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Greyscale           EARLY CHILDHOOD ON STAFFORD

                         CRISIS INTERVENTION POLICY

Desirable and Objectives and Practice Reference:   5a,   11b,

Education [Early Childhood Centres] Regulations 2008: Subpart 2, 46 1d,46 2,45 1a (ii),46c (i) (ii) (iii)

Rationale

Early Childhood on Stafford acknowledges that all children, parents/guardians, and teachers have the right to an environment which keeps them free from physical and emotional harm.

Objectives

[a]       To provide for the safety and welfare of all service users

[b]       To identify the steps to be taken by staff in a crisis situation

Steps to be taken in the advent of an emergency

The protection and safety of all concerned must be the first consideration

       staff must attend to their personal safety before others.

  • The predetermined safe area for all children and staff will be the under 2 room
  • On implementing all evacuation procedures it is recommended that staff take the parents phone number directory, sign in register and cell phone.

  • Staff need to have formulated an agreed procedure that will keep themselves and children safe should an external evacuation not be appropriate e.g. threatening person in the grounds.

  • On all crisis occasions, the staff will inform the Directors of Early Childhood on Stafford who will then co-ordinate the management of the event.

  • You will see regular fire and earthquake drills taking place with their procedures displayed in the Centre.
  • You will be asked to confirm contact information regularly.
  • All staff will be familiar with procedures and will be able to name alternative evacuation site.

STEPS TO BE TAKEN IN THE ADVENT OF AN EMERGENCY

1.         FIRE/Earthquake

            [a]      Evacuate Building as per stated evacuation procedure

2         SUBSTANCE/NOXIOUS WEEDS CONTACT:

            [a]      Assess situation - seize and/or isolate containers/ packets/ plant for                                     identification.

            [b]      Dial 111, call Ambulance (if appropriate)

            [c]      Identify child/children involved - separate from others.

                        [Refer exclusion procedure in Child Health Policy]

            [d]      Staff member to remain with child/children involved at all times.

   [e]      Notify Directors Early Childhood on Stafford for support and placement

               of  extra staff if they are not present.

3.        BOMB SCARE      

   [a]      In the case of unidentified parcel/object, evacuate the Centre. One teacher to 

              remove parents phone number directory, sign in register and cell phone on

              leaving the building.

            [b]      Once outside, notify the police.

Note:     In the case of a telephone call to say a bomb is on the premises, evacuate the 

              Centre as in the above procedures. If the caller gives any information pass this

              on to the Police.

4.        HOSTAGE SITUATION:

            [a]      Stay calm, obey all instructions from the person involved, care for children.

   [b]      If able, gather children and leave the scene.  This step should be taken only if 

              it does not jeopardize those remaining. Notify the Police.

5.        KIDNAPPING/ABDUCTION:

[a]      If teacher witnesses incident, record person description, car, license plate

           number. Note time, number of children involved.

[b]      Bring all children inside and secure area as in predetermined plan.

[c]      Contact Police. Do full roll count, then notify the Directors Early Childhood on

            Stafford if not present

[d]      Police to contact parent/caregiver.

[e]      If a child/children notifies the teacher that a child has been taken against their

           will, in unusual circumstances, separate child/children so they are with a staff

           member. Bring all children inside, secure area and do a full roll count.

[f]      Contact the Police then notify the Directors of Early Childhood on Stafford if not

          present

           

        [g]      Police to contact parent/caregiver.

6.        FIREARMS:

[a]    If a firearm is brought into the centre or grounds, remove all children who can be safely removed to the agreed area of the predetermined plan.

[b]    Parent/Teacher who accompanies children contacts the Police. Do not return to building stay with children. Notify the Directors if they are not on the floor.

        [c]     Staff inside to obey all instructions and try to keep children calm.

7. Pandemic    

Early Childhood on Stafford will follow Ministry of Health guidelines as accessed from Health and Education Ministry website

STEPS TO BE TAKEN FOLLOWING AN EMERGENCY

1.      Ensure all families/whanau of those involved are informed. If we vacate the premises a note will be left on access doors detailing where we have gone to and a message if possible will be left recorded on our telephone.

2.      A written statement is to be prepared by the Directors and is to be hand delivered to parents as they come in to the Centre.

         Note:Those not present at the Centre must also receive a written statement.

3.      Early Childhood on Stafford Directors will co-ordinate the advising the Ministry of Education, Police and Ministry of Social Development as appropriate. The Directors will release a media statement if appropriate -this should be the statement prepared for the Centre community.

4.      Early Childhood on Stafford Directors will ensure ongoing support/counseling is available for all concerned.

5.      A clear written resume of events must be maintained as they occur and stored for

         future  reference.

REFER : Excursion Policy also

            Adopted: October 2013

            Review Date: September 2015

 

CRISIS INTERVENTION POLICY IN ACTION

If this Policy is being implemented effectively, then you should see the following happening in the Centre:

  • You will see regular fire and earthquake drills taking place with their procedures displayed in the Centre.

  • You will be asked to confirm contact information regularly.

  • All staff will be familiar with procedures and will be able to name alternative evacuation site.

Hours

We are open from

7.30am – 5.30pm

Monday to Friday

Phone: 03 470 1029