COVID-19 Update

by Mar 20, 2020

As you are most likely aware, the Government imposed strict rules in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The health and well-being  of our members, staff and volunteers is of our utmost priority at this challenging time.

What does this mean for our classes?

All our classes are proceeding as scheduled, although we will be keeping a close eye on any changes in guidance from The Government requirements to keep everyone who uses our services safe.
Parents Centre provides an essential service for parents preparing for their new baby and for the first months of parenthood. Because the information we provide to parents is time critical, and because we want to be proactive during this unsettling time, Parents Centre have already started to put into action new ways to ensure our services are still available to everyone who needs them so that this can be done if required.

What is happening at the venue?  

 The Settlement take their role as a workplace provider seriously and want to ensure they are keeping things as clean as they can. They have taken the following advice from the Ministry of Health (MOH).
The cleaners will be extra thorough, and until further notice and as advised by MOH, will be using a high grade disinfectant on all surfaces.
They will be disinfecting shared surfaces frequently – this includes tables, hot desk areas, door handles, toilets etc. and ensuring dishcloths and tea towels are changed regularly. Paper towels will be used to dry hands in the kitchen – not tea towels.

What does this mean for me?  

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.
  • Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds). And it is very important to dry them thoroughly.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, sharing cups or food with sick people.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you have any symptoms and have been to any countries or territories of concern or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19.
Our facebook page will have our latest updates on classes, please follow us to keep up to date and your class coordinators will be in touch if changes to classes delivery is needed. If you are not feeling well, or have returned from overseas travel or have been in contact with a coronavirus patient, please contact your class coordinator.
Parents Centre New Zealand’s Chief executive, Heather Hayden,  spoke live on Radio NZ on 20th March 2020, discussing the Parents Centre plan to take classses online if needed. Listen to the interview here:



Parents Centre is the leading provider of classes for new parents to learn about childbirth and transitioning to parenthood. Classes are run through 46 Centres around New Zealand.

“Covid-19 has meant we are rapidly changing the way we provide information for parents to make their decisions around childbirth and parenting,” says Chief Executive Heather Hayden.

“We have moved quickly to a more flexible approach, using video and on-line group meetings.”

For over 67 years, Parents Centre have been well known for providing high quality information in an interactive and engaging setting which encourages new parents to form a supportive peer group during pregnancy and once their baby is born.

“The information a new parent needs is time critical. We can’t tell them to come back in three months, so we have acted quickly to ensure all our parents who are in classes or have booked classes for the next few months don’t miss out.”

Currently new parents have a choice of attending classes in person or joining in through Zoom or other technology. If the situation changes and meetings can’t be held, then all classes will continue on-line.

Prospective parents who are in classes or have booked classes should contact their local Parents Centre for information on how their classes will continue.

“The most important thing for us is that those expecting to have their baby in the next few months should feel confident that they are getting the right information to help them become new parents while staying safe from Covid-19.”

“Please make sure you have the information you need to make the right decisions. Call your local Centre. They are there to help you become the best parent possible for your child.”

For more information contact:

Heather Hayden

Chief executive

Parents Centre NZ


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About Rachael

Rachael is a stay at home Mum to 2 lovely (tho noisy!) boys, born 17 months apart. Previously an IT consultant, she now focuses on her new love of sewing (making lovely homewares, children items and the occasional thing for herself!), attempting to be semi-self sufficient on their lifestyle block, and the occasional foray into web design and photography. Phew! A previous Pregnancy and Childbirth class attendee, her antenatal coffee group is still going strong after 4 years, meeting occasionally and celebrating a lot of the big milestones for their children.
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