Childcare under Alert Level 3

On Tuesday 21 April, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced that during Alert Level 3, early childhood centres and schools up to Year 10 will be open for families that need these services, “but children who can stay home, should stay home.”

The Government’s view is for the vast majority of New Zealanders to work and learn from home if they can. More information is available here>

Contact your schools/childcare centres
If you haven’t already done so, please contact your usual childcare centre or school to discuss what they will be offering under Level 3.

UC Childcare facilities
As of Tuesday 29 April we expect all three of the UC-based childcare centres to be operating for families who are already enrolled. Opening the centres will depend on demand however, which may change once planning for Level 3 campus operations are confirmed.

All centres will be thoroughly cleaned before opening. 

The centres are unable to accept casual bookings, however you are welcome to enquire about availability for an on-going enrolment.

Bringing in other caregivers
Additional caregivers are approved under Alert Level 3 with the guidelines stating: “if you need to, you can expand your bubble a small amount to bring in close family, isolated people or caregivers.”

Challenges and support
We appreciate this is a challenging time for all of everyone, especially those balancing the demands of family. 

  • Staff, please talk to your line manager about your particular challenges and what they can do to support you.
  • Students, please contact your lecturer, supervisor, UC Protect or Student Care if you need to discuss options. If you need to apply for special consideration please complete the Special Consideration for Assessment form. COVID-19 has been added as grounds for application.