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    Staff Lockdown Procedure

    Lockdown Procedure

    In the event of an emergency lockdown at pre-school the alarm will be raised by a member of staff. This is a loud intermittent alarm which will sound around the entire pre-school building and in the garden. 

    All staff MUST follow the outlined procedure set out below:

    • Each staff member is responsible for evacuating the area in which they are working at the time, including bathrooms and outside areas. 
    • The Health and Safety Officer or staff member in charge of the setting will get the evacuation bag, the register and mobile phone if safe to do so. 
    • All staff and children are to come into the building and proceed upto the first floor rooms. 
    • So as not to frighten the children the code words ‘story time upstairs’ will be used by staff. 
    • Staff must then lock the room doors from the inside using the key hanging behind the back of the door and draw the blinds.
    • The children are to seated on the floor, as far away from the windows as possible. Staff will endeavour to keep the children as quiet as possible.
    • Staff will dial 999 and request emergency services be sent to pre-school for a lockdown situation. 
    • Children will be occupied with stories and kept calm. 
    • When emergency services have confirmed it is safe to exit the building the children will exit using the nearest fire exit. 
    • Children will be walked to West Wycombe School Hall which is our nominated place of safety. 
    • The Health and safety Officer or person in charge of pre-school will take the register and then contact all parents to arrange immediate collection of their children. 
    • A full report will be written by staff and submitted to the police and OFSTED. 

    This policy was adopted by West Wycombe Pre-school Playgroup in October 2010 and updated when necessary reviewed on a yearly basis. 

    Reviewed and amended October 2021