Bushfire season is underway

Bushfire season is underway

In our sunburnt country with the bushfire season beginning from October, ECE services must consider their preparedness for an emergency, as well as evacuation procedures.

The National Law requires early childhood education services to ensure that every reasonable precaution is taken to protect children from any harm or hazard likely to cause injury, including bush fires.

Approved ECE providers are required to have an emergency and evacuation policy and procedure which includes the following information:

  • risk assessment to identify the potential emergencies relevant to the service
  • instructions for what must be done in the event of any emergency
  • emergency and evacuation procedures and a floor plan

Services in or near bush fire prone areas are encouraged to complete the NSW Rural Fire Service Bush Fire Response Procedure.

To be prepared, services in bush fire prone areas should:

  • ensure that emergency procedures are regularly practiced with staff members and volunteers of the service and children being cared for by the service.
  • prepare specific bush fire response procedures.

For more detailed information on ECE services and bush fires, visit the ECE bush fire page, or contact I&E for further information.



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