Policies and Procedures
- Confidentiality and Safeguarding Children
- Equal Opportunities
- Special Opportunities
- Health and Hygiene
Our work with children will sometimes bring us into contact with confidential information. We respect confidentiality in the following ways.
Parents will have access to the records of their own children but will not have access to the records of any other child.
Staff will not discuss individual children, other than for the purposes of curriculum planning or group management, with people other than the parents/carers of that child.
Information given to the Proprietor or Manager of the nursery will not be passed on to other members of staff without permission.
Any anxieties relating to a child's personal safety will be kept in a confidential file and will not be generally accessible to the staff
Students on placement at the nursery will be advised of our policy on confidentiality and required to respect it.
As a provider we must take necessary steps to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. 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. Our safeguarding policy is based on the Wiltshire Local Safeguarding Board Guidance. Our first concern is always the welfare of the child.
Our nursery is open to all children and families. All children will be respected and their individuality and potential recognised, valued and nurtured. Activities and the use of play equipment offer children opportunities to develop in an environment free from prejudice and discrimination. Appropriate opportunities will be given to children to explore, acknowledge and value similarities between themselves and others.
Resources are chosen to give children a balanced view of the world and an appreciation of the rich diversity of a multi-racial society. Materials are selected to help children to develop their self-respect and to respect other people by avoiding stereotypes and derogatory pictures or messages about any group of people.
All children are special but some have additional individual needs. All the children in our nursery, irrespective of special needs, are encouraged where necessary to participate. All are encouraged to take part in all the activities.
We provide a welcoming, happy, friendly and supportive environment with appropriate learning opportunities, for all children. Our system of observation and record keeping enables us to monitor children's needs and progress on an individual basis. If it is felt that a child's needs cannot me met in the nursery without the support of a one-to-one worker we will do our best to access funds to employ one. Where a child with special needs is accommodated in the nursery it is our policy to adapt the routine and environment so that the child can be part of the group and is not made to feel separated or excluded.
Our manager is our designated Special Education Needs Co-ordinator.
See our SEND local offer here
We are very proud that a large percentage of our staff are qualified in childcare. You may be aware that there are many different qualifications in this field, and not all of our staff hold the same qualifications. Where appropriate, we may employ an unqualified person who will then complete their training and assessment with us.
Our staff are regularly monitored by their line manager on an informal basis, and have an annual assessment. First Aid courses are regularly attended, in-service training is carried out by qualified staff, and regular staff meetings allow staff to contribute to shared curriculum planning.
We employ a 'Key Worker' system. This aids the parents, as they have a particular person with whom to discuss their child, in addition to the access that they have at any time to the Manager. The Key Worker system helps the child to settle and to feel comfortable; it also ensures that the parent has one person to refer to who is keenly aware of the progress, moods, likes and dislikes, and problems, if any, of a child.
The Nursery encourages healthy eating. Fresh fruit is provided as snacks. Children are provided with a meal prepared by our cook for their mid-day meal and a light snack/ tea. All full day children receive a healthy hot meal at tea-time. Special dietary requirements are catered for and should be discussed during settling in. A sample menu can be seen at the link.
Adults supervise all children at all times. An accident book is kept in which any accident resulting in an injury is recorded. Parents/Carers will be asked to read the accident book and to sign that they have done so.
The Nursery is inspected annually by OFSTED and periodically by an Environmental Health Officer. You can be assured that all registered private nurseries are required to meet stringent guidelines regarding safety. Some of the measures that we take include stair-gates, smoke alarms, finger guards on door hinge lines, regular fire practices, fire extinguishers, safety or covered glass and so on. Our equipment is checked each day and broken or damaged equipment is replaced.
The Nursery is a no-smoking zone.
Correctly stocked First Aid kits are available at all times.
To prevent the spread of infection the staff ensure that the following good practices are observed by everyone.
Hands washed after use of the toilet.
Hands washed before eating and drinking.
Individual paper towels used and disposed of correctly.
Wet or soiled clothes rinsed and returned home in a plastic bag.
All tables cleaned with anti-bacterial cleaner before the children eat or drink. Food and drinks prepared in the kitchen area in accordance with environmental Health Officer's recommendations.
Children will not be accepted into the Nursery, or will be sent home, if they are suffering from;
Sickness and diarrhea (48hrs. exclusion.)
Unidentified rashes or spots.
Medicine will only be dispensed where the Parent/Carer has signed the medicine form. At least two members of staff, at any time, will hold valid Paediatric First Aid certificates.
Little Robins Nursery staff work toward allowing each individual child's potential to be encouraged and supported so that all children achieve their maximum in social, emotional, cultural, physical and intellectual development.
Within the group all children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace. By means of development-appropriate play activities and a high level of individual adult input, we follow all aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
In both small and large groups, children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening and by hearing and responding to stories, songs and rhymes. Children are helped to understand that written symbols carry meaning, to be aware of the purpose of writing and, when they are ready, to use drawn and written symbols for themselves. Well-stocked book corners give each child the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books, to be able to handle them and to be aware of their uses, both for reference and as a source of stories and pictures.
Within a nurturing environment, children are individually supported in developing confidence, autonomy and self-respect. They are encouraged to work and to concentrate independently and also to take part in the life of the group, sharing and co-operating with other children and adults. Through activities, conversation and practical example, they learn acceptable ways to express their own feelings and to have respect for the feelings of others. All children are given the opportunity, as appropriate, to take responsibility for themselves and also for the group, its members and its property.
Through adult supported practical experience, children become familiar with sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting activities that form the basis for early mathematics. As they use their developing mathematical understanding to solve practical problems, children are assisted to use the vocabulary of mathematics, identifying objects by shape, size, position and number. Songs, games and picture books help children become aware of number sequences, and, when they are ready, to use simple mathematical operations such as addition.
A safe and stimulating environment allows children to experiment and to explore a range of natural and manufactured materials. They learn to observe the features of objects and substances, recognising differences, patterns and similarities, and to share and record their findings. Children are assisted in exploring and understanding their environment, both within the group and also within the wider community. A range of safe and well maintained equipment enables children to expand their technological understanding, using simple tools and techniques as appropriate to achieve their intentions and to solve problems.
A range of equipment and opportunities, both indoors and outdoors, allow children to develop confidence and enjoyment in the development of their own physical skills. A very high level of adult supervision enables children safely to create and meet physical challenges, developing increasing skill in moving, climbing and balancing. At the same time, children are supported in the development of fine motor skills required to use tools, including pens and pencils, and to handle small objects with increasing control and precision.
Children are encouraged to use a large range of resources in order to express their own ideas and feelings. Art equipment, including paint, glue, crayons and pencils as well as natural and discarded materials, provides for an exploration of colour, shape and texture and the development of skills in painting, drawing and collage. Children join in with music and stories, and there are many opportunities for imaginative role play, both individually and as part of a group.