Child Welfare

Purpose
To provide clear procedures, to ensure the best interests of the children, to implement the duty of care so that children shall be supported and respected as per the relevant guidelines by the regulatory authority.

Scope
These guidelines will apply to the Approved provider, nominated supervisor, educational leader, supervisors, educators, staff, students on placement, volunteers, parents/guardian, children and others attending the service.

Objectives

  • To provide a safe and supporting learning environment to the children who are enrolled and being educated & cared by the educators under FIRST IDEA FAMILY DAY CARE SERVICES.
  • To ensure the strong sense of wellbeing which provides children with confidence and optimism which maximise their learning potential.

Policy
At FIRST IDEA FAMILY DAY CARE SERVICES, we are committed to provide a safe and happy environment for children attending our service. We recognise our responsibilities in ensuring children’s welfare which includes good physical health, feelings of happiness, satisfaction and successful social functioning, safe drop off and collection.

Procedures

  • Co-ordination unit staff will communicate with parents/guardians in a positive and supportive manner that encourages the parent-child relationship. Information about family issues and personal lives will be handled confidentially.
  • Educators will communicate with parents/guardians about any concerns related to the service and/or the child’s developmental needs.
  • Ensuring the child is being collected by the authorised person.
  • If a parent/guardian/authorised person to collect the child arrives at the family day care educator’s home to collect the child in a visibly intoxicated or unfit state to drive, the parent/guardian will be encouraged to arrange an alternative adult to pick the child.
  • Where human life is at risk by any kind of violence the police will be informed immediately
  • In the case where an adult picks up the child from the family day care, and there is not an appropriate car restraint for the child, the family day care educator should advise the parent that it is not appropriate to transport the child without a proper restraint and it is their legal responsibility.

National Quality Framework

Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010

Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011

National

Quality

Standard

National Quality Standard Elements

Early Years

Learning Frameworks

165,166,167,174,

77,84, 168,85-87,177-178,

183,101,176,166

2.1

2.3

2.1.1, 2.3.2, 2.3.3, 2.3.4

1

3.2

3.2.1, 3.2.2

3

4

4.1.1

7

7.3.5

Related Policies

  • DELIVERY AND COLLECTION/LATE COLLECTION/NON-COLLECTION OF CHILDREN
  • IMMUNISATION
  • ADMINISTRATION OF FIRST AID
  • ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION AND STORAGE
  • FIRST AID QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
  • FIRST AID KIT REQUIREMENTS
  • INCIDENT, INJURY, TRAUMA AND ILLNESS
  • INFECTIOUS DISEASES, CONFIDENTIALITY, IMMUNISATION, ILLNESS AND HEAD LICE

Related legislation

  • Children’s Health and Wellbeing Act 2009
  • Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005
  • Children, Youth and Families Act 2005
  • Health and Safety Act 2004
  • Information Privacy Act 2000
  • Working with Children Act 2005

Related resources
https://www.acecqa.gov.au/
The united Nations Convention on the Rights of the child
REVIEW

POLICY REVIEWED

July 2018

NEXT REVIEW DATE

July 2019

MODIFICATIONS

Policy created for First Idea Family Day Care Services, inclusive of changes to the National Quality Standards and Education and Care National Regulations

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