aboutpolicies

Please note that our policies are constantly under review to ensure that they cater for the needs of the school and our community and that they remain consistent with our philosophy and current legislative requirements. As such we encourage you to check this page often to ensure that you have the latest copy.

Safety & emergency

Safety and emergency

Supervision

All children have the freedom of the school. This means they are not under direct supervision at all times, although there is always a member of staff available or on duty. All parents and children are encouraged to be safety conscious (e.g. ensuring that the front gate is closed) and responsible.

Accident Procedure

All children have the freedom of the school. This means they are not under direct supervision at all times, although there is always a member of staff available or on duty. All parents and children are encouraged to be safety conscious (e.g. ensuring that the front gate is closed) and responsible.

Emergency procedures

Details of Emergency Evacuation Procedures are on display in the Preschool and in detail in the Emergency Evacuation Procedures Policy document. In the event of an emergency evacuation, a Coordinator will take all relevant information so that all parents can be contacted. It is therefore important to keep the school informed and up to date with any changes to your phone numbers both at home and work. Fire drills are held regularly so that staff and children are familiar with these emergency procedures.

Department of Family and Community Services contact: Teachers have a duty of care towards the children and are obliged by law to report any suspicions of child abuse to the Department of Family and Community Services.

If you wish to contact the Department of Family and Community Services for any reason, our local number is: (02)9377 6000 

Child Protection Helpline: 132 111 (24 hrs/7 days)

Health

Health

Department guidelines will be followed if a vaccine-preventable disease occurs at the school.

Medication

Each class keeps a medicine book in which parents must record the medication, dosage and frequency requirements of any medicine to be given to their child. Parents can give permission for teachers to administer Panadol to their child if the teacher feels this is necessary.

For all children, parents are responsible for keeping the school records up to date with addresses, phone numbers and medical condition/s.

Immunisation

Immunisation records need to be kept as regulations require that we know who is immunised and who is not. A copy of Guidelines for the Control of Infectious Diseases in Child Care is available in the Preschool if you need more information. Parents must provide a copy of the child's Immunisation History statement from ACIR (Australian Childhood Immunisation Register) or an Exemption/ Conscientious Objection form to the Preschool Director before the child can commence in preschool. Primary enrolments need an Immunisation Certificate signed by a doctor or health care worker. Children with no Immunisation Certificate at the school will be deemed unvaccinated and will be excluded from school if an outbreak of a notifiable disease occurs.

Absent & sick children

If your child becomes sick whilst at school, a teacher will contact you and request that arrangements be made for your child to be collected early. In the meantime your child can lie down on the bed in the staff room.

Food and clothing

Food and clothing

Nutrition

Children are encouraged to eat when they are hungry. There are also specified break times during the day for the primary children. Preschool children can eat when and where they choose, though this is monitored to ensure that they remember to eat and drink. We encourage families to send healthy lunches.

Food Allergies and Restricted Foods

As of 2016, Currambena is keeping all families regularly updated on any food that can cause an anaphylactic reaction in any of our children. Staff and parents need to be aware that it is not possible to achieve a completely allergen- free environment in any preschool/school that is open to the general community. Staff and parents should not have a false sense of security that an allergen has been eliminated from the environment. Instead, it is important to recognise the need to adopt a range of procedures and risk minimisation strategies to reduce the risk of a child having an anaphylactic reaction, including strategies to minimise the presence of the allergen in the children’s service. 

We request all parents to be mindful of these specific food items and to limit these in their children’s lunchboxes. This particularly applies to the class of the child with the life threatening allergy. 

Please refer to our policies and read the Food Allergy and Medical Conditions Policy which includes the following references.

 http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/media/downloads/schoolsweb/studentsupport/studenthealth/ (conditions/anaphylaxis/foodinfo.pdf (sourced 6.30pm 6.2.2016)

 http://www.allergy.org.au/images/pcc/ASCIA_PCC_Anaphylaxis_2015.pdf (sourced 15.11.2015)

 http://www.allergyfacts.org.au/images/pdf/appman.pdf (sourced 5.45pm 6.2.2016)

 

Hats & sunblock

Children are encouraged to be responsible by wearing hats and putting on sunblock. Each child needs to bring a hat to school with them, however, there are some spare hats available. Sunblock is always accessible in each class so the kids may help themselves anytime.

Clothing

There is no school uniform. Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes suitable for play and class. Please ensure that all clothes are labelled.

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