Health & Safety

It is the responsibility of Pals to provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions for all employees. The owner (Teresa Robinson) has the overall and final responsibility for ensuring that this policy is implemented. In the case of Teresa being absent from the premises, then the designated person in charge will be responsible.

For 32 children, there will always be a minimum of 5 members of staff, more if any of the children are under 3.

It is the responsibility of all permanent staff to ensure the safety of the children at all times. This will include:

  • Completing day to day risk assessments, as well as more thorough ones on a regular basis both inside and outside.
  • Keeping children’s records up to date.
  • Ensuring the first aid box is regularly re-stocked.
  • Ensuring that any child who becomes unwell during the session is sat separately from the other children until they are collected to minimise spread of infection.
  • Ensuring that when clearing up bodily fluids, disposable gloves are worn, this minimises spread of infection.
  • Ensuring that all main doors are kept secure. The dividing door has a  as a hook which will be secured during the session.
  • Ensuring that children only go home with a known and expected carer. Please see our lost and uncollected children policy for more details.
  • Ensuring fire exits are kept clear.
  • Ensuring children wash their hands after using the toilet, after playing outside, before snack time, and also before cooking.
  • Ensuring tissues are disposed of tissues in the covered bin provided.
  • Washing their hands before preparing food.
  • Ensuring that all harmful and hazardous substances are kept out of reach of children.
  • Ensuring kitchen and toilet surfaces are clean.
  • Ensuring no flooring, furniture etc is hazardous.
  • Keeping all furniture in a good state of repair.
  • Checking toys and equipment regularly, and keeping them clean.
  • Any faults on the premises must be reported to Teresa, who will in turn inform the Christ Church Premises Manager.

Staff are taught how to lift and bend correctly when moving equipment. A heavy item will not be moved by just one person.

Pals operate a no smoking policy and it is prohibited to smoke either in the building or in the car park.


First Aiders

Teresa, Sophia, Lara, Laura, Linley and Liz currently hold up to date first aid certificates, and these are updated on a regular basis. Sophia is the designated person responsible for ensuring that the first aid box is kept stocked to date.

The first aid box is located behind the glazing unit on the window sill in the hall. Our staff are aware of how various infections are transmitted. If dealing with bodily spills, then protective gloves will be worn, and infected areas disinfected afterwards. Any child with specific medical conditions that may require particular treatment will be listed on the chart on the storage room doortogether with specific instructions.

Procedure for recording accidents.

This will always be recorded in pen in the accident book, giving details of the casualty’s full name, date, time and place of incident the nature of the injuries, and anyone else involved in the incident. Any treatment given will be stated and any medical aid sought at the time or later will be noted. Any witnesses and the person dealing with the incident will also be recorded. When the parent or carer arrives they will be asked to sign the book as acknowledgement that they have been informed. To comply with Data Protection legislation, we use one page per accident.


In order for a member of staff to administer any medication, the parent or main carer will need to sign a consent form giving such permission. We do not normally administer medication unless they have been prescribed by a doctor for the child. Where possible we would ask you to administer this either before or after the child attends. Any medication left on the premises must be in their original containers and be clearly labelled. These will be stored on a top shelf to the left of the sink in the storage cupboard which is inaccessible to the children. A list of all medical needs and allergies is kept on the wass in the storage room as well as on the inside of the cupboard door in the kitchen for all staff to be aware of.



Children will not be allowed to attend if they are known to be suffering from any infectious illnesses; this includes sickness and diarrhoea. A child who has suffered from sickness or diarrhoea will not be allowed back into the pre- school until 48 hours after the last bout of sickness. The pre-school will inform parents of anything that is currently circulating the pre-school. Children who are taken ill while in

the setting, will be sat separately from the other children, while the carer is contacted.

Car Park Safety.

Parents must ensure that their children are supervised at all times in the car park both when leaving and departing the pre-school. If parents are waiting for the pre-school to open, children should not be allowed to wander about the car park. We ask parents not to park in the car park, however any Parents who do drive in must ensure that they drive safely and slowly (5mph) being aware that children may well be in the car park with their carers.

Procedure for evacuating the building.

Immediately summon the children to line up by the exit of the hall to be used. While this is going on, look around for stray children and check toilets if necessary. Pick up pen, register and mobile phone. Evacuate the children through safest exit and assemble on the grass to the left of the lounge. Check the children against the register for the morning. Dial 999 and ask for the fire brigade and tell them there is a fire at Christ Church, Lubbock Road, Chislehurst.

For each fire drill we fill in a report stating how long the evacuation took, number of children and adults present, exit used and any difficulties encountered. We regularly practice evacuating the building.