To ensure that children in care are able to learn in a safe and comfortable environment.
- Rooms used by children; lounge, bedroom, playroom, toilet; are to be kept at a minimum temperature of 16oc at 500mm above the floor whether this be through a heat pump, fire or natural heat.
- Heat sources are to be safe for children. Heaters are to be behind a heat guard or at a temperature that if touched will not burn. Fires are to be behind a fireguard that is securely attached to a wall; cannot be removed by a child; cannot be reached by a child overtop, through a side or through a gap in the fireguard.
- Rooms used by children must not be so warm as to be uncomfortable and/or create over-heating.
- Thought into how to minimise draughts for children on the floor such as crawling children and babies needs to be considered.
- There needs to be ventilation through natural or electrical means especially in sleeping and sanitary areas, that allows fresh air to circulate.
- Materials and soft furnishings will help to reduce noise levels; such as curtains, carpet, couches & lounge chairs, cushions.
- Monitor the noise level inside the home environment and also environmental noise outside the home, being aware of the impact of this on children.
Refer to: Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008;Licensing Criteria for Homebased Education and Care Services 2008 (HS 11 & 21, PF 10) Environmental Health and Safety Audit.
Childsplay Homebased Education Service upholds the safety of children by ensuring the service has a mechanism to assess and address environmental hazards in an ongoing way.
To ensure that any hazards in the Educators home are identified and then eliminated, isolated or minimised.
The Home Safety Check – initial and annual
- For an initial home safety check, the hazards identified need to be signed off before children come into care. This will be done at a following visit to the home, within a 2-3 weeks’ timeframe.
- For an annual home safety check, a letter outlining the hazards identified will be sent to the Educator to be addressed and sorted by the next months visit (roughly 3-4 weeks).
- Once the hazards have been signed off a copy of the Home Safety Check will be given to the Educator.
- Visiting Teachers will keep original copy of the Home Safety Check form.
Daily house/grounds check
- Educators are to mark off in their manual that they have checked hazards before children come into care each day.
- Educators will include comments if changes to the hazard occur. This needs to include what will be done to rectify the hazard and then sign off that it has been sorted.
- Visiting Teachers will check this on their monthly visits.
Individual Hazard Register
- When an Educator first starts with the service, this will be completed during the session on using the manual and daily diary.
- A full review of the hazards will be annually, when Educators get their new manual, or as things arise. Educators and Visiting Teachers will discuss this at monthly visits to ensure it is kept up-to-date.
To provide an environment for babies and children that is safe, with areas for play that flow, are easily supervised and provide opportunities for learning.
- The design and layout for premises provide areas for inside and outside play including quiet areas and areas for physical and creative experiences that can cater for a variety of age groups and abilities.
- Areas are able to be easily and effectively supervised. Any issues with this to be recorded in the Health and Safety Check section of the diary.
- The premises confirm to any relevant bylaws of the local authority. Any premises undergoing alterations conform to the Building Act 2004. (documentation showing compliance such as Code of Compliance Certificate issued under Section 95 of Building Act 2004) and (Current Annual building WOF if a compliance schedule required – section 100 of Building Act 2004)
- A variety of equipment and materials provided appropriate for the learning and abilities of children attending including safe spaces for babies not yet walking to lie, roll, crawl, pull themselves up and be protected from more mobile children.
- Floors safe and durable, suitable for a variety of activities and able to be cleaned easily.
- Space for safe storage of children’s belongings, play materials, cleaning materials and confidential storage of records.
- There is an area for preparing and cleaning up paint and other art materials. If you are unable to access this area while children are in care ensure you are prepared before care starts; clean up may need to wait until care has finished.
- A telephone is available for incoming/outgoing calls.
- Easily accessible outdoors area with a well-drained safe surface that is enclosed by a fence that prevents children being able to leave without the knowledge of the Educator.
- Beware of items that can assist children climbing over fences i.e. trees, ladders, chairs.
Refer to: Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008;Licensing Criteria for Homebased Education and Care Services 2008 (PF 1-9 & 11)
To ensure that the Childsplay whanau practise basic Tikanga practises to ensure the respect and comfort for all akonga, kaiako and whanau.
- Anything that comes in contact with or is used for bodily functions or substances needs to be kept separate from food.
- Do not sit on tables or benches used for making of or consuming food.
- Food is not to be passed over the head.
- Do not step over someone lying on the floor.
- Tea towels are to be used with food only and as so washed separately from bedding, clothes etc.
Refer to: Environmental Health and Safety Audit; Treaty of Waitangi.
To provide a means for employees and Educators to be safe from harm and comply with Health and Safety practice standards.
To prevent harm to employees and Educators, and to promote health and safety management by Childsplay Homebased Education Service.
Childsplay Homebased Education Service recognizes the need for each of its employees to have a safe and healthy workplace. It is the policy of the company to make every reasonable effort to accomplish this in areas of accident prevention, injury protection and the active promotion of the health, safety and welfare of all employees. The following areas of responsibility are essential to ensure the successful implementation of this policy.
- Observe and enforce the relevant acts and regulations that apply to working conditions in the Early Childhood Home-based industry.
- Undertake to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for all employees.
- Provide education and instruction to employees in the safe use of equipment and materials being used, and advise them of all hazards likely to be encountered.
- Observe and practice safe work methods
- Adhere to the Childsplay Homebased Education Service Health and Safety Policy and the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008 and the Licensing Criteria for Home based Education and care Services 2008.
- Immediately report any unsafe working conditions or equipment to management.
Self Employed Educators:
- Educators will provide a safe & healthy home environment for the children in their care. Following all policies and procedures of Childsplay Homebased Education Service.
- Childsplay Homebased Education Service Health and Safety audit will be completed on enrolment with the service.
- All hazards will be identified on this form and a letter written to the Educator outlining these, with a copy of the Health & Safety audit done.
- These hazards will be check off during induction process or by the Visiting Teacher.
- Educators will take reasonable steps to ensure that ongoing health and safety standards are practiced within their home environment. (HS 11, 12)
- Daily property checks will be done and recorded in their diary.
- Annual Health and Safety checks will be completed by Visiting Teachers. They will also do checks when visiting
- Equipment loaned by Childsplay Homebased Education Service will be kept in good order, fixed or replaced if need be.
- Educators will follow procedures put in place to deal with fires, earthquake and other emergencies.