8.6 Animals in the setting

General Safeguarding and Welfare Requirement: Safety and suitability of premises, environment and equipment

8.6 Animals in the setting

Policy statement

Children learn about the natural world, its animals and other living creatures, as part of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This may include contact with animals, or other living creatures, either in the setting or in visits. Hanney Pre-School aim to ensure that this is in accordance with sensible hygiene and safety controls.

Procedures

Animals in the setting

  • We carry out a risk assessment with a knowledgeable person accounting for any hygiene or safety risks posed by the animal or creature..
  • Children are taught correct handling and care of the animal or creature and are supervised.
  • Children wash their hands after handling the animal or creature and do not have contact with animal soil or soiled bedding.
  • If animals or creatures are brought in by visitors to show the children they are the responsibility of the owner.
  • The owner carries out a risk assessment, detailing how the animal or creature is to be handled and how any safety or hygiene issues will be addressed.

Visits to farms

  • Before a visit to a farm a risk assessment is carried out – this may take account of safety factors listed in the farm’s own risk assessment which should be viewed.
  • The outings procedure is followed.
  • Children wash their hands after contact with animals.
  • Outdoor footwear worn to visit farms is cleaned of mud and debris and should not be worn indoors.

Legal framework

  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Further guidance

  • Health and Safety Regulation…A Short Guide (HSE 2003)
This policy was adopted by Hanney Preschool committee on the 3rd Oct 2012 – Signed by Georgia Newman Co-Chair
(The original signed copy of all policies are held on site and can be viewed upon request)

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