Series Two: Policy & Compliance || Part One: Updating Policies
Policies and procedures act as a course of action or how an event is to be managed by an organisation.
As per the regulations, there are mandatory policies a service is required to have, as well as policies specific to their context.
In part one of our series on policy and compliance we are going to focus on policy updates.
Policy review and development are crucial for ensuring policies remain relevant and work for your service.
So how does your service consistently implement its policies? How can you keep your policy manual up to date?
Here are some of our tips to keep you in the know:
Keep up to date with changes to the NQF & industry updates via ACECQA’s newsletter
Subscribe to their newsletter HERE
Networking is such a great way to share and gain knowledge from like minded educators. We recommend joining a local OSHC group – if you don’t know of any, ask us! And if there isn’t one – start one!
Follow Asthma Australia on Facebook for latest updates, and best practice tips for your service.
Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia
Follow Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia on Facebook for latest updates, and best practice tips for your service.
Work, Health & Safety Updates
Keep updated on WH&S legislative changes via the WHS authority in your jurisdiction
Department of Education
Stay aware of any changes happening in your jurisdictions Department of Education
OSHC Peak Body
Get in touch with your state or territories peak body! They have a wealth of information and will be able to guide on keeping up to date on sector changes,
Policy Update Calendar
We understand with the amount of work expected of Directors & Coordinators it can be difficult to ensure policies are updated frequently. We recommend starting a policy update calendar. Rather than updating all policies at once, why not spread them out over the year.
- Update 2 or 3 policies per month
- Use these slow changes to educate your staff on these policies. Share the updates with your educators via a staff newsletter, email or meeting
- Update your families on the changes as well via a newsletter, social media or your website!
- This is a great way to ensure everyone is communicated with throughout the process.
Do you have any other suggestions on how to stay updated on industry changes to ensure your policies are current and relevant? Share with us!