Amberley O.S.H.C.

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4.4 Preventative Health and Wellbeing

For the ongoing and general health and wellbeing of the children, Amberley OSHC strives to ensure for its children and educators, a standard of general preventative health and wellbeing which complies, as a minimum, with legal requirements and, as far as reasonably possible, with the standards expected in the wider community.

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
  • Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Regulations 2011
  • Duty of Care
  • NQS Area: 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.4; 3.1.2; 7.1.2; 7.3.5
  • Policies: 1 – General Health and Safety, 4.12 – Non Smoking, 4.13 –First Aid Waste Management, 4.14 – Infectious Diseases Response Strategy, 5.1 – Food Handling and Storage, 5.5 – Cleaning and Sanitising, 6.3 – Workplace Health and Safety.

Procedures

Sun Safety

Children and educators will wear broad brimmed hats and appropriate clothing when outside and have adequate shade provided by trees, shelter sheds or shade cloth.

Educators will encourage children, including by way of modelling behaviour, to avoid excessive exposure to the sunThis will be reflected in the timing of outdoor activities which will be kept to a minimum during the hours of 10.00am and  2.00pm, and guided by the UV index for the day (if the weather is too hot then the children will not be allowed outside to play).

Educators will encourage children, including by modelling behaviour, to apply a suitable sunscreen (at least SPF30+), which is reapplied according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Ear Care

Children will be encouraged to consider their own ear health through discussions with educators on issues relating to their ears such as cleaning, noise, water and infections.

A Queensland Health initiative, The Deadly Ears Program aims to reduce the rates of chronic ear disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in regional, rural and remote communities across Queensland through consultation with local communities and the promotion of health initiatives for families.

Dental Health

The service will ensure parents/guardians and children are provided with appropriate, consistent and up to-date information on the development and maintenance of good oral health by:

  • Providing appropriate pamphlets on dental health and hygiene in the parent sign in area;
  • Providing water at routine meal times and encouraging swishing of mouth with water after eating;
  • Encouraging fruit and vegetable consumption;
  • Accessing dental health and hygiene services/programs to utilize within the service program;
  • Regularly informing parents/guardians about the service’s procedure in relation to dental care through newsletters, verbal communication and face-to-face meetings.

The Coordinator will ensure that meals/snacks provided by the service are planned to ensure they do not encourage dental decay.

The service will encourage parents/guardians to provide healthy, nutritious food for their child in order to minimize the risk of sweet and sticky foods being eaten by children attending OSHC.

Service Environment

A quiet area will be provided where children can be quiet and away from other children.

‘No smoking’ at or about Amberley OSHC is a condition of entry for all people, including educators, parents and others entering the premises.

Reminder notices and signs, for educators and children, will be placed around Amberley OSHC to remind all of the need to maintain a clean and healthy environment.

Cleanliness

Educators will ensure that premises used for Amberley OSHC and all toys, dress-up clothes, paint shirts and other materials and resources are kept clean.

Tables, benches, floor surfaces and toilets will be cleaned thoroughly each day.

The refrigerator will be cleaned once a week.

Cupboards will be kept in a hygienic state to protect against any vermin outbreak.  The premises will be regularly treated for the control of pests.

Educators will ensure that all tissues are disposed of immediately after use.

There will be a suitable area for waste disposal.  This is to be covered and emptied daily into outside garbage units that are collected regularly.

Recycled items (eg. toilet rolls for craft activities) which were used, or suspected to have been used, in a non-hygienic environment, will not be used at Amberley OSHC.

There will be suitable disposal facilities for first aid waste such as bandaids, bandages, and/or blood soaked tissues and wipes.  These will be disposed of daily.

There will be suitable facilities for the storage of soiled clothing.  Soiled clothing will be placed inside a plastic bag and sealed.  Soiled clothing will be returned to the family at the end of the day.

Reviewed and Updated 16 March 2015, Updated 12 May 2015


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