Health & Safety Policy

The Health and Safety of your child is very important to me and I have therefore documented the following procedures that I have in place to support this.

  • I do a quick risk assessment of my home every morning before the children arrive to ensure that it is a safe environment for minded     children

  • All plug sockets not in use have socket covers

  • All equipment will be checked and cleaned regularly. All equipment is fitted with the correct safety harnesses to prevent accidents, for example highchair and pushchairs.

  • Car seats are checked regularly to ensure they are correctly fitted. I will never use a second hand carseat, as I do not know its history.

  • My car is regularly serviced and has  a current MOT. I keep the safety locks on the back doors working. My car insurance is for Business use.

  • I use safety equipment appropriate for the children in my care, ie stair gates, cupboard locks etc. These are checked regularly.

  • I will keep my front door locked with the keys on a hook up high to prevent the children opening the door to strangers.

  • I have procedures in place in the event of a fire

  • I ensure that the children do not have access to any waste, the bins are emptied daily and any used nappies are double wrapped and placed in the outdoor rubbish bin.

  • I do not permit smoking in my home

  • I follow strict hygiene guidelines to prevent contamination

  • I have strict Child protection guidelines in place

  • Children must stay with me when we are away from the home. Younger childen will be strapped in a pushchair, older children will either be on a harness or wrist strap, or holding onto my hand/pushchair.

  • I have emergency contact details with me at all times should I need to contact the parents.

  • I will work with you to teach the children about safety issues like crossing the road and stranger danger.

  • I will work with you to teach the children about making healthy food choices and physical exercise.

  • Sleeping children will be regularly monitored and I use a baby monitor as well

  • I discourage the children from keeping ‘secrets’

  • I will restrain a child if they are putting themselves or others in danger, for example running into a road.

If you have any concerns regarding the health and safety of your child please discuss them with me.

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