Keeping Everyone Safe

1. Mandatory Notices

1.1 Is the certificate of employer's liability insurance displayed and current?

1.2 Is the Health & Safety law information available?

1.3 Is the law poster in the latest format?

1.4 Is the current Company H&S Statement displayed?

1.5 Is the current set of Policies and Procedures being used in the nursery? (Version 5 upwards)

1.6 Is the Keeping Everyone Safe newsletter displayed and available to nursery staff?

2. Building Security

2.1 Is the entrance of the nursery secure? *

2.2 Are visitors requested ID upon arrival?

2.3 Are all visitors asked to sign in the visitors book?

2.4 Does the nursery have a system for dealing with intruders?

3. Training & Competency

3.1 Have the Nursery Manager and Deputy Manager attended or booked to attend the Keeping Everyone Safe Management Training?

3.2 Can the certificates of attendance be evidenced?

3.3 How many members of staff have a current paediatric first aid certificate?

3.4 Does the number of staff qualified in paediatric first aid equate to more than 50% of the nursery staff team?

3.5 Have all staff attended or been booked to attend a basic food hygiene course?

3.6 Have all staff completed the fire safety e-learning module on the Learning Zone?

3.7 Have the Nursery Manager, Deputy Manager, and Cook attended Fire Marshal training?

3.8 Have all staff attended or been booked to attend the basic Child Protection training?

3.9 Have the Nursery Manager, Deputy Manager, and Third in Charge attended or been booked to attend the Advanced Child Protection training? *

4. Risk Assessment

4.1 Are risk assessments in place?

4.2 Have risk assessments been reviewed at suitable intervals?

4.3 Are any specific risk assessments available?
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5. Fire Safety

5.1 Is the Fire Safety Log Book in place and used?

5.2 Is a copy of the nursery fire risk assessment available?

5.3 Has the fire risk assessment been reviewed in the last 12 months?

5.4 Have all remedial items raised in the assessment been completed within the specified time frame where that time has expired?

5.5 Has the fire alarm been serviced in the last 12 months?

5.6 Has the fire alarm been tested weekly?

5.7 Have the extinguishers been serviced annually?

5.8 Have the extinguishers been inspected monthly?

5.9 Are fire drills carried out monthly? *

5.10 Date of last fire drill

5.11 Has the emergency lighting been serviced annually?

5.12 Is the emergency lighting tested monthly?

5.13 Are fire doors checked monthly?

5.14 Are all exits clear and unobstructed?

5.15 Are all exits easy to open?

5.16 Are areas free of accumulations of combustible materials?

5.17 Is the nursery free of any obvious fire hazards?

5.18 Additional comments

6. Electricity

6.1 Has the fixed wire testing been carried out in the last 5 years?

6.2 Date of last fixed wire testing?

6.3 Have all portable appliances been subject to PAT in the last 12 months?

6.4 Date of last portable appliance testing

6.5 Are socket covers in place throughout the nursery?

6.6 Is all electrical equipment in good visual order?

6.7 Are electrical switch rooms free of combustible materials?

7. Control of Hazardous Substances

7.1 Are data sheets held for hazardous substances?

7.2 Have COSHH assessments been carried out?

7.3 Have they been reviewed at appropriate intervals?

7.4 Are relevant COSHH assessments readily available to staff in rooms?

8. Manual Handling

8.1 Have manual handling assessments been carried out?

8.2 Have they been reviewed at appropriate intervals?

9. Nursery Premises

9.1 Do staff complete safety checks throughout the day?

9.2 Are finger guards in place and in good condition for all doors where children are present?

9.3 Is evidence available of the nursery's legionella assessment?

9.4 Is the monthly temperature check log (HSF/11/02) being completed?

9.5 Is evidence available of nursery asbestos survey? Where applicable.

9.6 Has the nursery boiler been serviced in the last 12 months?

9.7 Does the nursery have a working carbon monoxide detector/sensor positioned within the vicinity of the boiler(s)?

9.8 Is there adequate lighting in the outdoor area?

9.9 Are external surfaces, such as car park and entrance, in good order?

9.10 Are there any other hazards or concerns?

10. Kitchen
10.1 What was the date of the last Environmental Health inspection?

10.2 If applicable, what food safety rating was awarded to the nursery kitchen?

10.3 If applicable, have all items raised at the last EH inspection been completed within the time frame?

10.4 Is the Safer Food Better Business / Cook Safe (Scotland) pack fully completed?

10.5 Are the daily diary sheets (HSF/13/01) fully completed?
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10.6 Is the cleaning schedule in place and followed?

10.7 Are monthly reviews being completed with the Nursery Manager?

10.8 Is the kitchen, including equipment, in an acceptable condition?

10.9 Is the cook qualified to a minimum of level 2 Food Hygiene?

10.10 Is the cooks certificate valid and in date?

10.11 Are reasonable procedures in place to prevent children entering the kitchen?

10.12 Are there any other hazards or concerns?

11. Dietary Requirements

11.1 For children with dietary requirements does the nursery have a system for ensuring all details are regularly reviewed with parents and then shared with the staff team? *

11.2 Is the Dietary Requirements form (HSF/10/05) displayed throughout the nursery? *

11.3 Has it been dated within the last month? *

11.4 Does the nursery have a system in place to identify children and their dietary requirements during meal times? *

12. Milk Preparation

12.1 Is the milk preparation area in an acceptable condition?

12.2 Are fridge temperature checks completed?

12.3 Is the approved bottle labelling system in place and being used?

12.4 Are there clear records of children's milk requirements?

12.5 Is there a double checking system in place?

13. Laundry Room

13.1 Are procedures in place to prevent children entering the laundry room?

13.2 Is the room clean and tidy?

13.3 Is the tumble dryer free of lint?

14. Nappy Changing and Toileting Areas

14.1 Is there a system in place to ensure that nappy change areas are clean?

14.2 Are there adequate systems in place to prevent children falling off nappy change surfaces?

14.3 Is appropriate PPE available? Gloves / Aprons

14.4 Is the temperature of hot water checked and recorded weekly? (Separate to the legionella monthly testing).

14.5 Are the bathroom and toilet areas in good condition?

14.6 Is the area free of any other hazards or areas of concern?

15. Daytime Rest

15.1 Does the nursery have a system in place for ensuring sleeping and resting children are monitored? *

15.2 Is a timer used to prompt staff to check on sleeping / resting children?

15.3 Can documentation be evidenced to show that sleeping / resting checks are completed?

16. Garden / Outdoor Area

16.1 Is a garden checklist completed prior to each time children use the garden area?

16.2 Is the garden secure? *

16.3 Is the garden area free of any trip hazards?

16.4 Is the garden area free of any standing water? *

16.5 Is the garden equipment in good condition?

16.6 Is the garden area free of any other hazards?

17. Medication

17.1 Are medicines stored safely in a locked cabinet? *

17.2 Is medication in date?

17.3 Are appropriate forms completed when medicine is administered with all signatures obtained?

17.4 Are standing authorisations in place for special medications such as epipens, nebulisers etc

18. Lifts

18.1 Are passenger and goods lifts maintained?

18.2 Is there a record of lift inspections available? (6 monthly and STE)

18.3 Are lift plant rooms free from of storage items?

19. Summary

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.