Health and safety

Little Steps recognises that children grow, learn and develop best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met and when they are cared for by adults with whom they enjoy a positive relationship.

Little Steps Day Nursery recognises and accepts its responsibilities as an employer under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and all subsequent delegated legislation from it. It attaches the greatest importance to the health, safety and welfare of its employees and clients and of all other persons who may visit the nursery.

It is the duty of the nursery as an employer to ensure, insofar as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of all its employees and children. In particular and insofar as is reasonably practicable, this duty requires the nursery to:

a) provide and maintain equipment and systems of work that are safe and free from risks to health;

b) ensure that arrangements for the control, use, storage and transport of articles and substances are safe and free from risks to health;

c) maintain all areas of work under its control, and their means of access and egress, in a safe condition, free from risks to health;

d) provide and maintain a working environment for its employees, children and clients that is safe and free from risks to health and to have adequate facilities and arrangements for their welfare within the nursery;

e) provide effective facilities for the treatment of injuries which occur within the nursery;

f) provide adequate instruction, information, training and supervision;

g) keep records that are necessary to monitor the nursery environment;

h) provide effective fire prevention and fire control procedures.

Little Steps Day Nursery expects employees to conform to this policy and to comply with the relevant sections of the Health and Safety Act 1974 and to exercise all reasonable care for their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions.