The Castle Day Nursery aims to provide a healthy, hygienic and safe environment for children and adults.
We follow these safety procedures:

Supervision of children
a) In or out of the building children are supervised at all times.
b) Special care is taken when children are using apparatus. Thorough safetychecks of the premises is carried out at the beginning of each day by a senior member of staff.
c) Children are monitored as they arrive and leave each session through the attendance register. Children leave only with a known authorised adult, whose name has been provided by the Parents. All staff is also entered on the register and all visitors to the nursery are written in the diary and need to sign the visitors book on entering and leaving the building.
d) All staff knows where the first aid boxes and accident book are kept; notices stating where they are displayed. The first aid boxes contents are as been determined in the first aid training course and are checked frequently and replaced as necessary by a senior member of staff.
e) All staff is first aid qualified.

Fire
a) Fire doors are kept free of any obstructions.
b) Fire extinguishers are serviced and checked annually by a fire inspectors.
c) Procedures for fire/evacuation drills are known by the adults in the group and a fire drill takes place at least once every 3 months. A record is kept of all drills.
d) All carbon monoxide and fire alarms are tested weekly by a senior member of staff.
e) The premises is a no-smoking area.

Electrical Appliances
a) All appliances are routinely checked and are reported to the supervisor if faulty.
b) All plug sockets and radiators are covered in all areas used by children.
c) All appliances and electrical equipment are PAT tested on a yearly basis by a competent person.
d) Fixed electrical testing is carried out every 5 years.

Cleaning materials
a) All cleaning materials are stored in high-level cupboards or cupboards with childproof locks, and are used according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Hygiene
We follow these hygiene procedures
a) Ensure that everyone washes their hands after using the toilet, before and after meal times and cookery activities, and after art and craft activities.
b) Individual paper towels are available and disposed of hygienically.
c) All nappies and tissues are disposed of hygienically.
d) All food are stored appropriately according to health and safety guidelines.
e) All utensils, crockery and pots are kept clean and undamaged, ready for use.
f) All cloths for drying crockery are clean and hygienic.
g) We provide different cleaning cloths for kitchen and toilet areas.
h) Disposable gloves and aprons are always worn when dealing with any body fluids i.e blood, urine, vomit and faeces.
i) Areas affected by blood, vomit, urine or faeces are cleaned with diluted disinfectant.
j) When dealing with bodily fluids all cleaning materials are put in a yellow plastic clinical waste bag and disposed of separately from other waste.
k) All clothes, soft toys and soft furnishings stained by body fluids are washed by hand in hot water/detergent, or in hot wash cycle of washing machine.

Health
We follow these health procedures
a) Parents will be required to keep children at home if they have an infectious disease, vomiting or diarrhoea.
b) Parents will be informed if there is any infection of scabies or worms or childhood infectious diseases, which may affect other children or adults.
c) Prescribed medicines are administered by senior members of staff only. Parents of children taking medication should complete the medicine book on arrival and sign the medicine book when collecting their child. All medication will be stored in its original container, clearly labelled and inaccessible to children.
d) All medicines at Nursery are stored in a locked non portable container and when necessary in the fridge.
e) During the warmer months we will encourage all parents to provide labelled sun cream and a sun hat for their child

All accidents are recorded in the appropriate accident book. Children’s accident books is evaluated on a monthly basis by a senior member of staff. Risk assessments are carried out on a yearly basis, but are reviewed following a serious accident, potentially serious incident, or any concerns highlighted by accident book evaluations.