Amberley O.S.H.C.

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3.11 Escorting Children

Amberley OSHC seeks to maintain the health, safety and wellbeing of children and educators by ensuring that appropriate procedures are implemented with regards to escorting children between the OSHC service, school and/or any other designated activity/venue.

Amberley OSHC also acknowledges that, from time to time, families may arrange for their child to participate in extra-curricular activities whilst enrolled at OSHC.  Any arrangements for escorting to and/or collection from these activities will be in accordance with this policy.

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
  • Family and Child Commission Act 2014
  • Duty of Care
  • NQS Area: 2.3.1, 2.3.2; 4.1; 6.1.1; 6.2.1; 7.3.1, 7.3.2, 7.3.5.
  • Policies: 2.3 – Educator Ratios, 3.5 – Excursions, 3.8 – Extra-curricular Activities, 9.3 – Communication with Families.

 Procedures

Amberley OSHC will seek written permission from a parent/guardian (or authorised nominee) for any activity requiring their child/ren to be escorted to/from the OSHC premises, including for the purposes of excursions.

If the excursion/outing is a regular one, written permission is only required to be obtained once in a 12 month period, unless there is significant change (i.e. building works).

Parent/guardian permission shall be obtained prior to the planned excursion or activity.  Information included as part of the parent permission will include, but not be limited to:

  • Reason for excursion or planned activity;
  • Date and description of planned activity;
  • Method of transport and proposed travel time;
  • Ratio of educators to the number of children attending.

The service shall develop a risk assessment and implement a management plan to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children and staff during excursions/escort periods.  All educators will need to read and sign off on risk assessments prior to excursions or escorting of children.

The service shall maintain an appropriate ratio for excursions and/or activities where children are required to be escorted to another area.

The service shall ensure confidential storage and maintenance of parent/guardian permission relating to excursions and/or escorting of children.

Reviewed 9 February 2015, Updated 12 May 2015


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