• HOME SAFETY RISK MANAGEMENT for FAMILY DAY CARE EDUCATOR’S

  • Date of Audit

  • Time of Audit

  • Name of Educator

  • Address of FDC
  • Home Phone Number

  • Mobile Number

  • Email

  • Date of registration

  • Maximum number of children placed with the educator

  • Identified areas of home which constitutes the "Work Place"

  • Evacuation plan for MHFDC office provided

  • Areas of Exclusion 1

  • How Excluded 1

  • FDC Staff Sighted 1

  • Areas of Exclusion 2

  • How Excluded 2

  • FDC Staff Sighted 2

  • Areas of Exclusion 3

  • How Excluded 3

  • FDC Staff Sighted 3

  • Areas of Exclusion 4

  • How Excluded 4

  • FDC Staff Sighted 4

  • Areas of Exclusion 5

  • How Excluded 5

  • FDC Staff Sited 5

  • Adult household members 18+

  • WWCC

  • Adult household members 18+

  • WWCC

  • Adult household members 18+

  • WWCC

  • Adult household members 18+

  • WWCC

Compliance Check

  • Proof of work rights in Australia
    Birth Certificate/Working VISA/Passport/Australian Citizenship

  • Glass Safety Compliance Certificate (under 0.75m)

  • Areas:

  • Safety Switch Installation Certificate

  • Hot Water regulated to 50ْ (evidence required)

  • Qualifications: Cert III in Chn’s Serv. / Diploma Chn’s Serv.

  • First Aid Certificate, including Asthma & Anaphylaxis (3 yearly)

  • CPR Training (yearly)

  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk (one off)

  • Child Protection Refresher (3 yearly)

  • Safe Food Handling (3 yearly)

  • Fire Protection Training (3 yearly)

  • Fire Extinguisher, Fire Blanket (6 monthly)

  • Smoke detectors checked by Educator (6 monthly) refer to CDO H/V folder

  • Car Restraints (annually)

  • Drivers License

  • Pest Control (annually) or DIY (as per manufacturer’s instructions)

  • Public Liability (annually)

  • Cots are to Australian Standards:
    Household cot AS/NZS 2172:2003;

    Portable folding cot AS/NZS 2195:1999.

  • Prams / Strollers fitted with a five-point harness and are to Australian Standards AS/NZS 2088:2000

  • Advertising / marketing materials – MHFDC approved
    Advertising / marketing items:

Administration Checklist

  • Educator Agreement read and signed? (yearly)

  • Medical Certificate obtained and copy provided to MHFDC? (yearly or more frequently if required)

  • Are your child / parent information folders up to date?

  • Completed enrollment forms, emergency contacts, doctors, action plans, early intervention information for each child in care?

  • Adequate record retention, with a safe place to keep confidential material?

  • Risk assessment information up to date, routine excursion forms, risk assessment forms etc

  • Is your emergency contact sheet easily accessible at all times, and up to date?

  • Are your timesheets signed in and out daily, absences noted, correct codes being used?

  • Do you give your parents a receipt when they pay for fees, deposits etc?

  • Is your program on display and based on an approved learning framework? (EYLF / MTOP)

  • Do you have a supply of all necessary forms eg. accident, incident, medication etc?

  • Is your guiding principle and policy folder up to date?

  • Does your display board have all of the necessary information:
    Policy review, educator registration certificate, emergency plan and procedure, daily safety checklist, daily routine, allergy aware sign, rating certificate, notification to changes of policies. If applicable, at risk of anaphylaxis sign?

  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) up to date (less than five years old)?

  • Do you have a record of all visitors that come into your home whilst caring for FDC children available at all times?

  • Do you have copies of: Current National Regulations

  • Do you have a copy of: National Quality Standards.

  • Do you have a copy of an approved Learning Framework documentation on site eg. Early Years Learning Framework and My Time Our Place.

  • Do you have a copy of: National Law.

General Home Environment

  • Entrance / security door secure and does it prevent children from leaving the service unsupervised and unauthorised persons entering? Is the key out of reach of the children and easily accessible to the educator?

  • House, equipment and furniture clean, safe and well maintained?

  • Adequate natural light well ventilated and comfortable temperature?

  • Design of environment allows for adequate supervision?

  • Safety plugs fitted in spare power points?

  • Design of environment allows enough space for children?

  • Smoke detectors in appropriate locations?

  • Premises equipped with a suitable & fully stocked first aid kit (Work Cover approved), that is inaccessible to children but readily accessible to educator?

  • Adult and child cardio-pulmonary resuscitation chart displayed in a prominent position?

  • Premises are kept free of vermin and pests?

  • Fly screens on all windows?

  • Are doors and windows that open onto a balcony kept locked when not in use?

  • Windows / doors used to allow ventilation are secured so children are unable to climb through and / or fall (eg. high windows not able to be opened more than 10cm)?

  • Furniture located safely (eg. away from windows / glass sliding doors)?

  • Large objects like TVs, entertainment units or wall units secure?

  • Ornaments out of children’s reach?

  • Sharp edges on tables and furniture covered?

  • Floor covering appropriate (eg. mat located on tiled floor, non-slip, no trip hazards)?

  • Rugs and mats secured to prevent a fall?

  • Blind and curtain cords out of children’s reach?

  • Glass areas (0.75m or less) glazed with safety glass, treated with safety film or protected with barriers?

  • Have you purchased any glass furniture or replaced glass since your last home safety audit. If yes does it comply with the Regulation?

  • Sliding glass doors and low-level glass windows marked with stickers at child’s eye level?

  • Side of a stairway, ramp, corridor or hallway, not abutting a wall enclosed?

  • Age-appropriate child-proof barriers required at top and bottom of stairs?

  • Exercise equipment inaccessible?

  • Aquarium safe and stable (motor inaccessible)?

  • Heating and cooling units adequately secured and guarded?

  • Controls of all equipment that may be hazardous to children properly guarded?

  • Access to an operating telephone at all times?

  • Emergency Evacuation Plan and procedure displayed at each exit?

  • Matches / lighters out of children’s reach?

  • Environment free from the use of tobacco, illicit drugs and alcohol?

  • Is tobacco, drugs (including prescription medication) and alcohol inaccessible to children?

  • Does your Daily Safety Checklist identify all potential risks in your service? (Indoors and outdoors)

Sleeping Area

  • Rest time checklist displayed?

  • Mattresses and other bedding clean and comfortable and have waterproof coverings?

  • Cots meet Australian Standards? Cots checked as per “A guide to cot safety checklist?”

  • - in an area that has natural light

  • - to reduce the risk of cross infection between children (ie:store each child’s sheeting separately)

  • - is bed linen washed / sent home regularly and changed each time a different child is using a mattress.

  • Is the door left open during rest time to allow supervision?

  • Sleeping area designed to ensure that all children are readily accessible to the educator and easily supervised?

  • Cot / beds located safely (ie not near electrical switches, ceiling fans, blind / curtain cords)

  • Inaccessible to children:-

  • - medication

  • - coins and other small items

  • - toiletries and cosmetics

  • An adequate number of Cots / beds are available for all children who rest while at the premises?

  • Children do not share the same bed at the same time.

  • Top bunk bed inaccessible to children?

  • Glass areas (0.75m or less) glazed with safety glass, treated with safety film or protected with barriers

  • Safety plugs fitted in spare power points?

Bathroom and Toilet Area

  • Door able to be unlocked from outside?

  • Electricals (ie hairdryers, electric shavers) stored safely?

  • Inaccessible to children:-

  • - medication

  • - toiletries and cosmetics

  • - toilet deodorisers

  • - sharp objects

  • - cleaning products and chemicals

  • - bath and sink plugs

  • Safety plugs fitted in spare power points?

  • Is paper towel provided?.

  • Hot water regulated to 50ْ or children do not have unsupervised access

  • Hand washing and drying facilities?

  • Does the design of the toilets / sink provided enable safe use and convenient access for children eg. stable step?

  • Glass areas (0.75m or less) glazed with safety glass, treated with safety film or protected with barriers

Kitchen

  • Can access to kitchen be restricted?

  • Kitchen area safe and hygienic for food preparation & storage?

  • Facilities include a stove or microwave, sink, refrigerator, suitable disposal facilities and hot water supply?

  • Food stored appropriately to minimise the risk of contamination?

  • Ovens, stoves, microwaves inaccessible to children?

  • Dishwasher inaccessible to children?

  • Safe drinking water is made available to children at all times?

  • Hot water regulated to 50ْ or children do not have unsupervised access?

  • Kettle and saucepan handles out of children’s reach?

  • Appliance cords short and out of children’s reach?

  • Fire blanket and extinguisher adjacent to cooking facilities, easily accessible, current date stamped?

  • Inaccessible to children:-

  • - knives and other sharp objects

  • - sink plugs

  • - rubbish

  • - plastic bags

  • Medications stored in a locked cupboard at least 1.5m above the ground?

  • Refrigerated medications stored in a locked container in fridge?

  • Cleaning products, chemicals stored in a locked cupboard at least 1.5m above the ground?

  • Cleaning products stored in their original containers or a clearly marked refillable container?

  • Glass areas (0.75m or less) glazed with safety glass, treated with safety film or protected with barriers

  • Safety plugs fitted in spare power points?

  • Child sized table and chairs for eating times?

  • Clean and stable high chair with a 5 point harness?

Laundry

  • Access to laundry able to be restricted?

  • Cleaning products, disinfectants, poisons and other dangerous substances inaccessible to children?

  • Safe sanitary facilities for the storage of soiled clothes, linen and nappies before laundering or disposal?

  • Water containers that could constitute a hazard made inaccessible to children?

  • Sink plugs inaccessible to children?

  • Safety plugs fitted in spare power points?

  • Hot water regulated to 50ْ or children do not have unsupervised access?

  • Dangerous tools and equipment inaccessible to children eg. irons, plastic bags?

  • Glass areas (0.75m or less) glazed with safety glass, treated with safety film or protected with barriers

Nappy Change Facilities

  • Located and maintained to prevent unsupervised access by children?

  • Separated from food and craft preparation facilities?

  • A stable surface for changing nappies, together with a mat that has an impervious washable surface?

  • Hand washing facilities for adults / children in the immediate area?

  • Facility for the storage of clean nappies?

  • Items for changing readily accessible but out of children’s reach?

  • Nappy change procedure available in immediate area?

  • Anti bacterial disinfectant stored in a locked cupboard at least 1.5m above the ground?

  • Nappy bins inaccessible to children?

Toys / Equipment

  • Storage space for children’s belongings?

  • Toys and equipment in good order ie: not broken and dangerous?

  • Toy box with a lid that is not attached?

  • Equipment appropriate and suitable to the developmental needs of the children in care and regularly added to?

  • Open shelving – safe / child’s height?

  • Child sized table and chairs?

  • Member of the Toy Library?

Outdoors

  • Designated outside play area fenced on all sides?

  • Fences in good repair?

  • Fence clear from objects?

  • Fence and gates designed to prevent children from scaling or crawling under or through it?

  • Fence inhibit or impede intruders from entering the premises?

  • Gates (childproof locks / fastening devise)?

  • Are the gates at the residence secure and do they prevent children from leaving the service unsupervised and unauthorized persons entering? Is the key out of reach of the children and easily accessible to the educator?

  • Adult and child cardio-pulmonary resuscitation chart displayed in a prominent position?

  • If there is a balcony or verandah, is it enclosed to prevent children from falling, climbing or being trapped?

  • No furniture near balcony for children to climb on?

  • Underneath of house inaccessible?

  • Adequate space to play?

  • Shaded area for play?

  • Area generally clean and tidy (ie no rubbish, building materials etc)?

  • Lawn mowed, and gardens maintained e.g. no bindies or clover?

  • Cement areas safe with no sharp edges?

  • Play equipment safe, in good repair and not a hazard to children eg. fall zone, fall height, entrapment?

  • Safety rails / barriers where required?

  • Barbecue / gas Cylinder safe, secure and covered?

  • Drains securely covered?

  • Pesticides, paints and other poisons inaccessible to children?


  • Dangerous tools and equipment inaccessible to children?

  • Hose connected to tap (immediately available) and wound up?

  • Boats and trailers safe?

  • Poisonous or sharp plants identified and maintained?

  • Play area separate from the driveway?

  • Safe drinking water available at all times?

  • Hot water tank inaccessible to children?

Animals

  • Are there any pets? what type and how many?

  • Do pets have an enclosure that prevents children from having access to them?

  • Play areas kept free from animal droppings, bones and holes dug by animals?

  • Animals have no access to children’s play equipment, toys, food preparation areas or bedding?

  • Animal drinking / eating bowl inaccessible to children?

Pools / Water Hazards (Reg 116)

  • Is the swimming pool or spa fenced in accordance with swimming pools Act 1992 of NSW?

  • Is the self locking gate in good working order and checked daily when outside (place on daily safety checklist)?

  • Is the bottom of the pool visible?

  • Is the area free of anything close to the boundary or pool fence that children could use to climb over?

  • Is the pool filter inaccessible to children?

  • Are pool chemicals inaccessible to children?

  • Current full size CPR chart displayed?

  • Water containers that could constitute a hazard made inaccessible to children?

  • Ponds or garden water features covered securely or enclosed by barrier?

Additional Comments / Special Conditions:

  • Additional Comments / Special Conditions

  • FDC Staff Member Name:

  • FDC Staff Signature

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  • Educator Name:

  • Educator Signature:

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