JFC will take all reasonable steps to create a safe working environment and ensure safe working practices. Parents/carers are responsible for their children at all times when attending the children’s centre’s services. Users and staff will be kept safe through the following methods: 

Environment 

  • All toys and equipment will be clean and safe. 
  • Craft materials must be appropriate. Small or sharp objects that could be swallowed will be avoided where babies or toddlers are present. 
  • Staff and users should not cause hazards eg do not leave cupboards or doors open, litter on the floor, trailing leads etc. 
  • Floors will be kept clean and all spillages will be wiped up immediately. 
  • All exit gates will be secure during sessions. 
  • Parents/carers and children will be encouraged to be aware of safe behaviour. 
  • Barriers will be in place as necessary to prevent access to unsafe areas and will be securely fixed and properly used. 
  • All cleaning materials will be stored in a lockable cupboard. If you notice anything in the centre that might be a hazard, please tell a member of staff. 

Health and Hygiene 

  • Smoking is not permitted in the children’s centre building.
  • Parents/carers are requested not to bring children into the centre if they are unwell. 
  • Toilets and washbasins will be cleaned daily and more frequently if required. 

Recording of Accidents, Incidents and Violence 

  • All accidents/incidents will be recorded in the Accident Book which is held in the centre office.

First Aid 

  • The First Aid box will be easily accessible but not within children’s reach. 

Fire Safety and Emergency Procedure 

  • Fire and Emergency evacuation drills must be carried out at least once every 6 months and will be supervised and monitored by the centre manager. Fire notices with concise details of emergency procedures will be prominently displayed. Emergency evacuation procedures will be explained to all users of the centre and to every new member of staff as part of their induction. 
  • All fire equipment is checked annually by a competent contractor. (A H Fire Prevention)

Reviewed and updated every 12 months

Policy date: May 2023
Review date: May 2026