Health and Safety

Our policy is to provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of work for all our employees and a safe early learning environment in which children learn and are cared for. To develop and promote a strong health and safety culture within the nursery for the benefit of all staff, children and parents we provide information, training and supervision. We also accept our responsibility for the health and safety of other people who may be affected by our activities.

The allocation of duties for safety matters and the particular arrangements which we will make to implement our health and safety procedures are set out within this policy and sufficient resources will be made available to provide a safe environment.

The policy will be kept up to date, particularly as the nursery changes in nature and size and will be revised annually, or as and when required. We therefore welcome any useful comments from members of staff, parents and visitors regarding this policy.

Aims and objectives

The aim of this policy statement is to ensure that all reasonably practical steps are taken to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all persons using the premises.

To achieve this we will actively work towards the following objectives:

  • Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment throughout the nursery including outdoor spaces
  • Establish and maintain safe working practices amongst staff and children
  • Make arrangements for ensuring safety and the minimising of risks to health in connection with the use, handling, storage and transport of hazardous articles and substances
  • Ensure the provision of sufficient information, instruction and supervision to enable all people working in or using the nursery to avoid hazards and contribute positively to their own health and safety and to ensure that staff have access to regular health and safety training
  • Maintain a healthy and safe nursery with safe entry and exit routes
  • Formulate effective procedures for use in case of fire and other emergencies and for evacuating the nursery premises. Practice this procedure on a regular basis to enable the safe and speedy evacuation of the nursery
  • Follow the regulations of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and any other relevant legislation • Maintain a safe working environment for pregnant workers or for workers who have recently given birth, including undertaking appropriate risk assessments
  • Maintain a safe environment for those with special educational needs and disabilities and ensure all areas of the nursery are accessible (wherever practicable)
  • Provide a safe environment for students or trainees to learn in
  • Encourage all staff, visitors and parents to report any unsafe working practices or areas to ensure immediate response by the management.

We believe the risks in the nursery environment to be low and we will maintain the maximum protection for children, staff and parents. The nursery will:

  • Ensure all entrances and exits from the building, including fire exits are clearly identifiable and remain clear at all times
    • Regularly check the premises room by room for structural defects, worn fixtures and fittings or electrical equipment and take the necessary remedial action
    • Ensure that all staff, visitors, parents and children are aware of the fire procedures and regular fire drills are carried out
    • Have the appropriate fire detection and control equipment which is checked regularly to make sure it is in working order
    • Ensure that all members of staff are aware of the procedure to follow in case of accidents for staff, visitors and children
    • Ensure that all members of staff take all reasonable action to control the spread of infectious diseases and wear protective gloves and clothing where appropriate
    • Ensure there are suitable hygienic changing facilities (see infection control policy)
    • Prohibit smoking on the nursery premises
    • Prohibit any contractor from working on the premises without prior discussion with the officer in charge
    • Encourage children to manage risks safely and prohibit running inside the premises unless in designated areas
    • Risk assess all electrical sockets and take appropriate measures to reduce risks where necessary and ensure no trailing wires are left around the nursery
    • Ensure all cleaning materials are placed out of the reach of children and kept in their original containers
    • Wear protective clothing when cooking or serving food
    • Prohibit certain foods that may relate to children’s allergies, e.g. nuts are not allowed in the nursery
    • Follow the allergies and allergic reactions policy for children who have allergies
    • Ensure risk assessments are undertaken on the storage and preparation of food produce within the nursery
    • Familiarise all staff and visitors with the position of the first aid boxes and ensure all know who the appointed first aiders are
    • Provide appropriately stocked first aid boxes and check their contents regularly
    • Ensure children are supervised at all times
    • Ensure no student or volunteer is left unsupervised at any time.

Responsibilities

Responsibility for Health and Safety in the nursery is that of Miss Kaye

The Deputy Nursery Manager will be responsible in her absence.

All employees have the responsibility to co-operate with senior staff and the manager to achieve a healthy and safe nursery and to take reasonable care of themselves and others. Neglect of health and safety regulations/duties will be regarded as a disciplinary matter.

Whenever a member of staff notices a health or safety problem which they are not able to rectify, they must immediately report it to the Nursery Manager or Deputy Manager.

Parents and visitors are requested to report any concerns they may have to the senior member of staff in the area.

At least one member of staff on duty MUST hold a full paediatric and First Aid at Work certificate in the nursery and when on outings.

Health and safety arrangements

  • All staff are responsible for general health and safety in the nursery
    • Risk assessments will be conducted on all areas of the nursery, including rooms, activities, outdoor areas, resources and cleaning equipment
    • These are reviewed at regular intervals and when arrangements change
    • All outings away from the nursery (however short) will include a prior risk assessment – more details are included in our outings policy
    • All equipment, rooms and outdoor areas will be checked thoroughly by staff before children access them or the area. These checks will be recorded and initialled by the staff responsible. Unsafe areas will be made safe/removed from the area by this member of staff to promote the safety of children. If this cannot be achieved the manager will be notified immediately
    • We provide appropriate facilities for all children, staff, parents and visitors to receive a warm welcome and provide for their basic care needs, e.g. easy to access toilet area and fresh drinking water
    • The nursery will adhere to the Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulation (COSHH) to ensure all children, staff, parents and visitors are safe around any chemicals we may use on the premises
    • All staff and students will receive appropriate training in all areas of health and safety which will include risk assessments, manual handling and fire safety. We may also use benefit risk assessments for particular activities and resources for children
    • We have a clear accident and first aid policy to follow in the case of any person in the nursery suffering injury from an accident or incident
    • We have a clear fire safety policy and procedure which supports the prevention of fire and the safe evacuation of all persons in the nursery. This is to be shared with all staff, students, parents and visitors to the nursery
    • We review accident and incident records to identify any patterns/hazardous areas
    • All health and safety matters are reviewed informally on an ongoing basis and formally every six months or when something changes. Staff and parents will receive these updates, as with all policy changes, as and when they happen
    • Staff and parents are able to contribute to any policy through the suggestion scheme and during the regular meetings held at nursery.