Amberley O.S.H.C.

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4.1 General Health and Safety

Amberley OSHC strives, through the following specific policies and procedures, to provide a clean, healthy environment where safety and hygienic procedures are practised at all times to promote and support the health, wellbeing and safety of children, recognising particular needs of children in this respect, and of educators, parents and others coming to Amberley OSHC.

Relevant Laws and other Provisions

The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:

  • Child Protection Act 1999 and Regulations 2000
  • Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Regulations 2011
  • Duty of Care (see Chapter 2)
  • Child Care Act, 2002 (ss. 76, 9, 75, 66, 59)
  • QP 6.1, 6.3, 6.4, 7.2, 7.3
  • Policies 4.6 – Medication, 9.2 Enrolment and Orientation

Procedures

The enrolment procedures (see Policy 9.2) will include the requirement that parents advise any particular health issues (including medications, special dietary or other requirements) and any other specific needs of their children.

The Nominated/Certified Supervisor will ensure that all educators and other staff members are aware of all such specific notified needs.

The Nominated/Certified Supervisor will ensure that educators have appropriate education or training to enable them to undertake basic support of the health needs of children, including administering medications, allergic reactions, basic first aid and special dietary requirements.

The Nominated/Certified Supervisor must ensure that, at least one educator with the required first aid qualifications, anaphylaxis management and emergency asthma management training as prescribed under Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011 (Part 4.4, 136(1)), is in attendance at any place children are being care for, and immediately available in an emergency, at all times children are being cared for (i.e. children go to oval or park, then a qualified first aid person must go with them).

To ensure the environment is safe for children, the Nominated/Certified Supervisor will be responsible to ensure that the relevant daily safety checklists are completed, prior to the children having access to those areas.

Educators will ensure that equipment is:

  • cleaned as per the cleaning checklist;
  • used safely by the children, and;
  • is used for its correct purpose.

Risk assessments will be conducted for high risk activities and/or events including excursions.

Educators will actively supervise children within their area.

Educators will ensure that they, and the children, have applied a SPF30+ sun screen and wear a broad brimmed hat, prior to outdoor play.  Timing of outdoor activities will be guided by the Sun Safety Policy (see Policy 4.8), specifically the UV rating for the day.

Children who are unwell will be isolated from other children in a quite area.

Educators will ensure that all food handling and storage procedures are followed to prevent the risk of contamination.

Reviewed 16 March 2015, Updated 12 May 2015


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