CCC – SAFETY POLICY GDS Category: Social, Cultural and Community Services Public Document? YES Date: June 2009 Page 1 of 3 Version: 6 Review Date: June 2010 1. POLICY OBJECTIVE To inform all relevant employees, persons working under non-employment relationship agreements, families and children who access the Centre of the correct policy requirements to follow in relation to ensuring the Child Care facility is effectively maintained and managed. 2. SCOPE All relevant employees, persons working under non-employment relationship agreements, families and children who access the Centre. 3. RISK MANAGEMENT Risk Management is an important obligation the Whyalla City Council takes very seriously and pro-actively manages. In the delivery of Council’s child care services, the Whyalla City Council is very aware that there may be risks that its employees, persons working under a non-employment relationship and children accessing the Centre may be exposed to in relation to managing the Centre environment. The Council has a Risk Management Policy and a number of current and procedures as well as a Risk Management Framework all of which are available for viewing. In the provision of child care services all employees, persons working under non- employment relationship agreements, families and children who access the Centre are encouraged to consider applicable perceived risks and, if necessary, communicate these to the supervisor. 4. POLICY STATEMENT Ensure that equipment and toys used by children during free play are contained to an area that is appropriate in terms of safety. To manage the Child Care Centre environment to ensure that buildings and equipment are safe. When selecting resources for purchasing, a focus will be maintained on safety, durability and appropriateness for the age group for which the resources are to be used. Toys and resources will be checked before use and any damage identified and corrected before use. Electronic version is the controlled version. Printed copies are considered uncontrolled. Before using a printed copy, verify that it is the current version. CCC – SAFETY POLICY GDS Category: Social, Cultural and Community Services Public Document? YES Date: June 2009 Page 2 of 3 Version: 6 Review Date: June 2010 Each morning staff will perform a safety check of the outside environment before children are allowed to enter the space. Any hazardous materials will be removed (i.e. broken bottles, rubbish, etc). Throughout the day the care environment will be maintained to ensure that floors and play surfaces are cleared and kept clear of clutter, including sweeping floors and washing down play tables. When there is a mixed group of children of various ages and developmental levels consideration will be given to the resources and play experiences provided to ensure appropriate safe experiences for the whole group. All power points which are accessible to children will be fitted with secure protective caps. All fire extinguishers to be checked and maintained by independent authority on a six monthly basis. All first aid kits to be checked on a six monthly basis through an independent authority. In addition, materials used from first aid kits are recorded on usage sheets and the item used replaced to ensure the kits contain all necessary equipment. All electrical equipment is checked for safety by an independent authority and tagged to indicate date of last check. The centre is fitted with a Clipsal safety switch (R.C.D.) to ensure the safety of the electrical circuits should they be tampered with. This switch is checked annually by a qualified electrician. All electrical cords are out of reach of children. Double adaptors are not used in the children’s area of the centre. All climbing equipment, swings and large equipment are stabilized and/or anchored to the ground. Council’s depot staff provides expertise in line with building legislations in the maintenance of the outdoor area. When purchasing new resources, staff ensure adherence to safety standards and recommended usage guidelines (as per Australian Playground Standards 1982). Every three months an occupational health and safety audit is carried out within the centre by internally trained staff who carry out the safety audit of the premises. Children are involved in discussions at group time and encouraged to identify safety issues and encouraged to determine safety rules which will in turn encourage participation and ownership of behavioral limits. Electronic version is the controlled version. Printed copies are considered uncontrolled. Before using a printed copy, verify that it is the current version. CCC – SAFETY POLICY GDS Category: Social, Cultural and Community Services Public Document? YES Date: June 2009 Page 3 of 3 Version: 6 Review Date: June 2010 Regular information updates are provided to parents focusing on health and safety in regard to purchasing and maintaining home resources. If required, current information can be supplied to parents in family languages. This multi lingual format will be sourced from the multicultural child care unit. In addition support can be provided to families who require interpretation through the telephone interpretation service. The playground improvement plans for the centre are based on information provided through the Australian Playground Standards (1982). The plans integrate best practice guidelines to facilitate optimum learning and high quality care environment. Quality control measures within the centre include occupational health and safety audits and regular compliance updates provided to staff at staff meetings. Annual surveys are provided to families to ascertain satisfaction with the centre including safety of buildings and equipment and quality of the play environment. Ongoing maintenance and planning functions for the development of the centre are included in the strategic planning functions of Council, in budget meetings and staff meetings and also at the child care advisory groups on which parents are represented. 5. DOCUMENTATION a) Child Care Licencing Agreement b) Councils OHSW Policies and Procedures c) OHS Hazard Checklists d) CCC – Outside Safety Checklist 6. RESPONSIBLE PERSON Group Manager Corporate Services 7. AUTHORITY Reviewed by Management, Staff and Families in May 2009 8. HISTORY N/A Electronic version is the controlled version. Printed copies are considered uncontrolled. Before using a printed copy, verify that it is the current version.