Children’s health and well-being is of the utmost importance at the childcare setting. Smoking has proved to be a health risk and therefore in accordance with legislation we operate a strict no smoking policy within our setting and grounds. It is illegal to smoke in enclosed places.
You are respectfully required to abstain from smoking whilst on the premises. This rule also applies to staff, students, parents, carers, visitors, contractors etc.
Staff accompanying children outside the nursery are not permitted to smoke. We also request that parents accompanying nursery children on outings refrain from smoking whilst caring for the children.
Staff must not smoke whilst wearing nursery uniform as it is essential that staff are positive role models to children and promote a healthy lifestyle.
We respect that it is a personal choice to smoke, although as an organisation we support healthy lifestyles and therefore help staff and parents to stop smoking by providing details of:
- Local NHS Stop Smoking Services – to find your local service, call the NHS Smoking Helpline free on 0800 169 0169; text ‘Give up’ and your full postcode to 88088 or ask at your local GP practice, pharmacy or hospital.
- NHS Smoking Helpline – individuals can speak to a specialist adviser by calling 0800 169 0169 (lines are open daily from 7am to 11pm). http://www.gosmokefree.co.uk/ – an online resource for all the advice, information and support needed to stop and stay stopped.
- Together – this support programme is free to join, and is designed to help individuals stop smoking using both medical research as well as insights from ex-smokers. You can choose to receive e:mails; text messages; mailing packs and phone calls. Call the NHS Smoking Helpline on 0800 169 0169 or visit http://www.gosmokefree.co.uk/. http://www.givingupsmoking.co.uk/ – provides useful advice on how to give up and provides regular supportive e:mails.
- There are a number of websites which provides help to people who want to stop smoking:- http://www.patient.co.uk/; http://www.nosmokingday.org.uk/; http://www.nicorettesmokefree.co.uk/; http://www.quit.co.uk/; http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/; http://www.activestop.co.uk/.