Emergency Procedures


It is our responsibility to plan ahead for any emergency that may occur during childminding. Parents need to keep us informed of any changes to their circumstances and contact details. We will ensure that our records are updated accordingly.

Here is our plan for dealing with any emergency event that may occur:

General
  • To have access to a landline or mobile telephone at all times, and to be aware of the location of public payphones nearby
  • To make provision for an emergency childminder, with whom the children may be left, with the agreement of parents
  • To ensure children’s records are kept up-to-date. This includes parent/guardian contact details for home and work, GP details, and consent forms. This information is kept confidential, and is available on request by the parent or guardian for their own children
  • To ensure that our own details and emergency contacts are all in an accessible place, and made available to parents
  • To ensure that the First Aid box is well-equipped, clearly labelled and in a safe place that is inaccessible to children. The First Aid box is kept in a child-locked kitchen cupboard, below the sink
  • To ensure that the First Aid certificate is visible and training is kept up-to-date
  • To ensure that all assistants, children and parents know of the evacuation plan and escape routes in the case of a fire. Both front and back doors, and windows can be used for evacuation. The safe-point to convene is at the bottom of the road on the same side as the house. A fire escape plan has been posted on the bulletin board in the hallway.
  • All adults in the house need to know the location of the fire blanket and extinguisher. The fire blanket is kept by the back door in the kitchen, the extinguisher is in the hallway opposite the playroom door.
Specific plans in case of fire
  • Leave the house via the back door if the fire is as the front of the house, or leave through the front door if the fire is at the rear of the house
  • To practise the fire drill regularly with the children
  • To evacuate the house quickly and calmly, encouraging children who can walk to do so. Babies and children who cannot walk will be carried
  • Gather at the meeting-point, which will be at the bottom of road
  • Check attendance to ensure everybody has reached the meeting-point
  • Inform the emergency services as soon as possible.
  • Inform Ofsted if emergency services were needed.
  • Every effort will be made to ensure a mobile phone is with us at all times.
First Aid
  • To ensure that First Aid training is as up-to-date as possible. To regularly read through training notes to ensure that we are always familiar with best practices.
  • To remove any child from the source of danger and begin administering First Aid if necessary
  • Inform emergency services if necessary
  • Contact parents if a child needs to be seen by a doctor
  • Establish contact with an emergency back-up childminder if cover is needed
  • Provide reassurance to the injured child and to children present
  • Record what has happened, name and age of child, exact time and date, description of the accident, details of the injury, and a description of any steps taken afterwards. All records to be kept in the accident book.

A soon as possible after the accident/incident parents will be asked to sign and date what has been documented. This is to confirm what has been recorded, and that it has been clearly understood.

Ofsted will be informed of any incident, injury or illness that requires hospital treatment.
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