Administration of First Aid Policy

Administration of first aid policy Document no: r 168 a (iv)
Approval date: February 2018
Approved by: Family Services Manager
Review date:   February 2019
Responsible Officer: Early Childhood Coordinator Version no:   01
Authorising Officer: Manager Family Services

1. Purpose

The City of Greater Geelong Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services have a duty of care to provide all persons with a safe and healthy environment.

First Aid is defined as the essential skills and knowledge required to manage life threatening emergencies until professional medical help arrives. This includes OH&S, resuscitation, managing shock, bleeding, burns, fractures, soft tissue injuries, environmental exposure, cardiac emergencies, respiratory emergencies, diabetes, allergies, epilepsy and poisoning.

It is understood there is a shared legal responsibility and accountability between, and a commitment by, all persons to implement the service’s First Aid Policy and Procedures.

2. Scope

All services:

To ensure all educators know their responsibilities and follow correct procedures in the administration of first aid in an emergency.

3. References

  • Education and Care National Regulations 2011
  • Amendments 2017
  • Education and Care National Law Act 2010
  • Amendments 2017
  • Education and Care National Quality Standard
  • CoGG Workplace First Aid Management Procedure
  • Workplace Compliance Code: First Aid in the Workplace

4. ECEC Policy

In all services, management will:

  • Ensure all educators have current First Aid qualifications, CPR, Anaphylaxis and Emergency Asthma training.
  • Ensure evidence of relevant qualifications are stored on site and accessible upon request.
  • Provide in date first aid provisions in all ECEC services (with the exception of FDC).
  • Ensure induction processes for all new educators and staff includes the location and contents of service first aid kits and AED Defibrillator.
  • Ensure all educators and staff are aware of their responsibilities in relation to administering first aid.
  • Ensure all relevant paper work is available for educators to complete.
  • Contact the Department of Education and Training (DET) within 24 hrs in relation to a serious incident taking place.

During sunsmart months, educators/staff will:

  • Be aware of the service’s Sun Protection Policy.
  • Enforce a strict ‘No Hat/Appropriate Clothing Shade Play Only’ stance.
  • Role model appropriate sun protection strategies, such as wearing appropriate lightweight clothing that covers a majority of their skin, wearing a broad brimmed hat and applying sunscreen.
  • Have spare items of appropriate clothing, hats and sunscreen in the event a child does not have these items supplied.
  • Observe strict hygiene practices when applying sunscreen to minimise risk to themselves and children.
  • Apply sunscreen to children at least 20 minutes before going outdoors and re-apply every 2 hours when outdoors.
  • Discuss the need to protect skin and eyes with the children as part of their ongoing education and care program.
  • Seek to provide flexible shade options (such as gazebos and umbrellas) for children where permanent and adequate shade options are limited, to ensure children have safe access to outdoors all year round.
  • Encourage children to play in shaded areas when outdoors.
  • Use prams/strollers with a hood to avoid direct sun light during excursions.
  • Ensure procedures are in line with industry best practice and health standards.    
  • Where children apply or reapply their own sunscreen they should be observed by an educator or teaching staff to ensure the child is completely covered.
  • Discuss with parents any measures required to ensure appropriate levels of sun protection for all children.

During sunsmart months, parents will:

  • Be provided with the Sun Protection Policy on enrolment.
  • Discuss any issues relating to the application of sunscreen with the child’s educator.
  • Provide broad brim hats, that cover children’s necks, faces, eyes and ears.
  • Ensure children wear lightweight clothing that covers a majority of the child’s skin (no shoestring dresses or singlet tops).
  • Provide SPF 30+, broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen (if required by service).
  • Encourage children to wear sunglasses and provide sunglasses that meet the Australian Standard 1067:2003 (Category 2,3,or 4)

5. Quality Records

See  City of Greater Geelong ECEC services handbook.

6. Attachments

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