Hot weather headaches - How Sprout could have saved your service $10,000
Picture this…it’s a beautiful summer day in Perth. The morning and the afternoon have been in the 30’s, but still ok. Sure, the sun was hot in the middle of the day, but the yard has plenty of shade, and during the hottest parts of the day, the children have been inside, enjoying indoor activities, having naps, and eating delicious food.
As the children in the toddler room wake from their nap, their educators take a look outside. While the direct sun is still a little warm, they reason that it’s probably ok for the children, with sunscreen and hats on, to take in their afternoon tea outside, under the shelter.
A gentle warm breeze is blowing as the educators walk the toddlers to the shelter space, talking to them about the fruit and crackers on the tray, the birds in the sky, and how the breeze feels on their skin.
Being the curious learners that they are, one or two children begin to move away from the shelter, drawn to the playground and all the exciting options they can see. They are gently guided to return to the shelter by their educators, when suddenly, one begins to scream…...
What started as a beautiful day quickly became something quite different
A situation like the one described above will be familiar with many educators working in ECEC today, particularly if you are based in the northern states or territories where hot weather is becoming even hotter.
The challenge however, is not just the concern of children in pain, but also the difficulties sharing with parents what happened, the paperwork and scrutiny that follows, any other reputational damage that may occur along the way and perhaps worst of all a $10,000 fine from your Regulatory Authority.
Naturally, as time goes on and a period of self reflection kicks in, there will be questions asked about whether the situation, and associated financial and regulatory penalties, could have been avoided.
That’s where Sprout would enter the conversation.
Sprout provides a layer of security around hazard management
Sprout’s leading edge quality management system is specially designed to support services in their hazard management and create safety nets that protect them from finding themselves in difficult situations as described above.
Had the service above been using Sprout, the daily yard check would have reminded them to check the surface temperature before going outside. If there were new educators in the space, the manager and other leaders would have full visibility over what checks were being done, and when.
If an incident did occur, the team would have immediate access to the relevant templates, automatically updated and filed when complete. It’s that level of attention to detail that the Sprout team support, because they know that when it comes to keeping children safe, there is no margin for error.
In short, had this service been using Sprout, it’s very likely that an incident like this may never have happened.
Let Sprout take on the burden of ensuring that your service is compliant. Take the guesswork out of paperwork, keep quality in check, and say with confidence that compliance is simply sorted.
To explore the amazing benefits which Sprout offers check out the website.
Author Freya Lucas, The Sector
Freya is the editor of The Sector, and has over 20 years of experience in education and care services. Her previous roles as an early childhood teacher, primary teacher, and ECEC operations manager giving her a unique insight into the ECEC sector at all levels.