Balliol Day Nursery: Fire Safety and Emergency Evacuation

We ensure our premises present is a low risk of fire by ensuring the highest possible standard of fire precautions. The manager and staff are familiar with the current legal requirements. We follow recommendations and advice given by Balliol College’s Fire Safety Advisor.

  • Balliol College employs an outside specialist consultant to inspect and assess all of its properties, including the nursery, to ensure that they comply with fire safety regulations.
  • Fire doors are never obstructed and easily opened from inside.
  • Smoke detectors/alarms and firefighting appliances which conform to BS EN standards, are fitted in appropriate high risk areas of the building and are checked as specified by the manufacturer.
  • Our emergency evacuation procedures are approved by the Fire Safety Officer and are:
    • Clearly displayed in the premises;
    • Explained to new members of staff, volunteers and parents and
    • Practiced regularly, at least once every term.
  • Records are kept on fire drills and of the servicing of fire safety equipment.
  • The manager checks the fire alarm system on a weekly basis by sounding a different call point each time.
  • The Manager (Hannah O’Brien) and Claire Davies (currently on maternity leave) have Fire Marshall training and will carry out a fire safety inspection every month, to include:
    • Checking that all firefighting equipment is in place and has not been tampered with.
    • Checking that emergency lighting is working.
    • Checking that all fire doors are easily accessible and that escape routes are clear.
  • On discovering a fire staff should immediately alert others and call for help by breaking the nearest fire box and shouting “Fire, help”. They should only attempt to put the fire out themselves if it is very small and easily extinguished using the fire extinguishers. Staff should ensure the safety of the children in their care and themselves by collecting children together and leaving by the nearest fire exit. They should not stop to retrieve personal belongings.

Emergency evacuation procedure

  • On discovering a fire immediately sound the alarm.
  • On hearing the alarm all adults are to vacate the building immediately, ensuring that all the children in the room they are in and in any rooms that they pass through or by are vacated with them i.e. bathroom and baby room.
  • The Deputy Manager is to collect the attendance register.
  • Senior practitioner is to collect emergency evacuation bag and urgent medicine box.
  • All adults and children to make their way to the fenced off area at the front of the building.
  • Children to be kept calm and sitting or standing still together.
  • Deputy Manager is to call the register to check that all children and staff are accounted for.
  • Nursery manager is to check all rooms are vacated, shutting each door behind, once satisfied that the room is empty.
  • Fire Brigade to be called from the neighbouring house or by mobile phone from outside of the building.
  • In the event of either the manager or deputy manager being absent, the senior practitioner will take on the role of the deputy and the deputy will take on the role of the manager. The next senior practitioner (to be organised on the day) will take on the role of the senior practitioner.
  • Children and adults who are in the garden when the alarm sounds are to use the side gate next to the shed to reach the assembly point and must not walk through the building. If the fire is on that side of the building then they must use the gate in the baby garden.
  • Staff or children must not re-enter the building until the fire brigade have said it is safe to do so.
  • Where the evacuation was due to a practice, staff should wait for confirmation from the manager that it is not a real fire and for permission to return.

Contacting parents

  • Contact details for parents/carers and emergency contacts are listed in the back of the register.
  • Contact details of the next of kin for all staff members and volunteers are listed in the back of the register.
  • The contact details of the University nursery on Woodstock road in case we need to take refuge there. 


If it is not possible to return to the building after an incident, the children will be taken to the University nursery on Woodstock Road, to be kept warm and dry and to await collection by their parent or carer.

19 October 2020

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