Animals and Pets Policy

Health and safety procedure

Animals and pets

We request that families do not bring dogs into the car park as a matter of safety and respect to those that have a fear of dogs.

·         Views of parents and children are considered when selecting a pet for the setting.

·         Staff will be aware of any allergies or issues individual children may have with any animals/creatures.

·         A risk assessment is conducted and considers any hygiene and safety risks posed by the animal or creature.

·         Suitable housing for the animal is provided and is regularly cleaned and maintained.

·         The correct food is offered at the right times and staff are knowledgeable of the pet’s welfare and dietary needs.

·         Arrangements are made for weekend and holiday care for the animal/creature.

·         There is appropriate pet health care insurance or other contingencies agreed and put in place to pay for veterinary care and the animal is registered with a local vet.

·         All vaccinations and health measures such as de-worming are up to date.

·         Children are taught correct handling of the pet and are always supervised.

·         Children wash their hands after handling the pet and do not have contact with animal faeces, or soiled bedding.

·         Members of staff wear single use vinyl/latex free gloves when cleaning/handling soiled bedding.

·         Snakes and some other reptiles are not suitable pets for the setting due to infection risks.

·         The manager will check with the owners/directors/trustees before introducing a new pet into the setting.

Animals bought in by visitors

·         The owner of the animal/creature maintains responsibility for it in the setting.

·         The owner carries out a risk assessment detailing how the animal/creature is to be handled and how any safety or hygiene issues will be addressed.

Further guidance

Good Practice in Early Years Infection Control (Alliance Publication)