Accident/Incident and First Aid Policy

Purpose of Policy:

Accidents can be very distressing to anyone involved so at Banana Moon Nursery we ensure that we follow this policy and procedure to ensure all parties are supported and cared for, and their health, safety and welfare is protected throughout their time in the nursery. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that when an accident occurs in Banana Moon Nursery appropriate action is taken and accurate information is recorded and communicated. An accident is classed as an occurrence which has resulted in an injury to one or more persons.

 

Accident/Incident:

  • It is the responsibility of every member of staff to ensure that accidents and injuries are dealt with in a timely manner.
  • It is the responsibility of the manager to ensure that all members of staff have knowledge of first aid and that there is at least one member of staff on duty at all times who has a valid first aid certificate.
  • The person responsible for reporting accidents, incidents or near misses is the member of staff who witnesses the incident. They must record it on the Accident/Incident Form and report it to the Nursery Manager immediately.
  • The Accident/Incident form should be done as soon as it is dealt with, while the details are still clearly remembered. The parents must be shown the Accident/Incident Report and asked to sign it as soon as they collect their child.
  • The Accident Form will be kept for at least 21 years and 3 months.
  • Any accident/Incident involving a head injury will be reported by the Nursery Manager immediately to the child’s parent for further reference.
  • Where medical attention is required the Nursery Manager or a senior member of staff should notify the parent as soon as possible whilst caring for the child appropriately.
  • If an ambulance has been called and the parent cannot be with the child a senior member of staff will accompany the child.
  • There will be a review of the accident/ incident as soon as possible, during which nursery procedures and any equipment responsible or damaged during the accident will be closely inspected and changed if necessary.

 

First Aid:

Majority of the staff in Banana Moon Nursery are trained in pediatric first aid and this will be updated every three years to ensure these remains current. All first aid trained staff are listed in each room. When children are taken on an outing away from our nursery, we will always ensure they are accompanied by at least one member of staff who is trained in first aid and who carries an
appropriate first aid box at all times.

  • All members of staff have a responsibility to ensure that the Nursery Manager is informed when items from the first aid box are used. A system of recording is in place to ensure that the first aid box is restocked on a regular basis.
  • When creating the staff rota, the Nursery Manager must ensure that at least 1 member of staff on duty has a valid first aid certificate.
  • A sign must be displayed on the notice board or information board which states who the first aider on duty is and where the first aid box is situated.
  • The Nursery Manager along with the nurse will check the first aid box each month to ensure that the box is fully stocked, if there are any items that need to be ordered this should be done as soon as possible.
  • The Nursery Manager is responsible for making sure that all medical information and emergency contact details on the children’s registration documents are up to date and accurate.
  • When an accident occurs it is the responsibility of the first aider / Nurse / Nursery Manager to determine whether the injury can be dealt with in the setting or if medical assistance is required.


Personal protective equipment (PPE)

The nursery provides staff with PPE according to the need of the task or activity. Staff must wear PPE to protect themselves and the children during care tasks that involve contact with bodily fluids. PPE is also provided for the handling of chemicals and other tasks. This is chosen according to the need and will be regularly reviewed to ensure it is suitable and effective.

Dealing with blood

Always take precautions when cleaning wounds as some conditions such as Hepatitis or the HIV Virus can be transmitted via blood. Wear disposable gloves and wipe up any blood spillage with disposable cloth, freshly diluted bleach (one part diluted with ten parts water). Such solutions must be carefully disposed of immediately after use. The nursery will not necessarily be aware if there is a child carrying Hepatitis or is HIV Positive on their
register.

Needle puncture and sharps injury

Blood-borne infections may be transmitted to employees who injure themselves with needles, broken glass etc. For this reason, great care must be taken in the collection and disposal of this type of material. For the safety and well-being of the employees, ALL NEEDLES, BROKEN GLASS, ETC, SHOULD BE TREATED AS CONTAMINATED.

Author Approved By Revision status Date printed
Nilofer Hussain Shiba Wahid Annual August 2016