Working together to support learning at home.
We would like to share with you lots of great tips and ideas to help continue your Childs Learning Journey at home.
He waka eke noa… We are all in this together.
11th May 2020
To all Parents, Families and the Team at Learning Links Childcare
Re: COVID 19 UPDATE
With the Prime Minister announcing earlier today the movement to Level 2 effective Thursday 14 May; we are looking forward to welcoming you back on Monday 18 May.
The key principal for Level 2 is ‘Play it Safe & maintain Good Hygiene’ which means that the vast majority of New Zealanders will be able to return to work.
The Prime Minister also advised that for Education facilities we are expected to open under Level 2 conditions from Monday 18 May. For those who have advised us of their returning intentions – Week 1 returning will be from 18 May and week 2 returning will be from 25 May. If your plans have changed please let us know as soon as possible.
Please note under Ministry of Education guidelines for those centres that are currently open and operating in Level 3 (Dunedin, Taupo, Hector Drive Hamilton); we have no ability in Taupo to take any additional children until 18 May. For Dunedin Montessori and Hector Drive Hamiltonwe have some limited availability to take additional children this week. Please contact us to discuss if needed. For all other centres the first day of opening will be Monday 18 May.
You can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is at our service, who our staff and children have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe. All our Centre Managers/ Supervisorshave completed the required opening checklists and have a firm grip over the new policies/procedures.
Given the importance of getting the best possible advice; we engaged Craig Bleakley from Crombie Lockwood who is a Workplace Risk Manager with experience in ECE. We have shared with him our Covid 19 Safety Plan, the relevant Ministry of Education (MOE) bulletins, MOE pre opening checklist, MOE checklist for Level 2 and our morning wellness checklist. We have also discussed these plans with each member of our team working during Level 2. Craig has advised at both Level 3 and now Level 2 “You should feel confident that your plan will be keeping your people and your students safe.”
As you can see the Learning Links team have been extremely comprehensive and detailed in our preparations.
Based on information you have provided; we expect approximately 70% of families will be with us from Monday 18 May and the remainder will join us shortly after. This means that our team will be working around 80% of their normal hours and their rosters have been adjusted to reflect this. We look forward to having everyone back as soon as possible. If we have spoken to you then your place is secure under Level 2 and there is nothing you need to do.
We have received comprehensive information from Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health regarding operating at Level 2. The following is a Summary and the full document including our Level 2 Workplace Plan can be accessed at https://www.learninglinkschildcare.co.nz/covid-19/ or at reception.
- Parents are asked to keep any sick children at home. If a sick child comes to the service, or shows symptoms, send them home.
- Young children require a lot of physical support and it is not possible to explain or maintain a physical distance between young children given the age of the children and set up of centres. This means good hygiene practices are even more important. There does not need to be a measurable physical distance between children or children and staff.
- Ensure all children and adults regularly wash and dry their hands.
- Ensure hand sanitiser is available but staff/kaimahi supervise its location and use.
- Outdoor play areas can be used, including sandpits.
- Disinfect and clean all surfaces daily.
- Contact tracing must be in place to record who is on site every day.
When you come to the centre you will see signage encouraging social distancing and requiring the use of hand sanitisers on entry to the centre. We will maintain contact tracing through the use of the sign in / out tablets as usual.
As an additional safety measure,we will be taking and recording temperatures of all children and staff in the morning.
In addition, on the advice of Ministry of Education; on your first day back we will require you to sign a form to advise your acceptance of the condition ‘ Childrenmust not attend the service if they are sick. If parents or caregivers are sick, they must not bring their child to the service.’
Lastly please note if you think or know that within Level 2 you would require to self-isolate on public health advice, or are considered vulnerable, please let us know; as we want to make sure that we work with yourself closely to ensure all precautions and safety measures are met.Again, the safety for our teams, families and children are of upmost importance.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns at all please talk to us.
Take care and talk soon
With love and respect from learning links.
Learning Links Childcare Centres
As a privately owned Childcare operator and parents ourselves we know first hand the importance of making the right decision for your child.
With over twenty years experience and Centres in Auckland, Dunedin, Palmerston, Horowhenua, Taupo, Te Awamutu and Hamilton; we look forward to getting to know you and your child.
If at anytime you would like to discuss your specific needs call 0800 690 920 and we will put you in touch with our local Centre Manager.
We believe that Learning Links stands out from the rest through its commitment to three important educational priorities:
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY Play based learning supports children to develop confidence in their capabilities, work creatively and discover an endlessly new world. As children explore with curiosity the environment, and engage with it, they learn foundational language, science and mathematical concepts in a meaningful way.
KEEPING CHILDREN EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY – THE ‘LOVE LANGUAGES’ Children express and receive love in different ways — some through acts of service; others through affirming words; gifts, quality time or physical touch. By understanding your child’s unique love language, we are able to develop a deep and strong individual relationship ensuring your child feels loved and cared for.
SUSTAINABILITY Learning Links is committed to sustainable practices and is striving to be a zero waste organisation. We have a strong focus on reducing, reusing and recycling. Children have the opportunity to take part in gardening, potting, growing, harvesting, cooking and eating. We believe that the link between nature, food and wellbeing is vital so we aim to make these links as visible as possible. Forest sessions are included in our program providing opportunities for children to learn and grow outside the centre and connect with the natural world.
- A welcoming environment for children and families.
- Opportunities for parents to become part of our community
- A safe and nurturing place for children to play and grow, through experiences and opportunities that help children develop physical, social, emotional, and intellectual skills.
- Wholesome, healthy homemade meals that are designed and reviewed by a Registered Paediatric Dietitian. We also cater for special dietary requirement. Note meals are provided in Hamilton, Te Awamutu and Taupo centres only.
- Forest sessions
- A large nature-based outdoor play area
- Storypark an online portfolio enables us to share with you and your extended family your child’s learning.
- We welcome children from babies to school age
- WINZ subsidies accepted
*Infant formula and babies bottles to be provided by the families.
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If you want to read more about Learning Links, please download our Parent General Information Book.
Some of our latest adventures!
Connecting children to nature is something we are passionate about at Learning Links Hector. An enriching programme like this certainly isn’t something that was decided one day and began the next – it has taken a lot of preparation, consideration and dedication.
Well today, our passion became a reality! The group headed off on their expedition within our local community. They began this weekly ritual with a forest karakia and a willingness to explore and test their limits in the dense bush. We are very proud that our tamariki showed such respect for the beautiful forest and its creatures and this will be something that they will remember for many years to come – a huge thank you to our Kaiako, Rebekah and Ana for bringing our programme to life today everyone should have a good sleep tonight!
Our tamariki are becoming increasingly confident and familiar with the forest. They have already gained a strong sense of direction and able to show their kaiako which way could lead us to the destination.
They were lucky to find and try some kawakawa, which we learnt that the leaves can be made into medication that helps our digestive system. We even brought some back to our centre for our friends to try as herbal tea.
No doubt, the muddy puddles was the favourite. It was such fun for each of us to get wet, get muddy and be engaged with nature! We are also amazed to see the growing resilience of our children when they slipped into mud, when they got dirty and when they were in dilemma. They were determined to take risks and challenge themselves, physically and emotionally!
It was equally impressive to notice how tamariki cared for each other and helped their peers out of a challenging situation, they were demonstrating their growing social competence and caring nature in their bush play! We highly recommend getting out into nature - the children will surprise you!
As we continue to connect locally, to our Rototuna area, we discovered Rototuna means "lake of eels". In Pre-European times, our area had a lake named Tunawhakapeke. The lake and surrounding swamps had an abundance of tuna resources. As a result of our new knowledge the tamariki are discovering where the tuna like to live now and what they like to eat! Trying to coax them out of their hiding places, the children have been patiently dangling some food for them and to hopefully catch a glimpse soon!