Working in child care centres can be fun and challenging at the same time; challenging in a way that teaching kids requires a lot of skill and patience. When it comes to teaching emergency evacuation procedure in child care centre, there are definite methods that contribute to an effective learning process for children.

To help make a fire drill plan, you must execute the following steps:
 

Plan and Prepare

 

Prepare evacuation kits

 
The success of responding to an emergency is highly influenced by the available tools. Preparing an evacuation kit helps deal with a fire incident with the necessities such as toys, water, nappies, blankets, first aid kit and parent’s numbers.
 

Plan for an assembly area

 
When evacuating to safety, there should only be one meeting place for everyone to take refuge. Decide where all of the children and staff will assemble, where it is away from the building and blocks potential fire.
 

Make exit paths accessible and clear from obstruction

 

child care centre with fire exit sign

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As part of the Building Code of Australia, a child care centre qualifies in practicing basic fire safety practices. Exit routes and signs have to be inspected and approved.
 

Teach the kids

 

Introduce the evacuation process

 

Children love to learn new things so it shouldn’t be daunting to introduce fire evacuation. Start by telling them that if there is fire nearby or in the premises, an alarm is going to sound off. Once it does, they are going to fall in line and evacuate to the designated assembly area.
 

Sound off the alarm

 
Make a short drill to give them the signal on when to evacuate.
 

Make a run-through

 
Do not stop at the first try. Practice an evacuation three times to allow the child to remember it.
 

Inform the parents

 
Parents are also curious on what is being taught at the centre. Aside from the fact that parents should know what their kids are learning, it is equally essential to give them a copy of the evacuation drill. This way, they know where their kids might be in the event of a fire.

What would be a fun learning activity for the children can actually turn into a life-saving event?

Don’t forget to contact us for any questions about the safety of your child care centre.

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