Accident / Incident Policy

It is my policy to keep children safe when they are in my care. 
I risk assess my premises to ensure it meets the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Accidents to children or Louise:
As a registered childminder, I am legally required to have a valid paediatric first-aid certificate before registration and to ensure that my first aid training is renewed every 3 years.  
I can administer basic first-aid treatment, and my first-aid box is clearly labelled and easily accessible. It is stored near the front door. Parents’ emergency contact numbers are kept securely in my emergency back pack, on my Baby’s Days system, and in my setting’s mobile phone. 
I hold written permission from parents in my emergency back pack and on my Baby’s Days system, to seek emergency treatment for their child, if it is needed. 

If there is an accident involving a child:
• First, I will comfort and reassure the injured child, whilst 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 I can see them.

• I will assess the extent of their injuries and if necessary call for help.

• If the accident is a minor one and requires only basic first aid, I deal with it myself. If not, I will ring 999 (or 112 from a mobile) for help. I will carry out any first aid procedures that are necessary and that I have been trained to do.

• If I have to accompany or take a child to hospital, I will organise my staffing or the collection of the other children in my care, in order to cover this (for example, Andrew and Dale are registered with Ofsted and DBS checked, as my Assistants).

If there is an accident, I 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 affected child’s parents and advise them of any first aid treatment given. 
If I accompany or take a child to hospital, I will contact the child’s parent and ask them to meet me at the hospital. 
If I have an accident myself, I will get the nearest responsible adult, Andrew / Dale to help. 
I will do my best at all times to make sure the children in my care are safe, reassured and kept calm.

If the incident requires hospital medical treatment and a stay in hospital of more than 24 hours, then I will:
Inform Ofsted (under Standard 14.3 Children Act regulation, inform Ofsted about any significant events)
Inform my Insurance Company
Contact PACEY for additional advice/support

It is important that you keep me informed regarding your child’s condition following an accident and if you have sought any medical advice.

After every accident, however minor I will:
complete a report in my accident log on Baby’s Days,
ask you to sign the report.

Accidents off site:
I carry parents’ contact details with me when I am away from setting, in order to follow my procedures above, should an accident occur off site.
I will take a small first aid kit with me, in my emergency back pack, when away from my setting.

An incident is a non-medical emergency which causes the need for an immediate response/change of routine in the setting. 
I will use existing planned procedures as far as possible in the event of an incident which affects my setting as follows:
Missing child – I will follow my Missing Child policy and procedure.
Fire – I will follow my Emergency Evacuation procedure.
Challenging/aggressive behaviour of a child – I will follow my Behaviour Management policy and procedure.
Flooding – I will monitor the situation and follow my Emergency Evacuation procedure if necessary.
Threatening behaviour of an adult – I will seek to remove the children from the situation to a safe place and if necessary and when safe to do so, I will call the Police on 999.
I will contact parents as soon as possible, so that if necessary, they can collect their child.

Other emergencies:
Should any other emergency occur (such as a terrorist attack, or a member of my family becoming ill) I will contact parents as soon as possible. I expect that parents will also contact me in the event of any accident or emergency which may befall them. 
Should it not be possible for parents to contact me, then I will keep the children safe until such time as parents can make contact with me. I keep records of parents preferred emergency contacts for use in such situations.
I will record all details in my accident / incident logs on Baby’s Days, and make these available for parents to sign. I will ensure that all records are stored in accordance with my confidentiality policy.
If the accident is significant e.g. if a child is taken to hospital, such as, for a broken bone, I will inform Ofsted, the local child protection agency, the Health and Safety Executive and my insurance company, as soon as is reasonably practicable but in any event within 14 days of the accident occurring.

Reviewed by Louise Lawson Sept 2022