UPDATE | 12 August 2020 |
Kia ora sKids Whanau
The Prime Minister’s announcement this evening moving Auckland to Alert Level 3, and the rest of New Zealand moving to Alert Level 2 means that all our Auckland based sKids Programmes are temporarily closed from Wednesday 12 August to Friday 14 August or until otherwise advised.
Where schools allow, we may be running a Before School Care programme ONLY tomorrow 12 August.
We understand these are concerning times; however we fully support any government initiatives to keep our kids, families and communities safe. We will ensure to cancel your booking for the affected days accordingly.
We look forward to welcoming your children back into our care once we have had confirmation from the Prime Minister it’s safe for all of us to return.
Stay Safe, Kia Kaha
The Team at sKids
Update | 18 May 2020 | sKids Safety at Level 2
Super excited to be open today and we wanted to assure you about the safety of the children in our care under a return to work scenario.
- All staff have completed COVID-19 return to work training
- All staff have completde a Return to Work health survey
- COVID-19 awareness posters will be on display during sKids operating hours
- We have a contactless option available for sign in and sign out of children
- For parents who are unable to use the contactless solution there will be hand sanitizer available for them to use prior to signing in /out on the tablet and the tablets will be wiped down with disinfectant wipes before and after each use
- All other visitors will be required to sign the visitor register to ensure contact tracing can be undertaken if necessary
- All our standard Health and Safety procedures will continue to apply as per normal
- All equipment will be thoroughly cleaned prior to opening
- Equipment will be cleaned daily after use
- Extra emphasis will be placed on hand-washing before and after activities (especially small group activities)
- Where possible we will encourage physical distancing
- We have issued a new COVID-19 onsite safety checklist for each site to ensure that all staff are aware of and follow the new procedures
- We have provided each site with a COVID-19 RAMS checklist to assist with mitigating any additional potential risk factors
Update 23 : 3 : 20
COVID-19 Day to Day Management – Level 4, Announcement, sKids Centres Closure
Today the Government announced that New Zealand was now at Level 3 but would move to Level 4 in the next 48 hours. Level 4 means all Schools are to close, which means sKids Centres are closed from 6pm on the day that your school closes for the duration of the lock-down period.
Like all New Zealanders we want to stop COVID-19 spreading, so we intend to follow all the measures the Government has put in place to do so. This means, Holiday Programmes are also cancelled until further notice. If you have a question about your booking please email email@example.com with the details of the site your child attends and your query so that we can direct it to the correct person to assist you.
Stay safe, and sending much Aroha to our sKids Whanau and all New Zealanders at this very difficult time.
Update 20 : 3 : 20
We’re sure many of you will be thinking about how to keep yourselves and your families safe in the coming days. Here in New Zealand COVID-19 has so far been well contained, but we would like to provide some extra assurance to you at this time.
COVID-19 Day to Day Management – Extra safety precautions onsite!
We have been working with all our franchisees and on-site staff to reinforce good hygiene practices, while ensuring that this extra focus does not create concern among the children.
Other actions include:
- Posters encouraging good hygiene
- Teaching children to sing Happy Birthday to themselves twice when washing hands (this ensures they wash for the recommended time)
- Staff modelling good hygiene practices
- Purchasing additional cleaning resources and disinfecting equipment after use
- Any children who have cold or flu-like symptoms are being sent home. If they arrive at sKids unwell, staff will move them – to a quiet area away from other children until their parents can collect them – similarly, any staff who are unwell, potentially been exposed to the virus or have been identified through our contact tracing process are required to notify their manager immediately and self isolate.
Holiday programmes are GO!
With school holidays just around the corner we have exciting holiday programmes planned but will be taking extra precautions to minimise risk, including replacing off site excursions with our amazing on-site specialist programmes such as FoodStorm, sKids Active and Crafts Galore. For more information on sKids holiday programmes near you, please click here.
Within the safety of school grounds, your children will enjoy all of the benefits of holiday programmes, while you can continue to work. It will help protect our elderly whanau, the most vulnerable group in society, to limit the children’s interaction with them.
What if the situation changes?
As you know the situation changes daily but we are working closely with MSD & Schools to ensure any new guidelines are followed immediately. Should our situation change we will let you know ASAP.
16 : 3 : 20
sKids are very aware of the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation and we want to reassure you that your tamariki are in a safe environment.
We are reinforcing onsite hygiene as part of our programme – our focus, keeping our community safe.
This will include:
- Washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after eating, after helping children blow their noses, as well as after attending the toilet.
- Reminder & practice to cover coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or with an elbow. Followed up with washing of the hands, and sometimes arms, for 20 seconds using soap and water. Putting used tissues in the bin.
- After assisting in cleaning up a child, we ensure that we and the child wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Staff, students and even parents are to stay home and not visit the site if they are unwell (e.g. having cold or flu like symptoms).
- Should a child start exhibiting symptoms during our programme, we would isolate the child in a comfortable area i.e. reading corner and immediately contact parents.
Our advice during such a time of uncertainty is to provide your child with normal routines. Research and experience from other crisis situations show this approach is a highly effective support for children during a time of stress.
In the meantime, the Ministry of Health website is a good website for further information about COVID-19 Coronavirus and the steps being taken to contain it. We will also be keeping our website up to date on a regular basis.
We will continue to monitor the situation and as always work alongside our school community to keep our community safe.