Accident and Emergency
It is my absolute priority to keep children safe while they are in my care.
My premises have been checked and they meet the national standards for childminding outlined by Ofsted in England, and the Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales (CSIW) in Wales. I also regularly review, update and practice safety routines.
As a registered childminder, I am legally required to have a valid first-aid certificate. I can administer basic first-aid treatment, and my first-aid box is clearly labelled and easily accessible, but out of the children's reach. It is stored in a kitchen cupboard. Parent contact numbers are with the first-aid box.
I hold written permission from parents to get emergency treatment for their child if needed.
If there is an accident;
First, I will reassure the injured child while making sure that the other children in my care are safe. This may mean strapping a baby in a buggy or sitting an older child somewhere safe where they can be seen.
Then, if possible, I will deal with the accident. If not, I will ring 999 for help.
If I have to accompany or take a child to hospital, I will either take the other children with me or call my emergency back-up cover. This will be another registered childminder or known responsible adult. These people will be known to you.
If there is an accident or emergency, my emergency back-up cover may contact you and you will be expected to collect your child straight away.
If I manage to deal with the accident myself, then I will tell the parents immediately.
If I accompany or take a child to hospital, I will contact the parents and ask them to meet me at the hospital.
If I have an accident, I will get the nearest responsible adult to help, while my emergency back-up people are being contacted.
I will do my best at all times to make sure the children in my care are safe, reassured and kept calm.
All accidents will be logged in the accident book.
All serious accidents will be reported to Ofsted. Updated 24/03/2013