Public health measures and recommendations

Public health measures and recommendations

Public health measures and recommendations across all CPF settings

Public health measures and recommendations

If you are sick – stay home and get tested

If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, stay home. Call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested.

Staff are to observe children on arrival, checking for symptoms. If there are those that are presenting as unwell, parents or caregivers will be contacted to come and pick them up.

Get tested for COVID-19

COVID-19 symptoms

Basic Hygiene

Includes avoiding touching your face, good hand hygiene, cough, and sneeze etiquette, and regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. 

Maintain good hygiene

Case management

Cases of COVID-19 in an early learning service will continue to be managed across the framework. Staff and whānau should follow public health guidance to identify who needs to self-isolate and get tested. Early learning services do not need to undertake contact tracing for their staff or children. 

Early learning services connected to a confirmed case


Indoor spaces should be well ventilated, for example by opening windows, doors, and any vents. If mechanical ventilation is used, make sure the ventilation system is regularly maintained. 

Ventilation in early childhood services

Contact tracing

Early learning services can choose to display QR Code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App. Continue to use your sign-in register so that you know who comes on site.

Travel across CPF settings

All travel is allowed within and between green, orange and red settings for Ministry staff undertaking licensing activity and children/teachers attending/working across boundaries.

Targeted local lockdowns, if initiated, may restrict movement across boundaries.

Face masks

Masks for staff and children are not required in early learning services. 

Visitors (including parents) are required to wear masks when they are indoors for any length of time at the Red setting.

Physical distancing

Physical distancing is not required in early learning settings. However, distancing between staff and other adults is encouraged wherever possible. Parents and visitors are encouraged to maintain physical distancing from other adults and children as much as possible.

Staggered drop-off and pick-ups will help with physical distancing and avoiding people congregating. Drops-offs and pick-ups should be outside as much as possible.

Children with complex medical needs

Parents of children/tamariki with complex medical needs will need to consider whether it is appropriate for their child to attend early learning. Parents may seek advice from their health professional.

Distance learning

Consider how you will support children if they are not physically attending, for example distance learning. Your local curriculum should set out what this looks like. You should communicate with your parents and whānau about what they can expect.