It's not simply enough to record that there is a hazard - there needs to be a process to report that hazard.
Risk assessments can sometimes feel onerous. There are a multitude of experiences, hazards and events that require risk assessing in our early education and care services and the paperwork can feel a little overwhelming at times. But, we want you to think about risk assessments as being a positive thing.
The terms "hazard" and "risk" are used quite a lot in early childhood. But what do they really mean, and what is the difference?
Boosting your professional knowledge doesn't need to be hard work, or to require countless hours hunched over a thick research book or sitting in a conference centre. There are so many ways that you can continually work to grow your knowledge and evolve your practice.
The Education and Care Services National Regulations are a key document for every early childhood service and educator. But - it's a big document! How can you possibly know it all? And, more to the point, do you need to know it all?
There will be times, in our workplaces, where the need arises to question or challenge what we see. It may be questioning why something is on the program, or asking if the environment is really working the way that it is. Sometimes it may be challenging practice or attitudes that we find concerning or confronting. Some of us may find this easy - happy to be up-front, get the issue out on the table, while for others - it can be really difficult.
The start of a new year is a time for resolutions and goal setting, and although the start of this year has bought some challenges, it remains vital that we reflect on our professional practice, attitudes, skills and knowledge, and take the time to plan for growth.
Do you ever feel like your to-do list is never going to end? One of the biggest challenges that nominated supervisors and educators face, is staying on top of the huge pile of paperwork and tasks that come their way. What can also happen though is that we take on things that we don't really need to.
Our sector is facing a staffing crisis - there's no better way to put it. Services are sharing with us, their sense of overwhelm and frustration as they struggle to find qualified, experienced professionals to fill the almost (at the time of writing, via seek.com.au) 4000 positions in the early education and care sector.
We’re nearing the end of the year. This time last year, it seemed that a lot of us were relieved to have made it through 2020 - a year like no other, where we had been pushed - or so it seemed at the time - to our very limits. Now, twelve months on, we could be mistaken for thinking we’re in the 1993 movie Groundhog Day.
Did you know that according to the Queensland Government Education Department, “r170 Policies and Procedures to be followed” was amongst the top five regulatory breaches in the long daycare sector in the state, over the last three quarters? Why is that? Why is it so tricky to follow the policies and procedures that we have in our services?