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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What dangers should you look out for in a pre-school?


    There is a range of potential dangers to look out for in a pre-school. These potential dangers can cause serious physical injury. All pre-school settings should follow strict health and safety precautions.

    Pre-schools can be chaotic, colourful and noisy places. One child under the age of four can cause significant mayhem on their own, so a whole bunch of them together is a recipe for disaster unless proper safety precautions are taken.

    What to look out for in a pre-school

    Children in pre-school tend to be fearless. They are unaware of the concepts of risk and danger as they discover and learn about the world around them. As adults, we are far more aware of dangers to safety and act accordingly.

    The main things to look out for in a pre-school include, but are by no means limited to, the following.

    Trip, slip and fall hazards

    Anyone who has worked in a pre-school setting for a significant length of time is likely to have suffered a slip, trip or fall accident. Amongst the litany of trip hazards present in pre-schools are:

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    • Discarded toys are strewn over the floor after a failure to pack them away
    • Liquid spills: Water, squash, paint or something altogether less sanitary, the potential slip hazards in pre-schools are almost endless.
    • Tables and chairs: Small in size, the tiny furniture in pre-schools can cause big problems and significant injuries.

    Temper tantrums

    Pre-school children are not known for their powers of deduction. Reasoning tends to go out of the window. When a pre-school child is having a tantrum there is a danger of being caught by a toy flung in anger or even a physical hit or kick.

    Both employees of, and visitors to, pre-school settings have the right to expect a safe environment. All potential hazards should be identified and their risk to health minimised as much as possible.

    Sharp objects

    All sharp objects should be removed from a pre-school setting. If you are using a sharp object as part of an activity then pre-school teachers need to have full responsibility for these objects, making sure no children get hold of these objects unsupervised. Pre-schools need to cover or remove all electrical appliances and covering plug holes with protectors.

    Making a claim

    If pre-school staff suffer an accident at work that was the fault of setting management not taking sufficient care, then they may be due work accident compensation. If you’ve suffered an accident at work, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

    Date Published: March 6, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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