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					Absent and Missing Children
POLICY STATEMENT
We will ensure the safety and welfare of the children by ensuring clear
communication and co-operation between the centre, parents and the school.

CONSIDERATIONS
National Standards Section 5.3.4 (Advising of child’s absence)
OSHCQA 3.1 (Family Information Booklet)

PROCEDURE
Absent Children
  Parents/guardians are to advise the centre if their child will be absent on a day
  that they are booked into care.
  If parents are aware before hand they must:
  Inform a staff member in person who must record the information in the
     phone/message book for the day of expected absence.
  If parents do not know until the day they must in person:
  Ring the centre and inform a staff member, as early as possible. Where possible
  this change should be confirmed in writing by fax.
  This information must be recorded in the phone/message book.
  Parents must indicate the expected time of absence.
  If a child only attends after school care, then the parent must ring and inform the
  centre when the child returns to school and that the child will be attending the
  centre on that afternoon.
  Parents will be informed of this requirement on enrolment and through the parent
  information booklet detailing the great importance of the centre knowing of a
  child’s absence.
  Should a child not be present and waiting in the designated area when expected,
  the staff member will:
  Ask the children of their knowledge of where the child might be.
  Approach the school office and ask for information regarding the child’s
  attendance at school.
  Ensure all other children are well supervised during this time.
  If the child was absent, then the parents will be called on arrival back to the centre
  to remind them of their failure to contact us and to find out if the child will be
  attending the next day or not.
  If parents are not available staff will continue to call until a contact is made. If no
  contact is still made by the next morning then an authorised person on the child’s
  enrolment form will be contacted to try to find out further details.


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Missing Children.
   Should a child not be present and waiting in the designated area when expected,
   the staff member will:
    •    Ask the children of their knowledge of where the child might be.
    •    Approach the school office and ask for information regarding the child’s
         attendance at school.
    •    If the child attended school and is expected to attend the centre, then the staff
         member will:
    •    Inform the school of the missing child.
    •    Ask them to find out if the teacher is aware of the parent or anyone else
         collecting the child and assist in the search of the school area.
    •    Ensure all the other children are well supervised during this time.
    •    If the child is still not found then the staff member will:
    •    Take the other children back to the centre.
    •    Try to make contact with the parent or authorised person to inform them and
         find out any further information
    •    Continue to keep in contact with the school.
    •    Arrange for appropriate staffing levels and send a staff member to look in the
         local area or follow up on any leads regarding the child going to a friend’s
         home.
    •    If the child remains missing:
    •    The parents/authorised persons are to be kept informed.
    •    The police are to be contacted.

Sources:

   National Childcare Accreditation Council, OSHCQA Quality Practices Guide
   (1st edition, 2003),
   http://www.ncac.gov.au/publication_extracts/oshcqa_qpg_preambles


   DATE ENDORSED: March 2006
   DATE FOR REVIEW AND EVALUATION: March 2008

Acknowledgement:
The policies in this manual were developed by the Management Committee using the guidelines provided by
the Network OOSH Policies in Practice Manual reviewed in June 2005




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