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.


  • 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.


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


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


  •  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.


  • 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 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.



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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