It is important we are both safe and practical when it comes to our policies around health, safety and wellbeing. We know parents are busy, so our policies – whilst grounded in safety – also consider life’s practicalities.
We know mornings and evenings can be a busy time for parents, so we make drop-offs and pick-ups as seamless as possible with electronic sign in and sign out. However, there are certain procedures that must take place to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of the children in our care.
For example, required attendance records and confirmation the child’s presence or absence must be recorded. This ensures the accuracy of the number of children in attendance and that the correct child to staff ratios are being met. That is why it is important that families sign their child in at the start of the day and out at the end of the day. It also means your attendance is recorded accurately for any Child Care Subsidies you may be receiving.
We have a duty of care for every child attending our Centres. This exists while a child is on the Centre’s premises even if he/she hasn’t yet been signed in or has been signed out but is still on the premises. That is why we also have strict guidelines on why and how your child can leave the Centre premises:
A parent, guardian or nominee collects the child, provides written authorisation for the child to leave or to attend an excursion
The child requires medical, hospital or ambulance treatment, or there is another emergency.
Safety and wellbeing is everyone’s responsibility and therefore each employee is required to behave and perform their duties to ensure a positive, safe and healthy culture for all.
We believe that every team member has a responsibility to do more than just follow the relevant legislation. Instead, we work together to create and maintain a safe work environment for our colleagues and, importantly, the children in our care.
Specifically, our teams show their commitment to health, safety and wellbeing in the following ways:
In light of COVID-19 we have adopted a number of new and extended policies and procedures, that are continually reviewed, to ensure the safety of our children, families, teams and visitors.
Specifically, we have strengthened our health and hygiene practices to minimise the risk of COVID-19 infection, as well as several other additional measures outlined below.
Effective hygiene, educating our people and having clear systems are the best ways to minimise the spread COVID. That’s why we’ve adopted additional hygiene measures in Centres during this time, including:
the community is more important than ever. You can help everyone stay safe and well by following these guidelines and staying home if you or your child is unwell.
We are committed to providing the families in the community with high-quality Early Childhood learning and care service.