8.7

Staff Personal Safety

Safety and suitability of premises, environment and equipment: Safety


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

Policy Statement


This setting believes that the health and safety of all staff is of paramount importance and that all staff have the right to work in a safe environment. We support safe working both on and off the premises, acknowledging the needs and diversity of children and their family.


Procedures


General


  • All staff in the building early in the morning, or late in the evening, ensure the front door is locked.

  • The door to the playroom will not be unlocked until 8.30am. If needed to be opened before, only when there are at least two members of staff present.

  • Visitors are generally only allowed access with prior appointments and only admitted once their identity has been verified.

  • Minimal petty cash is kept on the premises.

  • Any money collected from parents for trips, fund raising etc. will be locked away in the filing cabinet.

  • Members of staff make a note in the diary of meetings they are attending, who they are meeting and when they are expected back.

Members of staff will inform the school office if they are to be working on their own in Sparklers room and leave the door into school propped open.

  • If for any reason a member of staff feels threatened in any way while they are in Sparklers room by themselves they will smash the emergency break glass.

  • Supervisors have good liaison with local police and ask for advice on safe practice where there are issues or concerns.


Dealing with agitated parents in the setting


  • If a parent appears to be angry, mentally agitated or possibly hostile, two members of staff will lead the parent away from the children to a less open area, but will not shut the door behind them.

  • If the person is standing, staff will remain standing.

  • Members of staff will try to empathise and ensure that the language they use can be easily understood.

  • Staff will speak in low, even tones, below the voice level of the parent.

  • Members of staff will make it clear that they want to listen and seek solutions.

  • If the person makes threats and continues to be angry, members of staff make it clear that they will be unable to discuss the issue until the person stops shouting or being abusive, while avoiding potentially inflammatory expressions such as ‘calm down’ or ‘be reasonable’.

  • If threats or abuse continues, members of staff will explain that the police will be called and emphasise the inappropriateness of such behaviour in front of children.

  • After the event, details are recorded in the child’s personal file together with any decisions made with the parents to rectify the situation and any correspondence regarding the incident.

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:

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