Amberley O.S.H.C.

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5.1 Food Handling and Storage

Amberley OSHC recognises the need for effective food handling and storage practices to ensure that the food is not contaminated, nor allowed to become contaminated, or unfit to be eaten.  All food which is handled (including preparing, eating or storing) at Amberley OSHC is to be handled using all care to ensure that the food is not contaminated, nor allowed to become contaminated, or unfit to be eaten, according to the recommended food handling and storage guidelines as set out in the Australian and New Zealand Food Standards Code.

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
  • Local Authority (eg Brisbane City Council) Food Handling By-laws
  • Australian and New Zealand Food Standards – chapter 3 Food Safety Standards (Australia only)
  • NQS Area: 2.1.1, 2.1.3, 2.1.4; 2.2.1; 2.3.2; 3.1.2; 3.3.1; 4.2.1; 6.1.1; 7.1.2; 7.3.5.
  • Policies: 4.1 – General Health and Safety, 4.3 – Hygiene, 4.4 – Preventative Health and Wellbeing, 4.10 – Anaphylaxis Management, 5.5 – Cleaning and Sanitising, 8.13 – Employee Health, 9.2 – Enrolment.


The Nominated Certified Supervisor will be responsible to ensure that all food preparation and preparation areas comply with all laws and regulations, including Ipswich City Council by-laws where applicable.

Food will be prepared, kept and served hygienically

Hygiene practices and procedures consistent with up to date advice from relevant State health authorities will be kept

Amberley OSHC will provide the necessary food handling equipment and/or utensils (e.g. gloves).

Educators will ensure their hair is tied back and does not fall into the food.

All food preparation surfaces and utensils will be kept clean and, in particular, will be thoroughly clean before use.

Food preparation equipment and surfaces will be cleaned and sanitised in accordance with Amberley OSHC Cleaning and Sanitising Policy (see Policy 5.5 – Cleaning and Sanitising).

Educators will ensure that they, and the children, use effective hand hygiene before handling, preparing and eating of food.

Educators will be made aware of, and kept up to date about children who may suffer dietary issues and/or allergies relating to food and/or particular food ingredients through signs in the kitchen area and regular discussions at team meetings.  All care and attention will be taken when preparing, serving and storing food for children with particular dietary and/or allergy issues.  Families may be requested to provide their child’s food if Amberley OSHC is unable to cater for their specific need.

Children will not be in the food preparation area unsupervised.  Food activities that require heating and/or cooking will be fully supervised by an educator.

Educators and/or children who are unwell will not be permitted to handle food, whether it is a food activity or preparation of the breakfast or afternoon tea menu. Educators are to refer to the Illness and Injury Policy where applicable.

After opening, perishable items will be suitably covered and refrigerated, and non-perishable items will be stored in airtight containers in the food storage/pantry area. All items will be clearly labelled to include food items name and date stored and/or use by/expiry date.

Only glass cutting boards will be used to prepare food

A separate glass cutting board is used to prepare meat, fish or poultry.  This cutting board is clearly marked.

The temperature of the refrigerators and freezers will be checked and recorded twice daily

Refrigerated items will be stored below 5oC and frozen items will be stored below -18oC.

If the temperature of the refrigerator or freezer is not found to be adequate, steps will be taken immediately to keep food at a safe temperature or discard it and resolve the problem.

Educators will use a freezer bag for transporting perishable goods from the shops to the centre and for any other activities or excursions where food transport is needed.

Amberley OSHC will ensure regular pest and vermin maintenance is conducted to prevent contamination.

Perishable food brought from home by children and/or educators will be refrigerated as soon as possible.

Families will be provided with information, through the enrolment and orientation process, relating to storage of lunch boxes during vacation care.

Non-perishable food is stored in a dry place.

When storing large amounts of food (e.g. Rice) educators divide the food into smaller containers before refrigerating or freezing.

A sanitising agent is used to clean work areas and tables before and after children eat or food is prepared.

The dishwasher will be used as the main appliance when cleaning plates, bowls, utensils etc. When washing up items, tea towels used for drying will be changed daily.

Benches and tables are washed with warm soapy water before sanitising at the end of the before school session and the after school session.

The refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave and pantry will be cleaned weekly. As part of the weekly refrigerator and pantry clean, foods will be rotated according to their use-by-date.

The use-by dates of all foods for use at Amberley OSHC will be carefully monitored. Foods noted with expired use-by dates will be suitably disposed.

Educators will not eat, nor permit to be eaten by any child, food that has fallen on the ground, or been handled by another child.  Food that is not fit to be eaten is to be immediately disposed of, in an appropriate manner, so that it will not be eaten.

Children are not allowed to share food, plates, cups or utensils.

No food brought in from home is to be reheated whilst at Amberley OSHC. This is due to the bacteria build up that may cause illness.

Educators are to wear clean clothing when preparing food.

Educators must wear gloves if they have a break in their skin on their hands, or if they have dermatitis or eczema

Educators are to refer to the procedures for removing gloves when removing gloves.

Educators must wash their hands with warm water and soap after removing gloves

Jewellery worn is to be minimised and appropriate.

When washing hands, educators are to ensure that they wash under their jewellery correctly.

No food prepared at Amberley O.S.H.C. will be allowed to leave the premises except fruit and vegetable scraps taken over to the school for feeding class animals.

All leftover food will be placed in a separate bin in the kitchen, this bin will be emptied daily.

Please note:  This policy has been developed in accordance with the recommendations of the Australia and New Zealand Food Standards.  Further information can be accessed from   Services are encouraged to access this information directly.

Any reference to the content from this site should be dated in the policy at the time it was accessed.  The resource papers available from  provide support to the service in developing and maintaining food safety standards.

Reviewed and Updated 23 March 2015, Updated 25 July 2016, Updated 30 May 2017

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