Health & Safety
Health and safety policy
Statement of intent
Joeys believes that the health and safety of children is of paramount importance. We make our setting a safe and healthy place for all children, parents, staff and volunteers. We liaise on a regular basis with our early years team for updates to any Ofsted requirements.
We aim to make children, parents and staff aware of health and safety issues and to minimise the hazards and risks to enable the children to thrive in a healthy and safe environment.
The member of staff responsible for health and safety is Katie Smyth Joeys Manager in her absence the designated senior practitioner will deputise.
The manager is competent to carry out these responsibilities and has undertaken health and safety training and regularly updates her knowledge and understanding.
We have public liability insurance and employers’ liability insurance. The certificate for public liability insurance is displayed in the main reception area.
– are supervised at all times;
– are kept away from hot surfaces and hot water; and
– do not have unsupervised access to electrical equipment
All children will have the opportunity to play in the fresh air throughout the day (both in Joeys own outside play area or on outings to parks or other community play spaces). (See outdoor policy)
To prevent the spread of all infection, adults in the group will ensure good hygiene is implemented and promoted by the following good practices:
Cleaning and clearing
The toys and equipment at Joeys provide opportunities for children, with adult help, to develop new skills and concepts in the course of their play and exploration. The equipment we provide:
Food and drink
Staff who prepare and handle food receive appropriate training and understand – and comply with – food safety and hygiene regulations.
In particular Joeys staff will:
Outings and visits
We have agreed procedures for the safe conduct of outings:
See our relevant policy
– Clearly displayed in the premises.
– Explained to new members of staff, volunteers and parents; and any visitors to our setting.
– Fire drills are practised regularly at least once every six weeks but several times to cover all children at different sessions.
First aid and medication
At least one member of staff with current first aid training is on the premises or on an outing at any one time. Joeys does aim to ensure all staff are first aid trained.
The first aid qualification includes first aid training for infants and young children.
A correctly stocked first aid box is available at all times and these are checked regularly to ensure items are replaced and in date
Our first aid kit:
At the time of admission to the setting, parents’ written permission for emergency medical advice or treatment is sought. Parents sign and date their written approval. Parents sign a consent form at registration allowing staff to take their child to the nearest Accident and Emergency unit to be examined, treated or admitted as necessary on the understanding that parents have been informed and are on their way to the hospital.
Our accident records:
Dealing with incidents
We meet our legal requirements for the safety of our employees by complying with RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injury, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations). We report to the Health and Safety Executive:
Information for reporting the incident to Health and Safety Officer is detailed in the Preschool.
Learning Alliance’s publication, Accident Record.
Our Serious Incident Book
We keep a serious incident book for recording incidents including those that that are reportable to the Health and Safety Executive as above.
These incidents include:
In the incident book we record the date and time of the incident, nature of the event, who was affected, what was done about it – or if it was reported to the police, and if so a crime number. Any follow up, or insurance claim made, should also be recorded.
In the unlikely event of a terrorist attack we follow the advice of the emergency services with regard to evacuation, medical aid and contacting children’s families.
Our standard Fire Safety Policy will be followed. The incident is recorded when the threat is averted.
In the unlikely event of a child dying on the premises, for example, through cot death in the case of a baby, or any other means involving an older child, the emergency services are called, and the advice of these services are followed.
The serious incident book is not for recording issues of concern involving a child. This is recorded on a standard incident form and filled in the office.
Administration of medication
See our Medication policy
Safety of adults
Adults Records Kept
Childrens Records Kept
In addition, the following procedures and documentation in relation to health and safety are in place:
Signed on behalf of Milnthorpe Family Centre Directors
Katie Smyth – Joeys Manager Reviewed – January 2017