CHNS.P43 Sustainability Policy

SUSTAINABILITY POLICY

Document Control

Policy number:43
Policy area:CHNS
Policy owner:Children's Services
Responsible / contact officer:Cathy Cahill
Effective date:27/05/2022
Review date:May 2023

Enhance FDC encourages the awareness of environmental responsibility and implements practices that contribute to a sustainable future. Enhance FDC Educators support children to become environmentally responsible and show respect for the environment through role modelling. We practice and promote sustainability through reducing waste, minimising consumption, and protecting and conserving wildlife and natural habitats.

NATIONAL QUALITY STANDARD (NQS)
Quality Area 3: Physical Environment: 3.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.2.3

Purpose

Enhance FDC believes in educating children about being environmentally responsible which is promoted and supported through daily practices, resources, and interactions. Sustainable practice is encouraged within the services and our wider community, assisting children and families to become advocates for a sustainable future.

Scope

This policy applies to the Enhance management and team, Educators, children, families, and visitors of Enhance FDC.

Implementation

Learning about being environmentally responsible starts with everyday practice and routines. Enhance FDC believes being environmentally responsible should be embedded into the operations of the services, rather than being a tokenistic theme that is investigated every now and then. Enhance FDC is committed to protecting our environment to ensure a sustainable future for our children. This involves Practice Mentors, Educators, children, and families working together to protect and respect our environment and the Earth.

Enhance FDC will:

Educators will:

Sustainable practiceIdeas
Recycling• Provide bins and signage for waste and recycled materials
• Recycle paper and all other recyclable rubbish
• Use recycled water (e.g., for watering gardens)
Gardening• Plant vegetables, herbs, and fruit trees
• Establish a worm farm
• Give food scraps to worms or service pets, or to families to take home for their pet/s
• Provide education to children about activities such as ‘garden to plate’ activities
• Provide opportunities for children to participate in experiences such as seed sprouting, vegetable gardening, cooking with what is grown, and provide education about weeds
Energy conservation• Install led lighting where possible
• Turn off non-led lights when not in use
• Turn off electrical appliances at the outlet when not in use
• Use natural ventilation and insulated blinds/drapes rather than air conditioning when temperatures are not extreme
Water conservation• Using half flush on the toilet
• Turn off the taps and ensure leaking taps are fixed immediately
• Encourage shorter showers
• Teach children to turn off tap when brushing teeth
• Collect rainwater and use in the garden and for water/sand play
• Use water play water on the garden rather than tipping out at the end of the day
• Install water tanks or a grey water system
• Convert toilet cisterns to dual flush
• Convert to water saving taps at the residence
Nature and wildlife• Use natural materials – trees, blocks, boxes etc. In arts and crafts and play
• Educate children about the natural decomposition cycle through exposure and participation in worm farms and composting food scraps
• Plant ‘bird attracting’ plants and install a birdbath
• Plant ‘butterfly attracting’ plants
• Create a lizard lounge
• Collaborate with wildlife educators to assist in educating children
Communicate• Provide families with hints and tips in newsletters about how they can become sustainable at home
• Use scrap paper for art and craft
• Use both sides of paper for drawing

Variations
FDCAQ reserves the right to vary, replace or terminate this policy.

Links to associated documentsNil
Acknowledgements and referencesAustralian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE): www.aaee.org.au
Department of Environment and Energy: www.environment.gov.au
Education and Care Services National Regulations. (2011).
Kearns, K. (2017). The Business of Childcare (4th Ed.).
NSW Early Childhood Environmental Education Network (ECEEN): www.eceen.org.au
Queensland Early Childhood Sustainability Network (QECSN): www.qecsn.org.au
Revised National Quality Standard. (2018).
National Health and Medical Research Council. (2012) (updated June 2013). Staying healthy: Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services (5th Ed.).

CHNS.P42 Pets and animals' policy

PETS AND ANIMALS POLICY

Document Control

Policy number:42
Policy area:CHNS
Policy owner:Children's Services
Responsible / contact officer:Cathy Cahill
Effective date:27/05/2022
Review date:May 2023

Having a relationship with a pet and/or animal can help children develop a caring disposition and skills such as nurturing, responsibility, empathy, and improved communication. Having a pet in an early childhood environment enables children who are not otherwise exposed to animals learn these skills. Animals and pets can become part of the educational program and lead to activities and learning about other animals. The safety of children is of utmost importance, as is the wellbeing of any animal in the FDC space. Enhance FDC will ensure that no animal poses a health or safety risk to children, adults or visitors in approved FDC services, and that animals have their own space away from children’s play areas.

NATIONAL QUALITY STANDARD (NQS)
Quality Area 2: Children’s Health and Safety: 2.1, 2.2, 2.2.1
Quality Area 3: Physical Environment: 3.1.2, 3.2.3

EDUCATION AND CARE SERVICES NATIONAL REGULATIONS
116 Assessments of family day care residences and approved family day care venues
116 (2) Risk posed by animals
168 Education and care services must have policies and procedures

Purpose

Having pets and animal experiences can be a valuable part of children’s education enriching their learning about nature, ecology and relationships. Enhance FDC aims to provide a safe, hygienic and humane environment for all animals and pets that visit or reside at the FDC residence, including educating children in the proper care of animals.

Policy

This policy applies to Enhance FDC management, Practice Mentors, Educators, children, families, and visitors.

Implementation

The National Quality Standard encourages Educators to understand and appreciate the natural environment and the interdependence between people, plants, animals and the land. Animals help children from a young age learn to care for other living things. When kept as pets, animals can teach a sense of responsibility, caring and tolerance. As part of the enrolment and induction process, Educators must discuss with all potential families any pets that are kept on the premises and outline their involvement in the program.

Educators should discuss any potential new pets prior to purchase with their Practice Mentor to ensure that they will be approved by Enhance FDC. Educators should also consult their local vet to ascertain whether the type of pet is suitable for interactions with young children, and with families to ensure that they will provide permission for their child to interact with the potential pet.

An assessment of animals involved in the program is conducted at least annually to ensure that the health, safety and wellbeing of children who are educated and cared for by the service are protected and reviewed whenever there is a change in the environment, conditions or number of animals on the property.

Considerations

Some animals, such as lizards, turtles, snakes, spiders and tropical fish may not be appropriate choices for Family Day Care services. Check with a veterinarian if you are unsure whether an animal is suitable for children and check with the local health department for regulations and advice regarding animals in residences. Some animals require a license before they can be kept in a home environment.

Animals that may be more likely to be suitable for family day care may include goldfish, hermit crabs, stick insects, or guinea pigs as these animals are relatively low maintenance.

Assessing and Managing Risks

Whilst there are many benefits to providing children with access to animals and keeping pets at the family day care residence, there are risks that must be minimised or mitigated for the safety and wellbeing of both the children and the animals concerned prior to interacting with a pet or an animal visiting the service.

As part of the risk assessment process, Educators should assess the following potential risks:

Disease

As animals can spread disease, access to animals at the FDC residence requires special consideration to prevent this. Health authorities identify that: germs can be present on the skin, hair, feathers, scales, and in the faeces, urine and saliva of animals. While these germs may not cause disease in the animal, they may cause disease in humans.

Effective hand washing and cleaning

Children and adults should employ effective hand washing after touching or feeding animals, or cleaning their bedding, tanks, cages, or enclosures. However, it is important to engage children with these tasks as they learn responsibility through ‘hands on’ learning experiences.

Appropriate supervision and clothing

Children should also be appropriately supervised when they have contact with animals to avoid potential injury or harm to the child or the animal.

Ensure children wear appropriate clothing and footwear when handling animals and pets. Be aware of children who may have allergies to insects such as bees, wasps and ants that may be more apparent when animals are kept at the FDC residence.

FDC Service Pets

On approval of a pet for the residence, Educators will ensure:

Uninvited Animals

Depending on the area in which the FDC service operates, there may be times where uninvited animals enter the property, especially in more regional and rural areas. Examples of this may be, birds flying into a yard or house, a dog entering the property, or a snake found in the back yard. With safety as the first priority, Educators should ensure that the children are safe and separated from the animal and assess whether they are able to remove the animal from the property themselves (in the instance of a dog entering the yard, or bird flying into the house) or whether a local authority should be contacted for assistance.

If an animal or bird is potentially dangerous such as a snake or spider, Educators will contact an appropriate authority for assistance.

In Queensland: Department of Environment and Heritage Protection 1300 130 372 or RSPCA Queensland 1300 264 625

At no time is the potentially dangerous animal, insect, or bird to be approached or touched by Educators, children, or families. Educators should consider whether an evacuation or soft lockdown is required to keep children and themselves safe until assistance arrives.

Uninvited animals also includes animals that are other people’s pets and that have not been assessed as part of the FDC risk management plan. Whilst these animals are not undomesticated, their nature and tendencies are not known and could therefore pose a safety risk to children and adults. Educators should ask the pet owner to remove their animal from the FDC residence away from children immediately.

Visits from Children's Pets

Occasionally a child may have a new pet such as a puppy or kitten that they wish to bring to the service to show their friends and Educator. Whilst this provides a wonderful learning experience for children, families must seek permission from the Educator and from Enhance FDC prior to bringing in the pet. A risk assessment should then be completed before giving permission to the family. Families should also be advised that pets visiting the service that are not confined (for example, in a fishbowl or bird/mouse cage) must not be left at the service but be taken with the family member at the conclusion of their visit.

Interactions with Animals during an incursion or excursion

Excursions and incursions that involve animals can be very exciting for children and provides opportunities to interact with animals that they may not have encountered before. Educators will need to notify families of their intention of the incursion or excursion and highlight any animals and interactions that children may have as part of this experience.

In the event of an incursion or excursion where children will be in direct contact with an animal, Educators should ask the venue or incursion manager for their risk assessment to review on how animals and children will be kept safe.

Educators must ensure that no animal is left unsupervised by their carer where animals have direct access to children, and that animals are removed from the service after the incursion.

Educators should ensure that they have provided families with a thorough risk assessment and have written permission for their child to interact or participate in the experience prior to the day.

Pests and vermin

Variations
FDCAQ reserves the right to vary, replace or terminate this policy.

Links to associated documentsLinks/Nil
Acknowledgements and referencesAustralian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority. (2014).
Bone, J. (2013). The animals as the fourth Educator: A literature review of animals and young children in pedagogical relationships. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood 38(2). Deakin West, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.
Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics. (2016).
ECA Code of Ethics.
Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010. (Amended 2018).
Education and Care Services National Regulations. (2011)
Elliott, S., McCrea, N., Edwards, H., & University of New England. (2012). Sustainable outdoor play spaces in early childhood centres: Investigating perceptions, facilitating change and generating theory.
Frith, J., Kambouris, N., & O’Grady, O. (2003). Health and safety in children’s centres: Model policies and practices (2nd Ed.). NSW, Australia: NSW Department of Community Services. Retrieved from http://eduserve.com/sites/default/files/iccc_resources/Child_Care_Model_Policies.pdf
Guide to the Education and Care Services National Law and the Education and Care Services National Regulations. (2017).
Guide to the National Quality Framework. (2017). (amended 2020).
Kidsafe NSW Inc. https://kidsafe.com.au/
National Health and Medical Research Council. (2012) (updated June 2013). Staying healthy: Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services (5th Ed.).

CHNS.P21 Assessment, Approval and Re-Assessment of Family Day Care Residences

ASSESSMENT, APPROVAL AND RE-ASSESSMENT OF FAMILY DAY CARE RESIDENCES

Document Control

Policy number:21
Policy area:CHNS
Policy owner:Children's Services
Responsible / contact officer:Cathy Cahill
Effective date:January 2022
Review date:As required

Under the Children (Education and Care Services) National Law and the Education and Care Services National Regulations, Enhance Family Day Care must conduct an assessment (including a risk assessment) of each family day care residence before education and care is provided to children at the residence. Following approval, an annual assessment must be conducted, including a risk assessment, of each family day care residence to ensure that the health, safety and wellbeing of children who are educated and cared for by Enhance FDC are protected.  Records of all assessment must be maintained.

NATIONAL QUALITY STANDARD (NQS)

Quality Area 3: Physical Environment: 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.2.1
Quality Area 7: Governance and Leadership: 7.1.2

EDUCATION AND CARE SERVICES NATIONAL REGULATIONS

Sec. 50A          Approval of a place as a family day care venue
Sec. 54(1A), (8A)          Amendment of service approval on application
Sec.103A         Offence relating to places where education and care is provided
Sec. 167           Precautions to be taken to protect children from harm or hazards
Sec. 174           Offence to fail to notify certain information to Regulatory Authority
Sec. 174A         Family day care Educator to notify certain information to approved provider
26        Application for service approval – family day care service
63        Assessing approved education and care services
97        Emergency and Evacuation procedures
103      Premises, furniture and equipment to be safe, clean and in good repair
104      Fencing
105      Suitable and sufficient furniture, materials and developmentally appropriate equipment
106      Laundry and hygiene facilities
109      Toilet and hygiene facilities
110      Ventilation and natural light
116      Assessments of family day care residences and approved family day care venues
116 (2) The suitability of nappy change arrangements- Water hazards- Risk posed by animals
117      Glass
163 (1), (2)        Residents at family day care residence and family day care Educator assistants to be fit and proper persons
168      Education and care service must have policies and procedures
169      Additional policies and procedures – family day care service
170      Policies and procedures to be followed
172      Notification of change to policies or procedures
176A    Prescribed information to be notified to approved provider by family day care Educator
177      Prescribed enrolment and other documents to be kept by approved provider
274      Swimming pools

Purpose

Enhance FDC commits to ensuring that each Family Day Care residence children’s health, safety and wellbeing. By conducting comprehensive assessments, including risk assessments, potential hazards that may cause injury or harm to children being cared for at a residence are identified and actions to minimise potential risk are clearly documented and action taken to ensure compliance.

Scope

This policy applies to the Approved Provider, Children Services team, Educators, children, families and visitors.

Implementation

Under the Education and Care Services National Regulations, Enhance FDC must ensure that policies and procedures are in place for assessing proposed FDC residences and reassessing approved FDC residences. They must also take reasonable steps to ensure policies and procedures are followed. Enhance FDC will conduct assessments (including a risk assessment) of each family day care residence before education and care is provided to children and then at least once a year. The purpose of the assessment is to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of children is protected at all times. Enhance FDC will maintain a record of assessments undertaken and provide a copy to the Educator for their records.

Risk assessments are to be conducted to identify any potential hazards that may cause injury or harm to children being cared for, assess the risk of harm or potential harm and eliminate or minimise the risk by using control measures. Risk assessments are to be evaluated, reviewed and continually monitored. This may include conducting regular daily safety checks, regular WHS inspections and regular spot checks conducted by a Practice Mentor.

Enhance FDC is responsible for ensuring all approved FDC residences are compliant to the National Regulations and understand that penalties apply for non-compliance including record keeping requirements.

Enhance FDC will:

In the case of non-compliance of National Regulations, Enhance FDC will:

If there are other issues preventing compliance, Enhance FDC may take further action to suspend or cancel the approval of the residence and terminate the contract of the Educator.

Educators will:

Assessment of family day care residences may include ensuring:

Variations

FDCAQ reserves the right to vary, replace or terminate this policy.

Links to associated documentsAustralian Children’s Education & Care Authority. (2014).
ACECQA. (2021). Policy and procedure Guidelines. Assessment and Re-assessment of Residences and Venues for family day care
ACECQA- (2018). Assessment of family day care residences and venues
Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010. (Amended 2018).
Education and Care Services National Regulations. (2011)
Guide to the Education and Care Services National Law and the Education and Care Services National Regulations (2017).
Guide to the National Quality Framework. (2018). (Amended 2020).
Kidsafe NSW. Kidsafe Family Day Care Safety Guidelines. 7th Edition. (2020).
Queensland Government. (2019). Approving family day care residences and approved family day care venues
Queensland Government. (2019). Assessments of Family day care residences
Queensland Government. (2019).  Fencing Requirements for family day care residence
Queensland Government. (2018). Guidance for approved providers- early childhood education and care services operating in multi-storey buildings
Revised National Quality Standard. (2018).
Acknowledgements and referencesNil

CHNS.P14 Safe Play Spaces policy

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is enhance-logo.png

SAFE PLAY SPACES POLICY

Policy number:14
Policy area:CHNS
Policy owner:General Manager - Children Services
Responsible / contact officer:Quality and Risk Officer
Effective date:September 2021
Review date:September 2022

Enhance Family Day Care supports high quality Education and Care environments where all children have their individual needs considered and their health, safety and wellbeing are paramount. We believe that the physical environment contributes to high quality educational opportunities for children and that well designed and controlled environments help ensure the safety and wellbeing of children. Consideration is given in each Enhance FDC service about resources, materials, spaces, layout, air, and light as well as recommendations from Kidsafe, the leading National Authority so that children are always safe and free from harm.

NATIONAL QUALITY STANDARD (NQS)
Quality Area 2: Children’s Health and Safety: 2.1, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.2., 2.2.1, 2.2.2
Quality Area 3: Physical Environment: 3.1.1, 3.1.2

EDUCATION AND CARE SERVICES NATIONAL REGULATIONS
73 Educational programs
74 Documenting of child assessments or evaluations for delivery of educational program
75 Information about the educational program to be kept available
76 Information about educational program to be given to parents
80 Weekly menu
82 Tobacco, drug and alcohol -free environment
86 Notification to parents of incident, injury, trauma and illness
99 Children leaving the education and care service premises
102 Authorisation for excursions
103 Premises, furniture and equipment to be safe, clean and in good repair
104 Fencing and security
105 Furniture, materials and equipment
106 Laundry and hygiene facilities
107 Space requirements—indoor
108 Space requirements—outdoor space
109 Toilet and hygiene facilities
110 Ventilation and natural light
112 Nappy change facilities
113 Outdoor space—natural environment
114 Outdoor space—shade
115 Premises designed to facilitate supervision
116 Assessments of family day care residences and approved family day care venues
117 Glass (additional requirement for family day care)
156 Relationships in groups
168 Education and care service must have policies and procedures
171 Policies and procedures to be kept available
73 Educational programs

Purpose

Enhance Family Day Care will ensure the FDC environment is safe, clean, and well maintained for children, families, educators, and visitors. Children’s awareness of the environment and sustainable practice will be supported through daily routines, resources, and interactions. The physical environment will support children’s participation and engagement, development, learning, and safety, and will provide supervised access to positive experiences and inclusive relationships.

Scope

This policy applies to the Approved Provider, Children Services team, Educators, children, families, and visitors of Enhance FDC services.

IMPLEMENTATION

Enhance Family Day Care and its Educators are committed to providing an environment that promotes safety and enhances children’s learning and development by:

Determining service delivery area

As part of the onboarding home assessment visit, Practice Mentors will evaluate the proposed service delivery area to ensure that:

As part of the service delivery area, Practice Mentors will review areas that are used for the purpose of providing care, but may not be used by children directly, such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundries.

Designing Play Spaces and choosing appropriate resources and equipment

Cleaning of buildings, premises, furniture and equipment

General Cleaning

Minimising potentially dangerous substances

Educators minimise the use of potentially dangerous substances. Ordinary detergents will be used to help remove dirt from surfaces. Colour-coded sponges (e.g., pink for the kitchen, yellow for the bathroom) will be used in order to eliminate cross contamination. Different rubber gloves will also be used in each room then hung out to air-dry. Before returning to the children educators will wash and dry hands.

When purchasing, storing and/or using any dangerous chemicals, substances, medicines or equipment, Educators will refer to and comply with Enhance FDC’s Safe Play Space Guidelines.

Disinfectants

Disinfectants are usually unnecessary as very few germs can survive exposure to fresh air and natural light. In an outbreak situation, such as gastroenteritis or other infectious virus (COVID-19) the Public Health Unit or SafeWork Australia, may specify the use of a particular disinfectant and increased frequency of cleaning. In this situation, for the disinfectant to work effectively, there still needs to be thorough cleaning using a detergent beforehand.

Essentially, there is no ideal disinfectant. Disinfectants cannot kill germs if the surface is not clean. It is more important to ensure that surfaces have been cleaned with detergent and warm water than to use a disinfectant.

In the event of an outbreak of gastroenteritis, a disinfectant such as bleach solution may be used following the manufacturer’s directions- e.g.: White King Bleach (sodium hypochlorite 42g/L) diluted part bleach (25mL) in 40 parts water (1L) to make 0.1% solution Gloves must be worn at all times when handling and preparing bleach.

To kill germs, any disinfectant needs:

Detergents

To work in accordance with Staying healthy: Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services, proper cleaning with detergent and warm water, followed by rinsing and air-drying kills most germs from surfaces as they are unable to multiply in a clean environment. Cleaning equipment should be stored and taken care of so it can dry between uses and not allow germs to multiply.

Safety Checks

A daily inspection of the premises will be undertaken before children begin to arrive. This inspection will include checks of residence perimeters, fences/fence line, gates, paths, out buildings such as sheds, all rooms accessible by children, fixed equipment, and sand pit (if applicable).

Ongoing Maintenance

Educators and Practice Mentors will continuously reflect, and risk assess the service environment and put in place a plan to ensure that the environment reflects our ideology of providing an environment that is safe, stimulating and engaging for all who interact with it. As part of running a small business, Educators are required to plan for and budget ongoing improvements to their educational environment.

Service closure

Excursions

Ensuring safe play spaces for children extends beyond the FDC residence when Educators are planning excursions. Educators should risk assess and reflect on the intention of the excursion, including risk benefits before seeking approval from the Children Services team.

Educators will need to visit to the destination to ensure that risks can be managed to keep children free from harm while out of the service.

Please read the Excursion policy and safe transportation policy for more information.

Variations

FDCAQ reserves the right to vary, replace or terminate this Policy.

Links to associated documentsAustralian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority. (2014).
Cancer Council NSW: https://www.cancercouncil.com.au
Cancer Council Australia: https://www.cancer.org.au
Guide to the Education and Care Services National Law and the Education and Care Services National Regulations. (2017).
Guide to the National Quality Standard (2020)
Kidsafe Family Day Care Safety Guidelines: https://kidsafe.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/FINAL-FDC-Safety-Guidelines_7thEd.pdf
Kidsafe Qld: https://kidsafeqld.com.au/safe-landings-how-to-choose-the-best-surface-material-for-your-playground/
Play Australia: https://www.playaustralia.org.au/
National Health and Medical Research Council. (2013). Staying healthy: Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services.
NSW Sample Sun Protection Policy: https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Final-Activated-PDF-Workplace-sun-protection-policy-general-November-2013.pdf
Red nose Safe environment https://rednose.org.au/section/safe-environment
Revised National Quality Standard. (2018).
Swimming Pools Act 1992
Work Health and Safety Act 2011
Acknowledgements and referencesNil
VersionApproval dateAuthorised byEffective DateLast reviewedNext review date
113/09/2021General Manager, Children Services25/10/202108/202125/10/2022

CHNS.P11 Sun Safe Policy

SUN SAFE POLICY

Policy Number:11
Policy Area: CHNS
Policy Owner:General Manager - Children Services
Responsible / Contact Officer: Quality and Risk Officer
Effective Date:April 2021
Review Date:April 2022

Policy Information
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Too much of the sun’s UV radiation can cause sunburn, skin and eye damage and skin cancer. As infants and toddlers up to four years of age are particularly vulnerable to UV damage, Enhance Family Day Care commits to creating Sun Smart environments and implementing Sun Smart processes to keep children, educators and staff safe from UV exposure and damage.

National Quality Standard (NQS)
Quality Area 2: Children’s Health and Safety: 2.1, 2.1.1, 2.2, 2.2.1
Quality Area 3: Physical Environment: 3.1.1

Education and Care Services National Law
167 Protection from harm and hazards

Education and Care Services National Regulations
100 Risk assessment must be conducted before excursions
113 Outdoor space natural environment
114 Outdoor space shade
168 Education and care service must have policies and procedures
168 (2)(a)(ii) Sun Protection

Purpose
To protect all children, educators and staff from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and to ensure adherence to Cancer Council’s Sun Smart recommendations for the safety of all people in the Family Day Care environment.

Scope
This policy applies to the Approved Provider, Children Services team, educators, educator assistants, children, families, and visitors.

Procedure
Implementation
Enhance Family Day Care will work in compliance with the National SunSmart Early Childhood Program to ensure children’s health and safety is maintained at all times whilst at the service. This policy applies to all activities at Enhance FDC services and whilst engaging in regular outings and excursions. It also applies to activities undertaken by the Children Services team.

Monitoring UV Levels
Sun protection is required when UV levels reach level 3 or above. Enhance FDC educators and staff will monitor the UV levels daily through one or more of the following methods:

Due to high levels of UV in Queensland, the UV index is always above 3 regardless of the weather or season.

Outdoor Activities
The sun protection measures listed are used for all outdoor activities during the daily local sun protection times, when the UV Index is 3 or above. The sun protection times are a forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology for the time of day UV levels are forecast to reach 3 or higher. At these levels, a combination of sun protection will be used for all skin types.

Enhance FDC educators and staff will use a combination of sun protection measures (see below) whenever UV Index levels reach 3 and above. Care is taken during the peak UV radiation times and outdoor activities are scheduled outside of these times where possible.

Enhance Family Day Care educators and staff will follow the advice from Cancer Council Queensland and if recommended, modify outdoor play to under cover or shaded areas if UV levels reach 8 or above.

Shade

Hats
Enhance FDC educators, children, staff and visitors are always required to wear sun safe hats if they are outdoors. In line with Cancer Council Australia’s definition, a sun safe hat is a:

Baseball caps and visors do not provide adequate protection from the sun and are therefore unable to be used.

Clothing

Sunscreen
As per Cancer Council Australia recommendations:

Babies
In line with recommendations from the Cancer Council Australia:

If babies are kept out of the sun or well protected from UV radiation by clothing, hats and shade, then sunscreen need only be used occasionally on very small areas of a baby’s skin. The widespread use of sunscreen on babies under 6 months old is not recommended.

Risks of Summer Play
Australia has a hot climate and inevitably playground equipment and surfacing can heat up rapidly and retain heat. Many playground surfaces and equipment can exceed temperatures greater than 50°C and if young children come into contact with these surfaces, they can be burned severely within seconds.

Enhance educators and the Children Services team will:

Role modelling and work health and safety
Cancer Council Australia acknowledges that children are more likely to develop sun-safe habits if they are role-modelled and demonstrated by adults around them. Occupational UV exposure is also a WH&S issue. All educators and Children Services team members will therefore be required to role model appropriate sun protection behaviours. These include:

Enhance Family Day Care will ensure that:

Enhance Educators will ensure:

Families will ensure that:

Induction and Training for Educators

Information about Sun Safety will be included in our Family Handbook.

Variations
FDCAQ reserves the right to vary, replace or terminate this Policy.

Acknowledgements and ReferencesAustralian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority. (2014).
Bureau of meteorology. Home page (for UV Index):
http://www.bom.gov.au/uv/
Cancer Council. (2019). UV alert: https://www.cancer.org.au/preventingcancer/sun-protection/uv-alert/
Cancer Council. Home page: https://www.cancer.org.au/
Cancer Council. Preventing cancer: Sun protections:
https://www.cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer/sun-protection/
Children's Services Act 1996
Cancer Council Queensland. National Sun Smart Program:
https://cancerqld.org.au/cancer-prevention/programsresources/national-sunsmart-program/
Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics. (2016).
Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010. (Amended 2018).
Education and Care Services National Regulations. (2011).
Guide to the National Quality Framework. (2018). (Amended 2020).
KidSafe NSW Playground Safety .(2020).
Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004
Revised National Quality Standard. (2018).