Welcome to our weekly quality improvement support series for 2021.
“It’s our polite nudge in the ribs to help you and your team stay organised and on task.”
This week’s subject is: Incident and Emergency Management
Element 2.2.2: Incident and emergency management
Plans to effectively manage incidents and emergencies are developed in consultation with relevant authorities, practiced and implemented
Are you aware of your legal responsibilities in relation to emergency management?
Emergency and evacuation rehearsals/drills must be completed every three months that the service is operating. The responsible person, all staff members, volunteers and children present at the time of the rehearsal must participate in each practice.
It’s a good idea to schedule practice sessions (and reminders) for the year in an electronic or desktop diary.
You will need to ensure you keep detailed and accurate emergency evacuation practice records. Document and evaluate all emergency and evacuation drills and ensure these are signed and dated and filed in the appropriate file/folder.
Copies of the emergency evacuation procedures and floor plan must be displayed in a prominent position near each exit throughout the Service.
Be sure to update children’s emergency records regularly and ensure these are available in a portable version to take in the event of an emergency or evacuation and excursions.
Ensure you keep a record of the risk assessments conducted to determine the relevant emergencies for your Service.
SELF ASSESSMENT AND QIP
Within System7 you can utilise QA2 / Module 24 to document self-assessment notes and QIP issues in respect of Element 2.2.2 and your emergency and evacuation procedures.
The Childcare Centre Desktop also contains relevant policies, procedures and compliance modules to support your overall incident and emergency management.
RESOURCE, NQS ELEMENT, REGULATION AND SYSTEM7 LINKS
Emergency Evacuation Rehearsal – Childcare Centre Desktop
National Quality Standard – QA2 / Element 2.2.2
System7 Module – QA2-24
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