Health and Safety policy

At Banana Moon Nursery we are committed to take the necessary health and safety measures to protect our staff and children’s health under the Health and Safety Act 1974.
We believe that a systematic and structured approach to health and safety, based on systematic risk assessment procedure, can reduce injury and ill health for staff and children.

  • We are committed on developing a culture that supports the concept of risk management by our staff team.
  • Our staff follows a rigorous training sessions to have adequate understanding of health and safety requirements and the implementation of risk
    assessments during the induction period.
  • We continually monitor and evaluate the health and safety requirements keeping it in line with the current legislations, including reviewing the policies and procedures and improving our performance.
  • All our staff is responsible and adheres to all the policies and procedures related to health and Safety.
  • The Nursery Manager ensures that the regulations are within the legislative requirements.
  • Staff and management know that there is no compromise to the health and safety of children, staff and parents.

 

Safety procedures

Our designated staff member carries out risk assessment on regular basis. She has all the assessments carried out recorded and informs the Nursery Manager if any action needs to be taken. Staff are requested to inform the Nursery Manager of any breakage, faults or deficiencies when they occur.

Fire safety (refer to the fire evacuation policy)

First-Aid Medication

The nurse is in charge of first Aid medication, and many staff members have the first Aid certificate.

  • The first Aid kit is regularly checked by the nurse and is restocked as necessary.
  • It is easily accessible to adults and kept away from children.
  • On registration we request parents to write permission for any emergency medical advice. Parents write and sign their approval.

 

  • Parents are requested to sign a consent form allowing staff to take their child to the nearest hospital to be treated, as necessary, while parents are been informed and on their way to the hospital.
  • All accidents are noted down in the accident book and parents are requested to sign the incident/accident form that they are informed when collecting their child.
  • Accident book is regularly reviewed to check on any recurring cause of injuries to be investigated and dealt with.
  • Parents are requested to provide any medication the child is allergic to.
  • If child suffer from an illness on permanent basis, parents are requested to inform the Nursery in a written form and inform us with the medicine and dosage of administration.

Health Policy

Infectious disease can spread rapidly among children and staff. According to our policy, sick children will not be admitted to the Nursery. If a child shows a sign of sickness while in nursery, parents will be called and advised to collect their child, meanwhile the child will be excluded from the group but will be well taken care of by the nurse in the nurse room.

 

  • Sickness could be diarrhea, fever, infectious disease, vomiting, red eye with discharge, lice and nits, earache, and undiagnosed rash. We don’t accept
    teething as an excuse for any of the above symptoms.
  • Parents will be always informed in case of any contagious disease such as chicken pox/rotavirus/hand foot & mouth etc.
  • Parents will be notified in case of breakage of head lice.

The following procedures must be adhered to:

  • Gastric Upsets: Children must be excluded from nursery for 48 hours after the last attack of diarrhea or sickness.
  • Conjunctivitis: Children must not return to nursery before the course of treatment has finished and the eye/s are clear from infection.
  • Fever/Throat Infections: 24 Hours after the fever has gone down.
  • Hand Foot and Mouth: Children cannot return until treatment has been given and the spots have cleared.
  • Head Lice: Any child who has head lice must not return to the nursery until they have been treated.
  • Impetigo: Exclusion is necessary until there is no new blistering or no new crusts are forming.
  • Chicken Pox: Minimum period of exclusion is 5 days from the onset of rash. All spots must be dry and scabbed over before children return.
  • Verrucae: Children do not need to be excluded, but the verruca must be covered with a rubber sock, waterproof plaster or clear nail varnish when the foot is going to become wet or damp.
  • Threadworms: Children can return to the nursery once they have started treatment.
  • Measles: Minimum period of exclusion is 5 days from the onset of rash.

 

  • Meningitis: Children can return to nursery as soon as they feel well enough.
  • Mumps: Minimum period of exclusion is 5 days after the swelling subsides.
  • Whooping Cough: Children can return to nursery 5 days after starting

All infectious illnesses must be reported to the nursery nurse who will advise on the exclusion period necessary and inform other parents. (This also applies to all staff.) We would require a written note from the child’s pediatrician in some cases confirming the child is clear from infectious disease in order to join the Nursery.

This particularly applies to German measles, as this can be extremely harmful to expectant mothers.

Medicine procedures

  • Only valid prescribed medication by a doctor can be administered.
  • Children on medication should be well enough to attend the Nursery
  • Children’s prescribed medicine should be stored in its container, clearly labeled and stored away from the reach of children.
  • We will administer medicine to control the effects of a non-serious illness or where a doctor has prescribed medication.
  • Nurse will record and sign her name after every administering of medicine.
  • Parents will be given a copy of the record to acknowledge the administering the medicine.
  • Each time medication is given to a child a written record will be kept of this together with the signature of a witness. A medication form will be provided for this purpose. All medicines will be kept in a lockable cabinet or cupboard. Parents/carers to be told when they collect child that medication has been administered.

Food and Drink Policy

  • The nursery provides a nutritious and balanced variety of meals. We take into account our children’s different cultures and religions and comply with parents wishes.
  • It is a sociable occasion where children sit together in small groups.
  • Children wash their hands prior touching food
  • Staff washes their hands and put on gloves and aprons while serving food
  • Children are not allowed to swap food especially in case of allergies.
  • Children are not allowed to walk while eating or drinking.
  • Adults are to have hot drinks only during their break time outside the classrooms.
  • All food and drinks are stored appropriately.

 

Hygiene Policy
Washing hands
Washing hands is a disease preventive practice; it needs to be done correctly in the right time to make it effective.

Procedures

  • Use liquid soap for washing hands
  • Use paper towels for drying hands
  • We ensure that children wash their hands before and after every meal, after sneezing, blowing nose, painting, messy play, outdoor play or touching dirty stuff.
  • Adults are to wash their hands before and after handling food, after sneezing, blowing nose, administering medicine, changing nappies/handling potties or helping children for using the toilet, and after touching, body fluids, or any potentially contaminated stuff (Drain, dirty clothes..)
  • Staff should teach children how and when to wash their hands and supervise them as they do it.
  • Alcohol based sanitizers to be kept away from children and to be used only by adults.
  • Hand washing sinks and faucets are cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis to ensure the prevention of cross contamination.
  • All washrooms have the signs as a reminder for staff and children to wash hands.

Nappy change

  • Parents provide Nappies and moistened wipes, we label the package with the child’s full name and keep in a designated area within the reach of Nappychange area.
  • If a prescription ointment is to be applied, parents have to sign a medication permission form. The ointment will be labeled and applied by the nurse.
  • We request parents to provide us with extra set of clothes, as clothes might be soiled by leaks from the nappy or spills from formula and food.
  • Two water proof, sanitary containers with waterproof liners (plastic bags) and tightly fitting lids are available, one for soiled nappies and another for soiled clothes
  • Single-use, disposable vinyl gloves and apron are used.
  • We use waterproof changing mat, cover with disposable paper towels to be thrown away afterwards, we clean mat with disinfectant wipe after each use.
  • Nappy log, with the current date, child’s name and time, observations and comments and caregiver signature is kept close to the nappy change area.
  • All disposable nappies, gloves, paper towels used must be placed in a plastic bag in the sanitary containers and sealed before disposal in the general trash.
  • All soiled clothes with body fluids will be changed. Children’s soiled clothes will be put in a closed, plastic bag and sent home with the child’s parent or caregiver.

 

Toilet hygiene

  • Toilets to be cleaned and disinfected daily and whenever it is soiled.
  • Toilet flush, taps, door knobs and waste bins should be disinfected on daily basis and whenever it’s soiled.
  • Potties should be sluiced in the toilet and then cleaned with disinfectant after every use.
  • We use color coded cleaning clothes for cleaning, one for toilet, tables after food, paint in the classes, and kitchen.
  • A separate clearly marked mop is used for toilet cleaning, when it’s used to clean body fluids it will be disinfected immediately and dried.
  • All cleaning clothes to be washed daily and dried and to be changed whenever needed.

Sand pit
We carry regular checks on the sand pit, and the sand will be changed whenever appropriate
Cleaning routine
A cleaning routine is followed throughout the day to ensure the premises and equipment are kept hygiene

 

Field trips procedures

Agreed procedures for safe field trips are:

 

  • Parents sign a consent approving their child participating in the outside the nursery activity.
  • A risk assessment is carried for the place before the outing.
  • A good ratio for Child-adult is taken in account.
  • Named children are assigned to each staff member or volunteer, to ensure their responsibility and child’s safety.
  • The field trip is recorded in our field trip record, with the name of the place, mode of transport, drivers’ names, staff assigned for the names of children, date, starting and return time.
  • Staff in charge will take a mobile phone, supplies of tissues, wipes, changing clothes, mini first aid pack, snacks and water. A list of the names of the children, their parents’ names and contact numbers.
  • The nursery keeps a record of the transport company, drivers’ names and the appropriate insurance cover.

 

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