Nursery caring for babies and toddlers policy

Updated on 19 April 2023

How the University Nursery ensures the health, safety, and well-being of babies and toddlers.

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At The University of Dundee Nursery Ltd we care for children under the age of two and ensure their health, safety and well-being through the following:

  • Children under the age of eighteen months have a separate home room and are cared for in small intimate groups. We ensure that younger children have opportunities to have contact with older children whilst at nursery
  • Care is taken to ensure that babies and toddlers do not have access to activities containing small pieces, which may be swallowed or otherwise injure the child
  • The environment and equipment are checked daily before the children access the area. This includes checking the stability of the cots, pushchairs and prams are intact and working
  • All doors are fitted with viewing panels and door finger-guards to ensure the safety of children
  • Babies and toddlers have their nappies changed according to their individual needs and requirements by their key person wherever possible
  • Information will be shared between parents and staff member about nappy changing and toilet training in a way that suits the child
  • Potties are washed and disinfected after every use. Changing mats are wiped with anti-bacterial cleanser before and after each nappy change
  • Each baby must have his/her own bedding which is washed at least weekly and when necessary
  • Cot mattresses meet safety standards
  • Children under two years are not given pillows, cot bumpers or any soft furnishings in order to prevent risk of suffocation
  • We follow all cot death prevention/safety guidelines and advise parents of this information. Babies are always laid to sleep on their back, with their feet touching the foot of the cot
  • Children’s individual sleeping bags may be used in consultation with parents. These are washed at least weekly and when necessary
  • Cots are checked before use to ensure no items are within reach i.e. hanging over or beside the cot (e.g. fly nets, cables)
  • All low/highchairs used for feeding are fitted with restraints and these are always used. Children are never left unattended in highchairs. Restraints are removed and washed weekly or as needed. If baby fell a sleep-in reclining highchair, staff MUST check child’s mouth is free from food.
  • No child is ever left unattended during nappy changing time
  • Babies are never left propped up with bottles as it is both dangerous and inappropriate
  • Babies sleeping outside have cat/fly nets over their prams and prams must lie flat, so children are supported
  • Sleeping children are always supervised
  • Checks on sleeping babies are completed every 5 minutes. Checks are documented with the time and staff initials on the sleep check form
  • Staff do not change nappies whilst pregnant until a risk assessment has been discussed and conducted. Students/Modern Apprentice staff only change nappies with the support and close supervision of a qualified member of staff
  • Bottles of formula milk are only made up as the child needs them. These should be cooled to body temperature, which means they should feel warm or cool, but not hot, and should be tested with a sterilised thermometer to ensure they are an appropriate temperature for the child to drink safely
  • Following the Department of Health guidelines, we only use recently boiled water to make formula bottles (left for no longer than 30 minutes to cool). We do not use cooled boiled water that is reheated. Or we use the bottle machine where water is changed for each bottle run.
  • Bottles and teats are thoroughly cleaned with hot soapy water and sterilised after use (they will not be washed in the dishwasher)
  • Contents of bottles are disposed of after one hour.
  • A designated area is available for mothers who wish to breastfeed their babies or express milk
  • Labelled mothers’ breast milk is stored in the fridge or freezer.
  • If dummies are used, they will be cleaned and sterilised. This also applies to dummies which have been dropped (see separate dummy policy)
  • All dummies are stored in separate labelled containers to ensure no cross-contamination occurs
  • Sterilisers are washed out and cleaned daily
  • Children transfer to the older age group when assessed as appropriate for their age/stage following our agreed transition and settling procedures. 

Document information

Date policy adopted 21 November 2022
Signed on behalf of Nursery Jacky Jones, Senior Manager,

Malgorzata Mazanka, Junior Manager
Date for review 21 November 2023

Jacky Jones

Nursery Manager

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