2.2.2 Incident and emergency management.


Plans to effectively manage incidents and emergencies are developed in consultation with relevant authorities, practised and implemented.

Go through the checklist and be honest so your Educational Leader and Nominated Supervisor know how to help you be the best.

E = Embedded, yes, I do that ALL the time.
K = We know we need to do that, but we don’t do
it all the time.
T = Please teach me how to do it or improve my understanding of why we need to do it.

Emergency Practices Edu 1
Exit doors are always clear of obstructions/objects
Exit doors are unlocked when service is open
Evacuation procedures are rehearsed at least once every three months on different days and at different times
Rehearsals for all potential emergencies (eg lockdown) are rehearsed at least once every three months on different days and at different times
Incident, Injury, Trauma and Illness Records are completed for children that have suffered an injury or trauma during emergency
Practices in Emergency (Rehearsals)
Attendance records (children, staff and visitors) are collected and checked to ensure everyone is accounted for
All areas of service checked eg bathroom, toilet, cot room
The emergency kit is collected and contains everything required
The emergency kit is fully stocked
There is a charged mobile phone with credit
Educators contribute to evaluation of rehearsal

A lot of centres don’t understand they have to do a risk assessment for ALL potential emergencies or what those emergencies could be.

Please ensure you discuss and identify if these are appropriate for your room and service. Remember whole service emergency practice are required, but what happens if the emergency starts in your room?

  • Bushfire
  • Intruder
  • Grassfire
  • Building Fire
  • Severe Weather Event
  • River Flooding
  • Earthquake
  • Bomb/ Substance Threat
  • Pandemic
  • Hazardous Substance Release (Inside and Outside Facility Grounds)
  • Angry Parent Threatening or Abusing Educators
  • Child Meltdown
  • Child Leaving the Service by Themselves
  • Snake in the Room
  • Car smashing into service or playground trapping children
  • Educator on Drugs Having Psychotic Episode
  • Child brings hand gun to centre in bag and gets it out
  • Alien Invasion (just checking to see if you are reading).

Looking at your list of emergencies, how would you connect and learn from your local community? For example, Alice’s mum is an ambulance officer. She has assisted the educators thinking about different ways to deal with emergencies from her experience. Every visit from the emergency services to your centre gives you the opportunity to talk to and discuss how to deal with emergencies and this needs to be documented.

Document how you would connect to the families to learn more about dealing with emergencies.


Exceeding Theme Core

Managers develop partnerships with key emergency service organisations and ensure emergency plans are practised regularly. All educators actively engage with families about their safety concerns, and critically reflect individually and as a team on emergency management practices, taking into account responses to past incidents and advice from recognised authorities, making identified changes to improve safety outcomes.

Where is your practice compared to the above statement?