Emergency Planning, Management, Response and Recovery

The resources and templates contained on this page are designed and intended for early childhood education and care (ECEC) services, such as long day cares, family day cares, preschools, outside school hours care (OSHC) and occasional care.

Good emergency and incident management ensures the health and safety of children, families and staff in ECEC services. The information and resources provided are designed to assist you to identify, plan, prepare, respond and recover from emergencies at your service.


The following information and resources can help your service:

  • improve risk assessments
  • engage relevant stakeholders/authorities
  • understand emergency response plans and evacuation floor plans (evacuation diagrams)
  • clarify staff roles and responsibilities
  • rehearse different emergency responses, including full evacuations, lockdowns and shelter-in-place
  • improve communication before, during and after an emergency
  • develop and maintain your emergency plans and procedures
  • become bushfire ready and keep your service premise safe.

Note: our resources are intended to enhance rather than replace your existing emergency plans and procedures.


  • Early childhood education


  • Governance
  • Health, safety and wellbeing

Business Unit:

  • Early Childhood Outcomes
  • NSW ECEC Regulatory Authority
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