8.1

Health and Safety General Standards

Safeguarding and Welfare Requirement: Safety and Suitability of Premises, Environment and Equipment


Providers must take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of children, staff and others on the premises.


Health

The provider must promote the good health of children attending the setting.

Policy Statement


We believe that the health and safety of children is of paramount importance. We make our setting a safe and healthy place for children, parents, staff and volunteers.


  • We aim to make children, parents, staff and volunteers 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.

  • Our member of staff responsible for health and safety is: Helen Young

  • She is competent to carry out these responsibilities.

  • She has undertaken health and safety training and regularly updates her knowledge and understanding.

  • We display the necessary health and safety poster in: the playroom


Insurance cover


We have public liability insurance and employers' liability insurance. The certificate for public liability insurance is displayed in: the cloakroom.


Procedures


Awareness Raising

  • Our induction training for staff and volunteers includes a clear explanation of health and safety issues, so that all adults are able to adhere to our policy and procedures as they understand their shared responsibility for health and safety. The induction training covers matters of employee well-being, including safe lifting and the storage of potentially dangerous substances.

  • We keep records of these induction training sessions and new staff and volunteers are asked to sign the records to confirm that they have taken part.

  • We explain some health and safety issues to the parents of new children, so that they understand the part played by these issues in the daily life of the setting.

  • As necessary, health and safety training is included in the training plans of staff, and health and safety is discussed at our staff meetings when necessary.

  • We operate a no-smoking policy.

  • We make children aware of health and safety issues through discussions, planned activities and routines.


Windows

  • Low level windows are made from materials that prevent accidental breakage or we ensure that they are made safe.

  • We ensure that any blind cords are secured safely and do not pose strangulation risk for young children.


Doors

  • We take precautions to prevent children's fingers from being trapped in doors.


Floors and Walkways

  • All our floor surfaces are checked daily to ensure they are clean and not uneven, wet or damaged. Any wet spills are mopped up immediately.


Electrical/Gas Equipment

  • We ensure that all electrical equipment conforms to safety requirements and is checked regularly.

  • Heaters, wires and leads are properly guarded and we teach the children not to touch them.

  • There are sufficient sockets in our setting to prevent overloading.

  • We ensure that the temperature of hot water is controlled to prevent scalds.

  • Lighting and ventilation is adequate in all areas of our setting, including storage areas.


Storage

  • All our resources and materials, which are used by the children, are stored safely.

  • All our equipment and resources are stored or stacked safely to prevent them accidentally falling or collapsing.


Outdoor area

  • Our outdoor area is securely fenced. All gates and fences are childproof and safe.

  • Our outdoor area is checked for safety and cleared of rubbish, animal droppings and any other unsafe items before it is used.

  • We are aware of the dangers of poisonous plants.

  • Where water can form a pool on equipment, it is emptied and cleaned before children start playing outside.

  • We check that children are suitably attired for the weather conditions and type of outdoor activities; ensuring that suncream is applied and hats are worn during the summer months.

  • We supervise outdoor activities at all times; and particular children on climbing equipment.


Hygiene

  • We seek information from the Public Health England to ensure that we keep up-to-date with the latest recommendations.

  • Our daily routines encourage the children to learn about personal hygiene.

  • The room is cleaned by Peatmoor School cleaners.

  • We have a schedule for cleaning resources and equipment, dressing-up clothes and furnishings.

  • The toilet area has a high standard of hygiene, including hand washing and drying facilities and disposal facilities for nappies.

  • We implement good hygiene practices by:

  • cleaning tables between activities;

  • cleaning and checking toilets regularly;

  • wearing protective clothing - such as aprons and disposable gloves - as appropriate;

  • providing sets of clean clothes;

  • providing tissues and wipes; and

  • ensuring individual use of paper towels.

  • The snack preparation area is cleaned before and after use.


Activities, Resources and Repairs

  • Before purchase or loan, we check equipment and resources to ensure that they are safe for the ages and stages of the children currently attending the setting.

  • We keep a full inventory of all items in the setting for audit and insurance purposes.

  • The layout of our play equipment allows adults and children to move safely and freely between activities.

  • All our equipment is regularly checked for cleanliness and safety, and any dangerous items are repaired or discarded.

  • All our materials, including paint and glue, are non-toxic.

  • We ensure that sand is clean and suitable for children's play.

  • Physical play is constantly supervised.

  • We teach children to handle and store tools safely.

  • We check children who are sleeping regularly.

  • If children fall asleep in-situ, it may be necessary to move or wake them to make sure they are comfortable.

  • Children learn about health, safety and personal hygiene through the activities we provide and the routines we follow.

  • Any faulty equipment is removed from use and is repaired. If it cannot be repaired it is discarded.


Jewellery and Accessories

  • Jewellery worn by children poses a danger; earrings which may get pulled, bracelets which can get caught when climbing or necklaces that may pose a risk of strangulation. Only stud earrings are permitted to be worn.


Safety of Adults

  • We ensure that adults are provided with guidance about the safe storage, movement, lifting and erection of large pieces of equipment.

  • We provide safe equipment for adults to use when they need to reach up to store equipment or to change light bulbs.

  • We ensure that all warning signs are clear and in appropriate languages.

  • We ensure that adults do not remain in the building on their own.

  • We record the sickness of staff and their involvement in accidents. The records are reviewed termly to identify any issues that need to be addressed.


Control of Substances Hazardous to Health

  • Our staff implement the current guidelines of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH).

  • We keep a record of all substances that may be hazardous to health - such as cleaning chemicals, or gardening chemicals if used and where they are stored.

  • Hazardous substances are stored safely away from the children.

  • We keep all cleaning chemicals in their original containers.

  • We keep the chemicals used in the setting to the minimum in order to ensure health and hygiene is maintained. We do not use:

  • bleach;

  • anti-bacterial cleaning agents, except in the toilets, nappy changing area and food preparation areas.

  • Environmental factors are taken into account when purchasing, using and disposing of chemicals.

  • All members of staff are vigilant and use chemicals safely.


Legal Framework

  • Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)

  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999) (2006 amendment)

  • Electricity at Work Regulations (1989)

  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) (2002) (As Amended 2004))

  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations (1992 (As Amended 2004))

  • Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations (1992)


Further Guidance

  • Health and Safety Law: What You Need to Know (HSE Revised 2009)

  • Health and Safety Regulation…A Short Guide (HSE 2003)

  • Electrical Safety and You: A Brief Guide (HSE 2012)

  • Working with Substances Hazardous to Health: What You Need to Know About COSHH (HSE Revised 2009)

  • Getting to Grips with Manual Handling - Frequently Asked Questions: A Short Guide (HSE 2011)

This Policy was adopted by Sparklers Pre-School

Signatory:

Lynn Mcmahon

Role of Signatory:

Pre-School Supervisor

Issue Date:

Under Review

Next Review Date:

Under Review

This Policy was approved by Sparklers Pre-School Committee

Signatory:

Role of Signatory: