Early childhood organisation Playcentre Aotearoa has raised concerns about the government’s mandatory vaccination requirement for ECE teachers, The Spinoff reveals. With more than 22,000 parents acting as volunteer teachers, the organisation says it is in “uncharted territory” and “the mandate has not been applied to such a large voluntary organisation before”. “We understand that there will be discussion and even disagreement about this mandate at local centres. These debates will have at their heart the same thing as the mandate; a desire to keep our children safe.”