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Why Are Food Hygiene, Child Protection and First Aid Certifications So Important In a Nursery School

Updated: Dec 23, 2022

Many parents send their children to nursery school so they can get a head start on their

Education and social skills. All Nursery schools in the UK are required to have specific certifications to operate. These certifications ensure that the staff at the nursery are adequately trained to care for and educate young children.


Why Are Food Hygiene, Child Protection and First Aid Certifications So Important In a Nursery School


Food hygiene, child protection and first aid are some of the most important certifications in a nursery school setting. They are essential in ensuring the safety and well-being of all children in attendance.


The Care Quality Commission (UK) and the Care Inspectorate (Wales) are independent regulators of social care and childcare in the UK and Wales. In summary, they are responsible for;


Their functions including providing assurance on the quality and safety of services on behalf of the UK and Welsh governments.


  • They make decisions about who can provide care

  • Their role is to inspect and improve regulated and social services provided by local authorities and private care businesses

  • A national review of social care services is conducted by them

  • They take action to ensure services meet legislative and regulatory requirements

  • Social care and childcare concerns are addressed by them and investigated

Food Hygiene Certification


A Food hygiene Certification helps ensure that food is prepared and served safely, without any contamination risks. It covers food storage, cooking methods, personal hygiene and cleanliness

standards.


UK law stipulates that all businesses handling food must have at least one employee who has completed a recognised food safety qualification, such as the Level 2 Food Safety in Catering certificate. However, many childcare professionals go above and beyond this minimum requirement by undertaking additional training.


There are several reasons why having staff with higher levels of food safety knowledge is

beneficial for a nursery school:


1. It helps to create an environment where good hygiene practices are the norm rather than something that needs to be constantly monitored and enforced

2. It means that should anything go wrong with the food served at the nursery, there will be someone on hand who knows how to deal with the issue quickly and effectively

3. It provides parents with peace of mind that their child is being cared for by staff who

understand the importance of keeping them safe from harm


Child Protection Certification


A Child Protection Certification is one of a UK nursery school's most crucial certification

requirements. The certification ensures that the nursery staff members know how to protect children from harm both physically, mentally and emotionally adequately.


Child protection encompasses many topics, such as preventing child abuse, recognising possible signs of abuse, and responding appropriately if abuse is suspected. Staff members certified in child protection are better equipped to keep children safe from harm whilst in their care.


Promoting Health and Well-being is a Part of Child Protection


Promoting health and well-being is an important aspect of child safety. Excellent hygiene andcleanliness standards will aid in the prevention of the transmission of infection and diseases in a setting. In addition, childcare providers must have policies in place for prescribing medicine and supporting children who have healthcare problems or who appear ill during the day.


Practitioners can avoid contact with allergic substances by recognising any allergy symptoms when children first register. Hygiene and healthy eating are also important, for example, ensuring that fresh drinking water is available at all times as well as meeting first-aid requirements.


Recognising Signs of Any Potential Abuse


Everyone who works with young children should learn not only how to spot the signs and potential symptoms of child abuse but also how they should react and make child protection referrals.


Working together to Safeguard Children (2018) and What to do If You're concerned if a child Is being Abused (2015) provides a national framework for all child-serving agencies to work together to safeguard our children effectively.


This guidance should be taken into account by all childcare providers, who should design and implement robust protection policies and protocols for their setting that outline how to respond to, and document any signs of abuse in children or vulnerable adults.


First Aid Certification


Another essential certification required for UK nursery schools is first aid certification. First aid training is critical to any individual who works with children, as they are prone to injuries and accidents. First-aid certified staff members know how to appropriately respond in an emergency, which can mean the difference between life and death for a child as well as appropriate care for a child if they have hurt themselves or are unwell.


UK and Welsh nursery schools must meet rigorous standards certified by the UK & Welsh governments. The certifications that nursery schools require ensures that staff members are adequately trained to care for and educate young children safely and effectively.


First aid is an important life skill that everyone should know. In the UK and Wales, first aid certifications are crucial for safe and effective nursery school workers. This is because young children are often more susceptible to accidents and injuries compared to adults. By having the required number of certified first aiders, nursery schools can ensure that the children they care for are always taken care of appropriately in an emergency and if a child becomes unwell.


First aid training can cover a wide range of topics, from CPR to dealing with burns and fractures.


However, there are some basic principles that all first-aiders should be familiar with. For

example, in an emergency, it is vital to always call 999 before beginning any treatment, as this will help ensure that the right level of care is provided. It is also essential to remain calm as this will help the adult and the injured child stay focused on what needs to be done and why offering reassurance.


First Aid certification is required by law in the UK and Wales and it is highly recommended for those working in settings where young children are present. Nursery school teachers and staff who have completed a certified course will have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide high-quality care during an accident or injury situation. This can make all the difference in ensuring that a child receives the prompt and appropriate treatment as required.


What are the Benefits of Policies and Procedures in a Nursery?


Policies and procedures assist a care setting and maintain a continuously professional organisation that provides excellent quality provision by clearly showing staff and parents the type of setting you are in, and the policies and procedures you have in place for guidance for any given situation.


When processes and regulations are well-considered and, more importantly, implemented, they provide a mutual understanding of how a care setting will function. Policies and practices provide clear guidelines and instructions on what can be done in a particular set of conditions or relating to a specific issue, removing the potential for ambiguity or an inconsistent approach. Any policy you develop for your organisation should reflect this and should be reviewed annually or if a situation occurs that isn’t covered.


If you are looking for qualified, professional and caring early years childcare in Swansea contact us today at 01792 46 44 45 and one of our friendly and expert team will answer any questions you have.


Why Choose The Flowers Day Nursery


We offer flexible childcare options to suit your needs. We are open every week-day of the year except Bank Holidays and offer childcare including school pick-ups and drop-offs when they first start their school journey.


We accept all major Childcare Vouchers and have full-day and half-day places available.


We have been open in Swansea since 2004 and provide care for children from the age of 3 months to 8 years old with holiday clubs available when your child goes to school.


Our friendly and professional team have a wealth of experience and all have a minimum of Level 3 Childcare as well as Food Hygiene, Child Protection and First Aid certification.


We are located just outside Swansea City Centre in a Grade II listed Georgian townhouse that has its own parking, so you will be able to drop off and pick up safely.


Our childcare includes freshly prepared and varied meals and snacks (breakfast, lunch, tea), as well as a 5-Star Environmental Health Award kitchen. Our Swansea baby care sessions include pamper nappies as part of the cost.


We are committed to getting to know you and your child and to ensuring that they are content, happy, and fulfilled during their time with us. We provide nursery care according to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) and your child's age and individual needs. We provide age-appropriate play and learning following the national curriculum as they progress through our dedicated rooms.


All early years settings are guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, which provides quality and consistency as per the below:

  • all children to progress through school and life

  • partnerships between different practitioners

  • partnerships between parents and practitioners

  • equality of opportunity for all children



All of our age groups within the Flowers focuses on the key stages of a child’s development including;

  • Communication and language

  • Physical development

  • Personal, social and emotional development

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the world

  • Expressive arts and design


Contact us today.

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