Struggling with hazard management? This is how Sprout can help you keep on track
Hazards are a part of everyday life in early childhood education and care settings. Holes in the softfall, doors that don’t latch and carpeting that’s beginning to fray are all common issues that an educator might encounter.
If you’re lucky, your team is on the ball, and will let someone know what they have observed… but it’s what happens next that sometimes sees services come undone.
It’s all well and good to see a hazard, or to report it to someone so it’s off your radar, but what systems and processes are in place to make sure it gets taken care of? Are they stress free and foolproof? Do they have checks and balances to make sure they’re followed up, or is your service operating on a “post it note and a prayer” when it comes to compliance?
Softfall sorrow? No worries with Sprout!
Jane is outside in the yard when she notices the soft fall by the fence has a hole. Possibly those enthusiastic diggers in the sandpit are to blame, but either way, the hole is a hazard. Someone could trip and fall, or even worse, when the under twos come out to use the space, they could engage in some sensory exploration that sees a piece of soft fall digested.
Is soft fall poisonous? Yikes! “Time to make a report”, Jane thinks.
If Jane’s service is using Sprout, letting someone know about this is a piece of cake! Jane already has her ipad with her to capture photos and document children’s learning while engaging in outside play. She simply opens up Sprout, heads to the “service” tab, and clicks on Hazards.
Simple hazard management
Tapping the add hazard button, Jane gives the hazard a name, writes a quick description of what’s going on and what she’s done to make it safe, attaches a photo of the hole, gives it a risk rating and it’s all done and dusted in under two minutes!
No finding the maintenance book, no tracking down the WHS rep, no writing a post it note and adding it to the jumble cluttering up the Director's desk - just an easy, quick, simple solution!
Jane’s hazard will remain open in the Sprout system until it is marked as closed. When the task is marked as closed, Sprout will ask for a reason, as a way of preventing accidental opening of tasks, double ups, and tasks where no further action is required.
Finally, a fool proof and speedy system that’s designed for what REALLY happens when busy educators are doing what they do best and working with children.
Want to try out Sprout for yourself? Click here to get started, and see for yourself the amazing range of features presented in one clever little app!
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.