Childcare

Floors / Doors / Ceiling / Walls

Is the floor in good condition?

Walkways clear and easily accessible?

Trip hazards?

Slip hazards?

Entries/Exits free from obstructions?

Doors and locks in working order and secure?

Any damage or leaks from ceiling?

Any damage to walls?

Suspended or protruding hazards?

Lighting / Electrical

All areas have sufficient lighting?

Any lights not working?

All electrical equipment tested and tagged, and within date?

any damage to plugs, sockets and switches and power points?

Any water pooling near power points, electrical cables or equipment?

Any damage to electrical leads?

Electrical Distribution Board (inside cupboard) clearly labelled?

Ventilation

Air conditioning system working properly?

Any leaks from air conditioning system?

Dust / dirt accumulated in air vents?

Damage to ducting and vents?

Is the area adequately ventilated?

Is the exhaust fan working (in bathroom)?

Utensils / Appliances / Equipment

Utensils appropriately stored (including out of reach of children)?

Utensils in good condition?

All appliances in good condition and working properly?

All appliances stored appropriately and easily accessible (and out of reach of children)?

Taps and sink in good condition and working?

Any leaks from taps, drains and sink?

Chemicals

All chemicals appropriately and clearly labelled?

All chemicals appropriately stored and out of reach of children?

All chemical storage containers in good condition and no leaks?

SDS's available and accessible for all chemicals?

Storage

Commonly used items stored appropriately to reduce repetitive reaching to low levels, above the shoulders or out from the body?

storage of items at ground level or above shoulder level is avoided?

Storage areas are neat and tidy and items are easily accessible?

Shelving is of a sound and sturdy condition?

Items in storage areas are secure and no risk of falling?

Emergency Procedures / First Aid

Is the telephone system working correctly?

Is the 2-way radio working correctly?

Fire extinguishers are available, kept in allocated location and unobstructed?

Correct and clear signage is displayed identifying where fire extinguishers are located?

fire extinguishers have been checked within the last 6 months?

Staff have had training in centre evacuation procedures within the last 12 months?

First Aid kit available and clearly labelled?

First Aid kit appropriately stocked?

Is an Epipen available and clearly labelled?

Is the Epipen stored appropriately?

Do staff hold a current certificate in Anaphylaxis?

Food Safety / Hygiene

Hand washing station working, has soap/disinfectant, and is clean?

Are there nuts, or items containing nuts, present?

Is a suitable disinfectant available for use?

Are food preparation areas clean?

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Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.