8.1 Health and safety general standards
At Thorpe Acre Preschool playgroup, we believe that the health and safety of children is of
paramount importance. We make our setting a safe and healthy place for children, parents, staff and volunteers.
- We aim to make children, parents, staff and volunteers aware of health and safety issues and to minimise the hazards
and risks to enable the children to thrive in a healthy and safe environment.
- Our members of staff responsible for health and safety are: Rachel
Dashi & Susan Lee
- They are responsible for the Health & Safety in the setting
- They are competent to carry out these responsibilities.
- They have undertaken health and safety training and regularly update their knowledge and
- We display the necessary health and safety poster on the back of the door in the Kitchen
We have public liability insurance and employers' liability insurance. The certificate
for public liability insurance is displayed in foyer/cloakroom.
- Our induction training for staff, students and volunteers includes a clear explanation of health and safety issues so
that all adults are able to adhere to our policy and procedures as they understand their shared responsibility for health and safety. The induction training covers matters of employee
well-being, including safe lifting and the use and storage of potentially dangerous substances.
- Records are kept of these induction training sessions and new staff and volunteers are asked to sign the records to
confirm that they have taken part.
- Health and safety issues are explained to the parents of new children so that they understand the part played by these
issues in the daily life of the setting.
- As necessary, health and safety training is included in the annual training plans of staff, and health and safety is
discussed regularly at staff meetings.
- We operate a no smoking policy.
- Children are made aware of health and safety issues through discussions, planned activities and
- 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.
- Safety Blind chords are fitted to all roller blinds and kept well out of the reach of children.
- We take precautions to prevent children's fingers from being trapped in doors.
- All floor surfaces are checked daily to ensure they are clean and not uneven, wet or damaged.
- Any spills are mopped up immediately.
- Walkways and stairs are kept clear and uncluttered.
- All electrical/gas equipment conforms to safety requirements and is checked regularly.
- Our boiler/electrical switch gear/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
- Storage heaters are checked daily to make sure they are not covered.
- There are sufficient sockets to prevent overloading.
- Electrical devices are switched off from the plug after use.
- 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
- Our outdoor area is securely fenced. All gates and fences are childproof and safe.
- Our outdoor area is checked for safety and cleared of rubbish, animal droppings and any other unsafe items before it is
- Adults and children are alerted to the dangers of poisonous plants, herbicides and pesticides.
- Our water feature is securely covered or otherwise guarded.
- Receptacles are upturned to prevent collection of rainwater. Where water can form a pool on equipment, it is emptied
and cleaned before children start playing outside.
- Our outdoor sand pit is covered when not in use and is cleaned regularly.
- Staff ensure that children are suitably attired for the weather conditions and type of outdoor activities; ensuring
that sun cream is applied by parents prior to arriving at the setting and that sun hats are worn during the summer months.
- All outdoor activities are supervised at all times and particularly children on climbing equipment..
- We seek information from the Public Health England, to ensure that we keep up-to-date with the latest
- Our daily routines encourage the children to learn about personal hygiene.
- We have a daily cleaning routine for the setting which includes play room(s), kitchen, rest area, toilets and nappy
changing areas. Children do not have unsupervised access to the kitchen.
- Resources and equipment, dressing-up clothes and furnishings are cleaned as and when necessary.
- The toilet area has a high standard of hygiene including hand washing and drying facilities and the disposal of
We implement good hygiene practices by:
- cleaning tables between activities;
- cleaning and checking toilets regularly;
- wearing protective clothing - such as aprons and disposable gloves - as appropriate;
- providing sets of clean clothes;
- Providing tissues wipes and hand towels.
Activities and resources
- Before purchase or loan, equipment and resources are checked to ensure that they are safe for the ages and stages of
the children currently attending the setting.
- A Full inventory of all items in the setting, are kept for audit and insurance purposes.
- The layout of play equipment allows adults and children to move safely and freely between
- All equipment is regularly checked for cleanliness and safety and any dangerous items are repaired or
- Staff make safe, and separate from general use, any items that are unsafe because they are broken or repair is
- All materials, including paint and glue, are non-toxic.
- Sand is clean and suitable for children's play.
- Physical play is constantly supervised.
- Children are taught to handle and store tools safely.
- We check children who are sleeping at regular intervals of at least every ten minutes. This is recorded with the
times checked and the initials of the person undertaking the check.
- If children fall asleep in-situ, it may be necessary to move or wake them to make sure they are
- Children learn about health, safety and personal hygiene through the activities we provide and the routines we
- Any faulty equipment is removed from use and is repaired. If it cannot be repaired it is discarded.
- Large pieces of equipment are discarded only with the consent of the manager and the management
Jewellery and accessories
- Staff do not wear fashion accessories, such as belts or high heels. Jewellery is kept to a minimum and ensures that any
jewellery worn poses no risk to children.
- Parents must ensure that any jewellery worn by children poses no danger; particularly earrings which may get pulled,
bracelets which can get caught when climbing or necklaces that may pose a risk of strangulation.
- We ensure that hair accessories are removed such as headbands and hair slides are removed before children sleep or
Safety of adults
- Adults are provided with guidance about the safe storage, movement, lifting and erection of large pieces of
- When adults need to reach up to store equipment or to change light bulbs they are provided with safe equipment to do
- Warning signs are clear and in appropriate languages.
- The sickness of staff and their involvement in accidents is recorded. The records are reviewed termly to identify
any issues that need to be addressed.
- We keep a record of all substances that may be hazardous to health - such as cleaning chemicals, or gardening chemicals
if used. This states what the risks are and what to do if they have contact with eyes or skin or are ingested. It also states where they are stored.
- We keep all cleaning chemicals in their original containers.
Control of substances hazardous to health
- We implement the current guidelines of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations
- We keep a record of all substances that may be hazardous to health- such as cleaning chemicals, or gardening chemicals
if used and where they are stored.
- Hazardous substances are stored safely away from the children.
- We carry out a risk assessment for all chemicals used in the setting. This states what the risks are and what to do if
they have contact with eyes or skin or are ingested.
- We keep all cleaning chemicals in their original containers.
- We keep the chemicals used in the setting to a minimum in order to ensure health and hygiene is
- Anti-bacterial cleaning agents are used in the toilets, nappy changing and food preparation areas. Cloths are sprayed
with anti–bacterial liquid away from the children before use.
- Environmental factors are taken into account when purchasing, using and disposing of chemicals.
- All members of staff are vigilant and use chemicals safely.
- Members of staff wear protective gloves when using cleaning chemicals.
- Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) (2002)
- Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended 2004)
- Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992
- Health and Safety Law: What You Should Know (HSE Revised 2009)
- Health and Safety Regulation…A Short Guide (HSE 2003)
- Electrical Safety and You (HSE 2012)
- Working with substances hazardous to health: What You Need to Know About COSHH (HSE Revised 2009)
- Manual Handling – Frequently Asked Questions (HSE)
This policy was adopted at a meeting of
Thorpe Acre Playgroup
name of setting
Date to be reviewed
Signed on behalf of the management committee
Name of signatory
Role of signatory (e.g. chair/owner)
Updated May 2020