The safety of children in my care is paramount and it is my policy to take necessary steps to keep children safe when they are in my care. I will promote good health, will prevent accidents and take steps to prevent the spread of illness and infection.
As a registered childminder, I am legally required to have a valid first aid certificate. This enables me to administer basic first aid treatment, and my first aid box is clearly labelled and easily accessible. It is stored in the kitchen. Parent contact numbers are with the first aid box.
I have written permission from parents to seek emergency treatment for their child if it is required.
All accidents however minor will be recorded in the accident book.
I am required to notify Ofsted of any serious accidents, illnesses or injuries of any child whilst in my care within 14 days of an incident occurring.
I will ensure that any animals are safe to be around children and do not pose a health risk.
I will reassure the child while making ensure other children are safe. This may involve strapping children into buggys or making use of cots. If I can deal with the accident I will, if not dial 999 for help. I will contact the parents of the injured child and also my emergency back-up. If I have to take a child to hospital I will take the other children with me or my emergency back-up will take over. They will contact the parents and ask that all other children are collected immediately. Minor accidents will be dealt with and the parents notified.
If I am involved in an accident I will contact my emergency backup. They will contact parents to collect children immediately. If necessary I will seek help from a responsible adult.
I have plans in place with an appropriate adult who is CRB checked to provide emergency backup cover if required. This is my husband Mike Greenwood.