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any regulations about nursery staff smoking?

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puffinsaregood Mon 09-Feb-15 09:58:03

Hi,

Are there any regulations about whether nursery child carers can smoke during their breaks and before starting work?

Would a nursery typically have rules about it?

I know it is their free time.... but worried about second hand smoke exposure.

I visited one nursery and one of the staff smelt very strongly of smoke and was cuddling the children, it surprised me. I am not planning on using that nursery for other reasons, but wondering whether it is something I should ask about in future.

Thanks.

gamerchick Mon 09-Feb-15 10:08:10

Really?

TheCowThatLaughs Mon 09-Feb-15 10:11:57

I don't think there are, but I understand your concerns about this. I used to smoke and wouldn't have held a child after doing so, especially someone else's child, it's just good manners.

Cindy34 Mon 09-Feb-15 11:25:50

They can't smoke in the baby room, toddler room, or pre-school room.

They should not smoke anywhere on the premises. This would include the garden.

Doubt there is anything that can stop them smoking whilst on a break and not on the nursery premises.

Redismyfavouritefood Mon 09-Feb-15 11:29:41

It's not second hand smoke (which is when you breath in someone else's smoke that they have exhaled or from their lit fag)

It's third hand smoke (from clothes/breath/skin).

Honestly unless you avoid all traffic, open fires, BBQ's it won't make much of a difference to your DC.

PotteringAlong Mon 09-Feb-15 11:33:48

Of course you can't stop them from smoking when they're not at work!

worriedmummy32 Mon 09-Feb-15 12:41:37

totally agree with your concerns about this, one of the nurseries I visited said part of the policy was they had to change clothes if smoking in their breaks so worth asking about their policy. I think it is worst for the babies who need to be picked up a lot.

insancerre Mon 09-Feb-15 13:28:55

Some nurseries insist that staff have to change out of uniform before smoking but there are no regulations except that the premises must be smoke free

AndWhenYouGetThere Mon 09-Feb-15 13:29:57

Not in the nursery, or on the nursery grounds. Other than that, it's individual's policies AFAIK

rosiecg Thu 12-Feb-15 17:12:57

I think there is health guidance on smokers not being allowed to work with under 1s, but this may just have been a specific policy for my previous setting.

MaraThonbar Fri 13-Feb-15 06:48:00

Certainly there's nothing statutory but if it concerns you then ask the individual nursery about their policy.

youbethemummylion Fri 13-Feb-15 07:05:37

In my opinion a responsible nursery should insist staff at least change out of their uniform top when smoking and wash their hands before coming back into contact with the children. Third hand smoke from smoking has far more harmful toxins in it that smoke from a bbq hmm

TheCowThatLaughs Fri 13-Feb-15 07:34:12

I wouldn't want my child to be regularly exposed to smoke from a bbq either

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