Safety – Policy and Practice

          Safety – Policy & Practice

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The safety of young children is of paramount importance.

We recognise the duties and comply with the Health & Safety at Work Act and other statutory bodies such as Ofsted.

All equipment and resources used at The Playbox conform to BSEN Safety Standards or Toys (safety) Regulation 1995.

In order to maintain the safety of both children and adults, The Playbox will ensure that:

– All children are supervised by adults at all times and will always be within sight of an adult.

– Whenever the children are on the premises a minimum of two adults are present but the ratios are

   considered at all times.

– A book is available at each session for the reporting of any accident/incident.

– Regular safety monitoring will include checking of the accident/incident book by the

   Playbox management committee safeguarding member.

– We will notify Ofsted and the Health & Safety Executive of any serious injury or death to any child or

  adult on the premises.

– A correctly stocked first aid box is available at all times.

– At least two members of staff are trained in Pediatric First Aid and regularly update their training.

  There will always be one member of staff who is first aid trained for each session.

– For safety reasons the main door to the hall is locked during The Playbox session and a spy

  hole is fitted for extra security to prevent unwanted visitors and to ensure that the children do not

  leave the premises unsupervised.

– All staff and parents are aware of the system in operation for children’s arrivals and departuresand an

  adult will be at the door during these periods.

Failure to collect a child

– If a child has failed to be collected at the end of a session, their parents or emergency contacts will be

called. In the event of this being unsuccessful after 1/4 hour after the end of a session it may be necessary to contact the police and Social Care Services. Depending on circumstances Ofsted may be informed on Tel: 0300 123 1231.

Missing Child

– In the unlikely event that a child becomes missing during the session, a member of staff will search the

immediate area straight away. If the child cannot be immediately found, the police and then parents would be contacted. If an incident occurs, it will be reviewed afterwards within 24 hours and any changes to procedures will be updated in writing in the following two working days.

– A register of both adults and children is completed as they arrive so that a complete record of all those

  present is available in any emergency.

– Visitors will be requested to sign in and out of a visitor’s book.

– Children will leave the group only with authorised adults.  Written Parental consent will be obtained

  whenever possible.

– Large equipment is erected with care and checked regularly.

– Equipment, toys, dressing up clothes and play materials are cleaned and washed at least every

  term, or more often if necessary.

– Equipment and premises are checked on a regular basis via a daily safety checklist and any

  dangerous items repaired or discarded.

– The layout and space ratios allow children and adults to move safely and freely between activities.

– There is no smoking, vaping or using e-cigarettes on the premise either inside or outside.

– Fire doors are never obstructed.

– Fire extinguishers are checked regularly.

– Fire Drills are held each half term and effectively recorded – fire procedure is available and given to all staff, volunteers and students and displayed at the hall.

– Electric sockets are adequately guarded. Gas, heating, electrical and other appliances & fittings conform

  to safety standards, but are the responsibility of the Church and any concerns will be reported to them

  immediately via the chief property steward.

– All dangerous materials, including medicines, are stored out of reach of children. 

– Children do not have access to the kitchen

  • No Hot drinks are permitted in the setting  and any cold drinks must be in sealed unbreakable containers.

– Activities such as cooking and energetic play receive close and constant supervision.

– The premises are checked before locking up at the end of the session and the Health and Safety

   checklists have been completed daily.

– Our public liability Insurance certificate is permanently on display.

This policy was reviewed & updated at a meeting of The Playbox committee held on 9th  May 2023

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