Emergency Planning workshops

Emergency Planning workshops

Young children are particularly vulnerable during emergencies. Planning and preparing for potential emergencies at your service will ensure that educators and staff are equipped with the knowledge to respond effectively when required.

The type, location, premises and size of each service is unique and each service’s emergency planning and procedures should be relevant and specific for that service.

The NSW Department of Education is committed to assisting services by providing information and education on what risks may be applicable to them and how they can prepare.

Based on sector feedback from the 2018 September Roadshows, the department will deliver a series of Emergency Preparedness Workshops to support education and care services across NSW.

The department is running five free, full day workshops to provide opportunity to assist your service:

  • enhance its existing emergency response plans
  • share its own experiences and learn from other services’ experiences
  • deepen its understanding of support and resources available in the community and NSW.

These interactive workshops will focus on key aspects of emergency planning and include practical guidance on:

  • improving risk assessments and engaging other relevant stakeholders/authorities
  • emergency response plans and evacuation diagrams
  • staff roles and responsibilities
  • rehearsing different emergency responses including full evacuations, lockdowns and shelter-in-place
  • effective communication before, during and after an emergency.

The workshops also include a post workshop evaluation and check-up phone call to further assist services in achieving their incident and emergency management goals.

Workshop Outcomes

Following the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Link their risk assessment to emergency responses
  • Improve evidence of compliance with Regulation 97, 98 and 168 of the Education and Care Services National  Regulations and Element 2.2.2 of Quality Area 2 of the National Quality Standard
  • Make practical improvements to existing plans
  • Understand where to seek additional assistance, including options to network with local and state emergency services
  • Improve responses to potential emergencies
  • Provide practical guidance and raise awareness with parents and families on your service’s emergency plans and procedures

Who should attend?

This workshop is open to all education and care services. Approved providers, directors and management, family day care co-ordinators, nominated supervisors, educators and any staff involved in the development of your service’s emergency planning are encouraged to attend.


Free additional online resources, guidance material and easy to use templates will be available to all services regardless of whether you can attend the workshop. These will be made available via EC Extra later in the year.

Workshop Dates and Locations


Date and Time



8 October, 9:30am – 4pm

Room 1.01, Level 1, 105 Phillip Street, Parramatta


16 October, 9:30am – 4pm

The Albury SS&A Club, 570-582 Olive Street, Albury


29 October, 9:30am – 4pm

Savanah Function Centre, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Obley Road, Dubbo

Coffs Harbour

4 November, 9:30am – 4pm

Breakfree Aanuka Beach, 11 Firman Drive, Coffs Harbour

Sydney CBD

6 November, 9:30am – 4pm

Legacy House, 47 York St, Sydney

Registrations and Further Information

An email invitation will be sent in September to all services with further information and how to register for the workshops.



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