Improving Ventilation – Help for Early Childhood Education Services

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Improving Ventilation
February 24, 2022.

It has been widely reported that good ventilation is a key part of making indoor spaces safer during
Covid-19. Importantly, good airflow removes exhaled air from a room, replacing it with fresh air from outside so children (and adults) will be less likely to breathe in any virus-carrying particles.

But feedback the OECE has received from early childhood services across the country suggests serious ventilation issues exist, including sleep rooms with windows that don’t open or can’t be opened, internal rooms and children’s bag/ locker areas with no fresh airflow.  (Comments, providing a sample of concerns are provided below to assist understanding of difficulties with ventilation experienced by ECE services. Note that we have received a great deal of comment from services from across the county, many of whom requested anonymity and therefore did not volunteer their names to be added to the list of services requesting technology – air cleaners and CO2 monitors).

It is the Ministry of Education’s problem that it has licensed ECE services that do not have good ventilation that allows fresh air to circulate in every room, and particularly in sanitary and sleep areas. It cannot retrospectively determine that a service is breaching the regulatory requirement for ventilation when it was approved in the first place.

Our sector would welcome the Ministry to properly address ventilation. It changed regulation to increase minimum room temperature from 16 to 18 degrees Celsius to help to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, but overlooked addressing ventilation. To meet the temperature requirement centres with air-conditioning find that they must keep doors and windows closed.

We would appreciate the Ministry visiting each ECE service and reviewing ventilation. Where needed, the Ministry should provide free access to technology for air purification and air monitoring.

The Ministry of Education has focused on school ventilation, including the purchase by the government of thousands of air purifiers and carbon dioxide (CO2) monitors for schools and it should do the same for ECE, especially as other measures such as vaccinations, mask-wearing and social distancing cannot be used with young children.

We respectfully request the Ministry provide Air Purifiers and/or a Carbon Dioxide Monitor for our service:

(go to a form here, to request your service be included)

AucklandA Child’s Place
GreymouthA to Z Preschool
DannevirkeAppleton Kindergarten
ManurewaAwesome Kiwis Childcare
Richmond NelsonBabySpace
KatikatiBestStart Katikati 
AucklandBestStart Maich
Stokes ValleyBeststart Stokes Valley
BalcluthaBig River Educare
RollestonBright Beginnings Montessori
ChristchurchBusy C’s Preschool
WaikanaeCastle kids Ruru
AucklandCentral Park Centre
AucklandChapel Downs Centre
AucklandChildz Choice Preschool
WellingtonCity Kids Childcare Centre 
Lower HuttConductive Education Wellington Trust
ManukauConnect Preschool
WhangaparaoaCottontails Childcare
WaikatoCountry Creche Ltd 
TawaCountryLife Educare Ltd
TuakauDandy and Lion House
SelwynDunsandel Childcare and Preschool
AucklandEarly Discoveries Waimahia
AucklandEarly Impressions
East TamakiEast Tamaki Childcare Centre
CambridgeElim Early Learning Centre
PapatoetoeFatugatiti Preschool
KelstonFuture Stars Centre
GisborneGisborne Hospital Childcare
AucklandGlen Eden West Kindergarten
HamiltonGreat Beginnings
AucklandGreenlane Childcare
North ShoreGrowing Minds
AucklandGulf Harbour Preschool
Havelock northHavelock North Playcentre
WellingtonHigh Five Care and Learning
PokenoHillpark Preschool
AucklandHillsborough Playcentre
WellingtonHoughton Valley Playcentre
AucklandHowick Playcentre
RotoruaInspiring Kids Centre
CartertonJust Us Kids Preschool
AucklandKadimah Preschool
Lake HaweaKanuka Corner
KawerauKawerau Preschool
AucklandKids’ Domain
WellingtonKids’ Reserve Inc.
WellingtonKidzone Public Servants Childcare
PoriruaKo Aroha Tuatahi Childcare Centre
AucklandKohi Centre
AucklandKowhai Kids
AucklandKrafty Kidz
KumeūKumeū Montessori Preschool
RotoruaLake Okareka Preschool
AucklandLambs Preschool Pukekohe
HamiltonLearn A Lot Childcare
HamiltonLittle Explorers Centre
KaikouraLittle Tamariki Montessori Preschool
AucklandLollipops Lynfield
Lower HuttLower Hutt City Childcare Centre
MaketuMaketu EduCare Trust
PanmureMarian Early Childhood Centre
Upper HuttMarlborough St Childcare Centre
Tamaki MakaurauMataliki Tokelau Akoga Kamata
Mangere EastME Family Services – Early Childhood
Lower HuttMillies House
KerikeriMontessori Children’s House
ChristchurchMontessori STARS
Lower HuttNaenae Playcentre
WellingtonNewlands Childcare Incorporated
Te pukeNgā reo e rua
RotoruaNgongotaha EL Centre
WarkworthOak Tree ELC  
OpotikiOpotiki Rosegarden Preschool
WhangareiParua Bay Childcare
HowickPenguins School of EL
Waiheke IslandPiritahi Childcare
AucklandPrecious Years Centre
OtagoQueens Preschool
Stewart IslandRakiura Rugrats
TaumarunuiRata St Preschool
AucklandRemuera Steppingstones
GisborneRewanui Centre
AucklandRiverhead Montessori Preschool
AucklandRosebank Early Childhood Centre
AucklandRoyal Oak Childcare centre
PoriruaSamoana Early Education Development Services (SEEDS) Ranui AA1
AucklandSara Petesa A’oga Amata, East Tamaki
WhangareiSmiths City Child Care Centre
Bay of PlentySongbird Early Childhood Centre
Te AnauSouthern Stars EL Centre
ChristchurchSprings Community Centre
HelensvilleSunny Days Community Pre School Inc
NapierSunnydays ECE Centre
Lower HuttTaita Kindergarten
PaeroaTamariki Station
GisborneTe Karaka Preschool
FoxtonTe Pā Harakeke o Te Awahou Puna Reo
Palmerston NorthTe Reanga Childcare
GisborneTe Whare Whai Hua Centre
Central OtagoTeviot Valley Educare
RotoruaThe Ole Schoolhouse
AucklandThe Wildlings Early Years
PukekoheTreetops Service
GisborneVictoria Center
Hawkes BayWaiapu Kids Abbotsford
WaimateWaimate Childcare Centre
WaitaraWaitara & Districts Community Childcare Centre
AucklandWaiuku Early Learners
WhangareiWhangarei Child Care Centre Inc
NelsonYkids Nelson

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