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Health and inclusion

In any early childhood setting there are children who have either acute or chronic conditions which require our attention and care. There is legislation in place which is designed to ensure the safety and comfort of children while they are in our care. The information below is about 1. Health and Safety  and  2. Inclusion. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for resources related to both of these areas.

1. Health and Safety in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Settings

As ECEC professionals, children’s health and safety is always uppermost in our minds. Understandably there are regulations relating to the holding of First Aid Certificates, Anaphylaxis Training and Asthma Management. There are also guidelines for child immunisation and dealing with infectious diseases within early years operations. To support the sector the state government offers some subsidised training for anaphylaxis management through the Asthma Foundation. The free training is usually available to staff who have not received prior training.

First Aid Training can be done through many Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s). If your centre does not use a regular training agency you can refer to the ACECQA list of approved qualifications. You can also find information about the regulations governing the numbers of staff who need to be trained in the National Regulations: Division 6: pages 143-145.

Included below is information about the regulations which apply to health issues and a list of downloads that will be helpful to managers and staff in ECEC.

The reference for information on Asthma and Anaphylaxis for children under the Regulatory Body of the National Quality Framework can be found in the National Regulations in Division 3: Regulations 90-96 (pages 108-115).

2. Inclusion and Integration Services and Support Organisations

Insofar as it is possible, children with special needs and children at risk will thrive best when they are involved with their peers in mainstream education and care settings. There are several organisations that support parents and children in placement and funding for children who require support. See below for access to these organisations and resources.

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Downloads – health and safety

PDF icon The National Quality Standard [external website]
PDF icon Guide to the National Quality Standard: (Quality Area 2) [external website]
PDF icon Education and Care Services National Regulations  (Part 6:  Pages 56-67) [external website]
PDF icon Guide to the Education and Care Services National Regulations [external website]
PDF icon Anaphylaxis Guidelines [external website]
PDF icon Anaphylaxis Action Plan [external website]
Globe icon Immunisation Factsheet [external website]
Globe icon Exclusion Table for Infectious Diseases [external website]

External links

Globe icon Professional Support Coordinator (PSC) VIC
Globe icon Indigenous Professional Support Unit (IPSU) VIC
Globe icon Preschool Support Field Officers (PSFO’s)
Globe icon Connections program
Globe icon Early Childhood Interventions Australia
Globe icon Resource Sheets for Inclusion and Support
Globe icon Exploring Multiculturalism, Anti-Bias and Social Justice in Children’s Services
Globe icon Early Childhood Interventions Australia Publications
Globe icon Autism Australia

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