Sample Policy Templates
Please note: these resources were produced to provide information to families and services in relation to the Child Care Quality Assurance systems which were replaced by the National Quality Framework on 1 January 2012. The information contained in these resources was current as at 15 November 2011. Please see information produced under the National Quality Framework for current recommendations in relation to quality child care.
Using the Policy Templates
The Policy Templates have been designed to be adapted by services. The following list identifies the different types of text in the policy templates:
- All black text represents information the service may decide to print in the final version of the policy.
- The text between these symbols < > indicates information that services may be required to add to the policy which identifies certain procedures, titles, timeframes or legislation. For example: <service name>, <service address>, <date>, <state/territory legislation>, <timeframe>.
- Additional text identified in red indicates:
- Terminology that reflects the service type. For example, family day care schemes may decide to delete the terms 'staff' from staff/carers when referring specifically to carers, while outside school hours care services may delete 'carers'.
- Information that is relevant to the type of service delivery. For example, some text relates specifically to infants which may not be necessary for an outside school hours care service.
- Red bold text defines and explains a policy heading and would be deleted from the final version of the policy. For example:
The rationale represents a statement of reasons that detail why the policy and/or procedures have been developed and are important to the service.
- Suggested ideas and reflective questions. This text is to be deleted from the final version of the policy. For example, in the Sun Protection Policy template the following text appears:
If planning for an excursion that involves swimming (either at a pool or beach setting), the service must consider the style of swimwear and protective clothing children are wearing that reinforces sun protection practices.
This information is a suggested idea and not a policy statement or procedure.
- Internet and website links are shown in blue text and underlined.
Important: Services are not required to complete every section of the policy template if the information is not relevant to their daily practices. However, services must ensure that policies and practices meet the requirements of the relevant CCQA Quality Practices Guide.
Please note: Services may be required to develop additional policies to meet legislative or regulatory obligations. The 'Links to Other Policies' section of each policy template may include examples of other policies. The list is intended as a guide to continued best practice and may not be compulsory for all services.