(1) Excursions are a valuable experience for children, families and educators and provide the opportunity to expand and enhance children's experiences, explore different environments and engage in meaningful ways with their communities. Yarm Gwanga is committed to providing excursions that ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of children at all times.
(2) For the purposes of clause 168 (2) (g) of the Education and Care Services National Regulations this Guideline is considered to be the policy and procedure.
(3) These Guidelines satisfy the following National Quality Standards:
(4) This Guideline applies to all UNE Representatives, children and families, and all visitors to the Yarm Gwanga services.
(5) This Guideline encompasses all on and off campus excursions and all activities delivered by an external provider at the service.
(6) Yarm Gwanga will take every reasonable precaution to protect children from harm and any hazard likely to cause injury, and will ensure all excursions, or activities delivered by an external provider at the service:
(8) On occasion, family members over the age of 18 years will be requested by an educator, to participate in excursions. If a parent needs to bring their child's sibling because they cannot find suitable care, the siblings will be included in the ratios.
(9) All family members attending an excursion are under the direction of an educator and must not make any decisions relating to their own child or any other child without consulting an educator. Under the direction of an educator, the family member is responsible for:
(10) In accordance with the University's Child Protection Policy Yarm Gwanga will require any family member who participates in an excursion to have a NSW Working with Children Check clearance.
(11) Yarm Gwanga will follow all applicable NSW road rules as well as the Kids and Traffic best practice recommendations for transporting young children safely.
(12) Educators will ensure children obey road rules and cross roads at a crossing or lights where available. Educators will remain vigilant to ensure no child runs ahead or lags behind the group.
(13) All educators, children and other adults in attendance will be informed of the timetable/itinerary, special requirements, safety procedures, grouping of children and responsibilities.
(14) The Guideline Administrator makes these Guidelines.
(15) University Representatives must observe these Guidelines in relation to University matters.
(16) These Guidelines operate as and from the Effective Date.
(17) Previous Policies/Procedures/Guidelines relating to Yarm Gwanga excursions are replaced and have no further operation from the Effective Date of this new Guideline.
(18) Activity - is a provision that is provided for the children by an external person for a particular purpose at the service.
(19) Duty of care - is the responsibility or duty to take reasonable care to avoid acts or omissions that could expose people, for whom there is a responsibility, to a reasonably foreseeable risk of injury. The level of duty of care will vary depending on circumstances.
(20) Effective Date - is the date on which this Guideline is published or on such later day as may be specified in this Guideline.
(21) Excursion - is when the children leaving the service on an outing with a particular purpose.
(22) Guideline Administrator - is the Director UNE Life.
(23) University Representative - means a University employee (casual, fixed term and permanent), contractor, agent, appointee, UNE Council member, adjunct, visiting academic and any other person engaged by the University to undertake some activity for or on behalf of the University. It includes corporations and other bodies falling into one or more of these categories.
(24) Visitor - includes, but is not limited to, students on practical placements, volunteers, community members and persons conducting inspections/audits.
(25) Yarm Gwanga - refers to both the Yarm Gwanga Preschool & Early Education Centre as well as Yarm Gwanga Vacation Care.