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Management, Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor

Applies to:

Staff, children and families


To ensure that Kidz Corner Miramar is fully prepared to deal with any civil defence emergency.

Management and staff’s priority during a civil defence emergency will be the safety and well-being of the children and adults who are present at the centre (Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008; Regulation 46 Health and safety practices standard: general (1)(a),(b),(c),(i)(ii)(iii),(2); Regulation 47 Governance, management and administration standard: general (1)(c),(2).


  1. On enrolment at Kidz Corner all families will receive a copy of our Emergency Evacuation Plans booklet.
  2. Management will ensure that the centre is regularly inspected to identify anything that may be a potential hazard during a civil defence emergency. Hazards identified will be removed or minimised (Criteria HS1 & HS6).
  3. All staff will be trained in and familiar with emergency and evacuation procedures (Criteria HS7).
  4. We assume that following a civil defence emergency we may be required to provide shelter and medical assistance for the children and adults who are present at the centre for up to three days. The following emergency provisions will be available at the centre. Management will ensure that they are checked/changed annually (Criteria HS7).
    • Water
    • Sufficient food for children and adults
    • Torch radio and batteries
    • Extra blankets
    • Disposable nappies
    • First aid kits
    • Any medication required by children and teachers
    • There will also be a storage facility for parents/guardians and teaching staff to have their own emergency provisions pack.
  5. In case of evacuation all children and adults will re-locate to the nearest Civil Defence post for the Peninsular Area, Miramar Community Centre, 27 Chelsea Street, Miramar. Adults will carry 'grab and go bags' which will contain food and emergency supplies.
  6. In the event of an earthquake and tsunami the children and adults will evacuate to Athens Street, Miramar (the nearest highest point nearest the centre) taking the 'grab and go bags' with them. Food and emergency supplies will also be held at a property in Athens Street for children and adults from Kidz Corner.
  7. If possible any change in location will be communicated via a text message, changing the phone message at the centre and a written message at the entrance to the centre.
  8. Management will ensure that Wellington Civil Defence Emergency management office has a copy of the 'Centre Identification' summary sheet (Criteria HS7).
  9. The person delegated as the 'person responsible' for the centre (this will generally be the Supervisor or Assistant Supervisor, see Appendix I) will act as Senior Warden and direct procedures accordingly.
  10. The Senior Warden will delegate staff members to search the building, identify any hazards, and take responsibility for the well-being of the children and adults who have been evacuated.
  11. All staff are to act swiftly, maintain a 'non panic' response and follow directions given by the Senior Warden.
  12. An earthquake drill will be practiced every month and a record kept of the practice. A staff member will shout 'earthquake, earthquake' and all staff and children will assume the turtle position (Appendix II) until the shaking has stopped.
  13. In the under two’s area staff will shepherd children into a position of safety.
  14. Parents of those leaving children at the centre will be required to sign their child in and out on the daily register. If a child is absent for the day parents are required to notify the centre.
  15. The teacher in charge of any excursions out of the centre will record the details of children and adults who leave the centre in the outings book (Criteria HS17). Each teacher will know the location of the register and the outings book.
  16. A client phone list, with emergency contact details, will be kept at the rear of the daily register for emergency purposes. This list will be updated at the beginning of each month.
  17. Parents will advise in writing on their enrolment application the names of those who are authorised to collect their child/children in the event of a civil defence emergency.
  18. Parents will be required to notify the centre of any change in contact or emergency contact details.
  19. Parents will be expected to make collecting their child/children a priority after a civil defence emergency.
  20. Teachers will only allow children to be collected from the Centre or emergency relocation area by their parents or by other adults authorised to do so in writing by the child’s parents (Criteria GMA10). A staff member will be delegated the responsibility of checking of children’s names as they are collected by the authorised adult/s.
  21. When a civil defence emergency occurs, the Person Responsible will delegate a staff member, as soon as practicable, to ensure that each person is tagged with an identification bracelet containing their personal, medical, and next of kin details.

Centre Supervisor:

Assistant Supervisor:

Appendix I


  1. To identify a safe area for children and staff to gather. If possible this will be the childcare centre.
  2. Check the roll to ensure all adults and children are accounted for.
  3. Delegate a staff member to check the building for any missing persons.
  4. Delegate a staff member to check the buildings and grounds for fire, broken glass or other hazards.
  5. Ensure first aid is administered.
  6. Delegate a staff member to 'tag' each child/adult with an identification bracelet.
  7. Delegate a staff member to check the roll as authorised adults collect children.
  8. Liaise with local Civil Defence Wardens regarding evacuation, and if evacuation is necessary take the enrolment folder, emergency management contact details and emergency provisions.
  9. Listen to the radio for information.
  10. Be responsible for the care and well-being of children and staff as long as is necessary.
  11. Arrange for an alternative toilet system if necessary.



The safest response for staff and children in an earthquake situation is the use of the “turtle” safe position. A person in this position has their body tucked up with their knees and forehead on the floor, and their hands covering the back of their neck. This position provides maximum protection for the face, internal organs, and the most important area of the spinal column.

In serious earthquake situations the movement may be too great to allow a child to get under a table or move to a safer location. Tables will themselves move and be too hard for children to hold. The noise in an earthquake may induce panic, meaning that children will try to get to a teacher rather than anywhere else. The “turtle” is easy for a child to do and does not involve instruction.