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Part 2: Managing Health and Safety in Childcare Provisions

Early Years Foundation Stage

To assist providers with the non-Ofsted regulated side of health and safety Waltham Forest Council has produced a 'Managing Health and Safety in Childcare Provisions' guidance document, which gives childcare managers/building owners key information about health and safety matters relevant to childcare settings, indicates the records that need to be kept and the actions that need to be taken to ensure:

  • the smooth running of the building where childcare is provided from;
  • a safe environment for children, parents and staff; and
  • compliance with the relevant health and safety and environmental legislation, approved codes of practice and guidance.

Logged-in users can download the document below (labelled as 'Compliance Check 2 - WF FEEE Premises Health and Safety: All non-maintained schools and PVIs').

Further guidance can be found from the Health and Safety Executive website:

Further information about specific elements within the 'Managing Health and Safety in Childcare Provisions' guidance document can also be downloaded below, along with an additional document intended for safety representatives who are concerned about the temperature in childcare provision called 'Hot Weather Guidance'.

Information for childminders

Childminders have fewer statutory responsibilities around childminding from their home in terms of premises, which mostly sit under the Health & Safety at Work Act, fire safety regulations and hygiene (see paragraph 3.54 of the Statutory Framework for the EYFS 2014, Page 27), so the document mentioned above does not apply (although it can be used for further guidance). In accordance with this, childminders must maintain safe working conditions and ensure that all employees, paid or voluntary, are aware of, and practise, safe systems of working.

We have produced a separate guidance document to assist childminders with maintaining safe premises to deliver childcare from. It can be downloaded here.

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Tuesday, 14 February, 2017
Last updated: 14 February 2017 by Barry Fong