Adequate Supervision Act 165

  • Service must ensure that children are adequately supervised at all times

  • Educators must know where children are at all times

  • Educators supervise actively and diligently

  • Children's ages and abilities as well as the experience they are participating should all be considered

  • Educators should be actively demonstrating good communication & handover processes

Harm and Hazards Act 167

  • Reasonable precautions to protect children from harm and hazard should be taken by the service

  • Educators should be aware that the ACT does not require the removal of all risk and challenge

  • Risk/Benefit analysis should be completed for all experiences that are challenging or risky

  • Educators should be demonstrating an ongoing awareness of safety & hazards & take steps to reduce the risk

  • Daily checklists and schedules for maintaining the service environment should be used by educators

Health, Hygiene and Safe food practices Reg 77

  • A process to ensure adequate health and hygiene practices should be implemented by the service

  • A process to ensure safe food handling practices should be implemented by the service

  • The service must ensure that policies and procedures are in place in relation to hand washing

  • The service must ensure that policies and procedures in relation to toileting

  • The service must ensure that policies and procedures are in place in relation to nappy changing

  • The service must ensure that policies and procedures in relation to cleaning equipment

  • The service must ensure that policies and procedures in relation to food storage and preparation

  • The service should have a copy of staying healthy in childcare to be used as a reference

Food and Beverages Reg 78,79

  • Service to ensure that children have access to safe drinking water at all times

  • Service to ensure that children are offered food and beverages at regular intervals through out the day

  • Food and beverages offered are required to be appropriate for each child's needs

  • Food and beverages are required to be nutritious and adequate in quantity

Weekly Menu Reg 80

  • A weekly menu that accurately describes the food and beverages is on display

  • Menu is located in a prominent position for families

Sleep and Rest Reg 81

  • Service is required to take reasonable steps to meet children's developmental need for sleep and rest

Tobacco, drug and alcohol free environment Reg 82,83

  • The service must ensure that the environment is free from tobacco, illicit drugs and alcohol

  • The service must ensure that educators are not affected while on the service premises

  • The service must ensure that educators are not taking any medications that may impair there ability to supervise children

Child Protection Reg 84

  • Educators and service management are required to have knowledge of child protection laws

  • Service has policies and procedures required in relation to providing a child safe environment reg 168

  • Educators and service managers have knowledge in regards to child protection and reporting

  • Service has a process for reporting suspected cases of child abuse and neglect.

Incidents, Injury, Trauma and Illness Reg 85

  • The service has a process for incidents of illness, injury or trauma that complies with reg 168

  • The service has a process to ensure parents are notified as soon as practicable (no later than 24 hours)

  • Records are kept at the service of accident/illness/incident reports until the child turns 25 years old

  • Information on record for complies with reg 87

Infectious diseases Reg 88

  • Service has a current copy of staying healthy in childcare & communicable disease guidelines

  • The service uses these publications as a reference in regards to preventing the spread of infectious diseases

First Aid Kits Reg 89

  • The service has appropriate number of first aid kits

  • First aid kits are stored in an easy recognised place

  • First aid kits are stored in a readily accessible place (out of reach of children)

  • Contents of the kit complies with recommendations made by reputable organisations

Medical Conditions Policy Reg 93

  • The service has a policy for managing medical conditions

  • The service has a process in relation to self administration of medications (over preschool age)

  • The service has a permission / record form for use with self administration of medication

  • The service provide a copy of the medical conditions policy to any family who enrols a child with medical condition, allergy or who have specific health care needs.

Administration of medications Reg 93

  • The service has a process to ensure no medication is given to a child without parental permission

  • The service has a process to ensure only an qualified educator administers medication to children once it has been checked by a second staff member

  • The service ensures all medications provided by families comply with reg 95&96

  • The service ensures that all medications administered to children are recorded on each child's medication record as set out in reg 92

Authorised administrations with verbal consent Reg 93

  • The service has a process in place that complies with reg 93 in regards to permission to administer medication in an emergency

Asthma or Anaphylaxis Reg 94

  • The service has a process in place that complies with reg 94 in regards to permission to administer medication in an emergency

Emergencies and Communication Reg 97

  • The service has a policy and procedure in place for dealing with emergencies and evacuations

  • The service has completed a risk assessment to identify potential emergency situations

  • The service practices the drill every 3 months minimum

  • A copy of evacuation plans is located by all exits

  • The service has accessed the help of the relevant authorities when developing their procedure and plan

Telephone or other communication equipment Reg 98

  • The service has a land line phone attached to the service

  • The service has other communication devices to be used while on excursions from the service

  • Contact numbers of emergency services are displayed near the telephone for ease of use

Collection of children from premises Reg 99

  • Service ensure children do not leave the service except when collected by a parent or authorised nominee

  • Service ensure children do not leave the service except with written authorisation of the child's parents

  • Service ensure children do not leave the service except when children are taken on excursion

  • Service ensure children do not leave the service except when the child requires urgent medical treatment

  • A notification of serious incident is completed and submitted if a child is missing or cannot be accounted for

  • Service has a policy on collection of children from premises

Excursions regulation 100 & 102

  • Risk assessment are completed for all proposed excursions

  • Service asks families for written authorisations for permission for each child to participate in excursions

  • Service asks families for written annual authorisation for their child to participate in regular excursions

  • Authorisations are kept with children's enrolment records

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