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UCL Day Nursery Health and Safety Policy

It is our policy to provide a safe and healthy environment for all our staff, children, parents and other users of the nursery.

Staff are aware of the importance of implementing health and safety initiatives and will do their best to ensure that there are no injuries to the children, themselves or other users.

It is our intention to ensure that there is a qualified First Aider on the premises. The First Aid boxes are readily available and fully stocked. They are kept in the marked cupboard in the office, in each play room and in the kitchen and nappy-changing area.

Only prescribed medicine can be administered to the children in our care. A medicine book will be available to record details provided by parents or carers, recording the times of dosage of medicines to be given to their child. The book is to be signed and is kept in the office. All medicines are locked away in the medical cabinet out of the children's reach.

If a child becomes ill whilst in our care, we will take every step to contact parents/carers. If this is not possible we will ensure that the child receives the best care and seek alternative responsible measures if necessary until the parent/carer arrives. Parents/carers are expected to co-operate with us by not bringing children to the nursery if they have a temperature, any infectious or contagious illness or significant injury that will impair the child’s ability to be actively involved in the nursery environment . 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 injury whilst on the premises. Details of how, where, when 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. Parents will then be given an accident form detailing the injury sustained and asked to sign the accident book on receiving the information.

We will always act on advice given by agencies such as Ofsted, Environmental Health and the London Fire Brigade.

27 June 2018

Nursery guidelines

  • No smoking on the nursery premises
  • Dress code: smart and practical with sensible footwear.
  • All electrical sockets must have safety plugs, no trailing and all electrical equipment is checked by the Institutes electricians prior to use.
  • All fire exits are kept clear and are free of obstruction.
  • All fire extinguishers are clearly labelled and checked regularly by the Institutes health and safety department. Those checked are clearly logged on the extinguishers.
  • Students are not allowed to be left with the children unsupervised and children must be supervised at all times.
  • All cleaning fluids and other potentially dangerous objects must be locked away at all times.
  • When entering the unsecured zone children must be escorted by a member of staff or parent/carer at all times.
  • Children may not enter the kitchen unless supervised by a member of staff.
  • The gate to the kitchen must be kept locked at all times.
  • Out-of-date food will never be given to the children even if it has been bought in from home in their packed lunch.