The safety of your child is paramount and I will take every measure I can to protect your child from hurting themselves. My premises have been checked and they meet the EYFS Welfare Requirements for childminding outlined by Ofsted. I also regularly review, update and practice safety routines. As a registered childminder, I am legally required to have a valid first aid certificate. I can administer basic first aid treatment, and my first aid box is clearly labelled and easily accessible. It is stored in the kitchen. Parent contact numbers are with the first aid box. I hold written permission from parents to get emergency treatment for their child if it is needed.
If a child turns up already ill, I am happy to take care of the child as long as there is no danger to any of the other children in my care. I would expect a parent to call me before they bring their child.
If any of my helpers are ill I will attempt to get replacements. If I am ill, I will try and organise for another qualified childminder to take my sessions. If there is an accident:
I will comfort and reassure the injured child while making sure that the other children in my care are safe. This may mean strapping a baby in a buggy or sitting an older child where they can be seen.
I will assess the extent of their injuries and will carry out any first aid procedures that are necessary and that I have been trained to do
If necessary I will call for medical support/ambulance
If I have to accompany or take a child to hospital, I will either take the other children with me, or call my emergency back-up cover. This will be another registered childminder or known responsible adult. These people will be known to you and are named below.
If there is an accident or emergency, my emergency back-up cover may contact you and you will be expected to collect your child straight away. If I manage to deal with the accident myself, then I will inform the parents immediately. If I accompany or take a child to hospital, I will contact the parents and ask them to meet me at the hospital. If I have an accident, I will get the nearest responsible adult to help, while my emergency back-up people are being contacted. I will do my best at all times to make sure the children in my care are safe, reassured and kept calm. All the accidents and incidents will be recorded in the accident and incident book and signed by myself. Parents will be shown the details and asked to sign and date the relevant page when they collect their child.
If I have to evacuate the premises, I will gather the children on the green outside. If the weather is bad or we are unable to return fairly quickly, I will have procedures in place to cover this eventuality.
Emergency Back-up Cover:
Evacuation in case of emergency
In order to keep the children and myself safe I have developed the following procedure to evacuate my home in the event of an emergency.
This may be as a result of a fire, flooding, gas leak etc.
The children will regularly practice the evacuation procedure with me so they will not be alarmed in the event of the situation being real. Practices will be carried out on different days of the week to ensure all children practice and the details recorded in the evacuation log.
*Sound the alarm (this is a whistle)
*Evacuate the children using the safest and nearest exit available (Babies and toddlers will be carried to safety)
*Take: Attendance Record for the day, Contact numbers, Mobile phone
*Assemble across the road from the house (at the end of the garden if leaving via the rear of the house)
*Contact the emergency services
*Comfort and reassure the children
*Arrange safe place for the children to stay until parents can collect them
*Follow the instructions of the Emergency Services
*Do not return to the building until the Emergency Services have declared it safe to do so.
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