We aim to make children, parents and staff aware of health and safety issues to minimise the hazards and risk to enable the children to thrive in a healthy and safe environment. We have clear policies and procedures in place about all aspects of health and safety. In order to achieve these aims we have a designated member of staff responsible for health and safety and hygiene issues, which is our manager of the setting. My manager has undertaken regular health and safety training and regular updates her knowledge and understanding. Every adult working with children in our setting is responsible for their safety. We ensure that the environment that children are working/ playing in is regular checked, before and during activities. We have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for the children who attend the setting. All staff are aware of the potential hazards within the pre-school and the surrounding environment and actively protects children from hazards. Any visitors who come in to the setting must follow safety guidelines to protect children and young people as well; we must think about – how long will they be in the setting for? Their role and responsibilities? Which areas of the building do they need access to? Will they be in contact with the children in the setting? (For example the fire brigade may come in to do a chat and let the children look at their equipment ETC).
A few things we take in to consideration as a team regarding the health and safety of the children and staff would be;
- Are our cleaning products put away in the cupboard, out of the reach of children? These will include antibacterial sprays, bleach and other chemicals we use.
- When we are dealing with spillages of urine, blood, vomit, faeces. Will always ensure we wear protective clothing such as aprons and disposable gloves as appropriate. We will dispose of these correctly by putting these in our yellow bin provided. All staff are aware of how infections can be transmitted.
Hope this helps xx
Last edited by natalie85 : 09-07-2011 at 08:29 PM.