It is our policy to provide a healthy and
safe environment for staff and children.
The nursery has regard for the Health and Safety at Work Act 2012, the Substances
Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) and the Reporting of Injuries,
Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR).
At all times staff will cooperate fully in
implementing health and safety initiatives.
They will do everything possible to make sure injuries do not occur to
themselves or to others. We expect our
staff to take responsible care for their own health and safety at all times.
Our qualified work place first aider is Vikki Spiers. In her absence the person in charge would
call 5024 to contact the First Aider at Work at Clive Booth Hall or contact the
switchboard (100) to find the location of the nearest First Aider.
All other staff have regular training in emergency
first aid for children.
A first aid box is always available which
is stocked according to official requirements.
There is a first aid box located in the Discoverers’ room and in the
kitchen. It is the responsibility of the
workplace first aider to regularly check the contents and order new stock if
necessary. A first aid bag is also taken
on nursery outings along with any emergency medication and action plans.
Only medicine prescribed by a G.P. and
provided by parents can be given to the children in our care. There are two exceptions to this; Calpol and
Piriton. These can be administered,
after a parents’ request and signed form, at the discretion of the
manager. Calpol will only be given if
the child has a high temperature and the parent was on their way to collect the
child from nursery. A child will not be
accepted into nursery if they have been administered Calpol to control a
temperature, nor can it be administered by nursery staff if the child is not
due to be collected by their parent/carer.
Piriton can be administered if the child has a minor allergic reaction
e.g. hayfever or hives. Parents would be
called and the child monitored closely to ensure the reaction didn’t become
A medicine form will be available for
parents to complete and sign, recording the timing and dosage of medicine to be
given to their child as requested by the doctor. Two members of staff (one of whom is a senior)
will check the details before any medicine is administered and sign the
medicine form. The parent will be
requested to sign the form when they collect their child. It is the responsibility of the parents to
ensure all medicines are in date and to also provide updated information on the
health and diet of their child.
Some children may require an action plan
for certain medical conditions e.g. peanut allergy or seizures. In this case staff would be trained in the
administration of the appropriate medication e.g. an epipen and staff would
work closely with health professionals to ensure the child continued to receive
the appropriate care.
If a child becomes ill whilst they are at
nursery, we will take every possible step to contact the parents immediately
and take responsible measures to care for the child until the parent arrives to
take them home. We will expect parents
to cooperate with us by not bringing children to the nursery if they are unwell
and unable to cope with the busy nursery day, or if they have an infectious or
contagious illness. Parents are required
to contact the nursery if their child is too ill to attend. Staff will also be asked not to attend work
under the same circumstances.
An accident book is available which must be
filled in if any child or member of staff sustains an injury whilst on the
premises. Details of how, when, where
and to whom the accident happened must be recorded by the member of staff who
saw and dealt with the injury. The
treatment given must also be recorded.
The child’s parent will be shown this information when the child is
collected from nursery and requested to sign the form. If a child’s injury is more serious than the
everyday bumps and bruises, the parent will be contacted immediately and
informed of the situation. Accident
records are reviewed regularly during senior meetings.
If a child arrives at the nursery with an
injury that has been sustained out of nursery, the parent will be asked to
complete a home incident form.
We will act on advice given by agencies
such as Ofsted, Environmental Health, the Fire Brigade and NHS Direct.
The nursery also operates a no-smoking
policy and smoking is not permitted on the premises.
Risk assessments are regularly carried out
and reviewed and all new staff are inducted on general health and safety
Procedure to be followed in the event of
If a child or member of staff has an
accident they will receive first aid by a member of staff or a first aider, at
the discretion of a qualified member of staff in the room.
Gloves will be worn when dealing with blood
or any other bodily fluids.
The wound will be cleaned and sterile
cloths or a cold compress applied. No
ointments will be used and plasters will only be applied with permission from
The manager or person in charge will make
the decision as to whether hospital attention is needed and take the necessary
action to get the person/child to the hospital.
A member of staff will accompany the injured child to the hospital along
with details of the child (i.e. name, address, d.o.b. any allergies etc.) and
the signed emergency treatment form. The
member of staff will stay with the child at all times until the parent arrives.
Staff at the nursery will make every effort
to contact the parents/carer and inform them of the situation immediately. Once the parent/carer arrives at the
hospital, the member of staff may then return to the nursery.
An accident form will be completed in the usual
way and an incident form will then be completed and forwarded to the Health and
Safety Officer at the university. A
report of the accident will also be forwarded to Ofsted and the RIDDOR 95
Incident Contact Centre if necessary.
McGill is the university’s Health and Safety
officer: ex 5744.
Hinkin is the nominated person within the nursery
for Health and Safety.
This policy was reviewed in May 2017.