Health and safety

Health and safety advice for childcare providers.

Risk assessments

Five Steps to Risk Assessment (PDF 226KB) is the Health and Safety Executive guide to writing risk assessments. You can also use the Risk Assessment checklist for childminders to identify necessary actions, and the Risk assessment template (PDF 26KB) to write your action plans.

Fire Safety

You should have an emergency evacuation plan in case of fire or other emergency, and be aware of the suitable safety precautions you should take to prevent fire. The Fire Safety Advice Centre has information on all aspects of fire safety.


Public Health England have revised their guidance on infection control and produced a chart on all illnesses and infections which can be found here.  The National Health Service  has wide ranging information on all aspects of health care, including advice on bottle feeding, prevention of cot death and flu advice.