Amberley O.S.H.C.

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2.15 Children’s Property and Belongings

Amberley OSHC acknowledges that children will bring to Amberley OSHC or carry with them certain items of personal belongings.  This policy details the types of belongings that children may bring with them on a regular basis and the level of responsibility associated with bringing those belongings by various stakeholders.

Relevant Laws and other Provisions

The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:

  • Duty of Care
  • NQS Area: 1.2.1; 6.1.1,
  • Policies: 2.1 – Respect for Children, 2.9 – Inclusion and Anti-bias, 3.5 – Excursions, 9.2 – Enrolment, 9.3 – Communication with Families.

Procedures

The family shall be responsible for providing the child with appropriate belongings and property required for active participation in Amberley OSHC.  Such property may include (but is not limited to):

  • Footwear;
  • Clothing;
  • Hats;
  • Bags, lunch boxes and water bottles.

All personal property and belongings shall be clearly named or labelled.

Amberley OSHC shall inform the family through relevant newsletters and publications such as the family handbook of appropriate personal belongings required at Amberley OSHC. At no time shall any form of weapon, blade or projectile be permitted in Amberley OSHC.

Amberley OSHC shall not take responsibility for any of the children’s personal property or belongings, but will endeavour to:

  • Actively encourage children to care for their belongings;
  • Remind children appropriately when belongings need to be placed in storage e.g. Lunch box into bag;
  • Provide suitable storage to keep safe (at parent/family or child request) any item of personal belonging which is either special, expensive or at risk of being damaged.
  • Insure that participation in service activities and experiences does not wilfully damage belongings;
  • Provide protective equipment such as painting smocks for relevant activities.

Throughout special program times i.e. Vacation Care or Pupil Free days, the children may (on occasion) be able to bring with them personal belongings other than day to day necessities e.g. games and toys.  This shall be done solely at the discretion and responsibility of the family.  No responsibility shall be taken whatsoever for any items brought to Amberley OSHC which become lost or damaged as a result.

Families and children will be encouraged not to bring mobile devices such as iPads, game consoles and mobile phones to the service.  Educators are not available to monitor usage of children’s personal mobile devices with access to internet and/or social media while at the service.

Amberley OSHC shall provide appropriate storage for lost property which shall be available to children and families at all times. Any grievances or concerns relating to lost, damaged or stolen property of the children shall be documented and followed up, in accordance with the grievance and complaints procedure.

Reviewed and Updated May 2014, Reviewed 9 February 2015


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