EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROCEDURES All Educators conduct regular fire drills with the children which are documented and filed.
The evacuation procedure is posted near the rear door and is also available for parental perusal in Centre Policy Folder. In the event of an evacuation to a safe place each child will be accounted for by using the sign-in sheets and daily room rolls. It is absolutely essential that the sign in sheet be completed correctly each day.
Emergency reinforcements will be called upon if necessary. Children regularly practice emergency evacuation drills each quarter, so all the children are familiar with the process.
The staff will support and guide children in positive behaviour with clear, consistent guidelines including:
Giving praise when co-operative and generous actions have been made,
Encouraging children to express themselves to others when upset or hurt,
Diverting the child’s attention and frustration if necessary,
Providing a space children can retreat to if need be,
Giving children strategies to use in a conflict or frustrated situations and;
Supporting the children in speaking up and then listening to them.
We suggest you read our Positive Behaviour Guidance policy in the Policy folder which is more detailed. Please ask for a feedback form so that we have your comments for future review of the policy.
Staff are aware of what generally constitutes child abuse and the common indicators of this.
Staff will remain observant and attentive to children’s physical and emotional well being.
If abuse is suspected, staff must immediately report to the Director or Authorised Supervisor.
The Centre will make all reasonable and legal attempts to avoid releasing a child into a potentially dangerous situation, and will notify the Department of the situation immediately.
Staff will maintain confidential and specific written records regarding the pertinent physical and emotional state of children as presented each day as well as other relevant information concerning family or other circumstances.
Records and processes regarding suspected abuse are to be kept confidential and not discussed with anyone other than directly interested parties.
Staff to follow the procedure outlined below:
Suspected Child Abuse – Procedure
Inform the Director of your suspicions, detailing your observations (written, wherever possible).
In conjunction with the Director, observe the child in all aspects of the day. Document all observations with the date and time. Be as specific as you can and, whenever possible, use the child’s own language.
The Director will then inform the Department of Child Safety who will make a decision as to whether there are “reasonable grounds” to make a notification. The Department of Child Safety will handle any investigation and liaise with the Centre as to the progress and the child’s special needs.
You, as the notifier, will be immune from civil or criminal prosecutions.
Wherever possible, the identity of the notifier will remain confidential.
For more information please refer Gingerbread Preschool Positive Guiding of Children’s Behaviour Policy.
For further details refer to the Complaints Policy and Procedures.
We only record personal information that is vital and relates to the service’s activities and functions, and in line with relevant legislation.
Each parent/guardian of enrolled children at our Service/s accepts the fact that photos and names of their child/ren may be used in the daily diary. Should any person not wish for this to happen, they will need to discuss this with the management and ensure they do not accept this condition allowing use of these details in the daily diary.