COVID - 19
Date: Thursday, 14 May
Current alert level: Level 2
He Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens – COVID-19 update #7 for families
Starting back at kindergarten – Monday, 18 May
Next Monday, 18 May all He Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens will reopen and all of our tamariki will
be welcome to return to kindergarten. Our teaching teams are really looking forward to seeing all of
those wonderful smiling faces again!
To help support our families we wanted to share some information to help you prepare and so that
you know what to expect when your child/ren return to kindergarten from Monday onwards.
Teaching teams are at kindergarten today and tomorrow getting everything organised for children to
return on Monday.
Additional cleaning measures will be in place because we know that the most important thing we
can do is continue to focus on hygiene and cleanliness. We will also continue to make sure children
are washing their hands often.
The other important focus for us will be contact tracing – put simply, this means making sure we
know which children have been at kindergarten and when, and which whānau or family member
dropped them off and picked them up again. Teachers will be available to show you where and how
you need to sign your children in and out each day.
As a gentle reminder, we would ask our families to be mindful of the amount of time spent at
kindergarten when dropping off or collecting children. Parents are, of course, encouraged to come in
and say ‘hi’ when they drop off and collect their children, but we would ask families to try and avoid
gathering in large groups at the beginning or end of each kindergarten session just to ‘play it safe’.
We know that there may be some challenges for tamariki, whānau and staff as we transition back to
kindergarten. Some tamariki may need extra time or support to settle back into kindergarten
routines after so many weeks at home. Our teaching teams will work to support our tamariki and
their families as we transition into this new way of being together again.
We really are so excited to finally be able to welcome everyone back to kindergarten next week, and
we look forward to continuing to support each other as we move forward.
Kia kaha, stay safe, stay strong – and see you next week!
He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua Kindergartens is a not-for-profit group of 101 kindergartens and a home based service committed to providing quality education and a caring approach.
Our name translates as ‘Caring Family’, and that says a lot about the way we go about things.
When you choose Whānau Manaaki, you have the reassurance of knowing your service is committed to the highest quality standards.
Our approach means your child receives the care and education that is right for them, at a pace that works best for them so they can make the most of every growth and learning opportunity in their own time, in their own way.
There's a proud tradition of helping children and families make the most of those vital pre-school years.
Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens was formed when the Wellington Kindergarten Association and the Rimutaka Kindergarten Assocation joined to create one organisation to better support our high quality services and to advocate for children. Whanganui Association have also since joined us.
We look forward to you becoming part of our 'caring family' too.