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Kids Health Pānui

This e-newsletter has information about child/tamariki health issues for Early Childhood Education Services staff across the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts.  This newsletter is sent once per term.  If you would like to subscribe, fill in your details here.

11 April 2019

Kids Health Panui

This edition covers measles, the readership survey, the ECE smokefree challenge and the preschool public health nursing service.


With the recent measles outbreaks across New Zealand and overseas, it is a timely reminder to check that:

  • Children and staff in your ECE centre are up to date with all immunisations;

  • Your immunisation register is up to date in case you need to contact parents of children who are not immunised.

  • If children from your ECE are travelling overseas remind parents of the importance of being up to date with immunisations. A list of countries with measles outbreaks can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: Measles for Travellers

The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunisation provides effective protection against measles. It is usually given at 15 months and again at 4 years of age, but it's never too late to catch up if these immunisations have been missed.

  • Measles usually begins with a runny nose, fever and sore eyes.
  • This is followed by a red, blotchy rash that usually starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.
  • Measles is highly infectious and complications are quite common. These include diarrhoea, ear infections and, more rarely and seriously, pneumonia and brain inflammation.

If you think that a child may have measles; they will need to stay at home. Parents can phone their doctor or Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice.  Because measles is easily spread, it's very important that you ring your doctor before visiting their practice. This allows your doctor to make arrangements for you to be seen without the risk of infecting others in the waiting room.

For further information visit the Toi Te Ora website and Ministry of Health website.


Kids Health Pānui e-newsletter readership survey

Thank you very much to all who participated in our Kids Health Pānui readership survey last November.

We received a great response and will incorporate your comments and ideas to further improve this e-newsletter.


Quit smoking for our tamariki - ECE Smokefree Challenge

Our tamariki are a precious taonga, let’s help protect them from the harmful effects of smoking and enable our tamariki to live smokefree lives.

Second hand smoke is harmful, and children’s habits mimic what others do. One in 10 children are exposed to second-hand smoke in their home, and children are seven times more likely to become a daily smoker if they have a parent who smokes. Role modelling smokefree to our tamariki means they're more likely to live smokefree lives.

Early Childhood Education (ECE) services are required by law to ensure areas used by children are smokefree. ECE staff and whānau can also influence our tamariki to live smokefree lives by leading by example and being smokefree themselves.

World Smokefree Day on Friday 31 May is the perfect time for ECEs to support staff and whānau to choose a smokefree lifestyle. 

To celebrate, our region’s free stop smoking support services, Hāpainga (Bay of Plenty) and Tipu Ora (Lakes), are providing those who sign up to quit in April and May the chance to win individual prizes and resources for your ECE.

Click here for more details about the ECE Smokefree Challenge.


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Preschool public health nursing service

For the Bay of Plenty District

In the Bay of Plenty, ECE services have a Preschool Public Health Nurse (PPHN) available for you to access. We work with children and their families around a wide range of health issues such as behavioural, toileting, developmental and social issues.

We also help children whose needs are not being met by the available services, or who need reconnecting into available services.

You can contact your Preschool Public Health Nurse at Community Health 4 Kids Services on (07) 577 3383 for Tauranga or (07) 306 0944 for Whakatāne. You can also make a referral directly to

For further information on this service in the Bay of Plenty please refer to the blue Preschool Public Health Nurse Service Folder in your preschool centre.

For the Lakes district

A registered nurse is happy to take calls and queries regarding health concerns and point preschool teachers in the right direction if she is unable to assist you herself. The phone number for the Preschool Public Health Nurse in Rotorua is 0800 MYNURSE.

You can also contact the Well Child Nurses at Rotorua and Taupō Plunket, Tipu Ora in Rotorua and Tuwharetoa Health Services in Taupō/Turangi.


The aim of the Kids' Health Pānui e-newsletter is to provide information about child/tamariki health issues to staff of Early Childhood Education Services (ECE Services) across the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts. This health information can then be passed on to parents and whānau via your own ECE Service newsletters.

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