HEALTHY EATING POLICY. DENTAL HYGIENE POLICY.
FOOD, DRINK, DRUGS, SMOKING POLICIES. RISK, HEALTH AND SAFETY.
A good balanced diet is vital for children to develop healthily along with fresh air and regular exercise.
We are happy to provide all children in our care with healthy meals, snacks and drinks, or to cook/serve food provided by their parents.
We encourage children to choose healthy options and to experiment by trying new foods from other cultures. Older children are encouraged to help in the preparation of food and meals.
We are happy to discuss menus with parents and cater for children with different food allergies and cultural/religious requirements. If your child has any particular dislikes or favourite dishes please let us know.
We will record what your child has eaten and approximate amounts in the daily contact book.
If you have any concerns regarding diet/menu/quantity please do not hesitate to discuss it with us.
We are happy to support you if you are weaning your baby. We have a blender and are willing to make pureed dishes if required or assist in baby lead weaning.
We do not permit children to have fizzy drinks, unless it is a special occasion and parents have given permission. Children are offered water, milk or fruit juices.
We do not encourage children to eat sweets on a regular basis, however we do sometimes offer sweets for special occasions. Please let us know what, if any sweets you permit your child to eat.
Recent research shows that 38 % of five year olds in England had experienced tooth decay.
As an Ofsted Registered Childminder we are very aware of the need to follow good oral hygiene practices and to avoid eating foods and drinks with high sugar content.
We would like to support you in training your child to clean their teeth regularly by helping him/her clean their teeth after meals whilst in our care.
We would therefore request that you provide us with a suitable toothbrush, toothpaste and a small plastic beaker. These will all be stored in a small plastic container in our utility room and we will help your child clean his/her teeth regularly.
We will advise you when the toothpaste is running low or the brush needs replacing.
We also ensure that the children in our care are not given food containing high levels of sugar. We do not permit fizzy drinks and will wean children from drinking from bottles with teats as continued sucking of juice can damage teeth. We will work with you to encourage your child to drink from a beaker or trainer cup.
Further information and support can be found on the website: www.stop-the-rot.co.uk
Food and drink
It is our policy to provide children with healthy, balanced and nutritious meals, snacks and drinks.
Those responsible for the preparation and handling of food will be competent to do so.
Before a child is admitted we will obtain information about any special dietary requirements, preferences and food allergies, and any special health requirements
We will collect, record and act on information from parents about a child’s dietary needs.
Where parents provide meals for their children to eat in our setting we will provide chilled storage for packed lunches and appropriate storage areas for other foodstuffs.
We will also provide children with clean and age-appropriate crockery and eating utensils.
We will respect the diversity of practice around mealtimes e.g. use of chopsticks or fingers for eating.
We will provide children with healthy meals, snacks and drinks as appropriate and recommended by the Food Standards Agency literature.
We will ensure fresh drinking water is available at all times, both in and outside our setting.
As a provider of meals and snacks we are aware of our responsibilities under food hygiene legislation.
This includes, if necessary, registration with the relevant Local Authority Environmental Health Department.
If this is the case then we are happy to have our premises inspected by a food safety officer.
We will detail any allergens that are present in the food that we prepare for children in accordance with EU Information for Consumers Regulation 2014 and share this with parents/carers
We will list any allergens in ingredients that are present in any food that we produce, as well as being aware when we take children out to eat at other settings.
All registered food businesses will have to comply with the legislation so we will make sure we are aware of any allergens contained and make this part of our risk assessment.
We will ensure suitable sterilisation equipment for babies’ food.
Baby changing facilities will not be near food preparation areas.
We will ensure that both of us and everyone caring for children, as well as the children themselves, are aware of good hand washing procedures and how these are carried out.
We will not undertake laundry during times of food preparation and we will ensure that any detergents or soiled clothing will not come into contact with food preparation areas.
If there is an outbreak of food poisoning affecting two or more children looked after on our premises we will notify Ofsted as soon as possible but definitely within 14 days of the incident occurring in order to comply with regulations.
We will keep all food receipts, including those under £10, so that if there is an outbreak of food poisoning on our premises we will be able to trace the outlet where the food was purchased.
Alcohol and other drugs
It is our policy to keep children safe when they are in our care.
In order to do this we will ensure that neither of us, nor anyone else who has contact with the children whilst at our setting, is under the influence of alcohol or any other drug which may affect our ability to care for children.
We will ensure that anyone who has contact with the children in our care whilst at our setting, who is taking medication which may affect their ability to care for children, will seek medical advice. They will only work directly with children if it is confirmed that their ability to look after the children will not be impaired.
We will ensure that alcohol and other drugs are kept safely away from children.
It is our policy to ensure that children are in a smoke-free environment whilst in our care.
We will ensure that:
No-one smokes in any room where the children in our care are present or about to be present, either in our home or in any other setting.
Where reasonably possible, we will ensure that no-one smokes in an outside play area when the children in our care are present or about to be present (although this may be difficult, for example at a public park).
If, in exceptional circumstances, the children in our care are expected to use any space that has been used for smoking then we will ensure that there is adequate ventilation to clear the atmosphere.
The Early Years Foundation Stage requires childcare providers to conduct risk assessments.
We check our home and garden every morning before the minded children arrive to ensure that it is a safe environment for the children to play in.
We also risk assess any environment that we take the children into, for example walking to school, the shops, library and toddler groups etc.
If we are planning to take the children into environments that are unknown to us, we try to do a risk assessment in advance so we are aware of any potential hazards, although this may not always be possible.
It is our policy to promote and ensure the good health and safety of children in our care in line with the requirements laid out in the EYFS Framework, and Health and Safety Executive.
Safety and suitability of premises, environment and equipment
In order to ensure children’s safety in our setting we have a range of safety equipment e.g. stair gates, fire guards which are regularly checked to ensure they are in good repair.
Our smoke alarms are tested regularly and fire drills are carried out and recorded.
We have a fire blanket in our kitchen and children and parents are aware of our emergency evacuation procedure.
Our premises are secure to ensure children’s safety and prevent intruders and we have a procedure for checking the identity of visitors.
We will ensure that we take all reasonable steps to ensure any staff and children in our care are not exposed to risks and we will demonstrate how we manage risk.
Our risk assessments will identify aspects of the environment that need to be checked on a regular basis, when and by whom these aspects will be checked and how we will remove or minimise the risk.
All equipment used in our childminding business is regularly checked for damage and wear and tear and replaced when necessary, for example high chairs, buggies, cots.
Our car is regularly serviced has an up to date MOT and insured for business use.
All car seats are checked regularly and used correctly in accordance with seat belt regulations.
All gardening equipment is locked in the garage and dangerous plants have been removed.
We both hold current paediatric first aid certificates.
Fiona holds a level 4/5 food hygiene / safety certificate.
We encourage children to learn about good hygiene by promoting regular hand cleansing.
When providing meals and snacks children are encouraged to make healthy choices and the benefits of an active lifestyle are promoted, e.g. access to outdoor play daily.
Baby changing mats are cleaned after each use.
We have registered with our local environmental health department, and ensure correct storage, hygiene of food preparation areas and preparation of food.
All areas accessible to children including toys and equipment are regularly cleaned and checked for damage.
This policy also links with our accident and emergency procedures, illness, risk assessment, no smoking and outings policy.
Whilst sandpits can provide great play and learning opportunities they can also pose several health and safety risks.
*We will only use sand that is suitable for play and purchased from a recognised source.
*We will regularly ensure the sand is changed; in between we will sieve for foreign bodies and rinse through with a diluted sterilising agent if applicable.
*We will ensure the sandpit has adequate drainage to prevent the sand from becoming water logged. Insects can live in damp sand and may bite or sting children.
*We will dispose of spilt sand.
*We will ensure the sandpit is covered to prevent it being used as a litter tray by cats and other visitors to the garden. Toxoplasmosis can be spread from cats to humans through dirty sandpits. Toxoplasmosis can harm an unborn child, but is usually a mild illness in children and adults. It causes a rash, swollen glands, fever and feeling unwell.
*We will ensure that the children are closely supervised whilst playing in the sandpit.
*We will teach them about keeping the sand low to avoid it getting in their own and others eyes.
*If you would like your child to wear a hat whilst playing in the sand then please let us know.