Health and safety is a very important part of any organisation, and particularly schools. It regularly needs to be checked and assessed in the school and wider community. In our school, we follow stringent guidelines set internally and as part of our commitment to being in the Nord Anglia Education group of schools and we regularly check that these standards are met. As Head of Early Years, I walk around the department weekly but also daily, where necessary. I report any necessary repairs or improvements immediately to the Head of Primary and facilities manager. In some cases, furniture may be immediately removed or some rooms may be closed if they are not meeting the standards. The Principal also has termly walks around the department and regular meetings with the facilities manager who immediately provides maintenance staff to fix any repairs that may be needed.
Everyday checks may include safety plugs in all the electrical sockets, ensuring tall furniture is fitted to the walls correctly and special rounded attachments are added to any furniture with sharp corners. Any trip or slip hazards are carefully looked at, and where required anti-slip mats will be provided. In the case of incidents, where spillages have occurred or cleaning is being carried out, a yellow hazard sign will be displayed. Furniture and equipment is regularly checked particularly the soft play room where regularly equipment is removed, replaced and repaired so that the equipment is safe and appropriate for its intended use.
All staff are trained in health and safety and first aid matters. They also have a duty of care to immediately report any hazards they may see throughout the day. Children will be children and they will tend to have accidents but you can feel safe in knowing that we fully prepare for all these eventualities. I am sure you will agree that the new improved soft play room is a perfect example of this.
As we prepare for the end of term, over the next few weeks we will start to prepare the children for their transitions into their new classes. Please talk to them about what will happen next year, how they may move classrooms and may have different teachers teaching them. We hope this will be an exciting time for your children and that they are really looking forward to moving into their new year groups
Miss Julie Walton
Head of Early Years