Excursions and Outings

FDC Educators on an Excursion

Excursion / Outing Risk Management Plan

This needs to be submitted to the Family Day Care Co-ordination unit/office 7 to 14 days prior to the excursion date.

Review the information below from the Department of Education and Training regarding your obligations for reporting.

(From the Australian Government, Department of Education and Training Factsheet Obligations and expectations of Family Day Care educators ) Oct 2013 - Updates Feb 2016

EDUCATION AND CARE SERVICES NATIONAL REGULATIONS - REG 102

Authorisation for excursions

(1) The approved provider of an education and care service must ensure that a child being educated and cared for by the service is not taken outside the education and care service premises on an excursion unless written authorisation has been provided under subregulation (4). Penalty: $1000.

(2) The nominated supervisor of an education and care service must ensure that a child being educated and cared for by the service is not taken outside the education and care service premises on an excursion unless written authorisation has been provided under subregulation (4) Penalty: $1000.

(3) A family day care educator must ensure that a child who is being educated and cared for by the educator as part of a family day care service is not taken outside the residence or approved family day care venue on an excursion unless written authorisation has been provided under subregulation (4).  Penalty: $1000.

(4) The authorisation must be given by a parent or other person named in the child’s enrolment record as having authority to authorise the taking of the child outside the education and care sevice premises by an educator and must state:

(a) the child’s name; and

(b) the reason the child is to be taken outside the premises; and

(c) the date the child is to be taken on the excursion (unless the authorisation is for a regular outing); and

(d) a description of the proposed destination for the excursion; and

(e) the method of transport to be used for the excursion; and

(f) the proposed activities to be undertaken by the child during the excursion; and

(g) the period the child will be away from the premises; and

(h) the anticipated number of children likely to be attending the excursion; and

(i) the anticipated ratio of educators attending the excursion to the anticipated number of children attending the excursion; and

(j) the anticipated number of staff members and any other adults who will accompany and supervise the children on the excursion; and

(k) that a risk assessment has been prepared and is available at the service.

(5) If the excursion is a regular outing, the authorisation is only required to be obtained once in a 12 month period.