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Electrical/Gas Equipment

  1. All electrical/gas equipment conforms to safety requirements and is checked regularly.
  2. Our boiler/electrical switch gear/meter cupboard is not accessible to the children.
  3. Fires, heaters, electric sockets, wires and leads are properly guarded and the children are taught not to touch them.
  4. Storage heaters are checked daily to make sure they are not covered.
  5. There are sufficient sockets to prevent overloading.
  6. The temperature of hot water is controlled to prevent scalds.
  7. Lighting and ventilation is adequate in all areas including storage areas.

Storage

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

Outdoor area

  1. Our outdoor area will be secured with play panels as and when children are taken out for outdoor play.
  2. Our outdoor area is checked for safety and cleared of rubbish before it is used.
  3. Adults and children are alerted to the dangers of poisonous plants, herbicides and pesticides..
  4. Where water can form a pool on equipment, it is emptied before children start playing outside.
  5. Our sand pit is covered when not in use and is cleaned regularly.
  6. All outdoor activities are supervised at all times.

Hygiene

  1. 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.
  2. Our daily routines encourage the children to learn about personal hygiene.
  3. We have a schedule for cleaning resources and equipment, dressing-up clothes and furnishings.
  4. Hands washed after using the toilet and before handling food.
  5. Children are encouraged to blow and wipe their noses when necessary and to dispose of soiled tissues hygienically.
  6. We implement good hygiene practices by:
  • cleaning tables between activities;
  • cleaning toilets regularly;
  • wearing protective clothing - such as aprons and disposable gloves - as appropriate;
  • providing sets of clean clothes;
  • providing tissues and wipes; and
  • ensuring individual use of flannels and towels.

Food

The pre-school will observe current legislation regarding food hygiene, registration and training.

In particular each adult will:

  1. Always wash hands under running water before handling food and after using the toilet.
  2. Not to be involved with the preparation of food if suffering from any infectious/contagious illness or skin problem.
  3. Will always use a tissue or cover the nose before sneezing.
  4. Use different cleaning cloths for kitchen and toilet areas.
  5. Keep food covered.
  6. All snacks provided will be nutritious and pay due attention to children’s particular dietary requirements.
  7. When cooking with children as an activity, the adults will provide healthy, wholesome food, promoting and extending the children’s understanding of a healthy child.

 Cleaning and Clearing

  1. Any spills of blood, vomit or excrement is wiped up and flushed away down the toilet. Rubber gloves are always used when cleaning up spills.
  2. Floors are other affected surfaces are disinfected.

Activities and Resources

  • Before purchase or loan, equipment and resources are checked to ensure that they are safe for the ages and stages of the children currently attending the setting.
  • The layout of play equipment allows adults and children to move safely and freely between activities.
  • All equipment is regularly checked for cleanliness and safety and any dangerous items are repaired or discarded.
  • All materials, including paint and glue, are non-toxic.
  • Sand is clean and suitable for children's play.
  • Physical play is constantly supervised.
  • Children are taught to handle and store tools safely.
  • Children learn about health, safety and personal hygiene through the activities we provide and the routines we follow.
  • Any faulty equipment is removed from use and is repaired. If it cannot be repaired it is discarded.
  • Large pieces of equipment are discarded only with the consent of the manager and the chairperson or owner.

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