Health & Hygiene Policy & Practice

Our nursery promotes a healthy lifestyle and a high standard of hygiene in its day-to-day work with children and adults. This is achieved in the following ways:


  • All meals and snacks provided will be nutritious and pay due attention to children’s
    particular dietary requirements.
  • When cooking with children as an activity, the adults will provide healthy, wholesome food, promoting and extending the children’s understanding of a healthy diet.
Outdoor play
  • Children will have the opportunity to play outside throughout the year
Sun Safety
  • During hot/sunny weather, parents will be requested to provide their child/children with a named sun hat and sun protection cream.  Staff will help children to put on their sun creams before going outdoors (parents written permission previously acquired). Drinking water and a shaded area will always be available.
  • Parents are asked to keep their children at home if they have any infection, and to inform the nursery as to the nature of the infection. This will allow the nursery to alert other parents as necessary and to make careful observations of any child who seems unwell.
  • Parents are asked not to bring into the nursery any child who has been vomiting or had diarrhea until at least 48 hours has elapsed since the last attack.
  • If a child vomits whilst at nursery, the other children are cleared from the area as quickly as possible. Two members of staff supervise these children.  Another member supports and comforts the sick child in a separate area. The third member cleans (in accordance with guidelines) the contaminated place then contacts the child’s background information form for contact details of parents.
  • Cuts or open sores, whether on adults or children, will be covered with a sticking plaster or other dressings.
  • The nursery will ensure that the first aid equipment is kept clean, replenished and replaced as necessary. Sterile items will be kept sealed in their packages until needed.
  • There will always be on the premises at least one qualified First Aider trained to administer first aid to children.
Information sources
  • Parents will have the opportunity to discuss health issues with nursery staff and will have access to information available to the nursery.
  • The nursery will maintain links with health visitors and gather health information and advice from the local health authority information services and/or other health agencies.


To prevent the spread of all infection, adults in the group will ensure that the following good practices are observed.

 Personal hygiene
  • Hands washed after using the toilet and before handling food
  • Children with pierced ears not allowed to share each other’s earrings.
  • Children encouraged to blow and wipe their noses when necessary and to dispose of soiled tissues hygienically
  • Paper towels are used and disposed of appropriately.
  • Practitioners will wear protective clothing, such as aprons and disposable gloves, as appropriate.
    Cleaning and clearing
  • Any spills of blood, vomit or excrement wiped up and flushed away down the toilet.
  • Rubber gloves always used when cleaning up spills of body fluids.
  • Floors and other affected surfaces disinfected using chlorine or iodine bleach diluted according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Fabrics contaminated with body fluids will be thoroughly washed in hot water.
  • Spare laundered pants and other clothing are available in case of accidents, and polythene bags available in which to wrap soiled garments.
  • All surfaces are cleaned daily with an appropriate cleaner.

The nursery will observe current legislation regarding food hygiene and all staff will undertake a food safety course.

In particular, each adult will:

  • Always wash hands under running water before handling food and after using the toilet.
  • Not be involved with the preparation of food if suffering from any infectious/contagious illness or skin trouble.
  • Never cough or sneeze over food.
  • Use different colour coded cleaning cloths, buckets and mops for kitchen and toilet areas.
  • Prepare raw and cooked food in separate areas.
  • Keep food covered and either refrigerated or piping hot.
  • Our Lady’s Nursery is a non-smoking environment (including e- cigarettes) both inside and out.
  • Ofsted will be informed if; two or more children in the nursery are affected by food poisoning, if any child contracts meningitis or there is an outbreak, in the nursery of any notifiable disease identified as such in the Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984.

A poster of notifiable diseases is displayed in the nursery so that practitioners and parents are aware of the signs and symptoms of communicable diseases.

Storage of hazardous substances

Hazardous substances at work can put people’s health at risk, to protect adults and children, the nursery complies with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH). Cleaning substances are stored in lockable storage areas during session times and supplies of substances are stored on high shelves, again in lockable storage areas.

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)

The manager will report and record any work related deaths and certain work related injuries, cases of disease and near misses involving employees within 10 days of the incident in compliance with RIDDOR regulations, either online at or phoning the Health and Safety Executive Contact Centre 0845 300 9923. Or on line at

Ofsted and Surrey County Council’s LADO will be informed about any incidents involving staff as soon as is reasonably possible and always within 14 days of the incident happening.

This policy was adopted on March 1997

Updated /reviewed August 2018

Manager J Nolan-Davies