Do you know what to do in an emergency? Can you step in and take action if your children are in trouble, or support their other parent in an emergency? What are the things you need to do? What is your emergency child care plan?
This information plan will help you list the important contacts you may need. Tear it out and keep it within reach. Make sure you keep it up to date.
Make a plan
You can also use this plan to:
- help if their other parent is held up through work/transport/car problems
- solve unexpected problems — broken glasses, forgotten sports shoes, homework mislaid etc.
- find out information about your child in case of a medical emergency
- Involve their other parent
- Swap some of the important numbers with their other parent or carers of your children. Show them your list first and ask for their input. They may like a copy for their own use.
Involve your kids in preparing the plan
Explain to your children why you have put together this information. Involving them will help you find out more about their activities and day-to-day life. They will also realise how much you care about them.
How to stay prepared
- If you can, give your numbers to the school or child care centre as an emergency
- Give your child a card with your phone numbers on it for their diary or wallet.
- Make sure they have emergency phone money or a phone card.
- Organise something like a ‘Homelink’® phone service.
- If they are old enough, think about a mobile phone with restricted dial-out access.
Don’t forget to include your child on your Medicare card!
To contact CSA call 131 272 or visit the website www.csa.gov.au
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