Health and safety is monitored and maintained daily. We risk assess the room twice a day and at the end of the week the risk assessment sheets per room are given to the Health and safety officer. We make sure children’s record are kept up to date on a regular basis making sure we get the parents to let us know of any allergies their child may have. If they have been off poorly and been to the doctor, we ask what was wrong to make sure they do not have contagious condition.
If they are on antibiotics, we make sure the child has been on them for 48 hours so the parent can monitor whether they have a reaction to it. Once they can come back, we get the parent or carer to fill out a medication form with all the details of the medication and how much and when to administer it. We always have two people checking when administering medication to a child.
If a child has an accident or an adult, we have an accident form that gets filled in. We firstly show it to a member of management so they can sign it. We then get the parent to read it and sign it as soon as possible. The form then gets given to management. We also have a form for the parents to fill in if the child is dropped off and we notice a bruise or cut. Most of the time the child has fallen over on the way to nursery or bumped themselves at home.
The parent or carer needs to document this when they arrive. This is a good way of seeing if there are any patterns of children coming in with bruises. It can also frustrate the parents, as they may be in a rush and now must stay a few extra minutes to fill out the form. All accident forms are given to the Health and Safety officer at the end of the day for her to review and see if there are any patterns such as a lot of children are falling on the logs. She will then have to check to see what we can do to change it and make it safer. It is the settings responsibility to report any serious accidents or illnesses to RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995)
First aid boxes must be provided in each room. There must always be first aiders in the setting with and up to date paediatric first aid qualification. We have first aid boxes in each room. The boxes are easily accessible so first aid can be administered straight away. Having first aiders in the setting helps to deal with an accident there and then and if it’s serious the first aider can help instantly while waiting for the ambulance.
All fire exits in our setting are kept clear and this is doubled checked on our risk assessment for the room. We also practice fire evacuation on a regular basis. As beneficial as this is sometimes it can be hard in the baby room as we may have just put the babies to sleep and then we have a mock evacuation, so we must pick the babies up and follow our evacuation procedure. Putting the babies back to sleep can be quite tricky afterwards but we understand we need to practice in all circumstances.
We are trained in how-to pick-up children correctly without injury. Also, if there is certain equipment that we need to use on a child with special needs we are trained on using it correctly and for the intended purposes. We have a few different heavy items that the children use for example the tyres or bags of sand to fill the sandpit. We plan first on how we are going to move and make sure it’s done safely. A risk assessment is carried out on any new activity we would have to do i.e. move a heavy object or if a member of staff is pregnant a risk assessment would be done on that person.
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