Health & Safety - premises related
All early years providers have a legal duty to manage the health and safety of the premises they operate early years care from under The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and all future amendments.
See the Health and Safety Executive web pages:
You will be responsible:
- If you own the premises you are responsible for ALL health & safety requirements.
- When renting a property for your business, you have some responsibilities by law - but most will depend on what it says in the lease. Further information can be found on the government's website.
You can also view some further guidance at the bottom of this page if you are considering becoming a landlord of a childcare provision.
Set out in this section of the website are the things you need to ensure you have in place to be able to provide suitable and safe premises for offering childcare. There are two parts to this and you MUST ensure your early year's provisions meet the requirements of both sections.
The first part is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) standards required to be met by ALL early years providers, which includes space requirements.
The second part is additional legal duties imposed on ALL early years providers above and beyond any imposed by Ofsted and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) standards. This is set out within the 'Managing Health and Safety in Childcare Provisions' document produced by Waltham Forest Council.
You must be registered and logged-in on The Hub in order to download these documents, by using the tab in the top right corner of this webpage. You will not be able to view or download the relevant documents until you have registered and logged on.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Great Britain's independent regulator for work-related health, safety and illness. Their emphasis is on preventing death, injury and ill-health in Great Britain's workplaces. The HSE uses a range and mixture of regulatory interventions to improve the management of health and safety risks.
If you have an Apple mobile or tablet device, you can download a new app designed to help small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) meet their health and safety requirements. The app is free to download and has drawn information directly from the Health and Safety Executive toolbox guidance. Further information