Childcare workers

Childcare workers

Childcare centres

All childcare centres must practise their evacuation procedures regularly. While you know how to evacuate your building, have you thought about what you would do if not just your building but the entire area was affected? With considered planning you can help your staff and children in your care stay safe in an emergency. 

Evacuation plans 

Nominate an evacuation site some distance away in case the entire area needs to be evacuated. Find a facility/space open during the same times as your service, which will allow you to shelter, supervise your children and has toilet facilities. Suitable locations may include:

  • community centres
  • hotels or pubs
  • other childcare centres.

Keep some Go Bags containing useful supplies near the door so they're easy to grab in an evacuation. You could include nappies, water, formula, extra children's clothes, a first-aid kit, handwipes, gloves and a small amount of petty cash.

A bag should also contain an up-to-date list of contact numbers for parents (see 'keep parents informed').

Preparing coloured wristbands with your childcare centre's name and emergency contact details printed and ready in your Go Bag will help you and emergency services easily identify children in your care, especially in large scale evacuations where there are likely to be large crowds of people. 

Emergency buddies

Think about who else nearby may be able to help your centre evacuate. For example, parents who work closely to your centre may agree to be volunteer helpers in an evacuation. A nearby business may also agree to supply 'emergency buddies' to help in an evacuation (subject to relevant working with children police checks).

Keep parents informed

The more parents of the children in your care know about your evacuation plans, the less likely they are to panic during an emergency or when you are required to evacuate. Include information about your evacuation plans in the centre's handbook for parents and issue regular reminders to ensure their contact details are up-to-date.  

Inviting parents to watch an evacuation drill or giving them updates when you do conduct an evacuation drill may also increase their confidence in an emergency.

Last updated: Monday, 10 October 2016