Health and Safety Policy

Aims & Ethos

 

At Chingford House Nursery, our overriding aim is to create a safe and healthy environment for the children, staff, parents and users of the setting.
We endeavour to identify and analyse all areas within the nursery which could cause potential harm, ill-health or injury. This information has been used to devise a whole nursery Risk Assessment. The document also includes what control measures have been put into place to mitigate risks and hazards and limit accidents.
The nursery has made the Risk Assessment available to all parents, staff and users of the nursery and is displayed in the entrance.

Through robust induction procedures, staff meetings and supervision, we consult with the staff on matters affecting their health and safety, as well as providing information in maintaining and using equipment safely and responsibly.

In providing the best working environment possible, we assess and ensure that staff are competent to carry out tasks to a high standard and to provide training to enable them to do so.

At Chingford House Nursery, we adhere to specific legal requirements such as the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017) as well the Health & Safety Act 1974. Additionally, we seek guidance from Public Health England and our Local Protection Health Team.

 

Named Person:

Overall and final responsibility for Health and Safety lies with Ms Zarkar Akhtar, Chingford House Nursery, 22 Marlborough Road, London E4 9AL.
Ms Akhtar is the Owner of Chingford House Nursery and is a trained Fire Safety and Fire Marshall (Level 2).
Ms Akhtar is responsible for ensuring that an annual risk assessment is carried out and daily checklists are undertaken. Health and Safety Law posters are displayed throughout the nursery.

Yolande Farrell (Manager) assumes the day-to-day responsibility and as such her roles includes:

• Updating the Health & Safety policy in conjunction with the Owner
• Ensuring staff are conversant with the policies and procedures and apply them to their practices
• To attend training and cascade the information down to the staff
• To advise staff on good health & hygiene practices
• To ensure that children, staff, parents and users help to maintain a healthy environment
• To discuss and resolve any issues raised

 

Staff:

The staff also have a responsibility in creating a healthy environment and to this end they are expected to:
• Co-operate and work within health and safety guidelines
• Not interfere with health and safety safeguards
• Take reasonable care of their own health and safety
• Report all health and safety concerns to the Owner or the Manager
• To report and where possible remove any hazards in the nursery
• Carry out their work responsibly both for themselves and others, ensuring that their rooms are safe
• Know where all fire extinguishers, fire points and first aid facilities are located and to be familiar with the fire policy and emergency procedures
• Ensure that visitors are made aware of fire exits and assembly points

 

First Aid Qualified Staff:

We have a number of fully trained first-aid qualified staff and there is always at least one on duty in the nursery at all times.

The Health and Safety of all our users is an enormous undertaking, one which the Owner, Manager and staff accept responsibly and professionally. Regular training and review of policies will form part of our high-quality childcare practices.

 

Creating a child safe environment:

In creating a safe environment, we want the children to become independent, staff help them to develop their self-help skills and empower them to learn to be responsible for their own hygiene. Discussions take place regularly to educate the children in washing their hands before and after eating, using the toilet and after playtime; songs, stories and posters are used to help the children to remember ‘hygiene rules’.

We recognise the importance of staff being good role models to support the children in adopting good health & safety knowledge and awareness, through circle time discussions and good hygiene practices.

The nursery, formerly a house, has been made fit for purpose and has the required overall floor space both indoors and out. The premises and the activities provided are suitable for the ages of the children that we care for.

At Chingford House Nursery we ensure that staffing arrangements are in place, observing the correct child-staff ratio for each room. Staff are deployed to ensure that we meet the needs of the children and that they are well supervised.
All our children are allocated a Key Person who is responsible for building and establishing a relationship with them and their parents/carers. In line with the EYFS (2021), ‘children are usually within sight and hearing of staff and always within sight or hearing of staff’.

 

Staff:

Zarkar Akhtar has a legal duty to ensure and promote the health and safety of her staff. Alongside the induction procedure and staff meetings, Room Leaders Meetings and Supervision are also appropriate forums in which we discuss health and safety issues which affect staff.
It is important in supporting staff welfare that staff are informed of any infectious illnesses in the setting, including what room and what measures have been put in place to prevent the spread of infection, what their role is within this and how to keep themselves safe.

 

Immunisations:

Our Hygiene and Infection Control policy states the importance of immunisations in preventing infections or death. As such, as an Employer, the Owner will discuss the importance of staff being vaccinated against Covid-19, which will be in the best interest of the nursery. As more research becomes available, the benefits outweigh the negative health implications. Zarkar will promote staff being double vaccinated and will discuss this both individually and as a group. In addition to this, it is also beneficial for staff to have flu jabs. Staff absences are due to sickness and ill health, so it is crucial to think about ways in which immunisations and other control measures can mitigate these absences.

 

Exclusion:

Similar to children who are unwell at nursery, staff will also be excluded if they present with a communicable illness such as Covid-19, Gastroenteritis or Shingles etc., (see Illness, Infection & Exclusion policy). Due to the risk of infecting others, staff will be advised not to go home using public transport, but instead determine whether a family or friend can take them home. Staff will be excluded following any guidelines for their illness for the required period.

 

Insurance:

Chingford House Nursery has an insurance policy through Morton Michel. The school is covered for public and employers’ liability and a copy of the certificate is displayed in the entrance. The insurance is renewed every February.

 

Risk Assessment/daily checklists:

Alongside the whole nursery risk assessment, staff carry out daily checks to ensure that possible risks are negated, these include things such as garden checks, clearing spillages/debris and ensuring that fire exits are not blocked. The risk assessment sheets are signed by staff, dated and kept in an accessible file in their rooms.

 

Annual safety checks:

To ensure that we are in full compliance and maintaining a safe environment, the nursery complies with external safety checks: PAT tests, checks on our electricity, gas and fire alarms are conducted by external companies. All certificates for installation and servicing are kept in the appropriate Health and Safety folder.

 

Hygiene:

Chingford House Nursery maintains a rigorous standard of hygiene particularly in the classrooms, toilets and kitchen.
 

In light of the coronavirus (Covid-19) a Hygiene & Infection Control policy was created (see full policy for hygiene & cleaning information).

 

Sanitary facilities:

There is one toilet for female & male adults made available to staff which consists of a toilet and sink. There are facilities available for female staff to dispose of sanitary products. Posters are displayed in the adult toilet to ensure that sanitary products and paper towels are disposed of appropriately and safely.

 

Physical Environment and children’s health:

At Chingford House Nursery we continually strive to create an environment that is not only a richly stimulating learning environment but also a place that promotes good health. The nursery is cleaned daily, the rooms are well ventilated and are kept at a recommended temperature. The children are encouraged to play outside throughout the day – this encourages further learning in an outdoor environment, to get some fresh air and to promote gross motor skills.

 

Play equipment:

Chingford House Nursery takes great pride in the play equipment that is available to the children, both in the rooms and in the garden. Our play equipment and resources conform to BSEN safety standards or Toys (Safety) Regulation (1995).
 

Chingford House Nursery ensures that any unsafe, worn out or damaged equipment is either repaired or replaced. All equipment is cleaned on a regular basis. Records are kept for the equipment purchased, date and price.

 

Security:

To ensure and maintain the safety of the children and staff, the Owner, Manager and Senior staff (with permission other staff) open the door.
 

Visitors then have to sign in and should not be left unattended, however if the member of staff needs to notify someone of the visit, the visitors must be asked to stay in the entrance (see full Security policy)

 

Fire Evacuation:

Chingford House Nursery have procedures in place to safely evacuate children, staff, and users if there were to be a fire (see main Fire safety policy)

 

Policy to exclude:

Parents are informed throughout their child’s time at the nursery that we have a duty to safeguard children and staff’s health and welfare. Children and staff who are not well or healthy enough to be at nursery will be excluded (see Illness, Infection & Exclusion policy)

 

COVID-19:

At Chingford House Nursery, we are aware of the seriousness of Covid-19 and the physical, emotional and mental health implications. We have devised policies and procedures to promote health and to limit the spread of infection.
 

Zarkar Akhtar is responsible for the supply of Personal, Protective Equipment (PPE). PPE is not needed within early years; however we do have them stored in the office and they will be used in the event that a child or member of staff presents with symptoms. In these circumstances the PPE will be double bagged and disposed of safely and appropriately. The area where the child/member of staff was will be sanitised thoroughly. (See Covid-19 protocols and the Hygiene & Infection Control policy).

 

Sun Safety:

At Chingford House Nursery we understand how harmful the sun can be and that some children (especially the younger ones) are vulnerable due to their delicate skin in the summer; precautions are taken to limit the risks of sunburn and skin cancer later on in life (see full sun safety policy)

 

Dietary needs/allergies:

We ask parents about any dietary needs that their child may have. Staff are aware of the dangers of peanuts, so they are not used in any form at the nursery. Any other known foods which promote allergic reactions for any of the children are kept separate.

 

We have a list of children and their dietary needs and allergies; information to this end is displayed in each of the rooms. All children have table mats, but the children who have identified allergies have a red mat, indicating caution when serving food (see Food, nutrition & allergy policy)

 

Animals:

Although we do not have any pets on the premises, we understand that they can carry diseases. On the occasions where animals visit the nursery, due to particular themes and topics, i.e., life cycles, only reputable organisations that can vouch for the health & safety of their animals will be used to ensure that our children will not be put at risk. A record of the animals that we have visited the nursery will be recorded, along with the organisations’ details, the date of the visit, how many animals and where they were on the premises.
 

If children handle any animals, they will always wash their hands with soap and water directly afterwards.
If the children go on any trips to farms or other places, where they will have the opportunity to handle animals, a risk assessment will be carried out to ensure that the children are kept as safe as possible.

 

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)

Ms Akhtar complies with the COSHH regulations 2002 and is responsible for:
• identifying all substances which need a COSHH assessment
• undertaking COSHH assessments
• ensuring that all relevant employees are informed about COSHH assessment
• checking that new substances can be used safely before they are purchased
• ensuring that equipment is stored safely and securely
• checking that all cleaning products are stored in an out of reach of children cupboard.

 

Notifying relevant organisations of infectious diseases outbreaks

Chingford House Nursery is legally required to notify certain agencies of specified infectious diseases under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 and the Public Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 1988. We are required to inform the Local Authority’s Health Protection Team, Ofsted, or Public Health England of certain illnesses, as soon as possible or within 14 days of the illness, under the EYFS (2017). Some of the diseases which have to be notified include:

• Acute meningitis
• Food poisoning
• Covid-19
• Diphtheria
• Escherichia coli 9VTEC) (E.coli 0157)
• Hepatitis A, B or C
• Infectious bloody diarrhoea
• Measles
• Meningococcal septicaemia
• Mumps
• Rubella
• Scarlet Fever
• Smallpox
• Tetanus
• Typhoid
• Typhus
• Tuberculosis
• Whooping cough

 

Outbreak:

Public Health England defines an outbreak as:
• An incident in which 2 or more people experiencing a similar illness are linked in time or place
• A greater than expected rate of infection compared with the usual background rate for the place and time where the outbreak has occurred.

The Manager or Owner will call the local Health Protection Team (HPT) if they believe there is a possible outbreak (especially for the illnesses highlighted in red above). The information that the Manager should gather in preparation of the call is:

• Total number of affected children/staff
• Symptoms
• Dates when the symptoms started
• Number of classes affected

The HPT may then suggest that an action plan should be put in place.

In line with our Illness, Infection & Exclusion policy, parents are informed of any infectious incidences at the nursery. Confidentiality is maintained and parents are only informed of the infection and which room it is located in. There may be occasion in which the Health Protection Team, Ofsted or Public Health England will need the child’s details, so we will seek consent before sharing information with outside agencies.

 

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR):

Chingford House Nursery is not required to report all accidents which result in an injury; RIDDOR stipulates that serious injuries must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), these include:
• Injuries & ill health involving employees
• Injuries involving children
• Dangerous occurrences

 

Injuries and ill health involving employees:

Under RIDDOR, Ms Akhtar must report the following work-related accidents, including those caused by physical violence or if an employee is injured:

• Accidents which result in death or a specified injury
• Accidents which prevent the injured person from continuing their normal work for more than seven days (not counting the day of the accident, but including weekends and other rest days)

Reportable specified injuries include, for example, fractures, amputations, serious burns, assault of a teacher by a pupil on school premises. Reportable occupational diseases: when we receive a written diagnosis from a Doctor that a staff member has a reportable disease linked to occupational exposure such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis or work-related dermatitis.

Injuries to children and visitors who are involved in an accident at Chingford House Nursery, or on an activity organised by the nursery are only reportable under RIDDOR if the accident results in:
• The death of the person, and arose out of or in connection with a work activity
• An injury that arose out of or in connection with a work activity and the person is taken directly from the scene of the accident to hospital for treatment (examinations and diagnostic tests do not constitute treatment). If a child injured in an incident remains at nursery, is taken home or is simply absent from nursery for a number of days, the incident is not reportable.

 

A full copy of the HSE guidelines are available at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/edis1.htm

We are required to inform Waltham Forest (our Local Authority) of particular incidents on the premises to children, staff or visitors.

 

Policies:
There are further policies in place that help contribute towards creating a healthy environment for all the users at the nursery such as:

Accident & Incident Policy
Medication Policy
No Smoking Policy
Fire Safety Policy

 

Copies of the above and all policies are shared with parents and are available on our website and in a folder in the entrance.

 

Policy revised by: Yolande Farrell Manager

Signed off by: Zarkar Akhtar Owner

Date: August 2021
Date of next review: August 2022