Quality Area 2 - Children’s health and safety

The Quality Area Children’s health and safety focuses on supporting and promoting children’s health and safety while attending education and care services.

You should expect your child’s service to have policies and procedures in place on healthy eating, children’s safety, dealing with any injury or illness, and preventing harm to children.

Quality Area 2: Standards and elements

Standard 2.1

Each child’s health is promoted.

Element 2.1.1

Each child’s health needs are supported.

Element 2.1.2

Each child’s comfort is provided for and there are appropriate opportunities to meet each child’s need for sleep, rest and relaxation.

Element 2.1.3

Effective hygiene practices are promoted and implemented.

Element 2.1.4

Steps are taken to control the spread of infectious diseases and to manage injuries and illness, in accordance with recognised guidelines.

Standard 2.2

Healthy eating and physical activity are embedded in the program for children.

Element 2.2.1

Healthy eating is promoted and food and drinks provided by the service are nutritious and appropriate for each child.

Element 2.2.2

Physical activity is promoted through planned and spontaneous experiences and is appropriate for each child.

Standard 2.3

Each child is protected.

Element 2.3.1

Children are adequately supervised at all times.

Element 2.3.2

Every reasonable precaution is taken to protect children from harm and any hazard likely to cause injury.

Element 2.3.3

Plans to effectively manage incidents and emergencies are developed in consultation with relevant authorities, practised and implemented.

Element 2.3.4

Educators, co-ordinators and staff members are aware of their roles and responsibilities to respond to every child at risk of abuse or neglect.

A 2016 ACECQA research paper drew on information from the reports of authorised officers and the National Quality Agenda Information Technology System (NQA ITS) to examine how service providers are delivering against the requirements of Quality Area 2.

Read about the other quality areas here.

Additional information about the quality area, standards and elements can be found in the Guide to the National Quality Standard.