• Mums are responsible for the safety of their own home. This list does not include all risks that may exist in your home. Local mums should always look for additional risks in their home.

Play area

  • Please take a photo of the main play area (this will be public, so make sure its neat!)

  • Have you installed door jam protectors or hinge protectors to reduce finger jams?

  • Have you installed gates or railings to create a safe, enclosed space?

  • Does your play area have a soft carpet or rubber material?

  • Does your play area have furniture? (desks, chairs, wardrobe, drawers, etc)

  • Is the furniture safe and suitable for children?

  • Are sharp edges on tables and furniture covered?

  • Is the furniture secured to prevent from tipping if climbed on?

  • Are safety plugs fitted in unused power points?

  • Are there cords (controllers, extension cords) which are out of reach/not a risk?

  • Are glass doors protected by safety film, colourful stickers or made of safety glass?

  • Are blind/curtain cords looped up, hooked away and out of reach?

  • Is there anything else families need to know?

Toys and Recreation

  • Are the toys suitable for the ages and gender that you will be providing care?

  • Have you made sure there any no toys/items (i.e less than 2cm) that could be be swallowed?

  • Are toys accessible without children climbing?

  • Is your craft equipment (scissors, crayons, pens, paper) safe for children?

  • Are toys stored away so they can't be tripped over?

  • I won't be using plastic bags or balloons as toys

  • Do you have a bouncy jumping frame?

  • Are you willing to consider removing the jumping frame given the risks associated?

Sleeping/Rest

  • If using a 'bouncer' - is it on the ground? (not on something high which could risk falling)

  • are there age appropriate sleeping areas for the children (cots for babies, comfy space for toddlers?)

  • Have you removed bumpers, soft toys and soft pillows from sleeping areas which can be risky?

Common areas

  • Can children wander into common areas?

  • Can you set up a gate to prevent access?

  • Have you removed tablecloths to prevent children pulling them and risk objects falling?

  • Are there any items that could be swallowed by a child?

  • Do you have cupboard and drawer locks to stop children from opening?

  • Do you have door jams or hinge protectors to prevent finger jamming?

  • Is alcohol stored and kept out of reach?

  • Are chairs and tables difficult to overturn?

  • Are cigarettes, ashtrays, matches and lighters out of reach?

  • Are hot drinks placed well out of reach of children?

  • Are fire places, fuel, stoves and heaters out of reach?

  • Are heaters kept away from curtains, furniture, clothes, toys or other flammable material?

  • Are electrical safety switches installed to prevent electric shock?

  • Have you removed any potentially poisonous house plants?

  • Have long cords been bound with twist ties? Are extra cords hidden?

  • Are there barriers or gates on steps, stairs, changes in floor levels to prevent falls?

  • Are all balcony entry points locked or are there gates to prevent access to balconies?

  • Are windows locked and unable to be opened?

  • Are all climbing instruments (cots, chairs, etc) away from windows?

  • Are curtain cords out of reach and kept short?

  • Is the furniture free of sharp corners? Have you got corner protectors?

  • Are electrical appliances kept out of reach?

  • Are electric blankets and hot water bottles not in use?

Pets

  • Do you have pets?

  • Are pet bowls and pet litter (kitty litter) kept out of reach?

  • Can the pets be kept/locked away during times of care (unless permitted by each family)

  • Is your home regularly sanitised due to your pets?

Bathroom

  • Please take a photo of the bathroom (not made public)

  • Does the floor have a non-slip surface?

  • Are sharp objects (e.g razors), kept in a locked cupboard or out of reach?

  • Are shampoos, chemicals, medicines & cosmetics locked and out of reach?

  • Are appliances (hairdryers, electric razors) stored away?

  • Have you installed door locks to prevent access to chemicals and other items?

  • Have you removed any ways children could climb onto higher surfaces?

Kitchen

  • please take a photo of the kitchen (not made public)

  • Can children wander into the kitchen?

  • Are chemicals, poisons and dangerous items been locked away and out of reach?

  • Do you have locks on cupboard doors and pantries?

  • Are cords and extension cords kept firmly out of reach?

  • Are your appliances (kettle, microwave, toaster) kept out of reach of children?

  • Have pot handles been put at the back of the stove and have handles been turned prevent being pulled?

  • Is your cutlery stored where children cannot reach them?

  • Are plastic bags out of reach or tied in the middle?

  • Does the highchair have a five point harness and is it stable?

  • If so, can you install a gate preventing access?

Purchased Safety Equipment

  • Do you have an up to date fire blanket or fire extinguisher?

  • Do you have an up to date first aid kit?

  • Do you have up to date smoke alarms?

Laundry

  • Please take a photo of the laundry

  • Can children wander into the laundry?

  • Can you install a gate, or have a closed door to prevent access?

  • Are cleaning products and chemicals kept out of reach?

  • Does the nappy bucket have a lid and is kept out of reach of children?

  • Are sinks and washing machines empty when not in use?

  • Do appliances with lids switch off when machine is opened?

  • Is the floor kept dry and non-slippery?

  • Do you have a safe, clean space to change the baby on the floor?

Outdoors

  • Will the children be playing in the backyard, or in outdoor areas?

  • Please take photo of the outdoor area

  • Is the outdoor area clean, tidy and free of dangerous objects?

  • Is the driveway a no play zone?

  • Are pesticides, paints, chemicals, tools and equipment locked away and out of reach?

  • Is the garden free of poisonous plants?

  • Can the shed or garage be locked?

  • Is the area free of drowning hazards? e.g ponds, pet water bowls, buckets?

  • Is your pool fenced and inaccessible to young children?

  • Is the play equipment stable, safe and in good condition?

  • Is there a soft surface under play equipment to cushion falls?

  • Are branches pruned above eye level to avoid eye injury?

  • Are there any spiky/thorny bushes which could hurt the child?

  • Are heavy items (garden statues/birdbaths) cemented/immovable to prevent crushing?

  • Are electricity sockets, light switches and powered equipment protected from the weather?

  • Is the sandpit covered when not in use?

  • Do you have a fence/gate that restricts driveway and street access?

  • Is the driveway a 'no-go' zone?

  • Where will you put medicines of a particular child?

  • Where will you be diapering your child? Non-porous surface, etc - far away from food preparation area.

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