Policies + Procedures

Safeguarding

Our setting will work with children, parents and the community to ensure the rights and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life. We carry out the following procedures to ensure we meet the needs of the children within our care. We are committed to building a ‘culture of safety’ in which children are protected from abuse and harm in all areas of our service delivery. Our designated person who co-ordinates child protection: Christine Moxon (Manager), Beth Watson and Hayley Hooper (Deputy Manager’s)…

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Administering medicines

While it is not our policy to care for sick children, who should be at home until they are well enough to return to the setting, we will agree to administer medication (prescribed only) as part of maintaining their health and well-being or when they are recovering from an illness. We ensure that where medicines are necessary to maintain health of the child, they are given correctly and in accordance with legal requirements….

We aim to provide care for healthy children through preventing cross infection of viruses and bacterial infections and promote health through identifying allergies and preventing contact with the allergenic trigger.

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Sickness and infectious disease’s policy

If children appear unwell during the day – for example, if they have a temperature, sickness, diarrhoea or pains, particularly in the head or stomach – staff will call the parents and ask them to collect the child, or to send a known carer to collect the child on their behalf… If the child’s temperature does not go down and is worryingly high, then we may give them Calpol or another similar analgesic, after first obtaining verbal consent from the parent where possible. This is to reduce the risk of febrile convulsions, particularly for babies… Parents are asked to take their child to the doctor before returning them to the setting; we can refuse admittance to children who have a temperature, sickness and diarrhoea or a contagious infection or disease…

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Positive Behaviour management

We believe that children flourish best when their personal, social and emotional needs are understood, supported and met and where there are clear, fair and developmentally appropriate expectations for their behaviour.

As children develop, they learn about boundaries, the difference between right and wrong, and to consider the views and feelings, and needs and rights, of others and the impact that their behaviour has on people, places and objects. The development of these skills requires adult guidance to help encourage and model appropriate behaviours and to offer intervention and support when children struggle with conflict and emotional situations. In these types of situations key staff can help identify and address triggers for the behaviour and help children reflect, regulate and manage their actions…

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Online safety (inc. mobile phones and cameras)

We take steps to ensure that there are effective procedures in place to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from the unacceptable use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) equipment or exposure to inappropriate materials in the setting. Our designated person responsible for co-ordinating action taken to protect children is: Beth Watson… Children do not bring mobile phones or other ICT devices with them to the setting. If a child is found to have a mobile phone or ICT device with them, this is removed and stored in the office until the parent collects them at the end of the session. Personal mobile phones are not used by our staff on the premises during working hours. They will be stored in the staff room… Parents and visitors are requested not to use their mobile phones whilst on the premises…

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Uncollected child

In the event that a child is not collected by an authorised adult by their expected collection time, we put into practice agreed procedures. The child will receive a high standard of care in order to cause as little distress as possible…

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First aid

We are able to take action to apply first aid treatment in the event of an accident involving an infant, child or adult. At least one adult with a current first aid certificate is on the premises, or on an outing, at any one time. We aim to ensure that first aid training is local authority approved and is relevant to adults caring for young children…

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Key person

We believe that children settle best when they have a key person to relate to, who knows them and their parents well, and who can meet their individual needs. Research shows that a key person approach benefits the child, the parents, the staff and the setting by providing secure relationships in which children thrive, parents have confidence, our staff are committed and the setting is a happy and dedicated place to attend or work in…

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Staffing

We provide a staffing ratio in line with the Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage to ensure that children have sufficient individual attention and to guarantee care and education of a high quality. Our staff are appropriately qualified and we carry out checks for enhanced criminal records and barred list checks through the Disclosure and Barring Service in accordance with statutory requirements (DBS).

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Diversity and equal opportunities

We are committed to ensuring that our service is fully inclusive in meeting the needs of all children. We recognise that children and their families come from a wide range of backgrounds with individual needs, beliefs and values… We understand that all these factors can affect the well-being of children within these families and may adversely impact on children’s learning, attainment and life outcomes. We are committed to anti-discriminatory practice to promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all children and families using our setting.

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Supporting children with SEND

We provide an environment in which all children with special educational needs (SEN) are supported to reach their full potential. We have regard for the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2014)… We support and involve parents (and where relevant children), actively listening to, and acting on their wishes and concerns…We designate members of staff to be the Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinators (SEND) are: Christine Moxon, Beth Watson and Hayley Hooper.

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British values and Prevent Duty

We actively promote inclusion, equality of opportunity, the valuing of diversity and British values. Under the Equality Act 2010, which underpins standards of behaviour and incorporates both British and universal values, we have a legal obligation not too directly or indirectly discriminate against, harass or victimise those with protected characteristics… Social and emotional development is shaped by early experiences and relationships and incorporates elements of equality and British and universal values. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) supports children’s earliest skills so that they can become social citizens in an age-appropriate way…

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Parental involvement

We believe that children benefit most from early years education and care when parents and settings work together in partnership. Our aim is to support parents as their children’s first and most important educators by involving them in their children’s education and in the full life of our setting. We also aim to support parents in their own continuing education and personal development…

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Transfer of records to school

We recognise that children sometimes move to another early years setting before they go on to school, although many will leave our setting to enter a nursery or reception class. We prepare children for these transitions and involve parents and the receiving setting or school in this process. We prepare records about a child’s development and learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage in our setting; in order to enable smooth transitions, we share appropriate information with the receiving setting or school at transfer…

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Making a complaint

We believe that children and parents are entitled to expect courtesy and prompt, careful attention to their needs and wishes. We welcome suggestions on how to improve our setting and will give prompt and serious attention to any concerns about the running of the setting. We anticipate that most concerns will be resolved quickly, by an informal approach with the appropriate member of staff…

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