Amberley O.S.H.C.

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6.1 Space and Facilities Requirement

Amberley OSHC will ensure that facilities used provide for the program and range of activities provided in keeping with the Policies and Procedures of Amberley OSHC, in a safe and stimulating environment which is accessible to all children and allows for their physical and psychological comfort.

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: 2.1.2; 3.1.1, 3.1.3; 3.2.1; 6.1.3; 6.3.3; 7.1.1, 7.2.3.
  • Policies: 3.1 – Educational Program Planning, 3.7 – Physical Activity, 10.3 – Budgeting and Planning.

 Procedures

The Management Committee will ensure that the following are provided by Amberley OSHC:

  • Indoor space of 3.25 m2 of useable space per child. Indoor spaces used by children will be well ventilated, have adequate natural light and are maintained at a temperature that is safe and reasonable;
  • Outdoor space of 7m2 of useable space per child including adequate shaded areas.
  • Playground equipment, swings and other large pieces of equipment are to be located over areas with soft fall surfaces recommended by recognized safety authorities.

Verandah areas may be included as either indoor OR outdoor space and only with the written approval of the Regulatory Authority.

Adequate toilet, hand washing and drying facilities for children and educators and in particular that:

  • By location and design, allow for safe use by the children and;
  • Allow convenient access from both indoor and outdoor areas.

Facilities that cater for soiled clothing including hygienic storage and inaccessibility to children.

Adequate facilities that cater for the safe handling, preparation, storage and disposal of food and beverages.

Sufficient furniture, materials and equipment that are developmentally appropriate, inclusive and adaptable to ensure participation by every child in the program.

Adequate administrative space and facilities for the purposes of:

  • Conducting the administrative functions of Amberley OSHC, and;
  • Private and personal conversations with families;
  • Providing respite for Nominated Certified Supervisors, educators and/or volunteers.

The Nominated/Certified Supervisor will, in conjunction with the Management Committee, ensure that the following facilities are available at Amberley OSHC:-

  • A telephone located inside the premises or one that is accessible at all times;
  • Storage space close to play areas, with at least one lockable cupboard for valuable equipment;
  • A lockable drawer or small cupboard for educator personal belongings;
  • Area to display children’s artwork and a notice area for parents;
  • Equipment and resources displayed in such a way that children can access them independently;
  • A space for children to put their lunch/coat/bags etc;
  • Adequate lockable storage facilities for equipment, tools, first aid kit, medication and poisonous and dangerous substances;
  • Lockable cupboard or filing cabinet for all child and family information (including enrolment forms), educator records and any other confidential records;
  • Adequate space for children to engage in rest and/or quiet experiences.
  • Office space or designated area, where staff may talk to parents in confidence;
  • Confidential storage facilities for all Workplace Health and Safety, staff and other confidential records’
  • Facilities that provide adequate and safe drinking water at all times.
Reviewed 30 March 2015, Updated 30 May 2017


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