In our setting, staff are able to take action to apply first aid treatment in the event of an accident involving a child or adult. At least one member of staff with current first aid training is on the premises or on an outing at any one time. The first aid qualification includes first aid training for infants and young children. When dealing with a major or minor accident, the first aider will wear, wherever possible, a disposable apron and gloves. Depending on the type of injury, they will either give the necessary treatment or telephone for an ambulance.
If the injured child needs hospital treatment then the parents/emergency contact will be informed straight away, and a member of staff will accompany the child to hospital.
The first aid kit:
Our first aid kit complies with the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, and contains the following items only:
4 x triangular bandages (ideally one should be sterile)
3 x small sterile dressings (formally medium no.8)
3 x medium sterile dressings (formally large no.9)
3 x large sterile dressings (formally extra large no.3)
1 x composite pack containing 20 assorted (individually wrapped) plasters
2 x sterile eye pads (with bandage or attachment)
1 x container of 6 safety pins
1 x guidance card as recommended by HSE.
First aid (outside play and outings)
The nursery takes a small first aid kit outside when we are having outdoor play. When the pre-school is on an outing, a first aid kit will be taken along with a list of emergency contact telephone numbers.
The first aid kit is easily accessible to adults and is kept out of children’s reach.
No non-prescribed medication is given to children, parents or staff.
At the time of admission to the setting, parents’ written permission for emergency medical advice or treatment is sought. Parents sign and date their written approval.
Parents sign a consent form at registration, allowing staff to take their child to the nearest Accident and Emergency unit to be examined, treated or admitted as necessary, on the understanding that parents/emergency contacts have been informed and are on their way to the hospital.
The parent of any child who sustains a head injury of any severity will be given a notification slip and head injury guidance on collection of their child.
Any accident that occurs whilst the children are attending Little Rockets will be treated by a trained first aider, and parents will be informed about the accident and any treatment given when they collect their child. Parents will be required to sign an accident form on collection of their child. If necessary, a RIDDOR form will be completed and a copy sent to the HSE office and, where appropriate, Ofsted will be informed.