8.2 Maintaining children’s safety and security on premises

Policy statement

 Appleton Village Pre-school maintains the highest possible security of our premises to ensure that each child is safely cared for during their time with us.

 Procedures

 Children’s personal safety

  • We ensure all employed staff have been checked for criminal records via an enhanced disclosure with children’s barred list check through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • Adults do not normally supervise children on their own.
  • All children are supervised by adults at all times.
  • Whenever children are on the premises at least two adults are present.
  • We carry out risk assessments to ensure children are not made vulnerable within any part of our premises, nor by any activity.

Security

  • Systems are in place for the safe arrival and departure of children.
  • The times of the children’s arrivals and departures are recorded.
  • The arrival and departure times of adults – staff, volunteers and visitors – are recorded.
  • Our systems prevent unauthorised access to our premises.
  • Our systems prevent children from leaving our premises unnoticed.
  • We only allow access to visitors with prior appointments.
  • Our staff check the identity of any person who is not known before they enter the premises.
  • We keep front doors and gates locked shut at all times. Back doors are kept locked shut at all times where they may lead to a public or unsupervised area.
  • The personal possessions of staff and volunteers are securely stored during sessions.
  • Minimal petty cash is kept on the premises.

Other useful Pre-school Learning Alliance publications

  • Managing Risk (2009)