This Guide to the National Quality Framework (p 166) states: "Children have a fundamental right to be protected and kept safe when they attend an education and care service. Unsafe settings and situations can negatively impact on children’s physical health and wellbeing, which in turn can negatively affect their experiences, learning and wellbeing in the present and throughout their lives."
In the points of reflection for standard 2.2, we are asked to consider the following:
- How do we identify potential supervision risks in the service?
- How do we identify, assess, manage and record hazards and potential risks for children, such as potentially dangerous products, plants, objects and animals at the service, and how often do we do this?
- How do we ensure children are alerted to safety issues and encouraged to develop the skills to assess and manage risks to their own safety?
- How do we ensure that all equipment and materials used in the service meet relevant safety standards, including bedding and sun protection resources and equipment?
In the points of reflection for standard 3.1, we are asked to consider the following:
- What processes are in place to monitor the cleanliness and safety of the premises, furniture and equipment?
- How do we ensure that children are safe entering and leaving the service?
These considerations highlight the importance of safety procedures in a high quality service. Once such method is through safety checklists.