Health and Safety

Food Allergy Week Resources 

Anaphylaxis Guidelines from DoE

These guidelines have been developed by the NSW Department of Education with the assistance of the NSW Ministry of Health and peak stakeholder groups. They have been developed for Education and Care services to assist:

In the management of the health care needs of children in the service who have been identified by a medical practitioner as being at risk of anaphylaxis
in the day-to-day management of the service to reduce the likelihood of exposure to relevant allergens in the development of the service policy and procedures for managing children’s medical conditions

Anaphylaxis Guide PDF>>

Asthma Awareness

The care and wellbeing of children is a priority in all school age care services. Quality school age care services will view the implementation of the appropriate asthma management guidelines and promotion of “Asthma Aware” service provision as a core component of ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all children.

These guidelines cater for the unique environment provided for children in the school age care and have been developed using sector expertise as well as the expertise of asthma experts. The “Asthma Aware” project is the culmination of many years of ongoing collaboration between Network of Community Activities and Sydney
Children’s Hospitals Network – Randwick & Westmead.

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Download the Asthma Checklist >>

Including children with disability in Outside School Hours Care: A Guide

This guide provides information and resources for staff and service providers to support children with disability in outside school hours care (OSHC).

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Guidance for Safe Working Practice in OOSH Centres
All staff, whether paid or voluntary, have a duty to keep young people safe and to protect them from physical and emotional harm. This duty is in part exercised through the development of respectful, caring and professional relationships between staff and children.
Workplace Health and Safety – Overview
This Factsheet provides an overview of Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) and the responsibilities of OOSH services in relation to WHS.
Risk Assessment and Management
This Factsheet provides an overview of Risk Assessment and Management and the responsibilities of OOSH services in relation to this topic.
WHS “Hot Spots” in OOSH
This Factsheet provides an overview of areas (hot spots) that OOSH services need to consider in relation to Workplace Health and Safety.
Balanced Healthy Eating in OOSH
Healthy eating is essential to maintaining good health. Healthy eating and physical activity help children grow, learn and build strong bones and muscles. As a caregiver, OOSH workers have a great opportunity to be a role model of positive behaviour and a healthy lifestyle.
Menu Planning (updated Oct 2015)
This Factsheet provides general information on the benefits of planning the menus in an Outside School Hours Care Service. It includes suggestions for different types of foods to serve, as well as a guide to serve sizes.
Provides information about anaphylaxis and implications for OOSH services. Includes policy guidelines.
Appropriate Physical Contact
There will be times when physical contact with children is necessary at your OOSH Centre, find out what is appropriate.

Health Agency Websites

Grow Me Safely
Kidsafe NSW  has developed ‘grow me safely’  to provide information for educators, parents and carers to engage children in gardening activities. The information provided is supported by injury data and statistics.

Kidsafe NSW recognises the importance of gardening with children to build life skills, inspire creativity, grow and harvest food, role model safe practices and a respect for nature. Gardening with children is promoted in the National Quality Framework for Education and Care Services, and the NSW Primary Syllabus.

Anaphylaxis Australia
The information on this website is designed to help individuals, parents and carers of people living with allergies and it should not take the place of personalised treatment and care.

Diabetes Australia – Diabetes Kids and Teens
Information about diabetes for kids, teens, parents, teachers and carers. If a child at your centre has diabetes you can use the great downloadable resources to help staff and other kids understand what diabetes is and what to do in an emergency.

Epilepsy Action Australia
Information and resources about epilepsy.

Australian Government Health website – Pandemic Resources
Much needed link to for current information and downloadable facts sheets (in community languages) on all health issues. An excellent lots of downloadable resources for those wishing to meet high quality 6.3 in the OSHCQA system. Includes factsheets and posters on topics such as hand washing, cough etiquette and infection control.