Best Practice:

 Accidents and First Aid



EYFS: 3.25, 3.50, 3.51


At Moulton Nursery School & After School Club we aim to protect children at all times. We recognise that accidents or incidents may sometimes occur. We follow this policy and procedure to ensure all parties are supported and cared for when accidents or incidents happen; and that the circumstances of the accident or incident are reviewed with a view to minimising any future risks.



Location of accident files: Inside the door of the locked staff cupboard.


  • The person responsible for reporting accidents, incidents or near misses is the member of staff who saw the incident or was first to find the child where there are no witnesses. They must record it on an Accident Form and report it to the manager. Other staff who have witnessed the accident may also countersign the form and, in more serious cases, provide a statement. This should be done as soon as the accident is dealt with, whilst the details are still clearly remembered. Parents must be shown the Accident Report, informed of any first aid treatment given and asked to sign it on the same day, or as soon as reasonably practicable after

  • The manager reviews the accident forms termly for patterns, e.g. one child having a repeated number of accidents, a particular area in the setting or a particular time of the day when most accidents happen. Any patterns will be investigated by the manager and all necessary steps to reduce risks are put in place

  • The manager will report serious accidents to the registered person for investigation for further action to be taken (i.e. a full risk assessment or report under Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR))

  • The Accident File will be kept for at least 21 years.

  • Where medical attention is required, a senior member of staff will notify the parent(s) as soon as possible whilst caring for the child appropriately

  • Where medical treatment is required the manager will follow the insurance company procedures, which may involve informing them in writing of the accident

  • The manager will report any accidents of a serious nature to Ofsted and the local authority children’s social care team (as the local child protection agency), where necessary. Where relevant such accidents will also be reported to the local authority environmental health department or the Health and Safety Executive and their advice followed. Notification must be made as soon as is reasonably practical, but in any event within 14 days of the incident occurring.