Little GEMS International uses the UK Welfare Standards as well as the National Childcare Standards of the UAE to ensure that the highest standards of health and safety are met in our pre-school at all times.
The health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance to us and so we have in place strict policies and procedures for all daily care routines such as health checks, hand washing, nappy changing and sanitisation of the environment. Equipment, furniture and surfaces are sanitised daily by a team of 5 housekeepers using non-toxic cleaning materials that do not leave behind any hazardous residue.
Our Manager of School Operations leads the facilities team to ensure that a systematic approach to health and safety based on daily health and safety checks and risk assessments, reduces risk across the pre-school. She also conducts weekly health and safety committee meetings to guide and support staff and the wider community in our daily practices. Through training and development, and the daily monitoring and evaluation of health and safety policies and procedures, all staff actively manage risk to ensure that Little GEMS meets the highest standards of health and safety.
All members of staff receive in-house training on Child Protection and Safeguarding and 50% of staff also complete an accredited UK online Safeguarding course. Key members of staff receive first aid training and all staff are instructed on the correct procedures for handling incidents and injuries. GEMS standard also requires us to keep an online account of all incidents and injuries occurring at the pre-school which is monitored on a daily basis by our School Support Centre.
Policies exist for all emergency procedures including emergency evacuation, lock down and responding to medical emergencies. Emergency drills take place on a monthly basis.
Our pre-school Nurse and clinic is regulated by the Dubai Health Authority and the Ministry of Education to ensure that all requirements are met. If a child becomes unwell during the course of the day, the child will be kept comfortable in the clinic until a parent is able to collect. Our visiting doctor also conducts health checks on all our children each week.
Little GEMS International Pre-school is regulated by the Ministry of Education, Dubai Municipality, Civil Defence, Ministry of Labour and Dubai Health Authority on a regular basis as well as having GEMS Internal Review annually. This review takes a similar format to OFSTEAD in the UK which is the regulatory body for schools and early year’s settings.
Our secure key card entry system on the main doors and throughout the building ensures that only staff have access to the main building during the school day. Our security team who are located in the security cabin by the main gates ensure that only authorised people holding valid government issued ID are permitted entry to the school. CCTV is fitted throughout the building to ensure that our common areas are monitored 24 hours a day with direct feed into the Principal’s office and to the Manager of School Operations.
We maintain high adult : child ratios at all times in adherence with local Ministry of Education rules and regulations as well as the UK Welfare Requirements:
- Below 2 years of age: 1 adult : 3 children
- 2 years of age: 1 adult : 4 children
- 3 years of age and above: 1 adult : 8 children