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Policies & Safeguarding

List of Policies and Procedures

The following policies and procedures are available in the Nursery School office should you wish at any time to read them.  Our policies are continually reviewed and we are always very grateful for your comments.  These policies act as a guide, and interpretation and changes are at the discretion of the manager.  The list is by no means exhaustible.

  • Food Management Policy
  • Policy Statement on Race and Culture
  • Confidentiality Policy
  • Behaviour Policy
  • Staff Induction Policy
  • Fire Drill Policy/Procedure
  • Health and safety policy
  • Health and Hygiene Policy and Procedure
  • Policy for emergency medical treatment
  • Daily Diary Procedure
  • Staff training Policy
  • Procedure/Policy for administering medicine
  • Control and Discipline Policy
  • Ladybirds Policy
  • Nursery class Policy
  • Staff dress code and conduct Policy (for health and safety)
  • Exclusion Procedure for Illness/communicable diseases
  • Maintaining Standard of Hygiene and Appearances
  • Policy Statement on Integrating Children with Special Needs
  • Policy on parents as partners – Complaints procedure.
  • Equal Opportunity Policy
  • Classroom Behaviour Policy
  • Settling in Policy
  • Reading Policy
  • Policy for answering the phone
  • Hygiene Policy
  • Display Policy
  • Accident Procedure
  • Lunch Time Policy
  • Classroom Policy
  • Policy on child protection
  • Procedure if a child is ill
  • NVQ training Policy
  • Procedure for booking in children
  • Security and Incident Policy

The “Log of any Complaints” is available in the Nursery office for parents to view.

Lodge Farm Nursery School – Safeguarding children policy

Statement of intent.

Lodge Farm Nursery School will work with children, parents and the community to ensure the safety of the children and to give them the very best start in life. The children’s welfare is paramount.

Aims

Our aims are to:

  • Create an environment in the nursery which will encourage children to develop a positive self image, regardless of race, language, religion, culture or home background.
  • Help children to establish and sustain satisfying relationships within their families, with peers and with other adults.
  • Encourage children to develop a sense of autonomy and independence.
  • Enable children to have the self confidence and the vocabulary to resist inappropriate approaches.
  • Work with parents to build their understanding of and commitment to the welfare of all our children.

Liaison with other bodies

  • We work within the area Safe Guarding Committee guidelines.
  • We have a copy of Area Safe Guarding Guidelines available for staff and parents to see.
  • We notify Ofsted (registration authority) of any incidents or accidents and any changes in our arrangements which affect the wellbeing of the children.
  • We have procedures for contacting the local authority on child protection issues, including maintaining a list of names and addresses and telephone numbers of social workers, to ensure that it is easy, in any emergency, for the nursery and social services to work together.
  • Records of the local NSPCC contacts are also kept.
  • If a report is to be made to the authorities, we act within the Area Child Protection guidance in deciding whether we must inform the child’s parents at the same time.

Staffing and Volunteers

  • We have two Safe Guarding liaison staff in the setting.
  • We provide adequate and appropriate staff resources to meet the needs of the children.
  • Volunteers do not work unsupervised.
  • We abide by the Protection of children Act requirements in respect of any person who is dismissed from our employment, or resigns in circumstances that would otherwise lead to dismissal for reasons of child protection concern.
  • We take security steps to ensure that we have control over who comes into the Nursery so that no unauthorised person has unsupervised access to the children.
  • We have procedures for recording the details of visitors into the Nursery.

Recruitment

  • Applicants for [posts within the Nursery are clearly informed that the positions are exempt from the Rehabilitation Act 1974. Candidates are informed of the need to carry out checks before posts can be confirmed. Where applications are rejected because of information that has been disclosed, applicants have the right to know and challenge incorrect information.
  • We abide by Ofsted requirements in respect of references and police checks for staff and volunteers, to ensure that no disqualified or unfit person works at Lodge Farm Nursery School or has access to the children.
  • We carry out “Safer Recruitment training every three years.

Training

  • We seek out training opportunities for all adults involved in the Nursery to ensure that they are able to recognise the signs and symptoms of possible physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect and so that they are aware of the local authority guidelines for making referrals. We ensure that all staff knows the procedure for reporting and recording their concerns in the Nursery. All training is individually attended and accessed through the Local Safeguarding child board. This is completed every three years.

Reporting suspicions of abuse and disclosures

Staff makes a record of:

  • The child’s name
  • The child’s address
  • The age of the child
  • The date and time of the observation or disclosure
  • An objective record of the observation or disclosure
  • The exact words spoken by the child
  • The name of the person to whom the concern was reported, with date and time and
  • The names of any other person present at the time.
  • These records are signed and dated and kept in a separate confidential file. All members of staff know the procedures for recording and reporting.

Whistle Blowing

  • Whistle blowing is a mechanism by which adults can voice their concerns, made in good faith, without fear or repercussion. We have a clear and accessible whistle blowing policy that meets the terms of Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. Any member of staff who uses the whistle blowing procedure is made aware that their employment rights are protected.
  • Members of staff are encouraged to acknowledge their individual responsibilities to bring matters of concern to the attention of senior management and/or relevant external agencies. This is particularly important where the welfare of children may be at risk.
  • Staffs are informed that they should report behaviour by colleagues that raise concerns.
  • Staffs are encouraged to take responsibility for recording any incidents, and passing on that information where they have concerns about any matter pertaining to the welfare of an individual in the workplace.