To provide an environment for babies and children that is safe, with areas for play that flow, are easily supervised and provide opportunities for learning.
- The design and layout for premises provide areas for inside and outside play including quiet areas and areas for physical and creative experiences that can cater for a variety of age groups and abilities.
- Areas are able to be easily and effectively supervised. Any issues with this to be recorded in the Health and Safety Check section of the diary.
- The premises confirm to any relevant bylaws of the local authority. Any premises undergoing alterations conform to the Building Act 2004. (documentation showing compliance such as Code of Compliance Certificate issued under Section 95 of Building Act 2004) and (Current Annual building WOF if a compliance schedule required – section 100 of Building Act 2004)
- A variety of equipment and materials provided appropriate for the learning and abilities of children attending including safe spaces for babies not yet walking to lie, roll, crawl, pull themselves up and be protected from more mobile children.
- Floors safe and durable, suitable for a variety of activities and able to be cleaned easily.
- Space for safe storage of children’s belongings, play materials, cleaning materials and confidential storage of records.
- There is an area for preparing and cleaning up paint and other art materials. If you are unable to access this area while children are in care ensure you are prepared before care starts; clean up may need to wait until care has finished.
- A telephone is available for incoming/outgoing calls.
- Easily accessible outdoors area with a well-drained safe surface that is enclosed by a fence that prevents children being able to leave without the knowledge of the Educator.
- Beware of items that can assist children climbing over fences i.e. trees, ladders, chairs.
Refer to: Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008;Licensing Criteria for Homebased Education and Care Services 2008 (PF 1-9 & 11)
Children will experience an environment where they are kept safe from harm while at rest and sleeping.
To ensure a system is in place, for monitoring resting and sleeping children, which ensure their comfort, safety and well-being and hygienic practices are used.
- Furniture or items intended for sleeping on (cots, beds, stretchers, mattresses) are arranged and spaced so when in use:
- Educators have clear access to at least one side.
- The area allows for sufficient air movement.
- Children able to sit or stand can do so safely as they wake.
- Appropriate equipment must be available for children needing to sleep during their time in care, i.e. cot, bed, stretches or mattress. These must be of a size appropriate for the children’s height, and of a design that ensures their safety. Often children ‘sleep in transit’ in a pram, buggy, car seat, this is not the best place for a child to sleep. While at the Educators home children must not sleep in cars seats, prams or anything that can restrain their movement.
- Bedding equipment must be stored in an appropriate hygienic place which is dry and not a hazard to children.
- All bedding equipment is to be washed or wiped down before storage or before it is returned to Childsplay Homebased Education Services.
- Children must not have access to fluid or food while in bed (or any other resting or sleeping place).
- Bed linen must be laundered when soiled or wet (warm or hot water), and at least once a week.
- Educators must have a set of sheets and blankets for each child that requires them. Bed linen used by one child must be laundered before being used by another.
- Children will be monitored while sleeping for warmth, breathing and general well being and checked at least every 10-15 minutes (during day time sleep) or more frequently according to individual needs (e.g. in prams/car seats, if unwell). Physical checks must still be carried out even with the presence of a baby monitor.
- Sleep times are to be recorded in the daily diary/communication book along with the regular checks and signature.
- Ensure that all children will be supervised while sleeping in home based care; therefore, doors will be left open in the room of a sleeping child.
- Separate rooms for sleeping children to be considered if possible.
- Visiting Teachers will check records at each visit.
Refer to: Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008 and Licensing Criteria for Homebased Education and Care 2008.
To provide guidelines, concerning smoking when working with children, in accordance with Early Childhood Education Regulations 2008.
To ensure families and Educators are made aware of the rules concerning smoking around children with respect to the home-based care regulations.
- There is to be no smoking on the premises of an Educator’s home while children are in care.
- Educators must not smoke whist on outings with children.
- If there is a smoker in the household, or any visitors to the home, they must not smoke while children are in care. This includes the outside area.
- If there is a smoker in the house, this will be recorded on the regular hazard form to ensure that smoke butts are cleaned away, lighters out of children’s reach and there is no access to cigarettes or tobacco before children come into care.
- Failure to inforce this will become a non-compliance issue.
- Childsplay Homebased Education Service will promote smoke free outings in public domains, this maybe out of our control.
- If families have any complaints, please ring the office on 0800 427 027 or refer to the Childsplay Complaints procedure.
Refer to: Smoke Free Environment Act 1990 (section 7); Childsplay Complaints Procedure; Non-Compliance Policy.