The setting believes that the safety of children is of paramount importance. We make our setting a safe and healthy place for children, parents, staff and volunteers by assessing and minimising the hazards and risks to enable the children to thrive in a healthy and safe environment.

The person responsible for ensuring risk assessments are reviewed and updated is Paula Bannell.

The basis of this policy is risk assessment. Wilstead Pre-School follow the following steps to risk assess:

  • Identification of risk: where is it and what is it.
  • Who is at risk: staff, children, parents, visitors, volunteers, cleaner.
  • Assessment as to the level of risk as high, medium or low.
  • Control measures to reduce/eliminate any risk: What will you need to do, or ensure others will do, in order to reduce the risk?
  • Monitoring and review: How do you know if what you have said is working, or is thorough enough? If it is nor working, it will need to be amended and re-assessed for a better solution.

Procedures

Our risk assessment process covers adults, children, volunteers, visitors and includes:

  • Checking for and noting hazards and risks both indoors and outdoors, and for activities and resources.
  • Risk assessments are also undertaken for each outing following our outings policy.
  • Assessing the level of risk and who might be affected (including children or staff with SEN or a disability).
  • Deciding which areas need attention.
  • Developing an action plan that specifies the action required, the time scale for action, the person responsible for the action and any funding required.
  • Due to having more than 5 staff and volunteers employed, risk assessments are written and reviewed regularly. (file found in playroom).
  • We maintain lists of health and safety issues, which are checked daily before the sessions, as well as those checked on either a weekly, monthly termly or yearly basis when full risk assessments are carried out. (in conjunction with the insurance renewal)
  • All staff are aware of the risk assessments carried out and sign to say they have read and understood them.
  • Staff will carry our risk assessments on any new equipment or resources if necessary.
  • Risk assessments will be made in the case of pregnancy.