Health and safety
3.2 Health and safety general standards
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:
He/she is competent to carry out these responsibilities. He/she has undertaken health and safety training and regularly updates his/her knowledge and understanding. We display the necessary health and safety poster in
We have public liability insurance and employers' liability insurance. The certificate for public liability insurance is displayed in:
EYFS key themes and commitments
A Unique Child Positive Relationships Enabling Environments Learning and Development 1.3 Keeping safe
1.4 Health and well-being 3.3 The learning environment
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 routines.
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 termly 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.
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. Windows above the ground floor are secured so that children cannot climb through them.
We take precautions to prevent children's fingers from being trapped in doors.
All floor surfaces are checked daily to ensure they are clean and not uneven, wet or damaged.