Our Lockdown Policy

Parents are welcome to review our Lockdown Policy in readiness for our practice drills held within Nursery.

The Old Vicarage Nursery recognises the potentially serious risks to children, staff and visitors in emergency or harmful situations. 

On very rare occasions, it may be necessary to seal off the nursery building so it is not able to be entered from the outside. This will ensure that pupils, staff and visitors are safe in situations where there is a threat in the nursery grounds or outside the nursery in the near vicinity.

A lockdown is implemented when there is a serious security risk of the premises due to, for example, an attempted access by unauthorised persons intent in causing harm/damage.

Notification of Lockdown

The internal phone system will also be used by Management who will inform adults by stating ’ATTENTION LOCK DOWN’!

Procedure

  • Stay calm.
  • Children who are outside are to be ushered into the Toddler Room.
  • Ensure staff and children stay in their designated areas. Stay in the room you are working in, secure all doors and windows and await further instructions.
  • Close curtains and blinds where possible.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • Stay low and remain calm.
  • Do NOT make non-essential calls on mobile phones or landlines.
  • If the fire alarm is activated, remain where you are and await further instructions from Emergency Services unless the fire is in your area. In which case, move to the next room/area, following your usual fire procedures.
  • Be alert.
  • Do NOT open the door once it has been secured until you are officially advised ‘all clear’ or are certain it is Emergency Services at the door.
  • Do NOT travel down long corridors.
  • Do NOT assemble in large open areas.
  • Do NOT call 999 again unless you have immediate concern for your safety, the safety of others, or feel you have critical information.
  • Co-operate with the Emergency Services to help in an orderly evacuation.
  • Ensure you have the Register and children’s details with you.
  • Any staff or children who have witnessed an attack or incident will need to tell the Police what they saw.
  • The Police may require other individuals to remain available for questioning.

Following the Lockdown

  • Co-operate with the Emergency Services to help in an orderly evacuation.
  • Ensure you have the Register and children’s details with you.
  • Any staff or children who have witnessed an attack or incident will need to tell the Police what they saw.
  • The Police may require other individuals to remain available for questioning. 

Managing Parents

In the event of an incident, it is inevitable parents will want to come to the setting and collect their children immediately.  They must be discouraged from doing so, until the Emergency Services give the ‘all clear’.  Even then, depending on the severity and type of incident, children may need to be checked by medical teams or questioned by the police.

It must be made absolutely clear to parents that you will be acting on the advice of the Emergency Services at all times.

With regard to getting information to parents during ‘lockdown’, you should use the existing systems you have in place for sending group messages, such as social media, text, emails. Discourage parents from ringing you directly for further updates during ‘lockdown’; it will be vital your phone lines remain clear.

Threat Levels

Threat levels are designed to give a broad indication of the likelihood of a terrorist attack.

LOW means an attack is unlikely.

MODERATE means an attack is possible but not likely.

SUBSTANTIAL means an attack is a strong possibility.

SEVERE means an attack is highly likely.

CRITICAL means an attack is expected imminently.

Members of the public should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321.

For non-emergency calls to the police, call 101.