Although the guidelines cover numerous activities, including subsets of head listings, the list here is not intended to be definitive of all activities that might be offered in DECS educational services. The guidelines include processes for developing safety protocols for other activities and possibly having them included in future updates.
For information about work experience programs, see the following publication:
Workplace Learning — Conditions and Guidelines
Camps & excursions guidelines for schools and preschools: health and safety guidelines for camps, excursions and related sporting and recreational activities. – [Adelaide] : Dept. of Education, Training and Employment , 2000. 142 p.
This edition of Camps & Excursions Guidelines for Schools and Preschools updates and refines the previous edition, which was updated in October 2001. The revised guidelines reflect the ever-expanding array of activities on offer in South Australian schools, preschools and the environment beyond and deal with numerous activities. They acknowledge the increasing recognition of the value of camps and excursions and related sporting and recreational activities in all areas of the curriculum, as described in the South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability framework.
The revised guidelines also respond to the increasing need to ensure attention to occupational health, safety and welfare issues in all of our worksites, as required by the OHS&W Act 1986. For the purposes of that Act, worksites include schools, preschools and any other areas where educational activities take place. In that sense, a camp or excursion venue is considered to be an extension of the worksite. Emphasis is therefore given to important planning considerations impinging on the safe conduct of activities in regard to students/children, teachers and other participants. These include qualifications and experience of leaders, the nature of the student/child group, individual needs such as health care, local terrain and weather conditions, communication facilities and emergency action plans.
The age of children is an important factor in planning for any camp or excursion activity. This publication has been written specifically for children who attend schools and preschools and is not intended to take the place of regulations or national standards in Family Day Care, Centre Based Childcare or Out of School Hours Care services.
These guidelines were originally developed in consultation with many preschool, school, district and state office staff who provided valuable feedback and advice. The guidelines will assist principals, preschool directors and organisers of camps and excursions by providing a structure for planning the safe conduct of activities. This should support and strengthen existing provisions and practices that are in place in schools and preschools. Above all, the emphasis is to facilitate the planning and success of camps and excursions that offer interest, challenge and discovery to both supplement and extend upon day to day classroom and preschool experiences.
I commend the revised Camps & Excursions Guidelines for Schools and Preschools to you.