Safety & Security

Safety of Adults

  •  Adults are provided with guidance about the safe storage and movement, of large pieces of equipment.
  • All warning signs are clear and in appropriate languages.
  • The sickness of staff and their involvement in accidents is recorded.

Fire Safety

  • Fire doors are clearly marked, never obstructed and easily opened from inside.
  • Smoke detectors/alarms and fire fighting appliances conform to BSEN standards, are fitted in appropriate high risk areas of the building and are checked as specified by the manufacturer.
  • Our emergency evacuation procedures are approved by the Fire Safety Officer and are:
    • clearly displayed in the premises;
    • explained to new members of staff, volunteers and parents; and
    • practised regularly at least once every six weeks.
  • Records are kept of fire drills within pre-school and the servicing of fire safety equipment and relevant certificates are held by the Hall Tustees.

Windows

  • Low level windows are made from materials that prevent accidental breakage or are made safe.
  • Windows above the ground floor are secured so that children cannot climb through them.

Doors

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

Floors

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

Kitchen

  •  Children do not have unsupervised access to the kitchen.
  • All surfaces are clean and non-porous.
  • There are separate facilities for hand-washing and for washing up.
  • Cleaning materials and other dangerous materials 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; and
    • do not have unsupervised access to electrical equipment.

Electrical/Gas Equipment

  •  All electrical/gas equipment conforms to safety requirements and is checked regularly.
  • Our boiler/electrical switchgear/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.
  • Storage heaters are checked daily to make sure they are not covered.
  • 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.

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.
  • Our outdoor sand pit is covered when not in use and is cleaned regularly.
  • All outdoor activities are supervised at all times.

Animals

  • Animals visiting the setting are free from disease and safe to be with children, and do not pose a health risk.
  • Children wash their hands after contact with animals.

 

Security

Systems are in place for the safe arrival and departure of children. The times of the children’s arrivals and departures are recorded.

  • The arrival and departure times of volunteers and visitors – are recorded.
  • Our systems prevent unauthorised access to our premises.
  • Our systems prevent children from leaving our premises unnoticed.
  • The personal possessions of staff and volunteers are securely stored during sessions.

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