Nursery and garden flow

Last updated 1 July, 2018

Principle and statement of intent

To avoid a large gathering of children in any one place at any given time, thus minimising the risk of accidents and ensuring maximum consideration to health and safety at all times.


A common sense approach should be used at all times ensuring the following principles are adhered to:

  • All groups should use the kitchen separately and one group should not disrupt another group snack or lunch time (e.g. to access cloakroom)
  • Groups should not go downstairs for snack or lunch until the previous group has returned to their playroom / gone out to the garden (thus avoiding criss cross in landings or on stairs)
  • All groups should use the Garden area separately and care / attention should be given to ensure that groups do not criss cross in coming in from / going out to the garden
  • In all instances, where there is any doubt around whether a group has returned from their activity in any given area, the Co-ordinator should make use of the phone system to ascertain this rather than making the assumption
  • Head counts should be carried out frequently within any given age group, especially so when returning inside from the garden
  • When in the garden all staff should ensure that all areas are covered and all children are being supervised appropriately
  • Appropriate use should be made of the group (had been garden) phone to alert staff inside, should cover be required e.g. in the case of an accident