Health and Safety

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1.2 Explain how health and safety is monitored and maintained and how people in the work setting are made aware of risks and hazards and encouraged to work safely.
All settings must carry out risk assessments on a daily basis. These are supplemented with daily checks. In all cases these must be signed and dated, so that members of staff are made responsible and accountable for the safety of children, other staff and visitors to the setting.

Health and safety

3.2 Health and safety general standards

Policy statement

This setting believes that the health and safety of children is of paramount importance. We make our setting a safe and healthy place for children, parents, staff and volunteers.

We aim to make children,
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Our boiler/electrical switch gear/meter cupboard is not accessible to the children. Fires, heaters, electric sockets, wires and leads are properly guarded and the children are taught not to touch them. Storage heaters are checked daily to make sure they are not covered. There are sufficient sockets to prevent overloading. The temperature of hot water is controlled to prevent scalds. Lighting and ventilation is adequate in all areas including storage areas.

Storage All resources and materials from which children select are stored safely. All equipment and resources are stored or stacked safely to prevent them accidentally falling or collapsing.

Outdoor area Our outdoor area is securely fenced.
 Our outdoor area is checked for safety and cleared of rubbish before it is used. Adults and children are alerted to the dangers of poisonous plants, herbicides and pesticides. Our pool/pond is securely covered or otherwise guarded. Where water can form a pool on equipment, it is emptied before children start playing outside. Our outdoor sand pit is covered when not in use and is cleaned regularly. All outdoor activities are supervised at all times.

Hygiene We regularly seek information from the Environmental Health Department and the Health Authority to ensure that we keep up-to-date with the latest recommendations. Our daily routines encourage the children to learn about personal hygiene. We have a daily cleaning

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