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Policy Guide, Templates & Checklists

Hazard Identification and Safety Management Daily Checklist

References: ECE regulatory framework HS12; Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

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The buildings inside and out, play and all other structures, garden and grounds will be inspected daily. This checklist is to assist in conducting and recording the daily inspection. Care should be taken to check for risks that may have arisen overnight and where safety may have been affected since the last check.

When using the checklist keep in mind the individual situation of your service, its buildings, grounds, ages and needs of children and adults

  1. Checklist to be done and signed off on a daily basis. Tick if safe. Cross if needing attention. Add comments on urgency of maintenance and how the risk is being dealt with.
  2. Keep all completed checklists in a folder or H&S document box.



The checklist is available below in online form. A link to a pdf copy is provided. To download and print off a copy, click on the pdf link.  

At the end of this page is a list of further resources and information specific to different safety questions you may have. Also we recommend that you read the Worksafe NZ information on "Managing strangulation hazards on play equipment

The checklist covers regulatory requirements and also reflects recent cases of child harm and accidents that have occurred. Examples include: severe burns to a child at a childcare centre from being bathed in boiling water (a failure of management for not ensuring water temperature was not correctly set and checked before use); the trampoline death of a 1 year old in home-based ECE; a rotten tree falling on toddlers in windy conditions at a childcare centre, a gate falling off its hinges at a preschool, several cases of children escaping from a kindergarten associations childcare centre due in part to problems with staff supervision.

There can be some things in the environment that can cause discomfort and harm but are not seen as a hazard. For examples, prickles don't really cause 'injury' so therefore are not a hazard. However, why would any any early childhood service leave a prickly lawn - onheunga weed and not daily check for other prickles that pop up - resulting in children learning to avoid going into the area and not crawling, walking, or sitting on the lawn? 

The checklist is copyrighted and is for the use of ECE service members only to assist in conducting and recording the daily safety check of their ECE service environment. The checklist should not be distributed, reprinted, shared with non-members or used in any other way other than that in which it is intended.

Latest update: 31 January 2018



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