Health and Safety Policy

At Chingford House School we aim to

  • Create a safe and healthy environment for children, parents and staff;
  • Make children, staff and parents aware of health and safety issues;
  • Minimise hazards and risks to help children, staff and parents stay safe;
  • Have in place procedures for identifying, reporting and dealing with accidents, hazards and faulty equipment;
  • Provide adequate control of health and safety risks arising from our work activities;
  • Consult with our employees on matters affecting their health and safety;
  • Provide and maintain safe equipment;
  • Provide information, instruction and supervision for employees
  • Ensure all employees are competent to do their tasks and to give them adequate training

Creating a safe and healthy environment for children, parents and staff
 

We ensure that our premises, including overall floor space and outdoor spaces, is fit for purpose and suitable for the ages of the children cared for and the activities provided on the premises. We comply with the requirements of current health and safety legislation under the terms of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Staffing arrangements are in place in terms of the correct ratio of staff to children in each classroom.  We make sure that children are adequately supervised and deploy our staff to meet the needs of the children.  All our children are allocated a key worker who is responsible for building and establishing a relationship with parents/carers.  Children are always within sight or hearing of staff.

Health and safety

Overall and final responsibility for Health and Safety lies with Zarkar Akhtar, Chingford House School, 22 Marlborough Road, London E4 9AL. Ms Akhtar is responsible for carrying out regular risk assessments and these are listed in our Risk Assessments folder.  Ms Akhtar attends regular health and safety training courses.  A Health and Safety Law poster is displayed in the office. 

All staff must:

  • Co-operate with supervisors and managers on health and safety;
  • Not interfere with anything provided to safeguard their health and safety;
  • Take reasonable care of their own health and safety;
  • Report all health and safety concerns to Zarkar Akhtar;
  • Be responsible for reporting and where possible removing any hazard in the School;
  • Carry out their work in a safe and healthy manner both for themselves and others and make sure that their classrooms are safe;
  • Be aware of the whereabouts of all fire extinguishers and fire points and first aid facilities, and be familiar with the fire policy and emergency procedures;
  • Ensure that visitors who spend a day at the School are made aware of fire points and exits in the School;
  • Students and volunteers must be made aware of the first aid procedures, emergency and fire procedures by Zarkar Akhtar

Insurance

Chingford House School has a Nursery Insurance policy Schedule of Insurance through Morton Michel.  The school is covered for public and employers’ liability and a copy of the certificate is on display in our Reception.  This insurance is renewed every year.

Risk Assessment

Chingford House School conducts a number of risk assessments for the premises on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis depending on the nature of the risk.  The risk assessment sheets are signed by named members of staff, dated and kept in an accessible file in a classroom. The risk assessments include:

  • garden checks (daily);
  • fire doors (daily);
  • fire safety panel (monthly);
  • leads, wires, sockets, heaters (twice a week);
  • fire exits (daily);
  • hazards on floors/tidiness of each room (daily);
  • stair risk assessment (weekly);
  • cleaning materials (weekly);
  • fridge storage (weekly).

In addition, PAT tests/annual checks on our electricity, gas and fire alarms are conducted by external companies.  All certificates for installation and servicing are kept in the appropriate folder. 

Sun Safety

We ask that all parents ensure that their children arrive at school with sunblock already on.  Parents are reminded by newsletters of the importance of applying sunblock before bringing the child to school.  In addition, parents are requested to ensure that the children have hats with suitable neck coverage.  Parental consent is sought to apply sun cream to children too young to apply it for themselves.  For older children we encourage the children to apply their own sun cream.  Staff are encouraged to lead by example in showing the children how they apply sun cream to their own skin.

Sleeping children

Our babies and children sleep in their classrooms. All babies and children are supervised by staff who remain in the room while the babies and children are asleep.  Information on the child’s sleep is passed to the parent on a daily basis.

Hygiene

Chingford House School maintains a rigorous standard of hygiene in the classrooms, toilets and kitchen.  Hand washing is one of the most important ways of controlling the spread of infections, especially those that cause diarrhoea and vomiting, and respiratory disease. The recommended method is the use of liquid soap, warm water and paper towels. Staff therefore always wash hands after using the toilet, before eating or handling food. Cuts and abrasions are covered with waterproof dressings

  • classrooms, toilets and the kitchen are cleaned at the end of each day;
  • all classrooms are checked before the children arrive to ensure that the room is clean and ready for the day;
  • tables are cleaned after activities;
  • classrooms are cleaned following lunch and before the afternoon’s lessons commence.  This cleaning takes place while the children are out in the garden to ensure there is no disruption to lessons in the afternoon;
  • changing mats are cleaned after every use;
  • nappies are disposed of hygienically;
  • staff wear disposable gloves for nappy changing and disposal;
  • toilets are checked on a regular basis and cleaned when necessary with disinfectant;
  • the kitchen area is cleaned on a daily basis and all surface areas in the kitchen are non-porous;
  • all classrooms have access to a sink where children are shown how to wash their hands and encouraged to wash their hands after visiting the toilet and before meals;
  • aprons and disposable gloves are worn by staff when handing out plates of food to the children for their meals;
  • staff are reminded about hygiene practices and new staff are shown our rules for promoting good hygiene;
  • children are encouraged to help tidy up the rooms and, by so doing, learn to understand about hygiene;
  • coughing and sneezing easily spread infections. Children and adults are encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue, wash hands after using or disposing of tissues;
  • soiled linen is washed at the hottest wash the fabric will tolerate.  Children’s soiled clothing is bagged to be taken home and parents informed of the incident.

Notifying Ofsted of infectious diseases or food poisoning outbreaks

Notification of specified infectious diseases is a legal requirement under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 and the Public Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 1988. Some of the diseases which have to be notified include:

  • Acute meningitis
  • Food poisoning
  • Diphtheria
  • Infectious bloody diarrhoea
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal septicaemia
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Smallpox
  • Tetanus
  • Tuberculosis
  • Whooping cough

Immunisations - immunisation status is recorded at entry into Chingford House School, and parents/carers are asked to keep the school informed of any further vaccinations the child has had.

Chingford House School is obliged to notify Ofsted of any food poisoning affecting two or more children or any serious illness of any child whilst attending school; and details of the action taken. Notification must be made as soon as is reasonably practicable, but in any event within 14 days of the incident occurring.

Play equipment internal and external

Chingford House School takes great pride in the amount of play equipment that is available to the children, both in the classrooms and in the garden.  Where appropriate, our play equipment and resources conform to BSEN safety standards or Toys (Safety) Regulation (1995).  Children can independently choose and select from a wide variety of toys and books.

Chingford House School ensures that any unsafe, worn-out or damaged equipment is either repaired or replaced.  All equipment is cleaned on a regular basis.  Records are kept of the equipment purchased, date and price.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)

Zarkar Akhtar complies with the COSHH regulations 2002 and is responsible for:

  • identifying all substances which need a COSHH assessment
  • undertaking COSHH assessments
  • ensuring that all relevant employees are informed about COSHH assessment
  • checking that new substances can be used safely before they are purchased
  • ensuring that equipment is stored safely and securely;
  • checking that all cleaning products are stored in a lockable cupboard.

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)

Most incidents that happen in schools or on school trips do not need to be reported. Only in limited circumstances will an incident need notifying to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under RIDDOR: “Incident reporting in schools (accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences) - Guidance for employers”.  Examples of incidents that sometimes result from schools’ activities and are reportable under RIDDOR include:

  • injuries and ill health involving employees
  • injuries involving pupils;
  • dangerous occurrences.

For incidents on school premises involving staff, pupils or visitors Chingford House School, as a privately-run nursery, has also to report to Waltham Forest as the enforcing authority.

Injuries and ill health involving employees

Under RIDDOR, Ms Akhtar must report the following work-related accidents, including those caused by physical violence, if an employee is injured, wherever they are working:

  • accidents which result in death or a specified injury;
  • accidents which prevent the injured person from continuing their normal work for more than seven days (not counting the day of the accident, but including weekends and other rest days

Reportable specified injuries include, for example, fractures, amputations, serious burns, assault of a teacher by a pupil on school premises.  Reportable occupational diseases: we must report occupational diseases when we receive a written diagnosis from a doctor that a staff member has a reportable disease linked to occupational exposure such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis or work-related dermatitis. 

Injuries to pupils and visitors

Injuries to pupils and visitors who are involved in an accident at school or on an activity organised by the school are only reportable under RIDDOR if the accident results in:

  • the death of the person, and arose out of or in connection with a work activity;
  • an injury that arose out of or in connection with a work activity and the person is taken directly from the scene of the accident to hospital for treatment (examinations and diagnostic tests do not constitute treatment). If a pupil injured in an incident remains at school, is taken home or is simply absent from school for a number of days, the incident is not reportable.

A full copy of the HSE guidelines are available at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/edis1.htm

 

Policy reviewed: April 9th 2019

Date adopted: 1st February 2017