Safety

 

The service aims to ensure the proper safety and security of the children, families and educators by ensuring measures are in place regarding entry and access to the building.

 

Considerations

  • National Quality Standard 3.1.1 “Outdoor and indoor spaces, buildings, furniture, equipment, facilities and resources are suitable for their purpose.”

  •  National Quality Standard 3.1.2 “Premises, furniture and equipment are safe, clean and well maintained.”

  • National Quality Standard 4.1 “Staffing arrangements enhance children’s learning and development and ensure their safety and wellbeing.”

  • National Regulation 77 “Health, hygiene and safe food practices.”

  • National Regulation 103 “Premises furniture and equipment to be safe, clean and in good repair.”

  • National Regulation 109 “Toilet and hygiene facilities.”

  • National Regulation 110 “Ventilation and natural light.”

  • National Regulation 114 “Outdoor space – shade.”

  • My Time, Our Place – Outcome 1 Children have a strong sense of identity. Children feel safe, secure and supported

  • Workplace Health and Safety Act.

 

Procedures

  • Equipment and furniture areas are safe, clean and in good repair.

  • The equipment purchased by educators will be reflective of the needs, interests and capabilities of the children being cared for in the service.

  • Recruitment processes will adhere to service standards. All educators employed at this service will meet clear selection criteria deemed necessary to provide quality care and education to children.

  • Educators will ensure that all food preparation is in line with the service Food Handling and Nutrition Policy.

  • Educators will ensure that the education and care environment is set up in a manner that promotes appropriate supervision.

  • Educators will ensure that the indoor space of the service is well ventilated by use of fans, open doors and windows.

  • Educators will ensure that hand washing and drying facilities are available to all children.

  • Educators will ensure that the building is left in a secure manner before leaving, that all children have left and have been signed out, and heaters/fans and lights are out.

  • Educators will follow the collection of children from school policy.

  • The Sun Protection Policy will be implemented by all educators. Where possible play activities will take place in a shaded environment.

  • The service is a drug, alcohol and tocacco free zone.

  • Emergency evacuation procedures are in place and displayed at the service.

  • Chemicals, cleaning products and medications are not accessible by the children.

  • Indoor and outdoor checks are completed to ensure safety from hazardous materials and objects.

  • At all times a staff member with first aid qualifications is present in the service.

  • The procedure for reporting any hazards is that it is written in the diary and actioned by management.

  • Management has contacts for the next of kin for all staff members.

  • Educators have frequent WH&S updates.

 

  • We aim to provide a physically safe and emotionally secure setting where children can explore, socialise and expand their interests through play, using a variety of experiences and resources.

  • We encourage a supportive, confidence inducing atmosphere promoting physical, emotional, intellectual, creative and social growth.

  • We are inclusive. We value children with diverse family backgrounds, abilities, additional needs and religious affiliations.

  • We believe that all children are equal and have the right to be treated with kindness, dignity and respect.

  • We support the family unit by acknowledging the importance of the link between the family and the childcare option that they choose. We encourage a spirit of warmth and respect between the children, parents and the carers.

  • We offer an environment with programs to support each child’s capabilities and interests  according to their individual needs.

  • We provide qualified/qualifying caregivers who show genuine care and concern for  the children in their care, providing a service that is safe and well supervised. Our service operates under strict workplace health and safety legislation.

 

 

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