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5:00 pm, Thursday 2nd April 2020 

To all Parents and Families of Learning Links Childcare

Re: COVID19 UPDATE

Now into our eighth day of Lockdown, we wanted to thank each and every one of you for being part of the extended Learning Links Family.

If at any time there is something you are not sure of, no matter how simple it may seem, please reach out to anyone of us in the Learning Links Team.

With this week almost at the end; it is great to see so many of you engaging with teachers and each other. The words ‘zoom’ and ‘bubble’ are now pretty much every day words in most conversations.

We will continue to remain in touch via Storypark and our Facebook page; and we of course intend to keep talking and being part of your child’s learning journey during the lockdown period. So please keep sharing updates with us.

Today we have launched a new section on our website that provides a range of simple ideas and tips that may be helpful. https://www.learninglinkschildcare.co.nz/learning-at-home/

We have separated the website into sections encompassing: Rituals & routines, Something for the mind, Something for the body, Contribute to our bubble, Just for fun, More information & tips, Recipes.

You are of course welcome to share this page with friends and family as there could be something to help them get through. And if you know of something that has been helpful for you, let us know and we will get it loaded on the page.

With your focus on your child; it is now more important than ever to really take care of yourselves and loved ones:

  • Develop routines for yourself and your bubble.
  • Get enough sleep, eat well, don’t forget to hydrate.
  • Get some exercise in.
  • Have some fun.
  • Be open to change and embrace the new way.

Take care and talk soon

 

With love and respect from learning links.


3:00 pm, 25th March 2020 

As instructed; our centres are now in lockdown due to the Covid-19 Level 4 Alert.  There will be no re-entry until after the lockdown has ended and additional cleaning and hygiene steps have been carried out.

From the week of 30 March, all of our staff will start working from home with either online learning or business support. Our centre managers and supervisors will meet with teachers via online on Monday and Tuesday  to outline how we will  consult with families to ensure the best program possible is available to continue with your child’s learning journey. Teachers will be in contact shortly after.

All emails will be able to be received and Storypark and Facebook posts will continue.

As soon as we have been given the all clear to re-open we will assess the situation.  All precautions have been taken during the centre closedown to ensure very high hygiene controls were carried out.

There will also be a staged reopening process with further hygiene and cleaning programs implemented before people are permitted to re-enter the centre.

Despite the lockdown; we will be here (online) to support your child’s continuing journey with Learning Links Childcare.

New enrolments will also be welcomed during the closedown period for future dates.

In the event of an emergency during the Lockdown please call Gavin 021 799644.

 

With love and respect from learning links.


8:30pm 23rd March 2020  – UPDATE

To all Parents and Staff of Learning Links Childcare

Re: CLOSURE OF CHILDCARE CENTRE NOW EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY FOR CHILDREN OF NON ESSENTIAL WORKERS

At 750pm we have received confirmation of the list of essential workers and the conditions of operating our Childcare Service.

Unfortunately we have been instructed that for Tuesday and Wednesday we are only able to have babies/preschool children of essential workers and babies/preschool children of our teachers onsite.

Regrettably this means today, Monday 23 March was the last day of Learning Links Childcare operation until we are instructed to re-open after the 4 week shutdown. For children of non essential workers arriving at the centre on Tuesday or Wednesday we are legally not permitted to accept your child and other arrangements will have to be made.

We sincerely apologise for this significant disruption.

Our teachers will be in the centre Tuesday and Wednesday taking care of the children of essential workers, preparing the centre for closure and finalizing plans for working from home to continue your childs learning journey as best we can.

As advised in our earlier email today. There is nothing you need to do at your end in regard to your child’s enrolment. In regard to payments and the invoice scheduled for tomorrow Tuesday 24 March for the week; as a goodwill measure no fees will be charged for this week.

The complete list of essential workers can be found here

https://covid19.govt.nz/assets/essential-services-list.pdf

 

With love and respect from learning links.


23 March 2020

As you are  aware, the Prime Minister has introduced a nationwide alert system for Covid-19. We are at alert level 2.

You will notice at our centre that we are taking additional steps and would appreciate if we could all work together to help further protect those ‘At Risk Persons.’

When it is time to drop off or collect your child; it would be great if we could limit this to as fewer people as possible.  Ideally just Mum or Dad coming in.

It is also time now for Grandparents and those at risk persons to self isolate.  If you or someone in your family meets any of the criteria below then please take the Government advice.

At Risk People

  • Those over 70: Older people often have underlying health issues, including respiratory issues that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.
  • People with medical conditions: Underlying medical conditions can make you more vulnerable to COVID-19. In particular, people with respiratory conditions, such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), heart conditions, high blood pressure, kidney problems and diabetes.
  • People undergoing a treatment for cancer and blood conditions: As treatments for cancer and blood conditions affect people’s immune systems, this makes them more vulnerable to COVID-19.
  • Pregnant women: Health experts do not yet know if pregnant women are impacted by COVID-19 in the same way as other people. However, pregnant women experience changes in their bodies that may increase their risk from some infections.
  • People without easy access to healthcare

Two great website to stay informed are www.education.govt.nz and www.Covid19.govt.nz

Thank you for continuing to be part of the Learning Links Family.

 

With love and respect from learning links.


19th March 2020

We would like to share with you the actions that we at Learning Links Childcare are doing to look after you, your child and our own team during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

At this point in time we continue to run our centre as normal. The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health are in regular contact with Early Learning Centres and we will follow and observe their guidelines and direction.

You can be assured that we are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all.

As well as our continuing with our cleaning and hygiene policies and procedures throughout the day; we have taken additional steps to focus on cleaning and hygiene. Some of these changes you will see include..

  • Hand sanitization for everyone entering our centre
  • Proactive additional cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day on door handles, tables, handwashing sinks and taps.
  • Slowing down handwashing rituals for children.
  • Rolling kai times to ensure smaller groups at tables.
  • Rescheduling planned larger group family events.
  • When in groups, increasing social distancing and having fun with new elbows shakes and air high-5’s in a sensible, respectful and loving way.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of your child’s wellbeing; or through a change in personal circumstances affecting either your child’s enrolment or ability to pay; then please talk to our centre manager/ supervisor in confidence.

A great website to stay informed is www.education.govt.nz and click on the Covid-19 Link.

Thank you for continuing to be part of the Learning Links Family.

 

With love and respect from learning links.

"LEARNING IS NOT A RACE FOR INFORMATION, IT'S A WALK OF DISCOVERY."