Maintaining children’s safety and security on premises
20. Maintaining children’s safety and security on premises.
We maintain the highest possible security of our premises to ensure that each child is safely cared for during their time with us.
Children’s personal safety:
- We ensure all employed staff have been checked for criminal records via an enhanced disclosure with children’s barred list check through the Disclosure and Barring Service, provided by CAPITA.
- Adults are always within sight or sound of other staff.
- All children are always supervised by adults.
- Whenever children are on the premises at least two adults are present.
- We carry out daily risk assessments to ensure children are not made vulnerable within any part of our premises, nor by any activity.
- A space is being created for the animals to be secured in. The grounds are checked and cleared of animal faeces before the children play.
- Clearing of harmful overgrowth is carried out
- Parents notify us of any health and dietary requirements upon starting and at the start of sessions.
- Dietary requirements are recorded in 3 places, office, in the room and in the kitchen.
- Staff and parents have contact numbers for Professional bodies available throughout the building
- Systems are in place for the safe arrival and departure of children.
- The times of the children’s arrivals and departures are recorded.
- The arrival and departure times of adults – staff, volunteers, and visitors – are recorded.
- Our systems prevent unauthorised access to our premises.
- Our systems prevent children from leaving our premises unnoticed.
- We only allow access to visitors with prior appointments.
- Our staff checks the identity of any person who is not known before they enter the premises.
- We always keep front doors and gates locked and shut. Internal doors are always kept locked and shut, where they may lead to a public or unsupervised area, this is done using pin pads installed on the doors.
- We have installed entry phones to talk to people without needing to allow them entry to the building.
- The personal possessions of staff and volunteers are securely stored during sessions.
- Minimal petty cash is kept on the premises.
- Pictures and names of the children are never displayed together.
- Bi-monthly fire drills and Intruder protocol are carried out.
- A password and first name are required when anyone new is due to collect a child.
- Visitors are asked to put their mobile phones in the office for the duration of their visit.
- We check the ID of any professionals coming to or working on site.
- Consent for photographs taken is gained before used
Other useful Pre-school Learning Alliance publications
Managing Risk (2009)
Reviewed by: A.T and S.P July '18