An educational program should contribute to the following outcomes for each child (regulation 73):
- The child will have a strong sense of identity.
- The child will be connected with and contribute to their world.
- The child will have a strong sense of wellbeing.
- The child will be a confident and involved learner
- The child will be an effective communicator.
Relationships with children
Reasonable steps are taken to ensure children have opportunities to interact and develop respectful and positive relationships with each other and with staff members and volunteers at the service. This includes having regard to the size and the composition of the groups in which children are being educated and cared for by the service with respect to individual residence (regulation 156).
No child being educated and cared for by our service must be subjected to any form of corporal punishment or any discipline that is unreasonable in the circumstances (section 166).
Interactions with children
Reasonable steps are taken to ensure that our Home Day Care provides education and care to children in a way that:
- encourages the children to express themselves and their opinions
- allows the children to undertake experiences that develop self-reliance and self-esteem
- maintains at all times the dignity and rights of each child
- gives each child positive guidance and encouragement toward acceptable behaviour
- has regard to the family and cultural values, age, and physical and intellectual development and abilities of each child being educated and cared for by the service (regulation 155).
For further information about behaviour guidance, see Understanding children’s behaviour.
For a child preschool age or under, assessments of each child’s developmental needs, interests, experiences and participation in the educational program and their progress against the outcomes of the program is documented (regulation 74(1)(a)). For a child over preschool age, evaluations of the child’s wellbeing, development and learning is documented (regulation 74(1)(b)). In preparing the documentation we consider:
- the period of time the child is being educated and care for
- how the documentation will be used at the service
- how the documentation is readily understood by every educators and parents (regulation 74(2)).
Information about the contents and operation of the educational program is displayed at each family day care residence (regulation 75(a)) and a copy of the educational program is available for inspection on request (regulation 75(b)).
Children’s health and safety
To ensure the health and safety of our children:
- every reasonable precaution is taken to protect children from harm and from any hazard likely to cause injury (section 167)
- children are adequately supervised (section 165)
- children are not subject to any form of corporal punishment or discipline that is unreasonable in the circumstances (section 166)
- children are provided with an environment free from the use of tobacco, illicit drugs, and alcohol (regulation 82)
- our educators are not affected by alcohol or drugs (including prescription medication) so as to impair their capacity to supervise or provide education and care to children (regulation 83)
- adequate health and hygiene practices is implemented daily (regulation 77(a))
- a risk assessment is carried out before an authorisation is sought for an excursion (regulations 100 to 102)
- our service has an emergency and evacuation policy and procedure in place (regulations 168 and 97)
- there is a ready access to an operating telephone and other similar means of communication for immediate communication to and from parents and emergency services (regulation 98).