and Safety Policy
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
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.
and risks indoors and outdoors are checked in our activities and procedures.
The assessment covers adults and children.
area’s that may need attention.
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.
room is checked at the beginning of each session for any hazards.
We have public liability insurance and employers’
liability insurance. The certificate is displayed in the Church Hall.
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.
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.
necessary updated training in health and safety is given either through further
outdoor training or at regular staff meetings.
a no smoking policy.
are constantly reminded of health and safety issues at discussion time in their
planned activities and routines for the day.
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).
are supervised by adults at all times. Adults do not supervise children on
are at least two adults present at all times.
register of both adults and children is completed daily.
outside door is kept locked at all times.
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.
adults are aware of this security issue and adhere to it.
system prevents any children leaving the premises unaccompanied.
windows are split level, allowing the upper half to be opened to allow
ventilation safely. At all other times
the windows are locked.
inside doors are kept open during the session to avoid accidents, children are
not allowed to lock the toilet doors and adhere to this.
are checked for cleanliness and hazards each morning.
do not have access to the kitchen. A
safety gate ensures this takes place.
surfaces are cleaned daily, before and after use.
are separate facilities for hand washing and washing up.
dangerous materials are kept out of children’s reach.
electrical equipment conforms to safety requirements and is checked
regularly. (The Parish Council are
responsible for this)
boiler/meter cupboard is not accessible to children.
are sufficient electrical sockets to prevent overloading.
and ventilation is adequate for the building.
resources are stored safely for children to select themselves.
and resources are all stored safely in cupboards or storage boxes or in the
outside lockable sheds.
and children are told of any dangers in the outdoor area.
outdoor activities are supervised at all times.
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.
daily routines encourage children’s personal hygiene.
church hall, kitchen, tables, and toilets are cleaned daily.
cleaning of resources is done weekly or termly dependent on the need.
toilet area offers a high standard of hygiene including hand washing and
hygiene practices are enforced by:
tables after activities and snack time.
are inspected regularly.
gloves and aprons are available when needed.
children’s clothes are available for accidents.
towels are used to avoid the spread of germs.
new and loaned equipment/resources are checked for child suitability.
church hall is set out in such a way that all children and adults can move with
freedom around the room.
is regularly checked for cleanliness and safety. The required repairs are carried out or the
item is discarded of safely.
materials including paint and glue are non-toxic.
is clean and sieved to ensure its cleanliness.
play is supervised by two members of staff at all times.
are taught how to handle resources safely.
activities we provide enable the children to learn about personal hygiene and
the importance of it.
least one member of staff has a certificate in Food Hygiene and has relayed
this information back to other staff members.
food and drink is stored appropriately. (We do not have a fridge so we are
limited to our choice).
are kept in the kitchen.
times are appropriately supervised and children are not allowed to walk around
while eating or drinking.
drinking water is available at all times.
check all children’s records for any allergies and put these on the register
for quick reference.
assessment is carried out before any outdoor visit/trip.
consent forms are signed before any outing takes place.
adult child ratio is high. One to four
for under three’s and one to eight for over three.
children are supervised to ensure no child gets lost and there is no
unauthorised access to children.
visiting the Pre-School are free from disease, safe to be with children and do
not pose a health risk at any time.
doors are clearly marked and access is never obstructed.
fighting equipment conforms to BSEN standard and is checked by the
manufacturer. (The Parish Council are
responsible for this).
emergency procedures are clearly displayed in pre-school and are explained to
members of staff and visitors to the setting.
drill procedure is practiced every half term a log is kept within the register.
Aid and Medication
members of staff are trained in paediatric first aid and have relevant
certification for first aid in children.
first aid kit complies with the Health and Safety Regulations.
aid supplies are regularly checked and necessary replenishment is made.
is easily accessible to adults and kept out of reach of the children.
parents/carers will sign the relevant medication and emergency treatment
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.
prescribed drugs are clearly labelled and children do not have access to them.
administration of medication requires medical training the relevant health
professional will be contacted.
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.
are given guidance about safe storage, lifting, movement and erection of large
are not left in the building on their own.
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:
authorised to collect children from pre-school.
addresses, telephone numbers, emergency contacts in case of accident or
illness. (All kept confidential).
allergies, dietary requirements etc are noted.
times of attendance of children, staff, volunteers and visitors.
In addition to the above the following are also in
consent to administer medication.
of administration of medication.
consent for emergency treatment.
Policy created October 2004
Reviewed & Updated May 2013