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                                                                                                      Curdworth Pre-School

Health and Safety Policy


Statement of Intent

The health and safety of children at pre-school is of paramount importance. We ensure that our pre-school is a safe and healthy environment for children, parents, staff, volunteers and visitors to the setting.



Health and safety issues are pointed out to children, parents and staff to minimise hazards and risks in the environment to enable children to thrive.


Risk Assessment

vHazards and risks indoors and outdoors are checked in our activities and procedures. The assessment covers adults and children.

vHighlight area’s that may need attention.

vAn action plan put in place stating the action needed, a timescale, the person responsible for rectifying the problem and any funding that may be required.

vThe room is checked at the beginning of each session for any hazards. 


Insurance Cover

We have public liability insurance and employers’ liability insurance. The certificate is displayed in the Church Hall.


Raising Awareness

vAll staff and volunteers receive an induction giving clear explanations of health and safety issues to enable them to adhere the policies.  The induction includes the employee’s health and safety, lifting and storage of hazardous substances.

vNew parents and children receive full explanations of the health and safety policy in order for them to play a part in the daily routine of pre- school.

vWhen necessary updated training in health and safety is given either through further outdoor training or at regular staff meetings.

vWe have a no smoking policy.

vChildren are constantly reminded of health and safety issues at discussion time in their planned activities and routines for the day.


Children’s Safety

vAll staff have been checked by the Criminal Records Bureau and are registered with Ofsted as childcare workers.  This gives them unsupervised access to the children, including helping them with the toileting routine.  (Parent helpers are not allowed to supervise children in the toilet).

vChildren are supervised by adults at all times. Adults do not supervise children on their own.

vThere are at least two adults present at all times.



vA register of both adults and children is completed daily.

vThe outside door is kept locked at all times.

vThe outside door is unlocked at 12.25, for the collection of children not attending lunch club, the door is then locked and re-opened again at 1pm.  A staff member will stand at the door to prevent any children leaving without the person authorised to collect them.

vAll adults are aware of this security issue and adhere to it.

vThe system prevents any children leaving the premises unaccompanied.



vThe windows are split level, allowing the upper half to be opened to allow ventilation safely.  At all other times the windows are locked.

vAll inside doors are kept open during the session to avoid accidents, children are not allowed to lock the toilet doors and adhere to this.

vFloors are checked for cleanliness and hazards each morning.



vChildren do not have access to the kitchen.  A safety gate ensures this takes place.

vAll surfaces are cleaned daily, before and after use.

vThere are separate facilities for hand washing and washing up.

vAll dangerous materials are kept out of children’s reach.


Electrical Equipment

vAll electrical equipment conforms to safety requirements and is checked regularly.  (The Parish Council are responsible for this)

vThe boiler/meter cupboard is not accessible to children.

vThere are sufficient electrical sockets to prevent overloading.

vLighting and ventilation is adequate for the building.



vAll resources are stored safely for children to select themselves.

vEquipment and resources are all stored safely in cupboards or storage boxes or in the outside lockable sheds.


Outdoor Area

vAdults and children are told of any dangers in the outdoor area.

vAll outdoor activities are supervised at all times.

vWhen going on a nature walk with the children all children will walk behind the first member of staff and in front of the last member of staff in pairs holding hands or with the walking rope.



vOur daily routines encourage children’s personal hygiene.

vThe church hall, kitchen, tables, and toilets are cleaned daily.

vThe cleaning of resources is done weekly or termly dependent on the need.

vThe toilet area offers a high standard of hygiene including hand washing and drying.

vGood hygiene practices are enforced by:

1.Cleaning tables after activities and snack time.

2.Toilets are inspected regularly.

3.Protective gloves and aprons are available when needed.

4.Clean children’s clothes are available for accidents.

5.Tissues are provided.

6.Paper towels are used to avoid the spread of germs.



vAll new and loaned equipment/resources are checked for child suitability.

vThe church hall is set out in such a way that all children and adults can move with freedom around the room.

vEquipment is regularly checked for cleanliness and safety.  The required repairs are carried out or the item is discarded of safely.

vAll materials including paint and glue are non-toxic.

vSand is clean and sieved to ensure its cleanliness.

vPhysical play is supervised by two members of staff at all times.

vChildren are taught how to handle resources safely.

vThe activities we provide enable the children to learn about personal hygiene and the importance of it.


Food and Drink

vAt least one member of staff has a certificate in Food Hygiene and has relayed this information back to other staff members.

vAll food and drink is stored appropriately. (We do not have a fridge so we are limited to our choice).

vHot drinks are kept in the kitchen.

vSnack times are appropriately supervised and children are not allowed to walk around while eating or drinking. 

vFresh drinking water is available at all times.

vWe check all children’s records for any allergies and put these on the register for quick reference.


Outings and Visits

vA risk assessment is carried out before any outdoor visit/trip.

vParent consent forms are signed before any outing takes place.

vOur adult child ratio is high.  One to four for under three’s and one to eight for over three.

vThe children are supervised to ensure no child gets lost and there is no unauthorised access to children.



vAnimals visiting the Pre-School are free from disease, safe to be with children and do not pose a health risk at any time.


Fire safety

vFire doors are clearly marked and access is never obstructed.

vFire fighting equipment conforms to BSEN standard and is checked by the manufacturer.  (The Parish Council are responsible for this).

vOur emergency procedures are clearly displayed in pre-school and are explained to members of staff and visitors to the setting.

vA fire drill procedure is practiced every half term a log is kept within the register.


First Aid and Medication

vAll members of staff are trained in paediatric first aid and have relevant certification for first aid in children.

vOur first aid kit complies with the Health and Safety Regulations.

vFirst aid supplies are regularly checked and necessary replenishment is made.

vThis is easily accessible to adults and kept out of reach of the children.

vAll parents/carers will sign the relevant medication and emergency treatment consent form.


The accident and incident book are kept accessible to all staff and they are

all aware of how to complete the documentation and procedure.  These are reviewed termly to identify any hazards.  Ofsted is notified of any injury requiring medical treatment by a General Practioner of hospital, or the death of a child or adult.

vChildren’s prescribed drugs are clearly labelled and children do not have access to them.

vIf the administration of medication requires medical training the relevant health professional will be contacted.



vOur policy for the exclusion of ill or infectious children is discussed with parents/carers.  This includes emergency contact details if a child becomes ill while at pre-school.


Safety of Adults 

vAdults are given guidance about safe storage, lifting, movement and erection of large equipment.

vAdults are not left in the building on their own.

vThe sickness of staff and their involvement in accidents is recorded in the accident book.  These are reviewed termly as with the children’s.



In accordance with the legal requirements for Day Care, records are kept:

vAdults authorised to collect children from pre-school.

vNames, addresses, telephone numbers, emergency contacts in case of accident or illness.  (All kept confidential).

vAny allergies, dietary requirements etc are noted.

vThe times of attendance of children, staff, volunteers and visitors.

vAccidents and incidents.


In addition to the above the following are also in place:-


vRisk assessment.

vRecord of visitors.

vFire safety procedures.

vAdministration of medication.

vParental consent to administer medication.

vRecord of administration of medication.

vParental consent for emergency treatment.

vAccident record.

vSick children,

vNo smoking.














Policy created October 2004


Reviewed & Updated May 2013