Well-Being and Safety at our Centre
Under Federal Regulations, we can have unannounced visits from an Assessor from the Education and Early Childhood Services Registration and Standards Board. They focus on the well-being and safety aspects of child care. We have consistently been rated as Exceeding the National Quality Standards for safety in our centre.
Both entry foyers, as well as the car park can be viewed by our staff. The car park has protective bollards installed, so cars cannot come in contact with the buildings. None of the outdoor play areas are visible to the public. We have a digital sign in and out system for children attending, so we know which children are in the centre, at any given time.
All of our Educators and staff are required to undergo Police Checks before being employed. All educators and staff must have Child Safe Environments (Mandatory Reporting) training before commencing work, and retrain every three years.
We follow the Regulated staffing ratios at all times. We usually have a higher ratio of trained Educators than required each day. All Educators must have a current First Aid certificate, which is updated every three years. All educators also have annual training in Asthma and Anaphylaxis management, and Fire Safety training. We practise emergency evacuation regularly. There is a safety exit gate in the back yard, so children do not have to gather in the car park in the event of an emergency. We have a wheeled fire evacuation cot for the babies. We have a hard wired fire alarm system, which automatically calls the Fire Brigade. We can also call Police and Ambulance directly from our alarm system.
All staff and visitors are asked to be alert to safety hazards, and the yards are safety checked daily before children play outside. Safety issues are promptly fixed by our handyman. There are extensive shade sails, trees and verandah areas in the yard, to minimise exposure to the sun. Children are required to wear hats, sunscreen, and a sleeved garment for out door play when the UV level is high. The babies’ yard is totally screened by UV resistant materials.
For children with additional health needs, allergies, or at risk of anaphylaxis, the Director will ask parents to bring in a Medical Plan from their doctor. We post photos of these children in the rooms, so that all educators know each child’s requirements. We arrange special meals for children with food allergies. The Centre is nut free. We ask families and educators not to bring in foods containing nuts. Also, we ask families not to give children foods such as Nutella or nut bars before attending the centre.
In the Baby room, we abide by the Safe Sleeping Policy, to help avoid the risk of SIDS. Educators check sleeping babies frequently, and we also have video and audio observation of the Baby sleep room and the Junior Toddler’s sleep room. Educators are required to be diligently supervising the children all day. Please check our Supervision Policy for more details.
We are required to do Safety Audits when planning special events and excursions. Our bus is well maintained and annually safety checked. There are seatbelts in the bus, and booster seats for younger children as specified in the Regulations. Educators take a mobile phone, emergency contact numbers, a first aid kit and sunscreen when going on excursion.
For further information, please check our Policies and Procedures which relate to these issues.