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8.24 Educator Uniform and Personal Presentation

The Approved Provider requires that educators and other staff, engaged to work with children in OSHC, present themselves and wear a standard of dress appropriate to the circumstances and environment in which they will be working.  In administering this policy, consideration will be given to any work, health and safety requirements as well as the need to ensure that clothing worn by educators is neither offensive nor hazardous.

Relevant Laws and other Provisions

The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:

  • Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Regulations 2011
  • Relevant Industrial Agreement
  • NQS Area: 4.2.1; 7.1.2, 7.3.5.
  • Policies: 8.1 – Role and Expectations of Educators, 8.3 – Recruitment and Employment of Educators, 8.5 – Volunteers,8.6 – Employee and Volunteer Grievance, 8.9 – Code of Conduct, 8.10 – Employee Orientation and Induction

 Procedures

A high standard of personal presentation is required from all educators and other staff at all times whilst on duty at the service.  Educators are required to maintain a high level of personal hygiene and all clothing should be clean, pressed and in good condition.

Failure to follow the coordinator’s direction and/or blatant violation or repeated violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action.

Dress Code

Educator’s dress and appearance should be professional and conducive to active participation with children.  Clothing worn to comply with cultural or religious standards is allowable as long as it does not pose a foreseeable risk to health and safety at work.

Upon employment, educators and other staff will be issued with a service uniform shirt which must be kept laundered and in good condition.  Educators will receive a weekly laundry allowance, as per the relevant industrial award

All educators and other staff will be required to wear the service uniform shirt while on duty at the service.  The service uniform shirt can be worn prior to, and after their designated shift however, whilst in the public view, the educator will be required to conduct themselves in a manner that will not be detrimental to the reputation of the service.

Prior to receiving their allocated service uniform shirt, educators will not be permitted to wear clothing that is:

  • Tight or revealing (i.e. midriff tops, clothing that reveals undergarments, shirts with spaghetti straps, low-cut tops); or
  • Displaying inappropriate images or words; or
  • Damaged, including clothing that is ripped or torn.

Educators will be required to supply their own shorts or pants with consideration given to the appropriateness of such clothing when actively working with the children.  Shorts and/or pants are required to be no shorter than mid-thigh length with consideration given to ensuring that no part of their buttocks are exposed.

Where educators are required to attend special events, conferences, courses or seminars the service uniform requirements still apply unless specifically directed by the coordinator or approved provider.

Educators will be provided with a service name badge and/or identification card which must be worn whilst on duty at the service.  Name badges and/or identification cards must be kept clean and should be worn so that they are clearly visible.

In some circumstances it may not be practicable for educators or other staff to wear the service uniform such as during pregnancy or for religious requirements.  In such cases, educators and other staff should comply with the general presentation requirements and seek approval from the coordinator or approved provider.

If the coordinator determines that the educator’s dress or appearance does not comply with this policy, a determination will be made as to whether the educator is allowed to remain at work or must leave work to change his/her dress.  In any circumstance that an educator is requested to return home and change the coordinator will ensure that the educator/child ratios of the service are maintained.

Educators who leave the employ of the service will be required to return all service uniform shirts in a clean and laundered state.  Old or unwanted uniform items should not be given to charities, other people or organisations but should be returned to the coordinator for disposal.

 Personal Protection Clothing

The service will ensure that uniform shirts supplied comply with recommended Sunsmart guidelines and include a collar and mid-length sleeve.

In order to comply with the Sunsmart Policy of the service, educators and other staff will be required to wear a broad-brimmed hat when outdoors.  Educators will be responsible for supplying their own broad-brimmed hat and ensuring it is at the service when required.

Educators will be required to wear enclosed and protective footwear at all times.  The standard requirement will be a sandshoe or jogger however, consideration may be given to other types of footwear provided that it encloses the foot and is not a strap-on type of footwear.  All footwear must meet the work, health and safety requirements of the service and be conducive to active participation with the children.

Personal Safety

Educators or other staff with long hair are required to secure their hair and tie it back when working with the children and/or handling and preparing food.

Work, health and safety requirements must be considered when determining if excessive jewellery, jewellery, body piercings and/or other accessories worn by educators are appropriate when working with children.  Educators will be encouraged to:

  • Wear small sleeper or stud type earrings; and
  • Minimise the wearing of large or protruding rings; and
  • Minimise the wearing of long, dangly necklaces; and
  • Minimise the amount of jewellery worn when working with the children.

To ensure their safety and that of the children and colleagues, educators are requested to maintain their fingernails at a safe and workable length and to minimise any nail decorations and/or embellishments.

Personal Appearance

Educators are expected to maintain a high standard of personal care, ensuring that their:

  • Hair is clean and tidy;
  • Personal hygiene includes deodorant and/or antiperspirant;
  • Choice of clothing is laundered and kept in good repair.

The service acknowledges the educator’s’ right to individual cultural and creative expression through piercings (facial, tongue or body) and/or tattoos however, there is an expectation for educators to ensure that:

  • All piercings comply with the service’s work, health and safety requirements; and
  • Tattoos visible to children and families are non-offensive.

References

Tablelands Regional Council. (2014, December). Staff Uniform and Presentation Policy. Retrieved from Tablelands Regional Council: http://www.trc.qld.gov.au/sites/default/files/Staff%20Uniform%20and%20Presentation%20Policy.pdf

University of Wollongong. (2014, February). Educator Dress code Policy. Retrieved from UniCentre – University of Wollongong: http://unicentre.uow.edu.au/content/groups/public/@web/@unic/@mrkt/documents/doc/uow146232.pdf

Added 13 April 2015


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