Accident & Safety Policy

Cuan Bhríde Childcare Centre
Accident & Safety Policy

It is the policy of Cuan Bhríde Childcare Centre to promote the health, well-being and personal safety of all children and adults involved in our service, through developing and regularly reviewing accident prevention procedures.

Accident Prevention
1. A Safety Statement has been prepared and is reviewed on a regular basis
2. All new staff and volunteers must be familiar with the Safety Statement
3. There are at least two adults on the premises at all times when children are in the building.
4. Children are supervised by adults at all times.
5. Care is taken to ensure that no child can leave the premises undetected.
6. Staff must know which children are present at any one time.
7. Furniture and equipment are laid out to minimise safety risks and checked regularly for any damage.
8. Only suitable and age appropriate objects are available to children.

Accident Procedures
1. The First Aid Box is always fully equipped, easily identifiable and in a location, which is known to all adults
2. At least one member of staff who holds an up to date Occupational First Aid/First Aid Response Certificate is on the premises at all times.
3. Records are accessible to all relevant staff in case of an emergency.
4. Any staff who has completed first aid training will assess the situation and administer treatment as per training.
5. Minor accidents will be treated in the childcare premises and parents/carers will be advised of the injury and the action taken, when the child is collected.
6. The manager is alerted and informed of the accident/incident i.e. a child has a bite from another child.
7. All accidents even minor ones, are recorded in the Accident/Incident Report Form.
8. In the case of serious accident, the senior staff member will phone the parent.
9. If the child has to go to hospital before the parent/carer arrives, an adult known to the child must accompany him/her to hospital and stay until the parent/carer arrives.
10. The child’s registration must be brought for reference.
11. All accidents are to be reported to the insurance company.

Updated 12 September 2018