Updated: May 14, 2020
* COVID-19* If you/your nanny is working throughout the pandemic please make sure the nanny and employer put an additional risk assessment in place
Nobody loves endless paperwork and the majority of nursery practitioners become nannies for exactly this reason BUT when you are in childcare you have to take responsibility and by doing risk assessments you are reducing the risk to yourself and the children in your care.
Savernake Nannies recommend you have a nanny file. In this file you can keep all your risk assessments together.
Which risk assessments do you need?
You have to decide this as each nanny family house is different but we recommend you include the following:
Outside area, think about outdoor play equipment, ponds, garden gates
Kitchen,think about sharp knives, kettles, hobs, cleaning fluids
Playroom/bedroom, think about toys, doors, windows, blind cords, chest of drawers & other free standing furniture
Stairs, think about garden steps, internal steps
Water, think about bath, ponds, water features
Allergies, think about known and unknown allergies for your charges
Burns & Scalds, think about open fires, kettles, bath, hot drinks
Electrical,think about sockets, cords and wires
Trips & falls ,think about rugs, trampolines, steps,
COSHH , think about cleaning products, nappy disposal
In your nanny file also keep your consent forms. We strongly recommend you have consent for:
As well as:
Nanny form - containing things like where the stop cock is located, the grandparents details, school, Dr etc....
All our forms are available for registered clients and nannies on our website in the document section.
We want to protect both the children and the nanny.
So if you are a nanny go take a look around your nanny family home, get down to the childs level and see how many risks you can see!
Nanny Employers: Savernake Nannies expect all employers to have a home risk assessment in place with additional add ons for times such as nannies who have broken/injured a limb, pregnant and other
Risk assessments aren't there to scare you they are purely to make you aware of potential risks and to make the working environment safe, wherever possible.
Always discuss your risk assessments with your nanny family and ask them to sign them
Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information included in this article is accurate at the point of release this should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is the opinion of Savernake Nannies. Copyright 2019 SavernakeNannies.co.uk