Policies

Our policies cover all mandatory and best practice areas related to the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care (NQF).

Our policies also now reflect the Child Safe Standards across various policies. These standards guide organisations in promoting the safety of children, preventing abuse and properly responding to any allegations of child abuse.

These policies have been developed based upon information and resources recommended by the peak body Early Learning Association of Australia to assist early services develop and update policies and procedures to meet legislative, regulatory and funding requirements.

At Appletree Hill Preschool, we value family input into decision making and strive to draw upon this input to continuously improve the quality of the centre. We are therefore pleased to invite you to view the preschool’s policies, particularly those that are currently in draft, and provide any feedback or comments via email [email protected] or to the Centre Director on 03 9560 2940.

Further information on the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care (NQF) is also available on the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) website via www.acecqa.gov.au

Please click here for the Policy General Definitions.

Policies Under Review

Families will be notified when new or updated policies are published for review. They will be available for feedback for a minimum of 14 days before becoming current.

Quality AreaViewPolicyTypeLinks to Child Safe StandardsLast ReviewedNext ReviewStatus
1ViewCurriculum DevelopmentBest PracticeSep-22Sep-24Current
1ViewInclusion and EquityBest PracticeMay-22May-24Current
2ViewAcceptance and Refusal of AuthorisationsMandatoryMay-22May-23Current
2View

Administration of First AidMandatoryOct-23Oct-24Current
2ViewAdministration of MedicationBest PracticeMay-22May-24Current
2ViewAnaphylaxis and Allergic ReactionsMandatoryAug-22Aug-23Current
2ViewAsthmaMandatoryMar-23Mar-24Current
2ViewChild Safe Environment and WellbeingMandatoryOct-23Oct-24Current
2ViewDealing with Infectious DiseasesMandatorySep-22Sep-23Current
2ViewDealing with Medical ConditionsMandatoryMar-23Mar-24Current
2ViewDelivery and Collection of ChildrenMandatoryAug-22Aug-23Current
2ViewDiabetesMandatoryMar-23Mar-24Current
2ViewReview PolicyEmergency and EvacuationMandatoryOct-23Oct-24Under Review
2ViewEpilepsy and SeizuresBest PracticeMar-23Mar-24Current
2ViewReview PolicyeSafety for ChildrenBest PracticeNov-23Nov-25Under Review
2ViewExcursions and Service EventsMandatoryMar-23Mar-24Current
2ViewFamily Violence SupportMandatoryMay-22May-23Current
2ViewFood SafetyBest PracticeNov-22Nov-24Current
2View
HygieneBest PracticeNov-22Nov-24Current
2ViewIncident, Injury, Trauma and IllnessMandatoryMay-22May-23Current
2ViewMental Health and WellbeingBest PracticeJun-22Jun-24Current
2ViewNutrition, Oral Health and Active PlayMandatoryMay-22May-23Current
2ViewReview PolicySleep and RestMandatoryNov-23Nov-24Under Review
2ViewRoad Safety Education and Safe Road TransportMandatoryMay-22May-23Current
2ViewSun ProtectionMandatorySep-22Sep-23Current
2ViewSupervision of ChildrenBest PracticeMay-22May-24Current
2ViewTobacco, E- Cigarettes, Alcohol and other DrugsBest PracticeFeb-23Feb-25Current
2ViewWater SafetyMandatoryFeb-23Feb-25Current
3ViewEnvironmental SustainabilityBest PracticeFeb-23Feb-25Current
3ViewOccupational Health and SafetyMandatoryMay-22May-23Current
4ViewCode of ConductMandatoryAug-22Aug-24Current
4ViewDetermining Responsible PersonMandatoryMay-22May-23Current
4ViewReview PolicyParticipation of Volunteers and StudentsMandatoryOct-23Oct-24Under Review
4View
StaffingMandatoryMar-23Mar-24Current
5ViewInteractions with ChildrenMandatoryMay-22May-23Current
6ViewReview PolicyEnrolment and OrientationMandatoryOct-23Oct-24Under Review
7View
Compliments and ComplaintsMandatoryApr-24Apr-25Current
7ViewFree Kindergarten FeesMandatoryMar-23Mar-24Current
7ViewGovernance and Management of the ServiceMandatoryMay-22May-23Current
7ViewInformation Communication TechnologyBest PracticeApr-24Apr-26Current
7ViewMandatory COVID-19 VaccinationMandatoryJul-22Jul-23Current
7ViewOccupational Violence and AggressionMandatoryApr-24Mar-25Current
7ViewPrivacy and ConfidentialityMandatoryMay-22May-23Current
7ViewWhistleblowerMandatoryApr-24Apr-25Current
ViewEducational ProgramMar-23Current
2ViewSafe Arrival of ChildrenNov-23Under Review
7ViewStaff RecruitmentBest PracticeApr-24Apr-26Current
7ViewStaff Grievances and Dispute ResolutionBest PracticeApr-24Apr-26Current

Child Safe Standards

All organisations in Victoria that provide services or facilities for children or young people are
required to comply with Child Safe Standards. These Standards guide organisations in
promoting the safety of children, preventing abuse and properly responding to any allegations
of child abuse.

There are 11 Child Safe Standards:

Standard 1: Culturally safe environments – Establish a culturally safe environment in
which the diverse and unique identities and experiences of Aboriginal children and
young people are respected and valued.

Standard 2: Leadership, governance and culture – Ensure that child safety and wellbeing
are embedded in school leadership, governance and culture.

Standard 3: Child and student empowerment – Children and young people are
empowered about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken
seriously.

Standard 4: Family engagement – Families and communities are informed and involved
in promoting child safety and wellbeing.

Standard 5: Diversity and equity – Equity is upheld and diverse needs are respected in
policy and practice.

Standard 6: Suitable staff and volunteers – People working with children and young
people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in
practice.

Standard 7: Child-focused complaints processes – Ensure that processes for complaints
and concerns are child focused.

Standard 8: Child safety knowledge, skills and awareness – Staff and volunteers are
equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people
safe through ongoing education and training.

Standard 9: Physical and online environments – Physical and online environments
promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young
people to be harmed.

Standard 10: Review of child safety practices – Implementation of the Child Safe
Standards is regularly reviewed and improved.

Standard 11: Implementation of child safety practices – Policies and procedures that
document how schools are safe for children, young people and students.

If you would like to know more about the child safe standards and read them in full:

Child Safe Standards, Commission for Young People and Children
https://ccyp.vic.gov.au/child-safe-standards/the -11-child-safe-standards/