Policy Evaluation is an important stage of Bentleigh West Kindergarten’s policy development process.
It enables BWK to review the effects of a policy and identify new issues for consideration. A date for a formal review is set either annually or bi-annually and documented in the policy. This effectively starts the policy cycle again and ensures that it is continually moving. A copy of BWK’s most recent policies can be found published on our website or hard copies can be found in the kindergarten foyer.
Bentleigh West Kindergarten Inc. encourages a collaboration with families when reviewing of policies. Please feel free to provide input or contribute your time to aid in the review process of a particular policy, currently under review.
2023 Policy review update
Inclusion and Equity - Approved March 2023
Anaphylaxis and Allergic Reactions - Approved March 2023
Asthma - Approved March 2023
Food Safety - Approved March 2023
Mental Health and Wellbeing - Approved March 2023
Sun Protection - Approved March 2023
Participation of Volunteers and Students - Approved March 2023
Interactions with Children - Approved March 2023
Educational Program - currently being reviewed (carried over to June)
Child Safe Environment and Wellbeing- Approved May 2023
Delivery and Collection of Children- Approved May 2023
Occupational Health and Safety- Approved May 2023
Compliments and Complaints- Approved May 2023
Occupational Violence and Aggression - New!- Approved May 2023
Privacy and Confidentiality-Approved May 2023
Dealing with Medical Conditions Policy – Approved June 2023
eSafety for Children– Approved June 2023
Emergency and Evacuation Policy – Approved June 2023
Supervision of Children Policy – Approved June 2023
Staffing – Approved June 2023
Enrolment and Orientation - Funded Kindergarten Policy – Approved June 2023
Free Kindergarten Fees – Approved June 2023
Administration of First Aid Policy – Approved June 2023
Administration of Medication Policy – Approved June 2023
Excursions & Service Events – Approved August 2023
Road Safety and Safe Road Transport – Approved August 2023
Relaxation and Sleep – Approved August 2023
Environmental Sustainability – Approved August 2023
Code of Conduct – Approved August 2023
Acceptance and Refusal of Authorisations Policy – Annual check only
Governance and Management of the Service – Annual check only
Mandatory Vaccination – Annual check only
Dealing with Infectious Diseases– Approved August 2023
Water Safety – Approved August 2023
Family Violence Support – Annual check only
Hygiene– Annual check only
Tobacco, Alcohol and other Drugs – Annual check only
Free Kindergarten Fees – Approved September 2023
Incident, Injury, Trauma and Illness – Approved September 2023
AGM only Tuesday 7th November 2023
Diabetes – Currently under review
Epilepsy - Currently under review
Determining Responsible Person - Annual check only
If you have any questions relating to any of these policies,
please email firstname.lastname@example.org
OUR SERVICE POLICIES
Bentleigh West Kindergarten: Statement of commitment to child safety
Our Kindergarten is committed to child safety.
We want children to be safe, happy and empowered, and for their voices to be heard about decisions that affect their lives.
We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers.
Our Kindergarten has a zero tolerance for child abuse. All allegations and safety concerns will be treated seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures.
We have legal and moral obligations to report allegations, safety and wellbeing concerns to authorities, which we follow rigorously.
Our Kindergarten is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks.
We are committed to regularly training and educating our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks. We aim to ensure every person involved in our Kindergarten understands the important and specific role they play, individually and collectively, to ensure the wellbeing and safety of all children is at the forefront of our care and decision-making.
We are committed to the cultural safety of all children including Aboriginal children, children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.
We have specific policies, procedures and training in place that support our leadership team, staff and volunteers to achieve these commitments.
If you believe a child is at immediate risk of abuse, phone 000.
Our Policy Development Process
Bentleigh West Kindergarten’s Policies and procedures are reviewed regularly in order to meet changing needs and comply with legislation. While the National Regulations and the NQS do not specify how often this should occur, BWK has developed a Policy Review Table to provide guidance with timelines. This can be found in the blue folder in the foyer of the Kindergarten, on the parent noticeboard and published on the website. Please note these dates are subject to change.
Bentleigh West Kindergarten aims to have all policies up to date with current research and contemporary views on best practice and support a shared understanding of a service’s practices (NQS Element 7.1.2).
Critical reflection on the effectiveness of current daily and professional practices can assist in determining how current practices might need to be changed, further developed or improved.
As part of our self-assessment process, Bentleigh West Kindergarten must reflect on practice, policies and procedures against all seven Quality Areas of the National Quality Standard and related regulations prior to developing a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP). You can find more information here www.acecqa.gov.au.
This self-assessment process may identify additional policies for review or development to support current practices and plans to improve quality. Questions to consider include:
what regulatory and legislative requirements need to be covered
has an incident occurred, or has a concern, complaint or issue been raised, that has prompted the need for a policy or the review of a policy
is the current practice fair, equitable and effective
have changing circumstances impacted on current policies e.g. has the organisation moved, increased or decreased in size
has there been a change to the service’s model of service delivery or philosophy
is there new legislation, regulation, awards, codes of practice and/or guidelines that will impact on policy, for example the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011
have there been any changes to policy requirements in quality evaluation and improvement systems, such as the new National Quality Standard, and assessment and rating process, or any changes to funding guidelines
what other policies are required for efficient and effective operation?
Policies currently under review
Questions for discussion/consideration about policies currently under review will include:
does the existing policy meet current legislative and regulatory guidelines
when was the policy last evaluated/reviewed
how will any changes impact on children, families, educators, staff and management
what are the advantages and/or disadvantages of the existing policy
does the current policy reflect the: o service’s philosophy, and any amendments
o long-term goals
o operational processes and procedures
o workplace protocols
o work practices
does this policy reflect best practice
what procedures are in place to support the implementation of the policy?
This process of research and analysis will identify components for inclusion in a new policy or those that require amendment in an existing policies.
(Sourced from https://elaa.org.au/)