White Rock Pre-school

at Hookhills Community Centre. Let's learn & play !

Policy statement

White Rock Pre-school believes that the health and safety of children is of paramount importance.  We promote a healthy lifestyle and a high standard of hygiene in our day to day work with children and adults.  We ensure our setting is 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 designated member of staff responsible for health and safety is: Karen Hornabrook.

  • We ensure that Karen Hornabrook is:

              a) competent to carry out these responsibilities.

              b) has undertaken health and safety training and regularly updates her knowledge   

                  and understanding.

     Insurance cover

    We have public liability insurance and employers' liability insurance.  The certificate for public liability insurance is displayed on the notice board.

     

    Procedures

    Awareness raising

 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

    Doors

 

  • We take precautions to prevent children's fingers from being trapped in doors.

 Floors

  • All floor surfaces are checked daily to ensure they are clean and not uneven, wet or damaged.

     

    Electrical/gas 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.

  • Heaters, electric sockets, wires and leads are properly guarded and the children are taught not to touch them.

  • There are sufficient sockets to prevent overloading.

  • The temperature of hot water is controlled to prevent scalds.

     

    Storage

  • 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 collapsing.

     

    Outdoor area

  • 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.

  • Where water can form a pool on equipment, it is emptied before children start playing outside.

  • All outdoor activities are supervised at all times.

     

     Hygiene

  • 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.

  • Our daily routines encourage the children to learn about personal hygiene.

  • We have a daily cleaning routine for the setting which includes play room, kitchen, and toilets.

  • 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
  • providing sets of clean clothes; tissues and wipes.

 

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 or discarded.

  • All materials, including paint and glue, are non-toxic.

  • Physical play is constantly supervised.

  • 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 manager and the chairperson.

    Legal Framework

 

  • 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)
    (2002)

  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended

  • Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992