General Welfare Requirement: Suitable premises, environment and equipment
Outdoor and indoor spaces, furniture and toys must be safe and suitable for their purpose.
Minehead First School Playgroup
Health and safety Policy
This setting believes 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 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.
Our member of staff responsible for health and safety is: Kim Green, Bursar.
She is competent to carry out these responsibilities.
She has undertaken relevant health and safety training and regularly updates her knowledge and
We display the necessary health and safety poster in each hut, and keep literature in the risk
assessment file in the office.
We have public liability insurance and employers' liability insurance. The certificate for public liability
insurance is displayed on the notice board in each room.
EYFS key themes and commitments
A Unique Child Positive Enabling Learning and
Relationships Environments Development
1.3 Keeping safe 2.2 Parents as partners 3.2 Supporting every 4.1 Play and exploration
1.4 Health and well- 2.3 Supporting learning child 4.4 Knowledge and
being 2.4 Key person 3.3 The learning understanding of the
3.4 The wider context
We make our setting a safe and healthy place for children, parents, staff and volunteers by assessing
and minimising the hazards and risks to enable the children to thrive in a healthy and safe
Our risk assessment process covers adults and children, and follows five steps as follows:
Identification of risk: Where is it and what is it? We check for and note hazards and risks indoors and
outside, and for activities.
Who is at risk: We assess who might be affected e.g. staff, children, parents.
Assessment as to the level of risk as high, medium, low. This is both the risk of the likelihood of it
happening, as well as the possible impact if it did.
Control measures to reduce/eliminate risk: What will we need to do, or ensure others will do, in order
to reduce that risk?
Monitoring and review: How do we know if what we have said is working, or is thorough enough? If it
is not working, we will need to develop an action plan that specifies the action required, the time-
scales for action, the person responsible for the action and any funding required.
Where more than five staff and volunteers are employed the risk assessment is written and is
We maintain lists of health and safety issues, which are checked daily before the session begins as
well as those that are checked on a monthly and annual basis when a full risk assessment is carried
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.
Records are kept of these induction training sessions and new staff and volunteers are asked to sign
the records to confirm that they have taken part.
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.
As necessary, health and safety training is included in the annual training plans of staff, and health
and safety is discussed regularly at staff meetings.
We operate a no smoking policy.
Children are made aware of health and safety issues through discussions, planned activities and
Safety of adults
Adults are provided with guidance about the safe storage, movement, lifting and erection of large
pieces of equipment.
When adults need to reach up to store equipment or to change light bulbs they are provided with safe
equipment to do so.
All warning signs are clear and in appropriate languages.
Adults do not remain in the building on their own or leave on their own after dark.
The sickness of staff and their involvement in accidents is recorded. The records are reviewed
annually to identify any issues that need to be addressed.
We keep a record of all substances that may be hazardous to health - such as cleaning chemicals, or
gardening chemicals if used. This states what the risks are and what to do if they have contact with
eyes or skin or are ingested. It also states where they are stored.
We keep all cleaning chemicals in their original containers.
Safety of children
We ensure all staff employed have been checked for criminal records by an enhanced disclosure for
the Criminal Records Bureau.
Staff cannot start work until a satisfactory CRB check has been received.
Adults do not normally supervise children on their own.
All children are supervised by adults at all times.
Whenever children are on the premises at least two adults must be present.
If a small group goes out, there will be sufficient adults to maintain appropriate ratios for staff and
children remaining on the premises.
Low level windows are made from materials that prevent accidental breakage or are made safe.
Windows are protected from accidental breakage or vandalism from people outside the building.
We take precautions to prevent children's fingers from being trapped in doors.
Internal safety gates/barriers are used as necessary.
All floor surfaces are checked daily to ensure they are clean and not uneven, wet or damaged.
Children do not have unsupervised access to the kitchen.
Daily opening and closing checks are carried out in the kitchen area to ensure standards are met
All surfaces are clean and non-porous.
There are separate facilities for hand-washing and for washing up.
Cleaning materials and other dangerous material are stored out of children’s reach.
When children take part in cooking activities, they:
are supervised at all times
are kept away from hot surfaces and hot water
do not have unsupervised access to electrical equipment.
All electrical/gas equipment conforms to safety requirements and is checked regularly.
Our boiler/electrical switch gear/meter cupboard is not accessible to the children.
Fires, heaters, electric sockets, wires and leads are properly guarded and the children are taught not
to touch them.
Heaters are checked daily to make sure they are not covered and are clear at the sides.
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.
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
Children will have the opportunity to play in the fresh air throughout the year.
Our outdoor area is 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.
Our outdoor area is checked before each use; any plant deemed to be of danger to children, staff or
parents is removed.
Where water can form a pool on equipment, it is emptied before children start playing outside.
Our outdoor sand pit is covered when not in use and is cleaned regularly.
All outdoor activities are supervised at all times.
We regularly seek information from the Environmental Health Department and the Health Authority to
ensure that we keep up-to-date with the latest recommendations.
Parents will have the opportunity to discuss health issues with playgroup staff and will have access to
information available to the playgroup.
Our daily routines encourage the children to learn about personal hygiene.
Children are encouraged to shield their mouths’ when coughing and sneezing.
We have a daily cleaning routine for the setting which includes play area(s), kitchen area, toilets and
nappy changing areas.
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 the
disposal of nappies.
We implement good hygiene practices by:
cleaning tables between activities;
cleaning toilets regularly;
wearing protective clothing - such as aprons and disposable gloves - as appropriate;
providing sets of clean clothes;
providing tissues and wipes; and
using paper towels and disposing appropriately.
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
All materials, including paint and glue, are non-toxic.
Sand is clean and suitable for children's play.
Activities such as cooking, woodwork and physical play receive close and constant supervision.
Children are taught to handle and store tools safely.
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.
Large pieces of equipment are discarded only with the consent of the Team Leader and the
Food and drink
Staff who prepare and handle food receive appropriate training and understand and comply with food
safety and hygiene regulations.
All food and drink are stored appropriately.
All fresh fruit and vegetables are washed before use.
Adults do not carry hot drinks through the play area(s) and do not place hot drinks within reach of
Snack and meal times are appropriately supervised and children do not walk about when eating or
If animals or creatures are brought in by visitors to show the children they are the responsibility of the
The owner carries out a risk assessment, detailing how the animal or creature is to be handled and
how any safety or hygiene issues will be addressed.
Animals or creatures visiting the setting are free from disease and safe to be with children, and do
not pose a health risk.
Our setting’s pets are free from disease, safe to be with children, and do not pose a health risk.
Children wash their hands after contact with animals.
Before a visit to a farm a risk assessment is carried out – this may take account of safety factors
listed in the farm’s own risk assessment which should be viewed.
The outings procedure is followed.
Outdoor footwear worn to visit farms are cleaned of mud and debris and should not be worn indoors.
In our setting staff are able to take action to apply first aid treatment in the event of an accident
involving a child or adult.
At least one member of staff with current first aid training is on the premises or on an outing at any
The first aid qualification includes first aid training for infants and young children.
Our first aid kit complies with the Health and Safety (First Aid) regulations 1981; a list of contents is
displayed in each room.
The first aid equipment is kept clean, sterile items will be kept sealed in their packages until needed.
The first aid box is easily accessible to adults and is kept out of the reach of children.
The first aid box is replenished/replaced as necessary.
No un-prescribed medication is given to children, parents or staff.
At the time of admission to the setting, parents’ written permission for emergency medical 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 (see urgent medical attention
In accordance with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, we keep records of:
The names and addresses of all staff on the premises, including temporary staff who work with the
children or who have substantial access to them.
The names and addresses of the owners or of all members of the management committee.
All records relating to the staff's employment with the setting, including application forms, references,
results of checks undertaken etc.
The names, addresses and telephone numbers of parents and adults authorised to collect children
The names, addresses and telephone numbers of emergency contacts in case of children's illness or
The allergies, dietary requirements and illnesses of individual children.
The times of attendance of children, staff, volunteers and visitors.
Accidents and medicine administration records.
Consents for outings, administration of medication, emergency treatment.
Recording and reporting of accidents and incidents
We follow the guidelines of the Reporting Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences (RIDDOR)
for the reporting of accidents and incidents.
Child protection matters or behavioural incidents between children are NOT regarded as incidents
and there are separate procedures for this.
Our accident book:
is kept safely and is accessible;
all staff and volunteers know where it is kept and how to complete it; and
is reviewed at least half termly to identify any potential or actual hazards.
Ofsted is notified of any serious accident, injury or death that occurs in our setting as soon as we
reasonably can, and in all cases, within 14 days of the incident – as defined in the ‘Serious accidents,
injuries and deaths that registered providers must notify to Ofsted and local child protection agencies’
When there is a serious accident, dangerous occurrence or case of reportable disease, as defined in the
Health and Safety Executive publication ‘ A guide to the reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous
occurrences regulations 1995’, we make a report to the Health and Safety Executive, using their format,
either online www.hse.gov.uk/riddor or by telephone 0845 3009923.
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
any accident to a member of staff requiring treatment by a general practitioner or hospital; and
any dangerous occurrences. This may be an event that causes injury or fatalities or an event that
does not cause an accident but could have done, such as a gas leak.
Any dangerous occurrence is recorded in our incident book. See below.
Information for reporting the incident to Health and Safety Officer is detailed in the ‘RIDDOR explained’
leaflet in our risk assessment file.
Our incident book
We have ready access to telephone numbers for emergency services, including local police. Where
we are responsible for the premises we have contact numbers for gas and electricity emergency
services, carpenter and plumber. Where we rent premises we ensure we have access to the person
responsible and that there is a shared procedure for dealing with emergencies.
We keep an incident book for recording incidents including those that that are reportable to the
Health and Safety Executive as above.
These incidents include:
break in, burglary, theft of personal or the setting's property;
an intruder gaining unauthorised access to the premises;
fire, flood, gas leak or electrical failure;
attack on member of staff or parent on the premises or nearby;
any racist incident involving staff or family on the centre's premises;
death of a child, and
a terrorist attack, or threat of one.
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 and staff will take charge of their key children. The incident is recorded when the threat is
In the unlikely event of a child dying on the premises the emergency services are called, and the
advice of these services are followed.
The incident book is not for recording issues of concern involving a child. This is recorded in the
child's own file.
Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992
Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations(COSHH)
Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended)
Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992
Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (1981)
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR 1995)
Five steps to Risk Assessment (HSE 2006)
Health and Safety Law: What you Should Know (HSE 1999)
Health and Safety Regulation…a Short Guide (HSE 2003)
Electrical Safety and You (HSE 1998)
COSHH: A Brief Guide to the Regulations (HSE 2005)
Manual Handling – Frequently Asked Questions (HSE)
First Aid at Work: Your questions answered (HSE 1997)
Basic Advice on First Aid at Work (HSE 2006)
Guidance on First Aid for Schools (DfEE)
RIDDOR Guidance and Reporting Form
RIDDOR Incident Contact Centre – 0845 300 9923
HSE Infoline – 0845 345 0055
Workplace Health Connect – 0845 609 6006
This policy was adopted at a meeting of the playgroup held on 8 June 2011
Signed on behalf of the Committee: S Rookwood
Role of signatory: Chair
This policy was reviewed on 16 November 2011 ..............(date)