Learning Corner

1. Hand Sanitiser Supply - We are well stocked with commercial grade sanitizer.

2. Hand Washing -

  • Hand washing immediately on arrival to ensure transfer from safe home bubble into safe hyper-clean centre bubble
  • Regular hand wash throughout the day; and
  • Hand wash when children and staff leave (to transfer back from your centre bubble to home bubble).

3. Cleaning - Our teachers regular sanitise resource, furniture and toys during the day.

4. Clean Resources - Only easily cleanable surface resources are brought out to play.

5. No soft toys and no play dough.

6. Daily deep commercial cleans - Extra deep cleans by our commercial cleaner.

7. Warmer Classroom - As per our normal practice, we are pleased that the ministry of education has raised the minimum temperature in ece centres to 18°C as part of their upgraded covid-19 regulations.

8. Physical Distance -

  • Inside our centre bubble: we will be encouraging physical distancing in the most respectful, understanding and kindest manner as possible for our children to understand. We are even letting them create and lead new rules for us too, based on https://covid19.govt.nz.
  • Outside our centre bubble (i.e the edges of our bubble at receiption/foyer/carpark): we will adhere to the 1m rule based on www.covid19.govt.nz

9. Teacher's Bubbles - Our dedicated teachers are taking extra precautions inside their own secure home bubbles too. However, if they begin to show or feel covid-19 symptoms, then rule #2 below applies.

10. Teacher's Safety - For any of our teachers who are vulnerable (as identified here: www.covid19.govt.nz/individuals-an-households/health-and-wellbeing/vulnerable-people/) and are at risk of getting a severe illness from covid-19, they will be encouraged to stay at home.