Work Health and Safety Policies

Lockdown Policy

Our Service is committed to the ongoing safety and wellbeing of children, staff, families and visitors. To achieve this we will implement a clear plan to manage all emergency situations.


We aim to minimise the risk of harm, ensuring the safety of children, staff, families and visitors of the Service in the event of a threatening situation.

Legislative Requirements

National Quality Standard (NQS)

Quality Area 2: Children’s Health and Safety 

2.2. Safety – each child is protected.

2.2.1. Supervision – at all times, reasonable precautions and adequate supervision ensure children are protected from harm and hazard.

2.2.2. Incident and emergency management – plans to effectively manage incidents and emergencies are developed in consultation with relevant authorities, practised and implemented.

Education and Care Services National Regulations

Children (Education and Care Services) National Law NSW

168. Education and care service must have policies and procedures.

97. Emergency and Evacuation procedures.

98. Telephone or other communication equipment.

Who Is Affected?

  • child
  • staff
  • management
  • families
  • visitors

Policy Implementation

We have set procedures to follow in the event of any emergency requiring evacuation and lockdown. These procedures comply with regulatory requirements and are consistent with recommendations by recognised authorities. They are designed to ensure the precipitate, safe and calm evacuation of all children, staff, families and visitors.

Whilst many emergency situations will require staff and children to evacuate from the Service, there are potential situations that will require the facility to go into ‘lockdown’. For example, the following are examples of situations that may require lockdown:

  • Severe storms
  • Extreme smoke from distant bushfire
  • Chemical or hazardous substance spill
  • Gas leak / atmospheric hazardous substance
  • Dangerous animal or insects
  • Potentially dangerous intruder/unwanted or uninvited visitor
  • Potentially violent/dangerous person due to intoxication or substance abuse
  • Unidentified external disturbance

Lockdown means that all windows and external doors are locked, and where possible internal doors are locked, with children and adults being moved to a room/position that does not allow them to be easily viewed.

Initial Notification

If an event takes place that requires a “Lock Down”, the following should occur:

  • Any staff member who witnesses the event must try to raise an alarm.
  • Telephone Emergency Services 000 immediately.
  • No other phone calls should be made (lines to stay free for emergency advice).
  • The Approved Provider/Nominated Supervisor or Responsible Person in charge will determine the need for a “Lock Down” and raise the appropriate alarm.

Alarm Procedure

  • The Approved Provider/Nominated Supervisor or Responsible Person in charge will sound the whistle by issuing three blast and call the following

“This is a LOCK DOWN”

“This is not a drill” (if it is a drill, declare that at this time)

“Everyone is to move to the toddler room, remain low/seated and keep calm and quiet.”

Movement of Children and Staff

  • Staff and children will gather in the toddlers room. If it is not safe or appropriate for the babies to move in to the toddler room then the babies and their educators can gather in the cot room. The educator must make sure this is communicated on to the director/responsible person.
  • If possible, staff will make efforts to seal and lock playroom doors and windows.
  • Children should remain low and out of sight during the lockdown period.
  • If children are outside, staff should endeavour to move them inside to the toddler room as quickly as possible via the toilet entry door.

Staff Responsibilities

  • Approved Provider/Nominated Supervisor or Responsible Person in charge should contact Police (000) and follow their instructions.
  • Staff who are not directly involved in the lockdown or without children to supervise are to liaise with emergency services – only if it is safe to do so.
  • Staff must check the electronic roll and ensure all signed-in children are present. Any absences must be reported to the Approved Provider/Nominated Supervisor or Responsible Person as soon as it is safe.
  • Staff to ensure they have emergency bag, iPads for access to the attendance kiosk, emergency contact lists, any emergency medication (Epipens/Asthma).
  • Staff may need to close and lock all doors and windows, turn the lights off and ensure children are kept below the window level. This will depend on the reason for the lockdown.
  • All staff, children and anyone else present will remain in the locked room until an “All Clear” announcement is made by the Nominated Supervisor or Responsible Person or person in charge.

All Clear Signal is as follows:

  • The Approved Provider/Nominated Supervisor or Responsible Person will blow a whistle for 5 seconds.
  • The Approved Provider/Nominated Supervisor or Responsible Person will then announce “The lockdown has ended, everyone follow the staff in an orderly manner back to your rooms.”

Policy Review

Policies are reviewed regularly by management, employees, parents and any interested parties to ensure that they comply with Laws, Regulations and Guidelines.

Change Date
Policy created. February 1, 2016
Policy reviewed. Updated the references to comply with the revised National Quality Standard. October 2, 2017
Policy reviewed. Minor adjustment in Education and Care Services National Regulations section. Several terminology adjustments to improve operational delivery. September 3, 2018