POLICY REVIEW POLICY
|Policy owner:||Children's Services|
|Responsible / contact officer:||Cathy Cahill|
|Effective date:||21 February 2022|
|Review date:||As required|
Under the Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations, Enhance Family Day Care must ensure that policies and procedures are in place under regulation 168 and 169. While it is important to have policies and procedures in an early childhood education and care service, it is equally important that the policies are regularly reviewed, and amendments made to cater for changes in legislation and researched best practice, and changes to service procedures that aim to support ongoing quality improvement.
NATIONAL QUALITY STANDARD (NQS)
Quality Area 6: Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities: 6.1.1
Quality Area 7: Governance and Leadership: 7.1, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3, 7.2, 7.2.1
EDUCATION AND CARE SERVICES NATIONAL REGULATIONS
30 Conditions on service approval – family day care educator insurance
55-56 Quality Improvement Plan
168 Education and care services must have policies and procedures
169 Additional policies and procedures- family day care service
170 Policies and procedures to be followed
171 Policies and procedures to be kept available
172 Notification of change to policies or procedures
To ensure high quality outcomes for children in our care, Enhance Family Day Care will review our policies and procedures on an annual basis, or more frequently if required due to changes having occurred within enhance FDC, or if considered best practice in respect to current research.
We aim to work in collaboration with our Educators and families, gathering feedback when updating our policies and procedures to ensure that the needs of children being educated and cared for are always being met.
This policy applies to the Approved Provider, Children Services team and Educators
Policies and procedures are an integral part of the documentation required to meet legislative requirements for all early childhood education and care services. Policies and procedures clearly outline the processes all Enhance Educators will follow and assist all Educators and staff to understand their roles and responsibilities. They ensure a consistent approach and embedded practice across all services and help to inform families how Enhance FDC operates.
Enhance FDC will ensure:
Enhance FDC must have policies and procedures in place relating to the categories listed in Regulation 168 and Regulation 169 of the National Regulations. Enhance FDC have additional policies and procedures in place above and beyond requirements to ensure support for Educators in providing high quality care.
In accordance with Regulation 172, Enhance FDC will ensure that parents of children enrolled at services are notified at least 14 days before making any change to a policy or procedure that may have a significant impact on:
In addition to this, Enhance FDC must ensure that parents of children enrolled at the service are notified at least 14 days before making any change that will affect fees charged or the way in which fees are collected.
In exceptional circumstances, Enhance FDC may consider that the 14-day notice period may pose a risk to the safety, health or wellbeing of any child enrolled at the service. In these cases, Enhance FDC will ensure that parents of children enrolled at the service are notified as soon as practicable after making a change.
Policies will be available for all families at all times at their Family Day Care residence.
FDCAQ reserves the right to vary, replace or terminate this policy.
|Links to associated documents||Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority. (2012). |
How to Develop and Update Policies Successfully (without the stress).
Education and Care Services National Regulations. (2011).
Guide to the National Quality Framework. (2017). (Amended 2020).
Kearns, K. (2017). The Business of Childcare (4th Ed.).
Revised National Quality Standard. (2018).
|Acknowledgements and references||Links/Nil|