COVID-19 Policy

Meerilinga continues to support families during this time and strives to minimise the risk of COVID-19 spread in our services. This involves putting in place additional measures to inform and protect our Meerilinga community. Please read the relevant areas of Meerilinga’s COVID-19 Policy below to understand how it may affect your service.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Management Policy

Policy Statement

COVID-19 is a contagious viral infection that generally causes respiratory illness in humans. The World Health Organization (WHO), has declared that COVID-19 outbreak as a ‘pandemic’- a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (effective 11 March 2020). This is mainly due to the speed and scale of transmission of the virus in countries around the world, including Australia.

 

Presentation can range from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe illness with potentially life-threatening complications.

 

COVID-19 is transmitted from someone who is infected with the virus to others in close contact through contaminated droplets spread by coughing or sneezing or by contact with contaminated hands or surfaces. According to Department of Health, the time of exposure to the virus and when symptoms first occur is anywhere from 2-14 days.

 

Symptoms can range from a mild illness, similar to a cold or flu, to pneumonia. People with COVID-19 may experience:

 

  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
  • shortness of breath

 

 

The Australian Federal and State Government is continually updating the current status of COVID-19 including health recommendations, travel restrictions, and a vast collection of resources and information to help people make informed decisions.

 

As this information is changing rapidly, Meerilinga is monitoring health alerts and implementing infection prevention and control measures suggested by key health experts to minimise the transmission of COVID-19.

 

We have conducted a COVID-19 risk assessment and have comprehensive policies in place to guide best practice in relation to health and safety, dealing with infectious diseases and maintaining a safe environment. Our duty of care and responsibilities to children, families, students, volunteers and all staff to provide a safe environment is of utmost importance.

 

The evolving nature of COVID-19 and the unprecedented steps required to protect our community as recommended by the Australian Government, has resulted in the development of a specific policy to assist our organisation to manage this pandemic.

 

This policy will change as required to ensure the protective measures against COVID-19 as advised by our Government are implemented by our Services.

Policy Purpose

Meerilinga will minimise exposure to COVID-19 by adhering to all recommended guidelines from the Australian Government – Department of Health and local Public Health Units to slow the spread of the virus.

 

We will implement practices that help to reduce the transmission of the virus including the exclusion of any person (child, educator, staff, parent, visitor or volunteer) that is suspected or has tested positive to having COVID-19.

 

Meerilinga’s COVID-19 Management Plan including Polices and Processes have been developed in accordance with current legislation, guidelines and advice from recognised authorities.

 

This Policy must be read in conjunction with our other relevant and associated sections of the organisational policies and processes.

 

Meerilinga Policy and Process Manual:

 

  • Section 1 – Strategic and Business Planning (Code of Ethics & Conduct)
  • Section 2 – Human Resources
  • Section 3 – Finance, Assets and Administration
  • Section 4 – Branding, Image & Reputation
  • Section 5 – Meerilinga Training College
  • Section 6 – Children’s Program
  • Section 7 – Workplace Health and Safety
  • Section 8 – Guidelines

 

 

Our Services will provide up-to-date information and advice to parents, families, students and educators sourced from the Australian Government, Department of Health and State Ministry of Health about COVID-19 as it becomes available. Recommendations and health measures mandated by the Health Department will be strictly adhered to at all times.

Scope

This policy applies to the Board of Governors, Executive, all workers, customer, clients, students, volunteers and those employed on a fee for service or contract basis while conducting Meerilinga business.

Exclusions

Nil.

Policy Review

At least annually or from time to time the organisation may make changes to this policy to improve the effectiveness of its operation.

Implementation

Meerilinga is committed to minimise the spread of the COVID-19 virus by implementing recommendations provided by the Australian Government- Department of Health and Safe Work Australia.

Meerilinga is a registered COVID Safe Business with our Western Australian Government. All Meerilinga service locations have a COVID Safety Plan in place.

COVID Safety Plan

We are guided by explicit decisions regarding exclusion periods and notification of any infectious disease by the Australian Government – Department of Health and local Public Health Unit (PHU) in our jurisdiction under the Public Health Act. COVID-19 is a notifiable condition in all states and territories of Australia.

Refer to our Illness and Infectious Disease Policy and Processes

National Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Information Line: 1800 020 080. Call 131 450 for translating and interpreting service
Health Direct: 1800 022 222
WA Department of Health WA – Communicable Disease Control Directorate: 9222 0255 or after hours emergency 9328 0553

 

The Public Health Unit may contact the CEO / Approved Provider in the event of any person who has attended one of our facilities and has tested positive to COVID-19.

Refer to the Local Outbreak Response point within this Policy.

Meerilinga will explore all Government COVID-19 support and financial relief initiatives available for the business and all people working or associated with Meerilinga programs and services.

Caring for our community

We understand that the outbreak of COVID-19 and the constant amount of information received through the media may be very stressful for people. The anxiety about this disease may be overwhelming and cause fear and anxiety to some people, especially children.

 

Meerilinga is committed to providing quality services, to continue support for all persons of the organisation and community.

 

We will promote a safe and supportive environment for children and adults by:

 

  • Reassuring they are safe.
  • Acknowledging and listening questions.
  • Promoting and implementing protective control measures such hygiene routines for handwashing, cough and sneezing and daily cleaning.
  • Keeping regular and familiar routines within our Service.
  • Ensuring we eat well throughout the day.
  • Engage in physical activities, play and games.
  • Be alert to raised anxiety levels in people.
  • Ensuring children are provided with rest and sleep when needed.
  • Providing current information and support services as required.

 

Vulnerable persons can be defined as people at a higher risk for poor health because of the barriers they experience due to social, economic, political and environmental factors as well as limitations due to illness or disability.

 

Refer to Workforce Management – Self-Isolation as a Precaution point in this policy.

 

Knowing how to look after yourself, and others is very important during these unprecedented times.

 

Refer to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Worker Wellbeing Policy

Risk Management

Meerilinga has effective and systematic risk management processes in place. We have completed a COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Management Plan to identify any possible risks and hazards to people, our environments and practices related to COVID-19.  Where possible, we have eliminated or minimised these risks as is reasonably practicable.

Our COVID-19 Management plan includes Meerilinga’s ongoing COVID-19 Risk Alert Status and Actions in accordance with the latest Government Public Health advice and directive from Meerilinga Executive. Refer to the Process section for all Alert Status Actions.

Meerilinga COVID-19 Risk Alert and Actions

Meerilinga COVID-19 Risk Alert and Actions

Control measures are reviewed in consultation with our stakeholders and in accordance with current health advice. Due to the constant changes in managing our services and programs during the pandemic, our approach to risk management is ongoing and fluid.

Infection Prevention and Control Measures – Ongoing

Stay home if unwell control measures:

Symptoms of COVID-19 include but not limited to fever, chills or night sweats, sore throat, cough, tiredness, difficulty breathing, headache, muscle pain, loss of taste and smell.

Seek medical advice and get tested if required.

Individual cases will be assessed and Meerilinga may request a medical clearance upon return, based on the risk at the time.

Refer to the point on Managing Illness at a Meerilinga Facility control measures within this Policy.

 

Physical Distancing

Maintain distance of 1.5m apart from other people in accordance with the minimum requirement or as directed by the latest Public Health Advice.

Distancing is crucial as the virus spreads mainly between people who are in close contact with each other, typically within 1 metre (short-range). A person can be infected when aerosols or droplets containing the virus are inhaled or come directly into contact with the eyes, nose, or mouth when a person breathes, speaks, coughs and sneezes.

Some windows and doors should be left open to increase ventilation within the building as the virus can also spread in poorly ventilated and/or crowded indoor settings, where people tend to spend longer periods of time. This is because aerosols remain suspended in the air or travel farther than 1 metre (long-range). Refer to Venue Capacity Limits control measures section in this policy.

Additional control measures may apply if Meerilinga’s COVID-19 risk alert status changes to Amber or Red: 

  • Restrict the number of visitors to our Service (including: students, delivery of goods).
  • Restrict the number of people entering the premises at one time. Families may be asked to wait outside during peak drop off and collection times.
  • Where possible, outdoor play will be promoted to provide children with additional personal space.
  • Monitor large groups. Flexible learning in both the indoor and outdoor environment will be provided to ensure groups are smaller and the mixing of children in one area is reduced:
  • Open internal partition divider walls to allow for more indoor play space.
  • Seat children at opposite ends of a table when playing and eating.
  • Avoid any situation when children are required to queue – waiting their turn to use bathroom for handwashing or toileting, waiting their turn to use a piece of equipment etc.
  • Ensure bed mats are positioned at least 1metre apart.
  • Contact parents of children who have chronic medical conditions or immunosuppression as they may be at an increased risk of disease and require additional support/care.
  • Cancel incursions or excursions to public places (local shops, schools, libraries, aged care facilities).
  • Cancel large group bookings or celebrations (playgroup or special day celebrations like grandparents day)
  • Discourage use of public transport by staff if possible and recommend that staff:
  • Travel directly from home to work (avoid stopping at shops or petrol station).
  • If using public transport, maintain physical distancing measures during any trip
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or sanitise hands with alcohol-based sanitiser before and after travelling to work.

 

Venue Capacity Limits

Monitor and act on WA Government Public Health order as directed – refer to Amber alert status section.

Venue capacity limits refer to the maximum number of people who can be in the community areas of our facilities at the same time eg: 2sqm or 4 sqm per person.

  • Exemption applies to Meerilinga Early Learning Programs due to the age and needs of young children. Licensed areas of early childhood education and care services are exempt from the venue capacity limits rule.
  • Australian Health Protection Principal Committee

Venue Capacity Limit control measures:

  • Measure each indoor community or publicly accessible area and calculate the maximum number of people that may be present in the space at a single time – areas or rooms include activity rooms utilised for playgroup, room hire, school holiday activities, training room, staff room, administration offices, community bathroom and kitchen.
  • Display a sign at the entry of each community or publicly accessible area with the specific number of people calculated as above.

 

Personal Hygiene

The national campaign Help Stop The Spread and Stay Healthy, launched by the Australian Government has emphasised that good hygiene is a vital strategy to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

People may become infected by touching objects or surfaces that have been contaminated by the virus when touching their eyes, nose or mouth without cleaning their hands.

  • Regular Hand Washing with soap and water, or >60% alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Enhanced personal hygiene measures have been introduced for children, families and staff.

Healthy WA – Facts about Hand Hygiene

  • Avoid touching your face unless you have washed or sanitised your hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use your inner elbow.

Personal Hygiene control measures:

  • Handwashing with soap and water in the first instance is best practice, and in accordance with effective hand hygiene outlined in our Health, Hygiene and Infection Control Policy.
  • Hand washing facilities are accessible in all areas of the premises.  Alcohol-based hand sanitiser >60% will be available in a wall mounted dispenser upon entry and exit of the premises. Kept out of reach of young children and only available for adults to use. If parents decide to apply this to their child, they must supervise their child to avoid rubbing it into their eyes or ingesting.
  • All workers, parents, children, students and visitors must wash their hands upon arrival and departure of the premises.
  • Handwashing procedure must be followed at all times. ‘How to wash your hands’ signs will be displayed at all handwashing areas for children and adults.
  • Children are supervised when washing hands.
  • Hands must be thoroughly dried using clean hand towel or disposal paper and disposed of in the bin provided.
  • Disposable tissues must be used to wipe noses, eyes or mouths and disposed of in the bin provided immediately after use, and then wash hands.
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette must be maintained – cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or use your inner elbow.
  • Educators and staff must adhere to effective food preparation and food handling procedures. Refer to Food Handing point within Health, Hygiene and Infection Control Policy.

 

Environmental Cleaning

Clean surfaces and objects regularly throughout the day. Compliance with policy and processes relevant to daily cleaning schedules and procedures that align with Staying Healthy – National Health and Medical Resource Council Guidelines and Infection prevention and control advice for environmental cleaning in non-healthcare settings (home and workplace)

Environmental Cleaning control measures:

  • All persons included in the scope of this Policy must adhere to our Health, Hygiene and Infection Control Policy and Procedures for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and equipment (such as indoor outdoor toys, puzzles, furniture, floors bedding etc) in accordance with Staying Healthy: Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services guidelines and the Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Principles for COVID-19.
  • Universal cleaning processes will apply across the organisation, these include specific colour coded cleaning equipment (labelled) for separate areas to reduce the risk of cross contamination eg: children and adult bathroom facilities.
  • Workers and community facility hire people are responsible for maintaining the Internal Cleaning Schedule for all surfaces and equipment cleaned daily or at the end of a booked session at Meerilinga premises.
  • Bathroom facilities for children and adults have adequate supplies of hand soap, paper towel, toilet paper and lined rubbish bin.
  • Where local community transmission of COVID-19 has been reported and Amber alert status enacted, there will be an increase in frequency of cleaning high-touch point surfaces – taps, door handles, light switches, telephones, keyboards, bathrooms, nappy change areas and toys using detergent and water followed by disinfectant.

 

Contact Register

As a registered Western Australian business, all Meerilinga locations are registered with Safe WA and are required to maintain a mandatory contact register for all persons over the age of 16 years visiting the premises.

The register includes location, date, time, name, telephone number of each person and is collected either digitally using the SafeWA unique QR code or paper-based format.

It’s imperative that all persons register their attendance. In the event of an outbreak of local community transmission associated with a Meerilinga location, Red alert status will be initiated by the Executive and contact tracing commence by the WA Public Health Unit in order to immediately reduce the risk to all close contacts.  All records will be provided to the Public Health Authorities upon request.

Contact Register control measures:

  • All persons included in the scope of this Policy over the age of 16 years who enter Meerilinga premises must register their attendance using the SafeWA app on their digital device to scan the QR code displayed at the entry of the building.

Persons without a device must complete the paper-based mandatory contact register upon arrival.

  • Entry will be denied to those refusing to register.
  • Although children enrolled in our Early Learning Programs are exempt from registering, the service maintains a daily digital attendance record of the delivery and collection times of each children and their accompanying parent/guardian.
  • Deliveries and authorised tradespeople for essential maintenance can enter the premises subject to compliance with all of our infection prevention and control measures.
  • Where the COVID-19 risk alert status increase to Amber, deliveries must be left in a designated safe area at the entry to the premises. If signing for goods is required, staff must use their own pen to sign paper or wash hands immediately after using electronic signing.

 

Information control measures:

Signage and notices will be displayed in prominent locations to remind all people of the risks of COVID-19 and the necessary protective measures that must be adhered to at Meerilinga.

We will establish regular communication channels with families, students, volunteers and workers to share information about COVID-19. This will be communicated through our website, email, social media and Earlyworks.

Information provided may include:

–    Symptoms of COVID-19

–    Transmission of the virus

–    Self-isolation and exclusion

–    Prevention strategies- including hand hygiene and self-isolation

–    Contact details for health assistance

–    Payment of fees in accordance with any Government changes to CCS.

Due to the reactive nature of COVID-19 and the necessity of self-isolation or quarantine for some workers, our Service will endeavour to inform parents and families of any staff changes on as required.

 

Communication control measures:

In accordance with a Government Public Health Order, all changes to Meerilinga’s COVID-19 risk alert status eg: Amber or Red will be communicated by Meerilinga Chief Executive Officer or delegate to the Advisory Services team in the first instance.

Advisory Service members will inform Place Administrators, other workers, volunteers and external students within their service areas and manage service delivery as required.

The Executive together with a nominated Advisor will develop a written statement for relevant service locations, to communicate and advise of the latest restrictions at Meerilinga. This statement will be distributed via email to:

  • Board of Governors by CEO
  • Advisory Services team by the Executive
  • Families enrolled in Meerilinga Early Learning Programs by the Enrolment Advisor
  • Students enrolled in Meerilinga Training College by the Integration Advisor
  • Community venue bookings and  tenants by Finance Advisor
  • Community groups casual and long term by Operational Advisor or delegate

Only if directed by the Executive, the Operational Advisors may be required to share this statement via email, Earlyworks, or Meerilinga private facebook pages.

Refer to the Process section for Alert Status Actions – Standby and Closure Procedures

 

Immunisation control measures:

Vaccination is the most effective way to protect against infectious diseases. Meerilinga workers, students, families, children, volunteers and contractors are encouraged to seek medical advice for the following vaccines:

–      Flu

–      COVID-19

 

Training and Education control measures:

At the time of induction, all Meerilinga workers, students and volunteers must read the COVID-19 related Polices and Processes, and complete the approved mandatory COVID-19 Infection Control Training.

Early Learning Programs:

Talking to children about COVID-19

In accordance with our Relationships and Interactions with Children as well as our Relationships and Partnerships with Families Policies, our Service is committed to maintaining positive interactions and relationships with children and their families.

Through intentional teaching strategies and in accordance with our Children’s Experiences, Learning and Education Policy, information will be provided to children about COVID-19 in a manner that is age appropriate and sensitive to their emotional wellbeing. Educators will both acknowledge children’s concerns and be open to discussions about COVID-19.

Educator resources used to support children’s enquiry and learning as well as sharing with families:

Dr Michelle Dickinson – Video for kids about COVID-19

https://youtu.be/OPsY-jLqaXM

Emerging Minds– Talking to Children about Natural Disasters, Traumatic Events or Worries About the Future

https://emergingminds.com.au/resources/supporting-children-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/

Play School – Hello Friends! (A COVID-19 Special)

https://www.abc.net.au/abckids/shows/play-school/covid-19/12114308

UNICEF- How to talk to your child about COVID-19

Educators will inform children about the virus and emphasise preventative measures such as handwashing, use of tissues, cough and sneeze techniques, play in small groups and limit touching other children, particularly their faces.

Children’s visual posters to demonstrate correct handwashing methods will be displayed at child level near handwashing basins. Educators will refer to, as well as sing handwashing songs and role model techniques eg: Playschool ‘Wash your hands’ song https://www.abc.net.au/abckids/shows/play-school/covid-19/12114308

Children’s emotional well-being will be closely monitored by all educators and staff and any concerns communicated with parents and families.

Children’s questions will be respected and supported.

In the event of the Service being closed as a precaution to limit the spread of the virus, information will be provided to parents/families to help explain the situation to young children.

Meerilinga Training College:

MTC has completed risk assessment and will comply with State health requirements and any local restrictions in the delivery of HLT First Aid Training and COVID-19. Reasonable adjustment will apply when assessing student competency during CPR assessment process and as such, students will not be required to demonstrate breaths directly into the manikin and can perform breaths to the side of the manikin. Australian Industry and Skills Committee Statement

Refer to Risk Assessment and Management – HLTAID004 Training and COVID-19

 

Managing Illness at a Meerilinga Facility control measures:

In accordance with our Illness and Infectious Disease Policy, we reserve the right to refuse entry to our services and programs if an adult or child:

  • Have a contagious illness or infectious disease
  • Are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Have been in close contact with a person who has a positive confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Are unwell and unable to participate in normal activities or require additional attention.
  • Have had a temperature/fever, or vomiting in the last 24 hours.
  • Have had diarrhoea in the last 24 hours.
  • Have been given medication for a temperature prior to arriving at the Service.
  • Have started a course of anti-biotics in the last 24 hours.

If a person becomes ill whilst onsite, we will respond to their individual symptoms of illness and provide comfort and care. The person will be taken to the designated isolated area within the Service.  The person caring for the ill person will maintain personal hygiene practices by regularly washing hands and wearing PPE, disposable gloves and mask to avoid possible contamination.

Adult Workers, Volunteers or Students:

Will be encouraged to seek medical advice and can leave the Service providing they a well enough to transport themselves or alternative arrangements made.

Children:

If a child is showing any signs of being unwell, the parent/guardian will be contacted immediately and required to collect the child within 30 minutes. If they are unable to collect the child, an emergency contact person will be contacted and they must collect the child within 30 minutes. Parent/guardian will be encouraged to seek medical advice.

The child is showing signs of a high temperature, their temperature will be taken and if the temperature is above 38°C, the parent/guardian will be contacted as above.

Educators will attempt to lower your child’s temperature by:

  • Removing excessive clothing (shoes, socks, jumpers).
  • Encourage your child to take small sips of water.

Educators will keep accurate records of the child’s temperature, time taken, time parent/guardian were contacted, staff member’s name and time of collection.

All information will be recorded in our Child Incident Report. Parent/guardian will be required to sign this record upon collection of their child.

Cases will be individually assessed and based on the risk at the time, Meerilinga may request a medical clearance for adults and children to return.

Following an ill person’s departure from the Service, surfaces and equipment in the isolation area must be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with our Health, Hygiene and Infection Control Policy and Procedures.

WA Government Public Health Orders

In the interest of public health and safety, and as a result of confirmed positive cases of community transmission of COVID-19, the Western Australian Government may declare a State of Emergency under the Emergency Management Act and the Public Health Act. Additional control measures and restrictions will apply to reduce the spread and impact of virus in our community.

The current WA State of Emergency and Public Health State of Emergency Declaration will specifically outline all Public Health Orders made in response to confirmed positive cases of community transmission of COVID-19 in Western Australia.

Communicating Amber alert to the Meerilinga community (eg: workers, families, students and visitors) will be in accordance with the ‘Meerilinga Standby Procedure’ located in the process section of this Policy.

Meerilinga will monitor and act on WA Public Health Orders as directed which may include but not limited to the following restrictions:

  • Venue Capacity Limit refers to the number of people who can be in the community areas of our facilities at the same time eg: 2 sqm or 4 sqm per person.
  • Mandatory Face Masks to be worn in public by all persons over the age of 16 years.

Disposable masks will be provided to workers, students, volunteers and visitors to Meerilinga premises as required. These masks must be discarded after one day of use.

* Exemptions from wearing masks may apply for people with certain disabilities and Educators or Trainers when are teaching children or adults.

Emergency Management Act 2005 (WA) – Face Covering Direction

  • Lockdown for specific regions of WA, where people will be required to stay home unless otherwise stated in the current Declaration.

Some Meerilinga locations and programs may need to continue to operate in accordance with being an essential provider and providing services:

  • Risk assessment for vulnerable workers will be undertaken at this time.
  • Employees regularly working over multiple locations will cease and work from only one location.
  • Lock building entry door to monitor and restrict the number of people entering the premises.
  • Locations to monitor WA exposure sites – WA Government COVID-19 locations visited by confirmed cases.

Meerilinga Training College students will move to only virtual class delivery during this period.

Community facility hire bookings will be cancelled, reimbursement offered for fees paid or hirer choice to have fees held for re-booking event at a later date when restrictions lifted.

Community playgroups, activities and events will cease during this period.

Local Outbreak Response

Meerilinga business is centred on education, families and community therefore a single confirmed positive case of COVID-19 associated with a Meerilinga facility is classed as an outbreak.

Any person associated with a Meerilinga facility who has been a close contact with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 must notify Meerilinga and self-isolate for 14 days immediately. Refer to Local Outbreak Response steps below.

In the event of a local outbreak where the case was infectious whist attending a Meerilinga facility, the following response steps will be undertaken:

* Note that these steps may occur in a different order to which they are written and

commonly several steps will occur concurrently.

Communicating Red alert to the Meerilinga community (eg: workers, families, students and visitors) will be in accordance with the ‘Meerilinga Closure Procedure’ located in the process section of this Policy.

Confirmed case of COVID-19 associated with a Meerilinga facility

The Western Australian Department of Health WA (DOHWA) Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) will notify Meerilinga of an associated confirmed case and will advise on the next step.

If Meerilinga is notified directly by a family, worker, student, volunteer or visitor that they are a confirmed case or are a close contact to a confirmed case, the CEO or nominated delegate will notify the PHEOC on 9222 0221.

If the confirmed case is associated with our licensed Education and Care Service, the CEO or nominated delegate will notify the Department of Communities Education and Care Regulatory Unit (ECRU) within 24 hours via the National Quality Agenda IT System (NQAITS) or call ECRU on 65518333.

* ECRU must be notified regardless of how the Service was notified about the case.

Employers, principal contractors and contractors are not required to notify non-fatal incidents of COVID-19 to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, WorkSafe as WA Health are already notified of confirmed cases by medical practitioners. Safe Work Australia Incident notification

PHEOC will determine any exposure within a local facility and give directive on whether the facility needs to temporarily close while public health measures take place to trace contacts, undertake appropriate cleaning and contain disease transmission.

Case management

A child or adult who is confirmed as a case of COVID-19 will need to go into self-isolation to prevent further spread of the virus to other people in the public or their family. The Public Health team will establish if the case is safe in their home and may put them in touch with support agencies or health professionals to manage their health and social needs.

Public Health will determine when isolation has ended for individuals and provide them a medical clearance letter for safe to return to the facility for work, our programs or training.

Facility management during investigation

If a member of the facility has tested positive to COVID-19 and was found to be infectious while at the facility, the PHEOC may direct closure and will be determined on a case by case basis.

Closing the facility allows PHEOC time to carry out contact tracing to identify any adults and children who have been in close contact with the confirmed case and take necessary steps to contain and slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Following initial notification of a case of COVID-19, the Public Health team will undertake a situational analysis and make a risk assessment of the facility. This can be completed by phone with the Executive or Place Advisor, although they may conduct a site visit to advise on the scope of cleaning required, review infection prevention and control measures in place.

The CEO or nominated delegate must notify the Education and Care Regulatory Unit (ECRU) within 24 hours of closure via the National Quality Agenda IT System (NQAITS) or call ECRU on 65518333.

Informing local facility members of outbreak   

At all times, privacy laws must be adhered to and personal information about individuals must not be shared without permission. Disclosing the name of the person who has contracted COVID-19 should only be on a ‘need to know’ basis.

Following the notification of a case of COVID-19 in the facility, the Public Health team will advise on who needs to be informed about the outbreak and whether broader testing of people who attend the facility is required.

Facility members will be directed to DOHWA www.healthywa.wa.gov.au for resources available for these purposes, including in languages other than English.

Any media queries should be discussed with the Public Health team.

Contact tracing

All confirmed cases (or guardian for children) of COVID-19 undergo a detailed interview with a member of the Public Health team to ascertain all close contacts.

Place Advisor and Administrator work with the Public Health Contact Tracing team to identify close contacts in the facility, to ensure the correct people are identified and quarantined. Maintaining accurate contact tracing records as well as documented employee rosters and attendances are important in this process.

Refer to Contact Tracing control measures point within this Policy  

Close contacts will be directed to self-quarantine and monitored by the Public Health team.

Management of close contacts

Public Health will determine the close contacts and advise accordingly.

Where appropriate hygiene and physical distancing measures have been taken, a close contact may be considered as:

  • An adult or child who has had greater than 15 minutes cumulative face-to-face contact in any setting over the course of a week in the period extending from 48 hours before onset of symptoms OR
  • Sharing of a closed space (same area or room) with a confirmed or probable case for a prolonged period (e.g. more than 2 hours) in the period extending from 48 hours before onset of symptoms in the confirmed case.

Note: some areas are very large, and these situations will be individually risk-assessed.

All close contacts will be required to quarantine at home or as directed by Public Health Authorities for 14 days, following their last contact with the confirmed case. Public Health will start daily monitoring of close contacts and advise them on further testing through the quarantine period.

Public Health will determine when quarantine has ended for individuals and provide them a medical clearance letter for safe to return to the facility for work, our programs or training if required.

Re-opening after closure

The decision to re-open following a COVID-19 outbreak closure is made by the Public Health team in liaison with the facility.

The following will be reviewed and considered:

  • Deep cleaning of the facility
  • Infection prevention and control measures
  • Workforce management

In accordance with the Information and Communication point within this Policy, Meerilinga will contact all persons associated with the closure to inform of the re-opening of Services.

The CEO or nominated delegate must notify the Education and Care Regulatory Unit (ECRU) within 24 hours of re-opening after closure via the National Quality Agenda IT System (NQAITS) or call ECRU on 65518333.

Workforce Management

Meerilinga will ensure a robust plan for workforce management is in place through the pandemic, including identification of critical staff positions and contingency planning for replacement of staff.

In the event of a number of Educators requiring to self-isolate due to possible infection of COVID-19, the Approved Provider may apply to the Regulatory Authority for qualification waivers and/or ratios to minimise disruptions to our provision of care.

Employee Entitlements – Fair Work Commission

There have been a number of temporary changes made to workplace laws by the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) due to the impact of coronavirus on workplaces.

As a result, the Commission has over time varied some provisions in some awards to give employers and employees extra flexibility to agree on alternative working arrangements.

Refer to Changes to workplace laws during coronavirus for the current list of temporary award variations that apply.

Meerilinga is permitted to request employees to perform different duties within their skill and competence, the Executive will explore options for staffing and flexible work arrangements with individual employees. Any direction will from consultation with the employee and at least three (3) days provided before any change is implemented.

Arrangements may include: reduction in hours, request employees to take annual leave or other leave entitlements or changes to rostering and duties.

Employees may be requested to complete activities such as:

  • Professional development learning.
  • Programming and documentation.
  • Updating the Quality Improvement Planning.
  • Conducting cleaning within the service and room preparation.
  • Completing any maintenance required as per risk assessments.
  • Develop and maintain connection with families choosing to stay home, via social media. Providing information on the current experiences and activities happening in the program at the Service using photos, video’s, including live feeds and activities for children to do at home.

The Executive will obtain written consent by the employees of any changes in their work conditions.

Employee entitlements if sick or suspected to have COVID-19

Our organisation must ensure the health and safety of all employees under the principal OSH law in Western Australia consisting of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984, supported by the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996.

Full and part-time employees who cannot attend work due to illness can take paid sick leave. If they have no paid sick leave left, they can take unpaid sick leave.

Refer to Fair Work – Sick leave due to coronavirus

Caring for a family member or emergency

Fulltime or part-time employees are entitled to take paid carer’s if they need to look after a family or household member who’s sick with coronavirus, or if there’s an unexpected emergency.

Full-time and part-time employees can take unpaid carer’s leave if they have no paid sick or carer’s leave left. Casual employees are entitled to 2 days of unpaid carer’s leave per occasion.

Reasonable evidence is required to justify all absence.

Refer to Fair Work – Carer’s leave due to coronavirus

Quarantine and self-isolation

Refer to Fair Work – Quarantine and self-isolation pay and leave options

Employees have a responsibility, under workplace health and safety laws, to take reasonable care not to adversely affect the health and safety of others at work.

Employees can’t go to work if they need to quarantine or self-isolate because they:

  • Have been diagnosed with coronavirus
  • Have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with coronavirus
  • Need to get tested or are waiting for a coronavirus test result
  • Are prohibited from leaving their home because of an enforceable government direction, or
  • Have arrived from overseas or interstate and need to self-isolate because of an enforceable government direction.

If an employee can’t work because they have to quarantine or self-isolate, they should contact their employer immediately to discuss:

  • Leave options
  • Flexible working options.

Self-isolation as a precaution

If a worker has reasonable concern that to carry out their work would expose them to serious risk to their health and safety, they may negotiate to take unpaid leave, annual leave or long service leave with their direct report and must be approved by the Executive.

Where vulnerable workers undertake essential work, a risk assessment will be undertaken. Risks are assessed and mitigated with consideration of the characteristics of the worker, the workplace and the work. This includes ensuring vulnerable people are redeployed to non-customer-based roles where possible.

Where risk cannot be appropriately mitigated, alternative working arrangements may be considered and approved by the Executive to accommodate workplace absence.

Unpaid Pandemic Leave during quarantine and self-isolation

Some employees have access to unpaid pandemic leave.

Effective 8 April 2020 until 31 December 2021, employees who are employed under one of the affected awards can access up to 2 weeks of unpaid pandemic leave (or more by agreement with their employer) if they can’t work because:

  • They need to self-isolate in line with government or medical authorities, or on the advice of a medical practitioner, or
  • If measures taken by government or medical authorities in response to the pandemic (for example, an enforceable government direction closing non-essential businesses).

The leave is available to full-time, part-time and casual employees in full immediately. They don’t have to accrue it.

Employees don’t have to use all their paid leave before accessing unpaid pandemic leave.

Self-Isolation directed by the Employer

Meerilinga reserves the right to request employees to self-isolate if they suspect they have come into contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Where an employee is directed by the Executive to stay home and self-isolate because they have shown symptoms of a flu-like illness, and the employee has expressed they are not sick and able to work, Meerilinga will encourage them to seek medical advice and continue to pay the employee as per their contract.

If practicable, working from home arrangements may be negotiated with the CEO.

Refer to Fair Work – Alternative work arrangements – Working from home

Process Details
Process
Process Owner CEO
Effective Date 10 June 2021
Date of Last Revision 25 June 2020

 

Process Details
  Description
1.

Meerilinga COVID-19 Management Plan – developed in conjunction with the:

–       Government of Western Australia COVID-19 current Public Health advice in accordance with the National Cabinet principles.

–       WA COVID Safety Plan Guidelines and Certificate displayed in a prominent position at all Meerilinga service locations.

–       Meerilinga COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Management Plan

–       Meerilinga COVID-19 Risk Management Processes including Risk Alert and Actions.

Meerilinga COVID-19 Risk Alert and Actions

 

2.

Meerilinga COVID-19 Risk Alert and Actions

Refer to Implementation section of this Policy for a detailed overview of control measures for each Risk Alert point and actions in this process.

Green Alert  –  Infection Prevention and Control Measures – Ongoing

·          Stay Home if Unwell

–     Seek medical advice and get tested if required.

·         Physical Distancing

–       Maintain distance of 1.5m from other people

–       Exemptions apply for licensed early childhood and learning centres:

–        Australian Health Protection Principal Committee

–        Safe Work Australia

–       Additional control measures apply if the risk alert status changes to Amber    or Red where services are required to continue to operate:

–       Restricting the number of people entering the premises

–       Cancel large group bookings or celebrations

·        Venue Capacity Limits

–          Monitor and act on WA Government Public Health order as directed – refer to Amber alert status section.

–          Venue capacity limits refer to the maximum number of people who can be in the community areas of our facilities at the same time eg: 2sqm or 4 sqm per person.

–       Exemptions apply for licensed early childhood and learning centres – refer to links above.

·        Personal Hygiene 

–       Regular hand washing

–       Avoid touching your face

–       Cover coughs and sneezes

·        Environmental Cleaning

–       Regular cleaning of surfaces and objects throughout the day.  

·        Contact Register

–          All persons over the age of 16 years visiting a Meerilinga premises must register their attendance via the COVID SafeWA app or paper-based format paper-based mandatory contact register

–          Accurate record keeping

·        Information

–       Signs and notices displayed in prominent locations to remind all people of the risks of COVID-19 and protective measure that must be adhered to.

–       Establish regular communication channels with families, students, volunteers and workers to share information about COVID-19. This will be communicated through our website, email, social media and Earlyworks.

·         Communication

–       Refer to Amber Alert Process section for ‘Meerilinga Standby Procedure’

–       Refer to Red Alert Process section for ‘Meerilinga Closure Procedure’

·        Immunisation

–       Meerilinga workers, students, families, children, volunteers and contractors are encouraged to seek medical advice for the Flu and COVID-19 vaccines.

·        Training and Education

–       Induction and mandatory training

–       Talking to children about COVID-19 in our Early Learning Programs

–       Meerilinga Training College reasonable adjustment in the delivery of HLT First Aid training and COVID-19.

·        Managing Illness at a Meerilinga Facility

–       In accordance with our Illness and Infectious Disease Policy

–       If a person becomes ill whilst onsite, we will respond to their individual symptoms of illness and provide comfort and care. The person will be taken to the designated isolated area within the Service.  The person caring for the ill person will maintain personal hygiene practices by regularly washing hands and wearing PPE, disposable gloves and mask to avoid possible contamination.

Adult Workers, Volunteers or Students:

Will be encouraged to seek medical advice and can leave the Service providing they a well enough to transport themselves or alternative arrangements made.

Children:

If a child is showing any signs of being unwell, the parent/guardian will be contacted immediately and required to collect the child within 30 minutes. If they are unable to collect the child, an emergency contact person will be contacted and they must collect the child within 30 minutes. Parent/guardian will be encouraged to seek medical advice.

 

3.

Amber Alert –  WA Government Public Health Orders

As a result of confirmed positive cases of community transmission of COVID-19, the Western Australian Government may declare a State of Emergency under the Emergency Management Act and the Public Health Act.

The current WA State of Emergency and Public Health State of Emergency Declaration will specifically outline all Public Health Orders made in response to confirmed positive cases of community transmission.

Meerilinga will comply with the WA Public Health Orders as directed, which may include but not limited to the following restrictions:

·        Venue Capacity Limit 

– The number of people who can be in the community areas of our facilities at the same time eg: 2 sqm or 4 sqm per person.

·        Mandatory Face Masks

– To be worn in public by all persons over the age of 16 years.

– Disposable masks will be provided to workers, students, volunteers and visitors to Meerilinga premises as required. These masks must be discarded after one day of use.

– Exemptions from wearing masks may apply for people with certain disabilities and Educators or Trainers when are teaching children or adults.

Emergency Management Act 2005 (WA) – Face Covering Direction

·        Lockdown

–  For specific regions of WA, where people will be required to stay home unless otherwise stated in the current Declaration.

– Communication to relevant stakeholders in accordance with the process in the Information and Communication control measures point in Green Alert.

– Some Meerilinga locations and programs may need to continue to operate in accordance with being an essential provider and providing services:

– Risk assessment for vulnerable workers will be undertaken at this time.

– Employees regularly working over multiple locations will cease and work from only one location.

– Lock building entry door to monitor and restrict the number of people entering the premises.

– Locations to monitor WA exposure sites – WA Government COVID-19 locations visited by confirmed cases.

Meerilinga Training College students will move to only virtual class delivery during this period.

– Community facility hire bookings will be cancelled, reimbursement offered for fees paid or hirer choice to have fees held for re-booking event at a later date when restrictions lifted.

– Community playgroups, activities and events will cease during this period.

4.

Red Alert  –  Local Outbreak Response

A single confirmed positive case of COVID-19 associated with a Meerilinga facility is classed as an outbreak.

Any person associated with a Meerilinga facility who has been a close contact with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 must notify Meerilinga and self-isolate for 14 days immediately. Refer to Local Outbreak Response steps below.

In the event of a local outbreak where the case was infectious whist attending a Meerilinga facility, the following response steps will be undertaken:

* Note that these steps may occur in a different order to which they are written and

commonly several steps will occur concurrently.

·   Confirmed Case of COVID-19 Associated with a Meerilinga Facility

– Department of Health WA (DOHWA) Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) will notify Meerilinga of a confirmed positive case associated with a Meerilinga facility and advise on next step.

– PHEOC will determine any exposure within a local facility and give directive on whether the facility needs to temporarily close while public health measures take place.

Notifications:

– If Meerilinga is notified directly by a stakeholder that they are a confirmed case or are a close contact to a confirmed case, the CEO or nominated delegate will notify the PHEOC on 9222 0221.

– If the confirmed case is associated with our licensed Education and Care Service, the CEO or nominated delegate will notify the Department of Communities Education and Care Regulatory Unit (ECRU) within 24 hours via the National Quality Agenda IT System (NQAITS) or call ECRU on 65518333.

* ECRU must be notified regardless of how the Service was notified about the case.

–          Meerilinga is not required to notify non-fatal incidents of COVID-19 to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, WorkSafe as WA Health are already notified of confirmed cases by medical practitioners.

·   Case Management

– A child or adult who is confirmed as a case of COVID-19 will need to go into self-isolation to prevent further spread of the virus to other people in the public or their family.

– Public Health will determine when quarantine has ended for individuals and provide them a medical clearance letter for safe to return to the facility for work, our programs or training.

·   Facility Management

– If a member of the facility has tested positive to COVID-19 and was found to be infectious while at the facility, the PHEOC may direct closure and will be determined on a case by case basis.

– Following initial notification of a case of COVID-19, the Public Health team will undertake a situational analysis and make a risk assessment of the facility. This can be completed by phone with the Executive or Place Advisor, although they may conduct a site visit to advise on the scope of cleaning required, review infection prevention and control measures in place.

Closure Notifications:

CEO or nominated delegate must notify the following, within 24 hours of Closure :

– The Education and Care Regulatory Unit (ECRU) via the National Quality Agenda IT System (NQAITS) or call ECRU on 65518333.

– Department of Education, Skills and Employment within 24 hours CCSAssesments@dse.gov.au

– Smartfees, our third-party software provider for Meerilinga Early Learning Programs.

– A courtesy email to Training Accreditation Council – Western Australia to inform of closure and reasonable adjustment will apply to deliver MTC classes virtually for the duration of closure.

·   Informing Local facility Members of Outbreak

– At all times, privacy laws must be adhered to and personal information about individuals must not be shared without permission.

– Following the notification of a case of COVID-19 in the facility, the Public Health team will advise on who needs to be informed about the outbreak.

– Facility members will be directed to DOHWA www.healthywa.wa.gov.au for resources available for these purposes, including in languages other than English.

– Any media queries should be discussed with the Public Health team.

·   Contact Tracing

– All confirmed cases (or guardian for children) of COVID-19 undergo a detailed interview with a member of the Public Health team to ascertain all close contacts.

– Place Advisor and Administrator work with the Public Health Contact Tracing team to identify close contacts in the facility, to ensure the correct people are identified and isolated. Maintaining accurate contact tracing records as well as documented employee rosters and attendances are important in this process.

– Close contacts will be directed to self-quarantine and will be monitored by the Public Health team.

·   Management of Close Contacts

– Public Health will determine the close contacts and advise accordingly.

– All close contacts will be required to quarantine for 14 days at home or as directed by Public Health Authorities. Daily monitoring of close contacts and advise them on further testing through the isolation period.

– Public Health will determine when quarantine has ended for individuals and provide them a medical clearance letter for safe to return to the facility for work, our programs or training if required.

·   Re-opening After Closure

– The decision to re-open following a COVID-19 outbreak closure is made by the Public Health team in liaison with the facility.

– The following will be reviewed and considered:

– Deep cleaning of the facility

– Infection prevention and control measures

– Workforce management

– In accordance with the Information and Communication point within this Policy, Meerilinga will contact all persons associated with the closure to inform of the re-opening of Services.

Re-opening Notifications:

CEO or nominated delegate must notify the following, within 24 hours of Re-opening after closure :

– The Education and Care Regulatory Unit (ECRU) via the National Quality Agenda IT System (NQAITS) or call ECRU on 65518333.

– Department of Education, Skills and Employment within 24 hours CCSAssesments@dse.gov.au

– Smartfees, our third-party software provider for Meerilinga Early Learning Programs.

Meerilinga Closure Procedure

1.       Advisory Services and Place Administrators to remain on call.

2.       Department of Health WA (DOHWA) Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) will notify Meerilinga of a confirmed positive case associated with a Meerilinga facility and advise on next step.

3.       PHEOC will determine any exposure within a local facility and give directive on whether temporarily closure may be required while public health measures take place. This will be on a case by case basis.

4.       Acting on the WA Public Health Closure Order, the CEO will contact the Place Advisor in the first instance to notify of ‘Red Alert’ and inform of specific actions as directed by PHEOC.

5.       Advisors will act on this directive and action with their Place Administrators.

This may include but not limited to:

– Working with the Public Health Contact Tracing team to:

– Identify close contacts in the facility from contact register, to ensure the correct people are identified and isolated.

– Provide information for their risk assessment of the facility.

– Arrange a site visit to advise on the scope of cleaning required, review infection prevention and control measures in place, if requested by Public Health.

6.       Public Health Team will advise on whom within the facility needs to be informed about the outbreak. The Executive together with a nominated Advisor will develop a written statement for relevant service location, to communicate and advise of Service closure.

7.       Closure Notifications to:

– Within 24hrs and as directed by the Executive

 

Responsible Person
Workers, volunteers and students within their service areas in writing Place Advisor and Place Administrator
Written Statement to Meerilinga Early Learning Program families and community groups via email, Earlyworks, or Meerilinga private facebook pages. Place Advisor and Place Administrator

Education and Care Regulatory Unit (ECRU) via the National Quality Agenda IT System (NQAITS) or call ECRU on 65518333.

 

CEO or Quality Advisor

 

Department of Education, Skills and Employment CCSAssesments@dse.gov.au

 

CEO or Enrolment & Inclusion Advisor

 

Smartfees, our third-party software provider for Meerilinga Early Learning Programs.

 

CEO or Enrolment & Inclusion Advisor

 

Courtesy email to Training Accreditation Council – Western Australia.

 

CEO

 

8.  At all times, privacy laws must be adhered to and personal information about individuals must not be shared without permission.

* Any media queries will be discussed with the Public Health team.

9.  Advisors will remain on Alert and standby for further communication from the Executive.

Associated Documents

Meerilinga Policy Manual

•       Coronavirus (COVID-19) Staff Wellbeing Policy

•       Preface – Section 1 – Strategic and Business Planning Policies (Code of Ethics & Conduct)

–          Customer Service, Confidentiality and Privacy Policy

–          Risk Management

–          Strategic Management

•       Section 2 – Human Resources Policies

–          Recruitment and Employment

–          Wellness

•      Section 3 – Finance, Assets and Administration Policies

–          Community Use

–          Fees, Charges, Refunds, Deferred Payment and Waiver Policy and Processes.

–          Financial Management

–          Security and Safety

•      Section 5 – Meerilinga Training College

–          Assessment

–          Enrolment

–          Fees, Charges, Refunds, Deferred Payment and Waiver Policy and Processes.

–          Issuing AQF Qualifications

–          Management of Scope

–          Student Placement Work Experience

–          Validation

•      Section 4 – Branding, Image & Reputation

–          Functions and Events

–          Marketing and Advertising

–          Social Media

–          Media

•      Section 6 – Children’s Program Policies

–          Management of Local Services

–          Enrolment and Orientation

–          Delivery and Collection

–          Relationships and partnerships with Families

–          Children’s Experiences, Learning and Evaluation

–          Relationships and Interactions with Children

–          Incident, Injury, Trauma and First Aid

 

 

–        Health, Hygiene and Infection Control

–        Toileting and Nappy Change

–        Illness and Infectious Disease

–        Medical Conditions

–        Medications

–        Nutrition and Beverages

–        Child Safe Environment

–        Supervision

–        Excursion and Incursion

 

•      Section 7 – Workplace Health and Safety Policies

–        Reporting Accidents and Incidents

–        Workplace Health & Safety

–        Use and Storage of Dangerous Products

 

•      Staying Healthy – Preventing Infectious Diseases in Early Childhood Education and Care Services, 5th Edition.

Records Management
Title Location

Responsible

Officer

Minimum Retention Period
Risk Assessment and Management Plans

CFC

W/Leed

CEO 3 years
CFC Internal Daily Cleaning Schedule CFC Nominated Supervisor 3 years
Accident, Incident, Near Miss Report

CFC

W/Leed

All Employees

Direct Report

3 years
Child Incident Report CFC Nominated Supervisor

Until the child is

25 years old

CFC Daily Checklist CFC Nominated Supervisor 3 years
Notification to Regulatory Authority or Health Department

CFC

W/Leed

Quality Advisor

CEO

3 years

References

Reference

 

Definitions

 

Term Definition

 

Isolation

Separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

 

Quarantine

Separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms.

 

Mapping Policy and Processes

 

 

Education and Care Services National Law  (WA) Act 2012

 

 

 

Section

 

 

 

Division 4 – Suspension or cancellation of Service Approval, Division 5 – Application for Service Waiver, Division 6 – Temporary Waiver, 165, 167, 168, 169, 170,171, 172, 173, 174.

 

 

 

Education and Care Services National Regulations (WA) 2012

 

 

 

Regulations

 

 

 

12, 35, 40, Division 5 – Service Waiver, Division 6 – Temporary Waiver, 55, 56 73, 77, 78, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 117A, B, C, 122, 123, 126,  136, Division 9 – Staff and Educator Records, 155, 156, 157, 158, 162, 165, 168, 170, 171, 172, 173, 175, 176, 177, 180, 181, 183, 185.

 

 

 

 

Standards for RTOs 2015

 

 

 

Vocational Education and Training is a significant contributor to Australia’s economy domestically, being the primary mechanism to meet the skilling needs of the Australian community. The standards give the community confidence that RTOs are delivering quality training and assessment that is highly regarded both locally and overseas.

 

 

 

 

 

Policy Area

 

 

 

National Quality Standards Early Childhood

National Standards for Volunteering Involvement 2015

 

Standards to Community Services

 

Standards to Family Support

 

Children’s Programs

QA 1 – 1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.2, 1.2.1,

1.2.2, 1.2.3, 1.3, 1.3.2, 1.3.3

QA 2 – 2.1, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.2,

2.2.1, 2.2.2, 2.2.3.

QA 3 – 3.1.2, 3.2.3.

QA 4 – 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.2.2.

QA 5 – 5.1.1, 5.1.2, 5.2.1

QA 6 – 6.1, 6.1.2, 6.1.3, 6.2.2.

QA 7 – 7.1, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3,

7.2, 7.2.1, 7.2.3.

     

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