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COVID-19 Updates

New Care Arrangements for Essential Workers

Initially, the Ministry of Education had approved 3 Home Based Care providers to continue to provide home-based childcare for essential workers with some tight restrictions around the ‘bubble’. This has since been updated and more services can now offer support.

Since our last update on the 29th March, we have been provided with new guidelines around who is able to offer support to Essential Workers and the requirements around this – The great news is that Playschool Education is now able to support you as an essential worker! The new guidelines around this clearly state that only Educators that are already registered with Playschool can become part of the scheme. Unfortunately, NO new Educators can be inducted during the lockdown.

We understand there may be some confusion as guidelines and policies are updating constantly and we are working hard to keep you updated with the most relevant information. We have seen conflicting information on social media by other Home-Based providers, however, we can confirm the information in this update is the most current after speaking directly with the MOE.

Regarding the subsidy for essential workers that the Government is offering, Playschool has been approved to access this on behalf of any essential worker’s care arrangement, however, this applies only for NEW arrangements. This does not extend to changes in any current care arrangements, i.e. increased hours because kindy/daycare is close. If you are unsure then please get in touch.