POLICY & PROCEDURES:
A child’s safety is of the up most importance and as a Childminder I will do my best to ensure they do not come to any harm. However accidents and illnesses do happen so this policy will details what is to happen if these do occur.Accidents/ Emergencies:In the event of an accident/ emergency I will be responsible for ensuring that all the children are safe while working with the child on a one to one basis. If my assistant is on the premises I will ask that she keeps the children calm in a separate room so that I can give the individual child my full attention. Below is what will take place at this time;• If your child has an accident I will reassure and offer comfort while accessing them for any harm/ injury.• First aid procedures will be followed as i am a trained pediatric first aid certificate holder. • Medical support/ ambulance will be sought if necessary.• All other children will be moved to another area if it is available in order to limit the stress it may cause.• Once the child is settled I will contact you (the parents/ carer) as soon as possible to inform you of the situation and to discuss whether you are needed to return to your child either on the premises or at the hospital.After every accident I will fill in an accident form I will ask you to sign it and then give you a copy. If the accident does require medical treatment then I will Inform Ofsted, as the Children Act regulation states. Inform my insurance company and seek advice and support from the NCMA. In the event of a fire each child will follow the fire procedure (which they will have learnt throughout their time in my care, through fire drills taking place once a month), The emergency services will be phoned, Children will be taken to a place where they can be kept warm and calm, Parents will be phoned in regards to picking their child up and from where.Illness:If a child is ill while at home and has a minor cold then I will happily look after them. This may require them staying with my assistant while I go out into weather that would make them more ill (rain/ snow).• Any medicine should be brought with the child and a consent to give form must have been signed, with details on when the medicine is to be given and when they last had it at home.• I will update you on how your child is throughout the day.• Reassurance will be given to the child.• If your child becomes worse I will phone you (the Parents/ carer) and ask that you come to get your child as soon as possible.If your child is very unwell, has something that is infectious or a high temperature then I will not admit this child into my care. I have to think about the safety of the other children in my care.I will contact you if my own child is not well, inform you of the illness/symptoms and if I am able to work. This then allows you to make an informed decision as to whether to bring your child or not.If you child has had diarrhoea or sickness in the last twenty-four hours please do not bring them, but call and let me know. If your child becomes ill whilst in my care, I will make them as comfortable as possible, isolate them from the other children if necessary and reassure them. I will contact you immediately and continue to care for your child until you arrive.
I recognise the need to set out reasonable and appropriate limits to manage the behaviour of children in my care. My expectations are flexible and realistic and are adjusted to the age, level of understanding, maturity and stage of development of the child. By providing a happy, safe environment, the children in my care will be encouraged to develop social skills to help them be accepted and welcome in society as they grow up. I aim to be firm and consistent and when saying “no” explain the reasons why it is not appropriate and why it is considered unwanted behaviour so that children know and feel secure within the boundaries I set.
I will agree methods with you before your child comes...
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