Please see all of our policies below:
- There is a security camera, which monitors the Main Entrance Door and the Baby Room.
- Parents/visitors are requested to use the intercom system at the Entrance Door.
- All parents/visitors are asked to ensure that the Main Entrance Door and any gates are closed properly at all times. This is in the interests of safety and security for the children and staff.
- Parents wanting to leave pushchairs or car seats at the Nursery can store them in the pushchair shed. The shed is not locked during Nursery hours and the Nursery will not be responsible for any loss or damage to any items left there by parents.
- Children aged 2, 3 and 4 years may be eligible to receive the Nursery Education Funding
- The Nursery Education Funding is available for 2,3 and 4 year olds for 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year.
- 30 hours funding is available for children that are eligible. This is offered at 24 hours per week over 47.5 weeks of the year.
- Funded children are welcome to bring a packed lunch or alternatively choose to have a cooked meal provided by the nursery for a small cost.
- Any child suffering from sickness or diarrhoea should be kept at home until clear of symptoms for 48 hours from their last bout of illness.
- Should a child become unwell at the Nursery, every effort will be made to contact the parent/carer or emergency contacts indicated on the enrolment form.
- The Nursery must be informed if a child is absent from the Nursery through illness at your earliest convenience.
Designated safeguarding officers for the setting are:
Our Nursery will work with children, parents, external agencies and the community to ensure the welfare and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life. Children have the right to be treated with respect and to be safe from any abuse in whatever form
To this end we will:
- Create an environment to encourage children to develop a positive self-image
- Encourage children to develop a sense of independence and autonomy in a way that is appropriate to their age and stage of development
- Provide a safe and secure environment for all children
- Always listen to children
- We will log any concerns on our green concern form for our records, referrals will be made where necessary
Jack in the Box has a clear commitment to safe guarding children and promoting welfare. Should anyone believe that this policy is not being upheld, it is their duty to report the matter to the attention of the Manager/Assistant manager designated person at the earliest opportunity.
The legal framework for this policy is based on:
- Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006) (England and Wales)
Practitioners have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Due to the many hours of care we are providing, staff will often be the first people to sense that there is a problem. They may well be the first people in whom children confide about abuse. The Nursery has a duty to be aware that abuse does occur in our society.
This statement lays out the procedures that will be followed if we have any reason to believe that a child in our care is subject to welfare issues including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.
Our prime responsibility is the welfare and the well being of all children in our care. As such we believe we have a duty to the children, parents/guardians and staff to act quickly and responsibly in any instance that may come to our attention. All staff will work as part of a multi-agency team where needed in the best interest of the child.
We aim to:
- Ensure that children are never placed at risk while in the charge of the Nursery staff
- Ensure that confidentiality is maintained at all times
- be safeguarding and are aware of the different ways in which children can be harmed including by other children i.e. bullying, discriminatory behaviour
- Ensure that all staff are familiar and updated regular with “safeguarding” issues and procedures
- Ensure parents are fully aware of the safeguarding policies and procedures when they register with the Nursery and kept informed of all updates when they occur
- Regular review and update this policy with staff and parents where appropriate.
Children will be supported by offering reassurance, comfort and sensitive interactions. Activities will be devised according to individual circumstances to enable children to develop confidence within their peer group.
Contact telephone numbers
- Children in Need Division of the children, Young people & Families Directorate of the County Council 01926 410410
- Out of hours, the emergency Duty Team 01926 886922
Types of abuse
Action needs to be taken if staff have reason to believe that there has been a physical injury to a child, including deliberate poisoning; where there is definite knowledge, or reasonable suspicion that the injury was inflicted or knowingly not prevented. These symptoms may include bruising or injuries in an area that is not usual for a child, e.g. fleshy parts of the arms and legs, back, wrists, ankles and face. Many children will have cuts and grazes from normal childhood injuries – these should also be logged and discussed with the Nursery Manager/Assistant manager or room leader.
Children and babies may be abused physically through shaking or throwing. Other injuries may include burns or scalds. These are not usual childhood injuries and should always be logged and discussed with the Nursery Manager/Assistant manager.
- All signs of marks/injuries to a child, when they come into Nursery, will be recorded as soon as noticed by a staff member
- The incident will be discussed with the parent/guardian at the earliest opportunity
- Such discussions will be recorded and the parent/guardian will have access to such records
- If there appear to be any queries regarding the injury, the child protection team in the local authority will be notified.
This is also a type of abuse. This is where a child is presented with an illness that is fabricated by the adult carer. The carer may seek out unnecessary medical treatment or investigation. The signs may include a carer exaggerating a real illness or symptoms, complete fabrication of symptoms or including physical illness e.g. through false allegations of abuse or encouraging the child to appear disabled or ill to obtain unnecessary treatment or specialist support.
Action needs to be taken under this heading if the staff member has witnessed occasions where a child indicated sexual activity through words, play drawing, had an excessive pre-occupation with sexual matters, or had an inappropriate knowledge of adult sexual behaviour or language.
This may include acting out sexual activities on dolls / toys or in the role play area with their peers, drawing pictures that are inappropriate for a child, talking about sexual activities or using sexual language or words. The child may become worried when their clothes are removed, e.g. for nappy changes.
The symptoms may also include a distinct change in a child’s behaviour. They may be withdrawn or overly extroverted and outgoing. They may withdraw away from a particular adult and become distressed if they reach out for them, but they may also be particularly clingy to a potential abuser so all symptoms and signs should be looked at together and assessed on a whole.
If a child starts to talk openly to an adult about abuse they may be experiencing the procedure stated later in this document under ‘recording suspicions’ will be followed.
- The adult should reassure the child and listen without interrupting if the child wishes to talk
- The observed instances will be detailed in a confidential report
- The observed instances will be reported to the Nursery Manager/Assistant manager
- The matter will be referred to the Child Protection Team 01926 410410
- Jack in the Box is an established Nursery, which opened in January 1990.
- It is in a large traditional semi-detached house that has been purposefully re-designed to provide a secure, stimulating and homely environment.
- The Nursery is registered with OFSTED to provide care for 39 children on a full or part time basis.
- The Nursery has been designed to meet high standards of safety and is a secure environment.
- The Nursery is committed to ensuring that all children are treated equally according to age and ability.
- Prescriptive or Non-prescriptive medicines or tablets may be given to any child, however parents written consent must be obtained to administer the medication.
- All treatment must be recorded on medication slips.
- When the child is collected at the end of the session the parent/carer will be asked to sign the medicine slip.
- Medicine will only be administered by a member of staff under supervision of another staff member.
- Should your child have an accident at the Nursery (no matter how slight), this will be recorded on an accident slip.
- The parent/carer will be asked to sign the accident slip at the end of the session when required.
All staff within our setting are fully trained in paediatric first aid.
In the event of a more serious accident the parent/carer will be informed immediately.
- Registers and daily sheets are kept, recording attendance and any relevant information e.g. meals eaten, sleeps, accidents, medicine.
- Learning Journals are kept for children of all age groups.
- Each child has a key person, who is responsible for monitoring development through observation and assessment.
- Parents can have access to their child’s Learning Journals at anytime.
- Detailed planning is undertaken by all staff and is displayed in each playroom.
- Children are assessed according to their individual needs. The Nursery will provide support for all children with special needs to enable them to reach their full potential.
- The S.E.N. Co-ordinator, who is fully trained, will be available to support and advise staff and parents.
In our nursery we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all of our children and their families particularly British, this is helped with parent participation though using our sharing books and our festivals & British Values displays, allowing children and parents to share events, traditions and celebrations with our setting. We also encourage our children to try a variety of foods from around the world. We hold regular stay and play events such as Easter egg hunts, teddy bears picnic, Halloween and Christmas activities week and a chance to meet Father Christmas. Children visit the local area to visit the shop to buy fruit and vegetables and go on walks to collect leaves for activities. We work hard on promoting good manners, kindness and respect through using our golden rules. Our children are able to participate in Creative Flare which enables them to express themselves through dance and music. Children meet local people from the community who attend our setting to deliver information about our culture and other cultures such as African Ark and local police community support officer.
Making decisions together as part of the focus on self-confidence and self-awareness as cited in Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
Managers and staff will encourage children to see their role in the bigger picture, encouraging children to know their views count, value each other’s views and values and talk about their feelings. Our children discuss their feelings in their keyworker groups we talk about what makes us happy and sad, children have access to feelings cards and books, and we teach our children to listen to one another. Children have opportunity to discuss and share their family news during group times, children are encouraged to use cutlery and good manners during meal times.
Staff support the decisions that children make and provide activities that involve turn-taking working together and sharing.
Rule of law:
Understanding rules matter as cited in Personal Social and Emotional Development As part of the focus on managing feelings and behaviour:
We encourage children to distinguish right from wrong and ask that children follow and use our golden rules and parents are given copies to use at home.
• Managers and leaders should create an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance where views, faiths, cultures and races are valued and children are engaged with the wider community.
• Children should acquire a tolerance and appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures; know about similarities and differences between themselves and others and among families, faiths, communities, cultures and traditions and share and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences.
• Staff should encourage and explain the importance of tolerant behaviours such as sharing and respecting other’s opinions.
• Staffs should promote diverse attitudes and challenge stereotypes, for example, sharing stories that reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences and providing resources and activities that challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping. A minimum approach, for example having notices on the walls or multi-faith books on the shelves will fall short of ‘actively promoting’. What is not acceptable is: 3
• Actively promoting intolerance of other faiths, cultures and races
• Failure to challenge gender stereotypes and routinely segregate girls and boys
• Isolating children from their wider community
• Failure to challenge behaviours (whether of staff, children or parents) that are not in line with the fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs
Individual Liberty and mutual respect:
Children are actively encouraged to make choices about their learning in a safe environment. we educate and provide boundaries for our children to make informed choices.
All children, regardless of ethnicity, gender, class disability or religious belief, have the right to a positive self-image. Children use our golden rules and are taught that behaviours have consequences we encourage are children to use golden rules when dealing with any disputes over toys and equipment.
Tolerance of different faiths
We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures this is achieved by giving children opportunities to experience a culturally diverse society we encourage parents and carers from other faiths and religious to share their knowledge to enhance the children’s learning, parents are encouraged to bring in family celebration photos to share at group times.
British tradition and heritage
We encourage our children to be proud and have knowledge of their British heritage and to celebrate cultural and historical traditions such as Easter, Christmas, Remembrance Day the Queens Birthday, Guy Fawkes.