Serious Occurrence Policy

Kids Come First is licenced by and accountable to Ministry of Education (MED) and is required to ensure that Kids Come First is consistent with regard to implementing legislation, regulations and MED policies including reporting of any serious occurrences with children. In the event of a serious occurrence, as defined in the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA), Kids Come First is required to follow expected steps to report any serious occurrence which may affect the health, safety and well-being of children on the premises.

A serious occurrence is defined under the CCEYA as: a) the death of a child who receives child care at a licensed home premises or child care centre; b) abuse, neglect or an allegation of abuse or neglect of a child while receiving child care at a home premises or child care centre; c) a life-threatening injury to or a life-threatening illness of a child who receives child care at a home premises or child care centre; d) an incident where a child who is receiving child care at a home premise or child care centre goes missing or is temporarily unsupervised, or e) an unplanned disruption of the normal operations of a home child care premises or child care centre that poses a risk to the health, safety or wellbeing of children receiving care at a home child care premises or child care centre. CCEYA 2016

All serious occurrences are reported to the parent and the Ministry of Education within the required time lines.

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that there are provisions in place to deal with any serious occurrence which may affect the health and safety and well-being of children. The Childcare and Early Years Act (CCEYA) includes procedures to be followed to ensure that these incidents are reported to the Ministry of Education, tracked and followed up on.