Amberley O.S.H.C.

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2.7 Exclusion for Behavioural Reasons

Amberley OSHC has a Duty of Care to all children who attend and staff who work within, Amberley OSHC.  If:

  • A child exhibits inappropriate behaviour, or behaviour which threatens the safety or wellbeing of any child or other person in Amberley OSHC;
  • In the Nominated/Certified Supervisor’s reasonable opinion, the behaviour amounts, or may amount, to a threat to the safety or wellbeing of any child or other person in Amberley OSHC; and
  • The behaviour support and management procedures (see policy 2.6) have been properly applied first but without success, or the behaviour presents such an immediate potential threat that is not reasonably possible to apply those procedures,

Then the child whose behaviour is inappropriate or has caused the threat to safety or wellbeing may be excluded from Amberley OSHC temporarily or, in some cases permanently.

Relevant Laws and other Provisions

The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:

  • Education and Care Services National Law Act, 2010 and Regulations 2011
  • Duty of Care
  • NQS Area: 2.1.1; 2.3.2; 4.2.1; 5.2.2, 5.2.3; 6.1.1; 7.1.1, 7.1.2; 7.3.1, 7.3.2, 7.3.4, 7.3.5.
  • Policies: 2.1 – Respect for Children, 2.6 – Behaviour Support and Management, 3.10 – Observational Recording, 9.3 – Communication with Families, 9.5 – Complaints Handling.

 Procedures

First incident

First instance of breach of rules which is unacceptable behaviour:

  • The incident will be recorded and the parent/guardian will be called to collect the child. A letter detailing the child’s unacceptable behaviour will be sent home with the parent/guardian from the Nominated Supervisor. The Nominated Supervisor has the authority to issue the appropriate suspension in accordance with the unacceptable behaviour exhibited.

 Second incident

Second instance of breach of rules which is unacceptable behaviour:

  • The incident will be recorded and the parent/guardian will be called to collect the child. A letter detailing the child’s unacceptable behaviour will be sent home with the parent/guardian from the Nominated Supervisor. The Nominated Supervisor has the authority to issue the appropriate suspension in accordance with the unacceptable behaviour exhibited.
  • Before leaving the centre, the parent/guardian and child will attend an interview by the Nominated Supervisor to discuss the child’s behaviour and the consequences of the behaviour continuing.

Third incident:

In addition to the above steps, after a third incident has been recorded a letter will be sent to the parent/guardian from the Management Committee, stating that the child cannot return to Amberley OSHC for one week.

At the end of that week, a meeting will be held between the Co-ordinator, parent and child to discuss possible strategies for including the child back into the program. If the child is included back and the same behaviour continues upon return, the child will be excluded permanently from Amberley OSHC.

Physical danger to child or other:

If a child’s behaviour causes or may reasonably cause physical danger to other children, educator or the child themselves, the parent/guardian of that child will be contacted immediately and asked to collect the child.

The child will be excluded from the program effective immediately and the lifting of the exclusion will be at the discretion of the Nominated Supervisor and Management Committee.

Exclusion from school

For services located on a school site, if the Nominated/Certified Supervisor becomes aware of any child, who usually attends Amberley OSHC, being excluded from the school, they will:

  • Contact the school to confirm exclusion;
  • Speak with the Principal to confirm if exclusion applies at the OSHC service;
  • Contact the parent to confirm exclusion from Amberley OSHC (in accordance with Principal’s direction).
Reviewed  9 February 2015, Updated 14 May 2015


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