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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
All of our policy statements are available on request and are designed to offer the best possible experience for children and families. Our policies are reviewed on an annual basis and comments and suggestions from parents/carers are always welcome.
The following policies are available and some of them are summarised below.
- Behaviour Management
- Equality of Opportunity
- Health & Hygiene
- Special Needs
- Staffing and Employment
- Procedures for arrival, picking up, emergencies etc
Adults will provide a positive role-model for children with regard to friendliness, care and courtesy and will offer strategies for children to resolve conflict. We will praise and endorse desirable behaviour and when unacceptable behaviour does occur children will be given one-to-one adult support in seeing what was wrong and how to cope more appropriately. In any case of mis-behaviour, it will always be made clear to the child or children in question that it is the behaviour and not the child that is unwelcome. Any feedback is given in a positive manner, e.g. “Kind hands, please”. Any on-going issues regarding behaviour will be discussed with parents.
Health & Hygiene
If you are in any doubt as to whether your child is well enough to attend pre-school, please do not send him/her. Children will not enjoy themselves if they are feeling under the weather and they may spread infection among the other children and staff. Parents are asked not to bring into pre-school any child who has been vomiting or had diarrhoea until at least 48 hours has elapsed since the last attack. If your child is taking antibiotics they are also required to stay away from Pre-school for 48 hours.
Notification of any infectious disease is necessary e.g. German Measles (Rubella) and Chickenpox. This will allow the pre-school to alert other parents as necessary and to make careful observations of any child who seems unwell. Please also inform us if your child has head lice or threadworms.
A register of both adults and children will be completed on arrival and departure so that a complete record of all those present is available in an emergency. Fire drills will be held at least twice a term. Children are supervised by adults at all times and all toys are regularly checked for safety. For your child’s protection they can only be collected by authorised adults. The setting is risk assessed by the manager and these are reviewed regularly. There will always be on the premises at least one qualified first aider trained to administer first aid to children.
We intend to create a happy and caring environment in which children are safe from abuse and in which any suspicion of abuse is promptly and appropriately responded to. The welfare of the child is paramount. Parents will normally be the first point of reference, however the Children Act 1989 places a clear responsibility on us to ensure that we work together with other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children and it may therefore be necessary to report the matter to Children, Schools and Families. We have a Lead Safeguarding Person, Anita Schofield and all staff are familiar with our Safeguarding policy and have training.
Equal Opportunities & Cultural Diversity
The pre-schools activities are open to all children and families. We aim to ensure that all who wish to work in, or volunteer to help with, our pre-school have an equal chance to do so. Our aim is to show respectful awareness of all the major events in the lives of the children and families in the pre-school, and in society as a whole, and to welcome the diversity of backgrounds from which they come. We will reflect this in our curriculum plans. Respect is shown for families’ traditions and child care practices, and every effort is made to comply with parent’s wishes for their children.
Our aim is always to provide the highest quality education and care for all our children. Many concerns can be resolved quickly by an informal approach to the appropriate member of staff i.e. your child’s key worker. The next stage would be to request a meeting with Helen Barker and an agreed written record of the discussion should be made. If any further action is necessary the matter should be put in writing to a committee member It is unlikely that any issue will require further action, however if a parent should want to pursue an issue then a mediator from the Pre-school Learning Alliance may be used or in exceptional circumstances the registering authority may become involved.
Please ask if you would like a copy of our detailed policies.