We believe in maintaining an inclusive and welcoming environment and workforce that motivates and facilitates personal growth and development for staff and educators. The values that underpin our work ethic include equality, respect, integrity, and responsibility.
We aim to establish a common understanding of work place standards and ethics expected of all employees of the Service. We aim to ensure positive working relationships are formed between all educators and management, promoting dignity and respect by avoiding behaviour which is or may be perceived as harassing, bullying or intimidating. Educators and management will at all times conduct themselves in an ethical manner and strive to ensure that all interactions are positive and respectful and are in accordance with the Service’s philosophy.
National Quality Standard (NQS)
Quality Area 4: Staffing Arrangements
4.1. Staffing arrangements – staffing arrangements enhance children’s learning and development.
4.1.2. Continuity of staff – every effort is made for children to experience continuity of educators at the service.
4.2. Professionalism – management, educators and staff are collaborative, respectful and ethical.
4.2.1. Professional collaboration – management, educators and staff work with mutual respect and collaboratively, and challenge and learn from each other, recognising each other’s strengths and skills.
4.2.2. Professional Standards – professional standards guide practice, interactions and relationships.
Quality Area 7: Governance and Leadership
7.1.1. Service philosophy and purpose – a statement of philosophy guides all aspects of the service’s operations.
7.1.3. Roles and responsibilities – roles and responsibilities are clearly defined, and understood, and support effective decision-making and operation of the service.
Education and Care Services National Regulations
168. Education and care services must have policies and procedures.
Who Is Affected?
- Employees and Management are committed to the Service philosophy and values, inclusive of best practice in early childhood education and building positive partnerships with children, families and staff.
- Effective, open, and respectful reciprocal communication and feedback between employees, children, families, and management is conveyed.
- It is important to treat colleagues, children, and families with respect. Bullying or insulting behaviour, including verbal and non-verbal aggression, abusive, threatening, or derogatory language or intimidation towards other employees, children, visitors, of families is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
- Employees are committed to valuing and promoting the safety, health, and wellbeing of employees, volunteers, children and families.
- Employees are committed to an Equal Opportunity workplace and culture which values the knowledge, experience, and professionalism of all employees, team members, and managers, and the diverse heritage of our families and children.
The health, welfare, and progress of the child are promoted, and
The child is provided with a range of activities designed to promote social, emotional, cognitive, cultural and physical development, and
The child is (where appropriate) provided with regular and varied meals and refreshments, having regard to the child’s age and to community practices, and
The child is provided with educational and recreational activities (both on an individual and a group basis) that are suitable and adequate for the needs and interests of the child.
Each bed or cot for children at the education and care service is equipped with a clean and comfortable mattress and bed.
All bed clothing is supplied by parents and is kept clean and in a satisfactory condition.
No child sleeps in the same room as an adult.
Is sympathetic to the welfare of children.
Have adequate knowledge, understanding and experience of children so as to be capable of meeting their needs.
Is able to adequately care for and supervise children.
Is of suitable age, health and personality to care for children and
Is of good character.
Has received suitable training in the proper care of children.
That administration is authorised; and
The medication has been prescribed by a registered medical practitioner, from its original container bearing the original label to whom the medication is to be administered and before the expiry and use by date.
That there are suitable and fully stocked first-aid kit at the education and care service.
An appropriate number of first aid kits must be kept having regard to the number of children being educated and cared for by the Service.
That at least one member of staff of the Education and Care Service, at all times whilst the Education and Care Service is in operation, holds an approved qualification in the administration of first aid.
That all first-aid equipment, medicine, drugs and other substances potentially harmful to children are stored in cupboards that are secured by means of childproof locks.
Is given adequate positive guidance towards socially acceptable behaviour, and
Is not subject to or threatened with:
Any form of punishment.
Any punishment that takes the form of immobilisation or force-feeding.
Any punishment that is intended to humiliate or frighten the child.
A parent of the child
An authorised nominee named in the child’s enrolment record
A person authorised by a parent or authorised nominee named in the child’s enrolment record or authorised in writing by a parent to collect the child from the premises
Policies are reviewed regularly by management, employees, parents and any interested parties to ensure that they comply with Laws, Regulations and Guidelines.
|Policy created.||February 1, 2016|
|Policy reviewed.||December 1, 2017|