Health & Hygiene

At St.Francis we promote a healthy lifestyle and a high standard of hygiene in our day to day work with children and adults.  To achieve this we will follow these practices.

Food Safety

  • The person responsible for food preparation is aware of and follows vigorous health and hygiene guidelines and at least one member of staff has an in date Food Hygiene Certificate.
  • We complete daily checks on the kitchen to ensure standards are consistently met. All areas are cleaned before and after use and risk assessments are carried out regularly
  • Food is stored at correct temperatures and is checked it is in date and not subject to contamination by pests, rodents or mould
  • We maintain the highest possible food safety standards with regard to the purchase, storage, preparation and serving of food
  • Cleaning materials and other dangerous materials are stored out of children’s reach
  • Waste food is disposed of daily
  • We operate a no smoking policy



We regard snacktime and lunchtime as an important part of the social life of the pre-school and encourage and promote healthy eating.

  • All snacks are nutritious, avoiding large quantities of fat, sugar, salt, additives, preservatives and colourings and take into account all children’s dietary needs.
  • Before your child attends St.Francis, staff will discuss with you the dietary needs of your child, this will include any allergies, arrangements are then agreed to ensure these needs are met.  We record the information provided on your child’s dietary needs on their registration form and parents sign to show this is correct.
  • We have a written record displayed for staff to ensure they are aware of these dietary needs and that they are met.
  • We plan menus in advance involving parents and children, these are displayed in the group.
  • The dietary rules of religious groups and also of vegetarians and vegans are known and met in appropriate ways.
  • We include foods from the diet of each of the children’s cultural backgrounds, giving all children the opportunity to taste food from other cultures and new unfamiliar foods.
  • Water is constantly available and children are encouraged to serve themselves.
  • Milk is supplied for the children daily and is whole and pasteurised



Our daily routines encourage children to learn about personal hygiene.  We have a daily cleaning routine which includes, playrooms, kitchen, toilet and nappy changing areas. This is completed and recorded.

We implement good hygiene practices by:

  • Cleaning tables between activities
  • Cleaning toilets regularly
  • Providing tissues and wipes and encouraging children to wipe their noses and dispose of the tissues hygienically
  • Providing individual paper towels
  • Encouraging children to wash their hands after using the toilet and before handling food


Nappy Changing

No child is excluded who may for any reason, not yet be toilet trained and who may still be wearing nappies or pull ups. We work with parents towards toilet training, unless there are medical or developmental reasons why this may not be appropriate at this time.

  • Young children are encouraged to take an interest in using the toilet. They are encouraged to wash their hands and have soap and towels to hand.
  • All staff are familiar with hygiene procedures and carry these out when changing nappies.
  • Nappies and pull ups are disposed of hygienically. All soiled pants or clothing are rinsed and bagged for their parents to take home.


Animals in the Setting

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 at St.Francis or on visits. We aim to ensure that this is in accordance with sensible hygiene and safety controls.

  • We take into account the views of parents when selecting an animal or creature to keep in the pre-school.
  • A risk assessment is carried out by our designated Health and safety person.
  • We provide suitable housing for the animal which is regularly cleaned and kept safe.
  • Children are taught the correct handling and care of the animal and are supervised at all times.
  • Children wash their hands after handling the animal and do not have contact with animal soil or soiled bedding.
  • We ensure all vaccinations and other health checks are up to date and registered with the local vet.
  • We ensure the correct food is offered at the correct times.



  • We will ensure before we visit a farm that a risk assessment is carried out, this may take account of safety factors listed in the farm's own risk assessment, which will be viewed.
  • Our outings policy is followed.
  • Children wash their hands after contact with animals.
  • A list of all procedures & guidelines will be provided for all parents prior to a farm visit.


Administration of Medicines

While it is not our policy to care for sick children, who should be at home until they are well enough to return to pre-school, we will agree to administer prescribed medicines when they are recovering from illness. Our procedures are written in line with current guidance in “Managing Medicines in Schools and Early Years Settings”

The co-ordinator of St.Francis is responsible for ensuring all staff understand and follow these procedures.



  • Parent consent forms must be completed and signed.
  • Only prescribed medicines can be administered.
  • All medicines must be in date and prescribed for the current condition, they must be provided in the original containers clearly labelled with the dose, time, storage details and any possible side effects.
  • For some conditions medicines may be kept in the pre-school, such as, asthma inhalers, these are labelled and stored securely. Any out of date items are returned to the parents.
  • If the prescribed medicines require medical knowledge, training will be provided for the staff member responsible.
  • Long term medical conditions that require on-going medication will need to have a risk assessment carried out, this includes arrangements for taking medicines on outings.
  • A health care plan will be drawn up with the parent and will include the measures to be taken in an emergency. This will be reviewed every six months.

A full copy of the pre-school “Administering Medicines & Managing Medicines on trips and outings” is available to parents on request.

Illness – Sickness or Infection

If a child appears unwell during the day, has a temperature, sickness, diarrhoea or pains, particularly in the head or stomach, the co-ordinator/manager will call the parents and ask them to collect their child, or send a known carer to collect on their behalf.

  • If a child has a temperature, they will be kept cool and comforted until the parent arrives.
  • Parents are asked to take their child to a doctor before returning to pre-school. We can refuse admittance to children who have a temperature, sickness, diarrhoea or a contagious infection or disease.
  • After sickness and/or diarrhoea, parents are asked to keep their child at home for 48hrs or until a formed stool is passed.
  • We have in the pre-school a list of excludable diseases and current exclusion times, this includes common childhood illnesses, such as, measles and is available on request.
  • Nits or head lice are not an excludable condition. On identifying cases of head lice all parents are informed and asked to check and treat their child and all the family if they are found to have head lice. Although in exceptional cases a parent may be asked to keep their child at away until the infestation has cleared.
  • If a child or adult is diagnosed suffering with a notifiable disease under the Public Health (infectious diseases) regulations 1988, the GP will report this to the Health Protection Agency. When we become aware, or are formally informed, we will inform Ofsted and will act on any advice given by the Health Protection Agency.

In extreme cases of emergency the child will be taken to the nearest hospital and the parent will be informed.  A full copy of our policy on sick or infectious children is available on request


Managing Children with Allergies

  • When registering at St.Francis parents are asked to provide information on any known allergies that their child may suffer from. This is recorded in the child’s individual personal file and made known to all staff. This information will include what the child is allergic to, the nature of the allergic reaction, what to do in the case of a reaction, any medicines to be used and how to use them.
  • Where required parents train staff in how to administer special medicines and the use of invasive treatments (Epipens)
  • Generally, no nuts or nut products are used in the pre-school. Parents are informed and made aware of this and staff will check if products are accidentally bought in, for example to a party.

At all times the administration of medicines must be compliant with the welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation stage and follow procedures based on advice given in “ Managing Medicines in Schools and Early Years Settings”  (DFES 2005)


First Aid

At St.francis staff are able 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.
  • First Aid training includes treatment for infants and young children.
  • We have a first aid kit available at all times and this complies with the Health & Safety (First Aid) regulation 1981.
  • Our First Aid box is easily accessible to adults and is kept out of the reach of children.
  • No un-prescribed medication is given to children, parents, volunteers, students or staff.
  • At the time of admission, parents written permission for emergency medical advice or treatment is required. Parents are asked to sign and date their written consent. This is securely kept in their child’s personal file.