Yeovil College Children’s Centre
Health and Safety Policy
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We aim to create a safe and healthy environment for children, parents/carers, staff
and students. We make children, staff and parents/carers aware of health and safety
issues to minimise hazards and risks to help children stay safe in the following ways:
Children: Health and safety awareness themes, books and posters, discussions at
circle time and with individual children as appropriate, Pre-school star rules, giving
children clear and consistent boundaries and providing good role models (see
Staff: On induction, familiarisation of policies and procedures, reviewing policies and
procedures, risk assessments, training and staff meetings.
Parents/carers: Parents are made aware of policies and procedures when they enrol
their child. Parents are informed of any new health and safety issues are by letter.
Procedures are in place for identifying, reporting and dealing with accidents, hazards
and faulty equipment. (See health and safety file) An annual health and safety
report of the entire setting is carried out and health and safety issues are reported
to the office at the time of occurrence.
Creating a Safe and Healthy Environment
Michelle Hobson and Jill Stubbs are responsible for health and safety. They
are responsible for ensuring regular risk assessments are carried out, annual
health and safety reports, ensuring health and safety maintenance is
actioned, reviewing policies and procedures.
All staff completed appropriate health and safety and manual handling
A health and safety poster is displayed in the office.
All staff have a responsibility with regards to health and safety and ensure
daily safety checks are carried out ensuring broken equipment is removed and
maintaining a safe environment at all times.
1. No hot drinks to be taken into rooms.
2. No inappropriate jewellery to be worn. One pair of stud earrings and a wedding
ring is acceptable.
3. Dress code: smart and practical with sensible shoes.
4. No running inside the nursery.
5. Children should be encouraged to run outside in a safe environment.
6. All electrical sockets should be protected by safety plugs, no trailing wires.
7. All cleaning materials/toilet cleaner to be placed out of the reach of children.
8. All fire exits to be clearly marked and free from obstruction.
9. All fire extinguishers to be clearly labelled.
10. A copy of the fire drill should be clearly visible at fire exits.
11. Lunch aprons shall be worn when serving food.
12. Never leave scissors or potentially dangerous objects lying within reach of
children. (Scissors in pre-school should always be supervised).
13. Nuts, e.g. peanuts, are not allowed in the nursery.
14. Homemade cakes are not accepted into the nursery for the children to eat (only
shop bought cakes in sealed packaging are accepted).
15. Any accident/incident involving body fluid must be reported to the manager or
person in charge at the time.
16. Telephone calls must be received before 8 a.m. if a member of staff is not well
enough to attend work.
17. All staff should familiarise themselves with the First Aid Cabinet.
18. All staff must ensure the First Aid kit is taken into the garden
19. Staff must be made aware of the administration of medication policy
20. No student should be left unsupervised at any time, and children must be
supervised at all times.
21. Under no circumstances may a member of staff take a child from the Nursery
unless written consent has been obtained from the parent/carer of the named
22. All health and safety issues must be reported to the office.
The kitchen is registered with environmental health and inspections are
carried out by them without prior notice every 18 months.
A public liability insurance/employer liability insurance is displayed on the
parent notice board in the entrance hall.
Regular risk assessments are carried out annually and when the need occurs by
senior members of staff.
Michelle Hobson and Jill Stubbs are responsible for ensuring these are carried out.
These are kept in the Health and Safety file under risk assessments in the office.
Gas and electricity
Yeovil college facilities management are responsible for the
installation/servicing and keep a record of relevant certificates.
Appliances are checked annually showing dates of inspection/maintenance
these are kept by Facilities Management
All appliances meet health and safety requirements
Appliances not accessible to children
Daily safety checks of the outdoor area/s are checked each time they are used
for example boundaries, gates secure and in good repair, and any hazardous
objects/equipment/poisonous plants removed.
Sand trays/pits are kept free from contaminants and covered when not in use.
Parents are advised to bring in sun cream and hats during hot weather.
Staff ask parents on arrival if sun cream has been applied and this is recorded
on the signing in sheet by highlighting their name. New cream is applied as and
Children are encouraged to apply their own sun cream if they are able.
Parental consent is sought for staff to apply sun cream.
A stock of spare protective clothing is stored on-site for parents/carers
forgetting protective clothing or if protective clothing is misplaced.
The outdoor environment is adapted to provide shaded areas, making sure that
outdoor play is not limited.
Water play activities are closely supervised and risk assessments have been
regarding bed linen, mattresses, sleeping positions, the frequency of checking
children, room temperature and children’s clothing. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Rotas and procedures are as follows:
Sleeping babies are checked every ten minutes by members of staff this is
recorded on the sleeping babies check list.
Staff check to ensure babies are breathing normally
Staff check to see if the babies are too hot/cold by touch and visual appearance
and adjust bedding/ clothing or position of pram accordingly
Sleeping children are never left unattended
Procedures followed if a baby or child was not breathing?
Sudden Infant Death
Procedure for a Sudden Infant Death
If you discover a child who has stopped breathing:
1. Try to remain calm
2. Ask for help – Tell someone what has happened and ask for an ambulance
3. Begin resuscitation and continue until someone else arrives
4. Other staff must remain with the rest of the children and continue with the
rest of the day as normal
5. The manager or supervisor on duty will inform the parents of the incident
6. Leave the cot or pram exactly as it was
Procedure for the Manager or Supervisor on duty
If a child is discovered who has stopped breathing:
1. Call :
A first aider unless one is on the scene
The parents of the child to inform them that the child has been taken to
The Line Manager
Supervisor to notify the Manager if absent
Call the Police (the ambulance service may do this)
2. Support all the staff, ensure that the day continues as near to normal as
possible for the other children
3. Particularly support the staff dealing with the situation and if necessary
take over CPR.
4. Send a member of staff to the Hospital in the ambulance if the parents
have not arrived.
5. Ensure that the cot or pram is left as it was, as the police may need to see
6. If you or staff are approached by the media do not give any information
7. Contact :
The foundation for the study of Sudden Infant Death
College Support (ongoing support for all the staff may be necessary)
The other parents in writing as soon as possible
The bereaved parents in writing
At the beginning of each session staff ensure sure that the environment
/resources/equipment are safe and clean before the children arrive.
Staff have a cleaning rota to follow and a record is kept.
Outdoor environment/equipment is regularly checked for cleanliness and
There is a daily cleaning routine for each room, which includes play areas,
kitchen, rest area, eating areas, toilets and nappy changing areas.
There is a routine in place for cleaning resources and equipment, dressing up
clothes and furnishings.
Baby room are responsible for the laundry, cloths are washed separately at 90
degrees. Babies laundry is washed separately from the rest of the nursery, as is
children’s lunch aprons and flannels. A non-biological washing powder is used at
all times. Children’s wet or soiled clothing are rinsed in cold water stored in a
plastic carrier bag, in their bags and sent home. If any laundry comes into
contact with bodily fluids, i.e. vomit, faeces, urine or blood, this is washed
separately at a high temperature or if necessary disposed of in the yellow tiger
bags for incineration.
Babies equipment/resources are sterilized to prevent the transmission of germs
either by using the steam sterilizer or a Milton solution as instructed on the
label. Older babies equipment is washed and cleaned with hot soapy water
wiped over with Milton and dried off.
Children are encouraged to wash hands before eating and after going to the
toilet, staff discuss with the children the importance of hygiene in simple terms
and how they can adopt good hygiene practices.
How do you make sure that you have high standards of hygiene to prevent the
spread of infection? Does this include hand washing and drying facilities and the
disposal of nappies? For example, nappy changing procedure, access to warm
running water and soap and so on.
How do you make sure staff are informed about, and able to carry out, good
hygiene practice? Think about including hygiene procedures in staff induction
How do staff raise children’s awareness of good hygiene practices and healthy
nose wiping and disposal of the tissue
the spread of infection through coughing and sneezing
using the toilet/potty correctly
cultural influences on children’s hygiene.
How do you make sure that an adequate stock of cleaning materials is always
accessible to staff?
How do you make sure tidying and cleaning do not interrupt children’s
activities and take staff away from directly working with children?
How do you make sure that attention to cleanliness does not limit the range
of activities offered to children?
How have you planned for the disposal of nappies and sanitary waste?
What is your process for cleaning body fluids/blood spillages?
Do you implement good hygiene practices by:
providing colour coded cloths and mops/buckets for cleaning
cleaning tables between activities
checking toilets regularly
wearing protective clothing, such as aprons and disposable gloves, as
providing sets of clean clothes for children and adults
providing tissues and wipes
ensuring the sole use of flannels and towels.
How do you respect cultural and religious practices, such as food preparation
How do you make sure that all staff handling/preparing food are suitably
trained to do so?
What hygiene practices do you adopt with regard to handling pets in the
setting and when on outings to farms and so on?
Do you use notices, signs, posters and staff meetings for promoting good
Do you have a list of notifiable diseases? How do you make sure that all staff
and parents are aware of the signs and symptoms of communicable diseases?
Ofsted should be notified of any food poisoning affecting two or more children
looked after on the premises, any child having meningitis or the outbreak on the
premises of any notifiable disease identified as such in the Health Protection
Agency list of notifiable diseases.
Does your play equipment and resources conform to the BSEN safety
standards or Toys (Safety) Regulation (1995) and are they safe?
Do you provide a sufficient quantity of equipment and resources for the
number of children?
Do you provide resources that promote all areas of children's learning and
development? Think about child and adult-led activities.
Do you select books, equipment, materials and resources that promote
positive images of people of all races, cultures and abilities, are non-
discriminatory and avoid racial and gender stereotyping?
Do you provide play equipment and resources that promote continuity and
progression, provide sufficient challenge and meet the needs and interests of all
Are your materials clean, in good condition and safe for the children to use?
Think about man-made, natural and recycled materials.
Do you plan the provision of activities and appropriate resources so that a
balance of familiar equipment and resources and new exciting challenges are
Do you provide furniture that is suitable for both children and adults?
Are resources and equipment stored and displayed where children can
independently choose and select them?
Are all resources and equipment checked regularly as they are set out at the
beginning and put away at the end of each session? Do you repair and clean or
replace any unsafe, worn out, dirty or damaged equipment?
Do you keep an inventory of resources and equipment? Does this record
contain the date on which each item was purchased and the price paid for it?
(This will be useful for your insurance too).
Do you provide adequate insurance cover for the setting's resources,
equipment and materials?
Have you thought about using the local library and/or toy libraries to
introduce new books and a variety of resources to support children's interests?
How do you maintain your building/venue? Think about the inside and outside
space and whose responsibility it is. Do you carry out a premises check
Storage/COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) regulations
stack/store equipment/resources safely and securely?
Are cleaning products stored in a lockable cupboard?
Are safety data sheets kept of all stored cleaning products?
Do you comply with COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to
Health) regulations 2002?
RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences
Do you have a system in place to report all actual or potential injuries, diseases and
All Health and Safety documents must at all times be available for inspection.