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.

 

 

2020 Policy review update

 

February 2020

Anaphylaxis Policy - Approved FEB 2020

March 2020

Fees Policy - Approved MARCH 2020

Participation of Volunteers and Students Policy - Approved MARCH 2020

Sun Protection – Annual check only

April 2020

Occupational Health and Safety Policy - Approved APRIL 2020

Curriculum Development – Annual check only

Food Safety Policy – Annual check only

Privacy and Confidentiality Policy – Annual check only

May 2020

Administration of First Aid Policy – Approved MAY 2020

Administration of Medication Policy – Approved MAY 2020

Dealing with Medical Conditions Policy – Approved MAY 2020

Information and Communication Technology Policy – Approved MAY 2020

3YO Enrolment Policy  – Approved MAY 2020

Supervision of Children Policy – Annual check only

June 2020

Emergency and Evacuation Policy – Approved JUNE 2020

Nutrition and Active Play Policy – Approved JUNE 2020

Staffing Policy – Approved JUNE 2020

4YO Enrolment Policy – Approved JUNE 2020

July 2020

Acceptance and Refusal of Authorisations Policy – Approved JULY 2020

Asthma Policy – Approved JULY 2020

Governance and Management of the Service Approved July 2020

Relaxation and Sleep – Approved JULY 2020

Excursions & Service Events – Annual check only

Environmental Sustainability Annual check only

August 2020

Hygiene Policy – Approved AUG 2020

Interactions with Children Approved AUG 2020

Dealing with Infectious Diseases– Approved AUG 2020

Delivery and Collection of Children- Approved AUG 2020

Water Safety - Annual check only

September 2020

Code of Conduct – Approved SEPT 2020

October 2020

Incident, Injury, Trauma and Illness – Approved OCT 2020

Complaints and Grievances - Approved OCT 2020

Child Safe Environment  – Approved OCT 2020

Inclusion and Equity - Annual check only 

November 2020

AGM only Tuesday 10th November 2020

December 2020

Diabetes – currently being reviewed

Epilepsy - currently being reviewed

Determining Responsible Person - currently being reviewed

Social Media - currently being reviewed 

If you have any questions relating to any of these policies,

please email vicepresident@bentleighwestkinder.org.au

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.

 

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/)

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Feel free to contact us for more information

21 Patterson Road
Bentleigh, VIC, 3204
PO BOX 4018, PATTERSON 3204

Phone. (03) 9557 8365

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