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Sandpit Policy

Whilst sandpits can provide great play and learning opportunities they can also pose several health and safety risks.  I do not have a sandpit at my setting, however when we attend settings that do have a sandpit, I will ensure that:

 

·        the sand is suitable for play

 

·        I check the sandpit for foreign bodies. Toxoplasmosis can be spread from cats to humans through dirty sandpits. Toxoplasmosis can harm an unborn child, but is usually a mild illness in children and adults. It causes a rash, swollen glands, fever and feeling unwell.

 

·        there are no insects living in the damp sand which may bite or sting children.

 

·        the children are closely supervised whilst playing in the sandpit.

 

·        I teach them about keeping the sand low to avoid it getting in their own and other people’s eyes.

 

If you would like your child to wear a hat whilst playing in the sand then please let me know.