Ensuring Nursery Security in Uncertain Times

Emergency Lockdown Procedures

Nursery Lockdown Procedures

Against a backdrop of changing EYFS legislation, sector challenges including staffing levels and an uncertain economy, nursery security and safety is more challenging than ever.

Nursery and school lockdowns are unfortunately increasing, following in America’s wake although thankfully nowhere near the same volume or threat due to our strong gun control. Unfortunately, the situation is unlikely to improve. This is prompting many nurseries to adopt a proactive approach to emergencies.

As we navigate through uncertain times, Almas Industries is committed to providing innovative solutions tailored for the unique challenges faced by the childcare and nursery industry. In this blog post, we delve into the topic of nursery lockdown procedures.


Navigating Uncertainty with Nursery Lockdown Procedures

Nursery Security solutions with Almas IndustriesThe unpredictable nature of the world underscores the need for robust lockdown procedures in nursery settings. We recognise that ensuring the safety and security of children requires a proactive and multifaceted approach. Nursery lockdown procedures should be designed to be comprehensive, adaptable, and effective, providing peace of mind for both parents and nursery staff.


However, they must be approached with sensitivity, no one wants children to be scared at the prospect that an incident may occur that would necessitate such an extreme response.


Luckily, it is unlikely that an incident may happen, but it could, and it has, and therefore you should be prepared. Unfortunately there have been recent incidents that shocked local and national communities.

November 2023 – Dublin riot sees clashes with police after five hurt in stabbings
September 2023 – Leeds school and nursery locked down



Nursery Risk Assessment

Start by conducting a risk assessment. This will identify vulnerabilities in perimeters and visitor procedures and the likelihood and severity of a potential incident.

Thankfully the likelihood is The severity of a potential incident is abduction of a child, by parent or stranger, or children or staff being hurt.

Policy and procedure to combat these risks should include the following;


Technology as a Guardian

Security solutions tailored for nurseries, including access control systems, CCTV monitoring, and panic alarm functionalities can support and facilitate nursery lockdown policy and procedures.

  1. Ensure that you have an access control system that can be easily and immediately updated. Relying on staff to remember and enforce if custody arrangements have been updated is not fair, or effective.
  2. Technology can be employed to change all doors to maintained closing (Ie locked shut) upon the press of a panic button or trigger in the software. This can contain an issue in a reception area for example, protecting the rest of the people in the site.
  3. Unauthorised attempts at gaining entry to access controlled doors can create an alert which are transmitted to the manager’s phone. This early warning means they can check CCTV feeds to check who is trying to get into the site. Footage also gives you evidence to take to the necessary authorities.

Technologies should work in harmony to create a secure environment, allowing nurseries to respond swiftly and efficiently in the event of an emergency.


Real-time Communication and Notification Protocols

Effective communication is the linchpin of any successful nursery lockdown procedure. How are situations communicated to all on-site staff members quickly? How are management alerted? How are emergency services notified if necessary? The policy should also include how parents are informed promptly, and post-incident communications providing reassurance and transparency, plus any lessons learnt.


Training and Preparedness for Nursery Staff

Empowering nursery staff through training and preparedness is integral to the success of any lockdown procedure. From emergency response protocols to utilising security technologies effectively, training initiatives contribute to a resilient and well-prepared nursery team. The children knowing where to go and what to do in the event of an incident is also important, this could be approached as a game.


Tailored Solutions for Every Nursery

Recognising the diverse nature of nursery settings, Almas Industries understands that one size does not fit all. Nursery lockdown procedures should be customised to the unique needs of each nursery, considering factors such as layout, size, and specific security concerns. This tailored approach ensures that every nursery can implement effective lockdown procedures that align with their individual requirements and risks.


Conclusion: A Secure Future for Nurseries

In an era where uncertainty is a constant, Almas Industries stands as a dedicated partner for nurseries, offering solutions that not only meet industry standards but exceed them. Our commitment to ensuring safety in uncertain times is a testament to our unwavering dedication to the well-being of children and the nursery staff who nurture them.


If you’d like a security audit on your site to help identify risks and vulnerabilities, and to discuss how technology can support staff in emergency situations, please get in touch.


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