EYFS: 3.19

At Lemongrove Nursery we are committed to providing a safe environment that helps to ensure the welfare of the children in our care. This includes making sure that children are not exposed to adults who may be under the influence of alcohol or other substances that may affect their ability to care for children.

Alcohol

  • Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, companies have a legal requirement to provide a safe working environment for all their employees.
  • Anyone who arrives at the nursery clearly under the influence of alcohol will be asked to leave.
  • It will be the responsibility of all staff to notify the Childcare Manager, Deputy Manager or Business Manager immediately, in a discrete manner of any person they suspect may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • If they are a member of staff, the nursery will investigate the matter and will initiate the disciplinary process as a result of which action may be taken, including dismissal.
  • If they are a parent, the Manager will judge if the parent or adult is suitable to care for the child. The nursery may call the second contact on the child’s registration form to collect them.
  • If a child is thought to be at risk, the nursery will follow the safeguarding children/child protection procedure and the police/children’s social services may be called. 
  • If anyone arrives at the nursery in a car under the influence of alcohol the police will be contacted.
  • Staff, students, parents, carers, visitors, contractors etc. are asked not to bring alcohol on to the nursery premises. 

Substance misuse

  • Anyone who arrives at the nursery under the influence of illegal drugs, or any other substance including medication, that affects their ability to care for children, will be asked to leave the premises immediately.
  • If they are a member of staff, an investigation will follow which may lead to consideration of disciplinary action, as a result of which dismissal could follow.
  • If they are a parent, the nursery will judge if the parent is suitable to care for the child. The nursery may call the second contact on the child’s registration form to collect them.
  • If a child is thought to be at risk the nursery will follow the safeguarding children/child protection procedure and the police may be called.
  • The nursery will contact the police if anyone (including staff, students, volunteers, contractors and visitors) is suspected of being in possession of illegal drugs or if they are driving or may drive when under the influence of illegal drugs.
  • If they are a member of staff, serious disciplinary procedures will be followed.

Medication

If a member of staff is taking prescriptive medication that may affect their ability to work, they must inform the Childcare Manager as soon as possible to arrange for a risk assessment to take place.

Safeguarding /child protection

If a parent or carer is clearly over the alcohol limit, or under the influence of illegal drugs and it is believed the child is at risk, we will follow our safeguarding/child protection procedures, contact Local Authority children’s social care team and the Police.

Staff will do their utmost to prevent a child from travelling in a vehicle driven by them and if necessary, the police will be called.

This policy was adopted onSigned on behalf of the nurseryDate for review
29th August 2019
01/08/20