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Health & Safety

I believes that the health and safety of children is of paramount importance. 
  • I aim to make children, parents and visitors 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.

Insurance cover
I have public liability insurance.  The certificate for public liability insurance is displayed in my entrance.

Procedures

Awareness raising & identifying hazards. 

  • Health and safety issues are explained to the parents of new children so that they understand the part played by these issues in the daily life of the setting.
  • My house has been carefully checked by Ofsted on each inspection and I carry out my own regular checks.
  • I operate a no smoking policy.
  • Children are made aware of health and safety issues through discussions, planned activities and routines. 
  • Experts are employed to undertake any work which requires electrical / maintenance work.
  • Any hazardous / cleaning materials are kept in storage out of reach.
  • I keep all cleaning chemicals in their original containers.
  • I report hazards or accident from outside my settings to the relevant authorities. 
  • My Health and Safety records and near-miss incidents are kept at the back of my register book and can be view by parents and visitors on request. 
  • Parents and visitors should free to point out to me any hazards or concerns. Concerns or suggestions can be written at the back of my register book.
  • All accident are recorded in the accident book signed by witness and parents.

Floors

  • All floor surfaces are checked daily.

Electrical/gas equipment

  • All electrical/gas equipment conforms to safety requirements and is checked regularly.
  • Electric sockets, wires and leads are properly guarded and the children are taught not to touch them.
  • There are sufficient sockets to prevent overloading.
  • The temperature of hot water is controlled to prevent scalds.
  • Lighting and ventilation is adequate in all areas including storage areas.

Storage

  • All resources and materials from which children select are stored safely.
  • All equipment and resources are stored or stacked safely to prevent them accidentally falling or collapsing.

Outdoor area

  • My gardens are securely fenced.
  • Our outdoor area is checked for safety and cleared of rubbish before it is used.
  • Adults and children are alerted to the dangers of poisonous plants, herbicides and pesticides.
  • Where water can form a pool on equipment, it is emptied before children start playing outside.
  • My outdoor sand pit is covered when not in use and is cleaned regularly.
  • All outdoor activities are supervised at all times.
  • Older children have opportunities to discuss the house-rules, sometime adapt them according to the needs of all of the children and my capacity to supervise. (example for an unwritten rule on the back road: with the bike you are allowed to go up to the lamp post but toddlers have to stay with me up to that lamp post)

Outings

  • For outings I assess the risks and I encourage the children to be safety minded.
  • I make sure the children are appropriately dressed for the outing and that I have with me the essentials (money, nappies, wipes, keys, phone, drinks...)
  • I have high visibility jackets for all the children and myself, we wear them in places like Valley Gardens, Harewood House, big walk... 
  • For visit to public places like a farm where I may not be able to go prior to the visit with the children I may ask for them to give me their own Risk Assessment.
  • I phone 0800 57 3553 if a water leak presents a danger (the water can freeze & present risks of slippage) 
  • I contact North Yorkshire if a drain cover is missing or if the hedges are so overgrown we have to walk on the road on my school route or any path I use with the children. 
  • I contact Harrogate Dog Warden Service on 01423 500 600 if I see a stray dog looking dangerous or Harrogate Customer Service on same number if the path is littered with broken glasses or dangerous stuff needing cleaning. 
  • I follow my emergency procedure if something happens to one of the children or myself.
  • If you wish to see specific risk assessment please open the documents at the bottom of this page.

Hygiene

My current Food Rating is 5 stars. My last inspection from Harrogate Borough Council was 19 March 2013. When inspected by NYCC CSO on 10/12/12 I was rated "clean". I am a member of Harrogate food safety forum.

  • Our daily routines encourage the children to learn about personal hygiene.
  • I have a daily cleaning routine for the setting which includes kitchen and toilets.
  • We implement good hygiene practices by:

- cleaning tables between activities;
- cleaning and checking toilets regularly;
- wearing protective clothing as appropriate;
- providing accessible face wipes for each child and kitchen paper.
- asking the parents to provide sets of clean clothes and tooth brushes for after breakfast, lunch and tea;
- I change the children on a mat on the floor using my body as a shield to provide privacy for the child.
        -Could I ask parents of children in nappies to provide own nappy changing kit including changing mat (to avoid cross contamination).

Activities and resources

  • Before purchase or loan, equipment and resources are checked to ensure that they are safe for the ages and stages of the children currently attending the setting.
  • The layout of play equipment allows adults and children to move safely and freely between activities.
  • All equipment is regularly checked for cleanliness and safety and any dangerous items are repaired or discarded.
  • All materials, including paint and glue, are non-toxic.
  • Sand is clean and suitable for children’s play.
  • Physical play is constantly supervised.
  • Children are taught to handle and store tools safely.
  • Children learn about health, safety and personal hygiene through the activities & routines.
  • Any faulty equipment is removed from use and is repaired. If it cannot be repaired it is discarded.

See my emergency plan for more information.

Further reading ; Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation guide.

Feedback

Dear Parents and visitor; Please let me know if you wish to report any Health and Safety risk or concern.

Policy written by Marie reviewed on 7th Feb 2013

Policy reviewed on 11th December 2016