ACCIDENT / MEDICAL TREATMENT POLICY

Emergency medication for serious conditions (i.e. allergies) will be stored accordingly on discussions with parents/staff. This will be easy accessible in case of emergency. Staff would seek appropriate advice from parents on administering this medication if required. All medication must be clearly labeled.

A number of our staff is pediatric First Aid qualified. First Aid boxes are available around the Nursery and are fully stocked.

ALL accidents will be recorded in the accident book. Parents are asked to sign the book when collecting their child to acknowledge that they have been told about the accident.

The accident book will record the following information:
• Child’s name
• Date of accident
• Circumstances of accident
• Extent of injuries
• what first aid was given by staff?
• Which member(s) of staff dealt with the accident?
• Signature of parents acknowledging that they have been told about the accident.

If the accident is serious enough that the staff feel further medical help is required, the child will be taken to the nearest Accident and Emergency department, or walk in centre. If deemed necessary, an ambulance will be called. A member of staff will accompany the child and take the child’s records which will contain details of the child’s doctors and any allergies that they may have. Parents will be contacted immediately so that they can join the child and member of staff at the hospital. The Manager will be made aware of any serious injuries and will investigate accordingly.

Any serious accidents or incidents will be reported to RIDDOR and OFSTED and SOCIAL CARE.
RIDDOR contact information. Online details-www.hse.gov.uk/RIDDOR phone-0845 300 9923
OFSTED contact information. Phone- 0300 123 1231
SOCIAL CARE contact information – 020 7926 7856 or 020 7926 2868

Referral and Assessment team, 4th Floor, International House, 6 Canterbury Crescent, Brixton, SW9 7QE.

Parents will be contacted immediately with head injuries so they can decide on medical attention or collection.

If an injury has taken place at home the parents are required to fill in the incident book and sign it. This will prevent staff mistaking any injuries that happen at play scheme/nursery with those that have happened elsewhere.
The accident book is reviewed regularly by the Play Scheme/Nursery Manager to identify risk areas or problems with equipment.

ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION POLICY

The play scheme/nursery promotes the best possible care; therefore, all medication that is required by a child must be recorded before staff can administer this medication. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that staff are aware of any medication that has been administered before attending, and why it has been given so that all staff are aware to prevent overdose of medication. This can be done only if the medication is clearly labelled.

Medication will be stored as advised on the packet. Staff will not administer the medication that is out of date. All medication will be administered according to instructions on the packet. A form for parents to fill in and sign is available at the nursery when you drop off your child. This will ask parents for the following information:

• Child’s name
• Name of medication and reason for medication
• Time that medication is required
• Amount of medication required
• Parent signature
• Staff’s administers signatures

Staff who have taken medication from parents or carers must sign the form and obtain signature of group leader and manager. All short term medication will be stored in either office cupboard or fridge and details displayed on the white board. The staff administrating the medication will be NVQ 3 qualified and the witness will hold a relevant Childcare qualification.

If a child is regularly on medication (such as inhalers etc.) then a letter is required from parents to give permission for staff to administer it on a regular basis. Staff will then complete a medication form to advise when this medication has been given to the child, and parents must sign to acknowledge this.

Non prescribed medication such as Calpol, teething gels and cough medicines may be provided for children and will be documented in the same way as prescribed, but will only be administered at the Manager’s discretion. The Play Scheme/Nursery will contact parents to advise that their child has a temperature or is feeling unwell and the parent will be asked whether administration of any pain relief can be given.

Non prescribed medication will not be administered on a regular basis.

ADMISSIONS POLICY

It is the intention of the play scheme/nursery to ensure it is accessible to children and families from the local community.

We will ensure that the existence of the play scheme/nursery is known in the local communities by advertising where all sections of the community can see i.e. local schools, Doctor’s surgeries, clinics, shops, and notice boards.

We will arrange a waiting list on a first come first served basis.

We will endeavor to make welcome fathers and mothers, other carers and relations and people from all ethnic, religious and social groups, with and without disabilities.

We will endeavor to be flexible when trying to accommodate the needs of individual children and their families.
The play scheme/Nursery recommends that each child attends for a minimum of two sessions per week.

The play scheme/nursery reserves the right to refuse admission with just cause.

BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT POLICY

It is recognized that all children behave in different ways and those changes in behaviour are usually a result of a change in their environment or circumstances that they may find challenging.

Positive behaviour is promoted at all times by all staff through praise, rewards and encouragement according to the child’s age and stages of development.

Most children at certain stages of development demonstrate behaviour that is negative. Children may demonstrate negative behaviour verbally or physically e.g. biting/ swearing. We recognise that children may display negative behaviour due to the fact that they are still exploring their emotions and understanding of what is socially acceptable.

On those rare occasions when negative behaviour is evident a child will be gently supported. We do not humiliate any child and we deal with discipline sensitively. Staff will explain to the child why their behaviour is unsafe or unkind.

• Unwanted behaviour is managed according to each individual child’s need. We understand that methods used for some children may not prove to be effective for others. Parents, carers and play scheme/nursery staff will work together to understand what works best for each child.
• The play scheme/Nursery will work in partnership with parents when dealing with inappropriate behaviour and the manager may be called on for support.
• Positive social behaviour will be encouraged such as sharing, good manners, hygiene and taking turns at all times.
• Restraining a child for their own safety will only be used if behaviour is likely to cause injury to the child or any other person or property. This will be logged in the incident book and signed by parents.

Examples of Unacceptable Behaviour
• Swearing
• Physical hurting of the other children or staff
• Repetitive damage of play scheme/nursery property or of that belonging to another child.
• Racism

MISSING CHILD POLICY

This maybe rarely happens but complacency is a hazard we must avoid at all costs. The welfare of the children in our care is paramount. Children may go missing and EVERY member of staff has equal responsibility in ensuring the safety of the children and knowing where they are.

Security and the child’ safety are of utmost importance at the play scheme/nursery. In the rare event that a child is reported missing the following actions will be followed:

• Staff will remain calm! One member of the staff will watch over the rest of the children in a safe place with minimal disruption whilst others search the immediate and surrounding areas. The most senior member of staff will assign others to cover all possible areas.
• All “hideaways” will be explored such as house area, toilets, sleeping areas, shelves of toys, under tables
• If after a thorough search it proves unsuccessful in establishing the whereabouts of the child, the emergency services and the parent / carer will be contacted.
• The parents will be informed every ten minutes of progress.
• On the arrival of the emergency services and the child’s parent / carer the Manager will be responsible for informing them of all information in respect to the missing child and what action has been taken.
• Once the situation has been resolved an internal investigation will take place to examine how it occurred and to put immediate measures in place to ensure it does not happen again. This will then be put into a report by the manager and sent to Ofsted.

Preventive systems in place to minimise the risk of children going missing:
• Front door locked, with a latch.
• Secure windows.
• Vigilant staff
• Children counted at regular intervals.
• Staff are required to register the child’s arrival and departure.
• Key People of new children always take extra care to be aware of their whereabouts and ensure they know the boundaries of where they can and cannot go.
• Parents are advised of our security procedures and will be given opportunity to discuss any concerns, particularly if their child has an adventurous nature.
• Parents are made aware of the need of supervision of children at all times especially of their responsibility to ensure their child’s arrival and departure is noted by a member of staff.
• Children are always counted regularly.

COMPLAINTS, CONCERNS AND SUGGESTION POLICY

At Dewdrops play scheme/nursery we aim to provide the highest quality education and care for all our children. We aim to offer a warm welcome to each individual child and family and to provide a warm and caring environment within which all children can learn and develop as they play.

We believe children and parents are entitled to expect courtesy and prompt, careful attention to their needs and wishes. Our intention is to work in partnership with parents and the community generally and welcome suggestions on how to improve our play scheme/nursery at any time.

Make concerns known:
A parent who is uneasy about any aspect of the play scheme/nursery provision should first of all talk over any worries and anxieties if possible with the Key Person or Room Leader. If it felt that you are unable to discuss this with the Room Leader / Key Person, then please speak to the Manager Sophia Sheldrick. Most complaints should be resolved informally at the initial stage. There is also a suggestion box/ comment book available.

If you feel that you cannot approach the Play Scheme/Nursery, then you can also contact:

Social Care on 020 7926 7856 Children & Family support: 0845 601 5317

OFSTED involvement
A parent has the right to contact the Ofsted helpline if they so wish to tell them that the childcare is good, can it be made better or if you have any concern:

Ofsted
National Business Unit
Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
Manchester
M1 2WD
Tele: 0300 123 1231 0300 123 1231

www.ofsted.gov.uk/parents

We believe that most complaints constructively and can be resolved at an early stage. We also believe that it is in the best interests of the play scheme/nursery and parents that complaints should be taken seriously and dealt with fairly.

SAFGUARDING POLICY

The Play Scheme/ Nursery works within the regulations set out by the 1989 Children’s Act and will implement the fundamental principles of the Act. Every child has a right to protection from all forms of abuse: physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of Parent (s), legal guardian(s), or any other person who has the care of the child.

Abuse can be defined as the following:

Emotional Abuse
Physical Abuse
Neglect
Sexual Abuse

Staff are made aware of the definitions of these types of abuse and how to react to any by means of reading through the “what to do if you’re worried a child is being abused” and who to talk to if they have suspicions of abuse on inductions. We seek out training opportunities for all staff involved in the play scheme/nursery to ensure that they are able to recognise the symptoms of any sort of abuse, and act appropriately and efficiently if a case was to occur.
All physical existing injuries that are seen by a member of staff or disclosed by a parent/ are documented down on an existing injury form to explain how the injury occurred outside the play scheme/ Nursery. All existing injury forms are reviewed regularly by the Sophia Sheldrick.

If a child verbally discloses any form of abuse this will be carefully recorded using the child’s exact words signed by a witness if possible. If any staff has any concerns about a child’s welfare, then they will pass these concerns over to the manager Sophia Sheldrick. In the event that Sophia Sheldrick is not available to contact please contact another member of staff.

Any information such as observations and body maps will also be passed over in case these are needed for any investigations. The play scheme/nursery will then inform social care according to the 2006 government non-statutory guidance “What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused. (DfES, 2006)”.
If staff are not satisfied with the outcome of any internal procedure, then they are full aware of their duty to the child to take their concerns directly to social care: 020 792 6 7856 or 020 7926 2868

The Play Scheme/Nursery will share information regarding child protection with other professionals only if important to the child’s welfare.

The Play Scheme/Nursery will take every step in its power to build up trusting and supportive relationships between families and staff in the group. The play scheme/nursery will inform parents of all investigations unless the sharing the information puts the child at risk of serious harm. If abuse at home is suspected the play scheme/nursery will continue to welcome the child and family while any necessary investigations proceed. The care and safety of the child is paramount and the Play Scheme/ Nursery will do all that they can to support and work with the family.

On registration to the play scheme/ nursery, parents/carers are requested to detail any involvement with other professionals. If the parent/carer does provide information regarding other professionals working with them, then the play scheme/nursery will strive to work co-operatively with them. Dewdrops Play Scheme/Nursery will work closely with appropriate professionals and provide information relevant to keeping the child safe. Information requested may include attendance patterns, arrival times and existing injury documents. All this information is recorded for every child in order to safeguard more effectively.

Professional Boundaries
Staff are made aware during their induction the importance of professional conduct whilst working with children at the setting. Children are encouraged to be independent therefore prolonged periods of cuddles and sitting on practitioner’s laps is discouraged. Kissing of children is forbidden and may result in disciplinary. Dewdrops Play Scheme/Nursery does however understand the importance of loving close relationships fostered between children and their key person and the positive effects of these relationships on early learning. We aim to provide a balance of professionalism within a home from home environment.

Physical Contact
There may be times that staff have to use physical contact of force in order to protect a child or other persons from harm. Physical contact or force will only be used if the child or adult is in immediate danger causing danger to others. On these rare occasions an incident form will be completed and signed by a witness if at all possible. In the event that a child has had to be subjected to any physical contact or force then the child’s parents/carer will be contacted immediately and requested to sign the incident form on collection of the child.

Allegation of staff member
In the event of an allegation being made against a staff member the member of staff will be immediately suspended while investigations are carried out. In order to protect all those involved the member of staff will be strongly advised not to contact any staff, children or families connected to the play scheme/nursery during the investigation. The member of staff will be updated regularly by management during the investigation. All staff will have DBS disclosures at enhanced level. All persons waiting for their DBS will be supervised at all times by senior members of staff and will not become involved with toileting or nappy changing duties.

In the event that an allegation is made against a member of staff the local authority designated officer (LADO) will be contacted. The LADO will advise as to the appropriate procedures to follow during this time.

LADO to be contacted: 020 7926 4787

The information collated from the investigation and the outcome will be provided to Ofsted as soon as possible as reasonably practicable, but at the latest within 14 days.

OFSTED to be informed 03001231231

All staff will be talked through safer working practices, professional boundaries, physical contact and lone working on induction

Support Staff
Manager recognise that any staff members who happens to be involved in any child protection issues may find it upsetting and distressing. Manager will offer support accordingly.

COMMON ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK POLICY (CAF)

Dewdrops Play Scheme/ Nursery have procedures in place to implement the CAF. All families using the play scheme/nursery will undergo a pre-assessment CAF on induction during their second settling in session; this is only undertaken with the parent’s permission.
In the event that the pre-assessment highlights any areas of need, the CAF champion Sophia Sheldrick identify whether the play scheme/nursery can support the family by putting additional services into place or whether the needs fall outside of tier one. In this instance a full CAF will be used as an assessment tool to understand the tier of need as detailed below. If during the assessment process the child is believed to be in significant harm, then the Safeguarding Policy/ Procedure should be followed immediately.
If the child or family’s needs fall into the tier two categories, then the CAF will be used as the referral tool to access the relevant professionals. Families falling into tier three level of need will again be referred to relevant agencies. In some circumstances more than one agency will be required and this will be highlighted on the CAF.
The parent will be given the option to choose a ‘lead professional’ this person will be responsible for arranging liaisons with other agencies. The individual initiating the CAF does not automatically become the lead professional. The parent or in some instances the child will be encouraged to select a professional who they trust.
Before the CAF is undertaken, the champion should contact CAFÉ on 0845 671 0271 as there may already be a CAF in place. At this point the play scheme/nursery can make them known and describe their involvement with the family. This is also the time to inform the facilitators that a CAF has been started.
The CAF is used as a method of assessment and is used alongside the safeguarding policy. If anyone has serious concerns about the wellbeing or safety of a child, they should follow the Safeguarding Policy/ Procedure without delay.

CHILDREN SICKNESS POLICY

Our aim is to provide the best possible care for all our children. Therefore, we cannot accept sick children at play scheme/nursery especially when they are contagious to others.

It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure their child does not attend play scheme/nursery and put other children/staff at risk. Therefore if a parent continually sends a sick or unwell child to play scheme/nursery we will be forced to review the child’s place.

You are requested to report all absences due to sickness to the staff at the play scheme/nursery before your child is due to attend.

Please use the following guidelines before bringing your child back to play scheme/nursery:

Colds and Flu: The child should have a normal temperature and feel fit and healthy

Conjunctivitis: Cream must have been received from the doctor and
treatment should have commenced. Eyes should not have
any discharge from them (usually 48hours)

Chicken Pox: All spots must be completely scabbed over (usually 5 days
incubation period)

Impetigo: Medical advice must have been sought and sores must not
be weeping

Hand, Foot and Mouth: All sores must have been treated by a doctor and sores should not be weeping

Head lice: Parents will be notified and children will be sent home so that treatment process can commence as soon as the child gets home. A child’s hair must be tied back (if long enough) to minimise spread. Letters will be sent home to the group.

Measles: Rash should have gone and child acting healthy

Sickness/diarrhea: At least 48 hours should pass since the last bout.

Temperature: The normal temperature for a child is 37C, if any child’s temperature reaches 39C or above parents will be contacted for medical advice or collection

Unknown rashes Medical advice should be sought

Broken limbs / Stitches: According to medical advice and based on the individual child this will be discussed with parents.
Please note that these are guidelines and subject to change based on medical advice.

PLEASE NOTE THAT AN UNWELL CHILD NEEDS ONE TO ONE ATTENTION THAT WE CANNOT PROVIDE AT PLAY SCHEME/NURSERY

If your child needs to receive medication whilst in play scheme/nursery care please see the policy regarding administration of medication. If a child is on antibiotics, then they must be forty-eight hours into the course before returning to play scheme/nursery or at Manager’s discretion.

You will be contacted by a member of the play scheme/nursery to collect your child if they become ill whilst in our care. The child will be cared for by a member of staff in a quiet area away from other children until parents / carers arrive to collect them.

If a child has a noticeable illness, serious injury resulting in disability; or a death of a child the play scheme/nursery will contact the Department of Health and Ofsted.

CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY

Confidentiality is very important both for the children, parents / carers and the staff. The staff will never discuss a child with another parent / carer.

All members of staff are bound by confidentiality, however, it must be understood that if at any time the interest of a child is considered to be “at risk” then the play scheme/nursery must break this confidentiality and take appropriate action. In the event that such action is necessary the play scheme/nursery manager will authorize this or share information with staff on a “need to know” basis.

If at any time a parent wishes to speak to a play scheme/nursery staff about sensitive issues, staff will be pleased to allocate time.

All members of staff are expected to remain professional at all times.

Your child’s records are kept in a locked filing cabinet which is only accessible by play scheme/nursery staff. Parents are welcome at any time to see these records under supervision of a member of staff.

When writing reports or documents members of staff will ensure appropriate language is used.

DROPPING OFF AND PICKING UP POLICY

Dropping Off:
Children will not be allowed into the Play Scheme/Nursery before the beginning of their booked sessions as this will impact on our staff: child ratios. We ask parents of children aged 3 and 4 accessing the funded education session to arrive promptly. We commence these sessions promptly at 7.00 and 11.00am. When leaving the Play Scheme/Nursery a member of Staff must be present to open the entrance door so that you can leave. This is to ensure safety of the Play Scheme/Nursery at all times.

Picking Up:
In the case that parents have separated, the play scheme/nursery should be advised as to who will be picking the child up. Parents should be reminded that in most cases parents have equal parental responsibility and therefore neither parent can be refused the collection of their child unless the play scheme/nursery is provided with a legally binding document stating otherwise. The play scheme/ nursery will always make the welfare of the children the main priority and in situations manager will seek advice from children’s social care and the police.

The play scheme/nursery states that adults must collect children from the play scheme/nursery, if you require somebody under the age of eighteen to collect your child you MUST discuss this with manager in person prior to the collection. The manager will use their discretion as to whether the welfare of the child may be put at risk.

Late Pick Ups:
At the end of the session children must be collected on time. In the event of an unavoidable delay, we ask that you telephone the Play Scheme/Nursery to let them know that you are going to be late and the length of your delay. We operate a late pick up charge scheme: A charge of £5.00 for the first 5minutes, with an additional £5.00 for every 5minutes thereafter. This charge helps to cover the additional staffing costs incurred. The play scheme/nursery obviously has an obligation to stay with any uncollected child at the end of the day, until that child is collected. If your child is not collected on time, our legal requirements staff: ratio will be infringed as two members of staff must remain at the play scheme/nursery until the last child has been collected. A record on the register will be kept of all children who are late being picked up late this will note the date and the time at which the child was collected.

Somebody else picking up your child:
If for any reason you are not picking your child up we must be informed by you in person or by telephone of the name of the nominated person picking up. The Play Scheme/Nursery also requires the nominated person to provide either the Pass Word or photo ID to ensure correct identity of the nominated person.

Uncollected Children:
If any child is not collected within a reasonable time Social Services have to be contacted in order to protect the child.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY

Dewdrops Play Scheme/ Nursery believes that all children are individuals, they have an equal right to be listened to and valued and are entitled to access play scheme/nursery facilities. Play Scheme/Nursery practitioners ensure all children have the opportunity to reach to their full potential and ensure children and their families are treated fairly regardless race, gender, disability, age, family circumstances, religion or sexual orientation.

Dewdrops Play Scheme/ Nursery is committed to providing an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity and works with parents to ensure that every child is able to access play scheme/nursery care and education that stretches their learning and development.

The Play Scheme/Nursery will make any reasonable adjustments to ensure that the setting is accessible to all children and families. The play scheme/nursery already hosts a disabled access at the entrance and a ramp for wheelchair users to the entrance of the hall property.

The Play Scheme/Nursery welcomes linguistic diversity and strives to provide learning experiences which develop both the first languages and English for bi-lingual and multi-lingual children. The play scheme/nursery displays positive images of people from diverse backgrounds through posters, books, displays and small world.

STAFF
The play scheme/nursery welcomes staff from all areas of the community and from diverse backgrounds. We will not discriminate against age, gender, sexual orientation or race.

All staff are briefed on the equal opportunity policy during the induction process.

If you have questions or concerns then please seek advice from Sophia Sheldrick (Manager).

FEES POLICY

FEES
Full details of our fees and charges are available from the Play Scheme/Nursery.
All fees are reviewed annually.

Deposit:
A deposit of £50.00-part time £100.00 full time is required to secure a place in the Play Scheme/Nursery for your child. This deposit will be returned once full payment of your last invoice has been received.

Payment of Fees:
All fees are to be paid monthly in advance.
Fees are to be paid 51 weeks a year even if your child is absent through illness or holiday – this includes bank holidays.

Funding:
Parents of children eligible for NEG funding must fill out the appropriate paperwork and provide proof of address (Utility Bill) and birth certificate.

Late Payments:
If you do not pay your Invoice within the time framework provided on your monthly Invoice a charge of £16.00 will be added to your bill per week.

If your payment falls behind by more than two weeks, and cannot be resolved, we have the right to ask you to remove your child from the Play Scheme/Nursery and they will lose their place.

How to Pay:
Payment may be made in cash or by cheque (made payable to Dewdrops Play Scheme/Nursery) and you will be provided with a receipt of payment. All cash payments should be handed over to the Manager.

Notice in Writing:
If you decide to withdraw your child from the Play Scheme/Nursery then we would require four weeks’ notice in writing. Failure to do so, will result in you being charged a full month’s fees.

FIRE EVACUATION POLICY

In the event of a fire the person discovering the fire will raise the alarm sound and the building will be evacuated. The safety of all children and members of staff is of the utmost importance:
• The person raising the alarm will telephone the fire brigade by dialing 999 before attempting to extinguish the fire with the appropriate extinguishers.
• The most senior member of staff (Room Leaders / Manager) will be responsible for collecting the Emergency Contact Folder, the phone, room registration’s and medication.
• All staff to alert each other by shouting “FIRE”
• Evacuate all children using the nearest exit.
• The assembly point is rear of car park
• The Manager will be responsible to sweep the building.
• The register will be taken to ensure everyone is accounted for.
• No one should re-enter the building unless the fire brigade advised that it is safe to do so.
• If the play scheme/nursery is unable to accommodate the children after the fire parents would be contacted for collection of children.
•Play Scheme/Nursery Manager or Owner to complete a Fire Evacuation Form
• Investigation to be completed.
• Managers to liaise with Fire Safety Department / Police.
• Fire Risk Assessment reviewed.

Points to remember:
• All exits must be kept clear at all times.
• The safety of the children and staff must be ensured before attempting to fight a fire.
• Everyone should be aware of the positioning of extinguishers and fire blankets
• Practice evacuations are done at least every School Term and results recorded in log book (time taken, numbers of staff and children etc.). In Practice evacuations children do not have to be taken outside the building but assembled by the door so that this may not put the children at further risk.
• Play Scheme/Nursery Manager responsible for the implementation of fire procedures.
• The Manager is responsible for ensuring exits, signs etc. are displayed according to Fire Inspectors requirements and that all fire equipment is checked annually.

HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY

The Play Scheme/Nursery is committed to the achievement of the highest practicable standards of health and safety at work for all employees. This commitment is based on the desire to protect everyone’s wellbeing while at work and on the recognition that the highest standards of health and safety in our operation are essential to improving our efficiency as a business.

The Play Scheme/Nursery will be responsible for the following:

• To provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our work activities;
• To consult with our employees on matters affecting their health and safety;
• To provide and maintain equipment;
• To ensure safe handling and use of substances;
• To provide information, instruction and supervision for employees;
• To ensure all employees are competent to do their tasks, and to give them adequate training;
• To prevent accidents and in cases of work-related ill health;
• To maintain safe and healthy working conditions and;
• To review and revise this policy as necessary at regular intervals.

HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURE

RESPONSBILITIES:
1. Overall and final responsibility for health and safety is that of Sophia Sheldrick Play Scheme/Nursery Manager.

2. Day to day responsibility for ensuring this policy is put into practice is delegated to: Manager and Room Leaders.

3. To ensure health and safety standards are maintained/improved, the following people have responsibility in the following areas:

(Names will add when start)

4. All employees have to:
• Co-operate with supervisors and managers on health and safety matters;
• Not interfere with anything provided to safeguard their health and safety;
• Take reasonable care of their own health and safety; and
• Report all health and safety concerns to an appropriate person (as detailed in the Policy).
• Assessments will be reviewed every 12months or when the work activity changes, whichever is soonest.

ACCIDENTS, FIRST AID AND WORK-RELATED ILL HEALTH:

• The First Aid box is kept in the small play area and changing room…
• The appointed person(s) first aider’s: Ofsted legal requirements that there is one member of staff on the premises that holds a current Pediatric First Aid Certificate. This will be adhered to.
• All accidents and cases of work-related ill health are to be recorded in the accident book. The book is kept in the office/staffroom.
• Sophia Sheldrick responsible for reporting accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences to the enforcing authority. An investigation will be carried out by Sophia Sheldrick if serious accidents resulting in death or serious injury or near misses will be reported to:

RIDDOR-www.hse.gov.uk/riddor phone-0845 300 9923 and
Ofsted- 0300 123 1231

MONITORING:
• To check our working conditions, and ensure our safe working practices are being followed we will carry out spot checks, investigate any accidents or ill health and ensure COSHH procedures are put in place so that all staff are aware of health and safety procedures.
• Sophia Sheldrick is responsible for investigating accidents.
• Sophia Sheldrick responsible for investigating work-related causes of sickness absences.
• Sophia Sheldrick is responsible for acting on investigation findings to prevent a recurrence.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES FIRE AND EVACUATION:
• Sophia Sheldrick is responsible for ensuring the fire risk assessment is undertaken and implemented.
• Escape routes are checked by Sophia Sheldrick every six weeks.
• Fire extinguishers are maintained and checked by a competent Fire Safety Officer every year.
• Alarms are tested by competent electrician yearly.

ICT POLICY

Dewdrops Play Scheme/ Nursery aim to develop children’s skills in all areas of learning using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as a working document to aid staff. The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundations states that by the end of the EYFS, children should:

“Find out about and identify the uses of everyday technology and use information and communication technology and toys to support their learning”
In order to support children in acquiring these skills, Dewdrops Play Scheme/Nursery will endeavor to provide children with age appropriate resources that promote the use of technology to enhance children’s learning experiences. All children and babies have access to resources such as musical/ light up toys, cause and effect toys, digital camera, computer and other equipment amongst many other resources.

Dewdrops Play Scheme/ Nursery welcome donations of any other ICT equipment from staff, parents and carers to enhance children’s role play.

When children are using ICT, staff take into account DATEC’s principles for good practice:

Ensure an educational purpose

All resources at Play Scheme/ Nursery are specifically chosen for their educational value to the children.

Encourage collaboration

Although Dewdrops Play Scheme/ Nursery understands that children enjoy playing alone as well as collaboratively with others. We actively encourage children to show understanding, interact and share with their peers when using any resource.

Integrate with other areas of the curriculum

ICT is embedded into all areas of the curriculum through adult initiated learning as well as child initiated learning. We ensure that children have access to a wide range of resources.

Ensure that the child is in control

Children are never forced to partake in anything that they do not want to do. Dewdrops Play Scheme/ Nursery discourage the use of technology, in particular computer games which a child can fail at.

Choose applications that are transparent

All learning experiences that the children are provided with are achievable and easy for the children to understand. Dewdrops Play Scheme/ Nursery understands the importance of giving the children achievable targets to promote self-esteem.

Avoid applications containing violence or stereotyping
Dewdrops Play Scheme/ Nursery endeavor to ensure that all resources in the setting are free from any violence and stereotyping. We provide resources with positive images which reflect the diversity of our community.

Be aware of health and safety issues

Dewdrops Play Scheme/ Nursery sees the children’s health and safety as of paramount importance. We understand that prolonged use of inactive ICT equipment such as a computer can lead to health problems such as obesity, we therefore limit the children’s time on these apparatuses to twenty minutes as suggested by DATEC. All internet sites will be vetted by staff to ensure their appropriateness before children are able to access them

INDIVIDUAL LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY

The Play Scheme/Nursery is committed to providing excellent facilities for children to play, learn and develop around the areas of learning:

PRIME AREAS
• Personal Social and Emotional Development
• Physical Development
• Communication and Language

SPECIFIC AREAS
• Literacy
• Mathematics
• Understanding the World
• Expressive Arts and Design
The play scheme/nursery operates a key person system. Each child will be allocated a key person on confirmation of their attendance at the setting. There are opportunities during the children’s settling in sessions for parents and carers to discuss any learning development requirements with their child’s key person.

The Play Scheme/Nursery also provides the family with a form to fill in regarding their child’s interest’s likes and dislikes as this will enable their key person to plan learning development activities around the children’s interests to encourage them to continue to be motivated and eager to play. Children have plenty of opportunities for self-initiated and adult led learning experiences both indoors and outdoors.

All children are provided with a booklet called their learning journey. Children have an opportunity to contribute to this also. Key persons will include written observations, photographs and craft to which is linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage.

All key persons write a report each half term about each child’s individual learning and development; this is then sent home for parents to contribute towards.

All children’s likes and dislikes are taken into account when planning for learning experiences; learning experiences are differentiated to include all children regardless of gender, ability, race, SEN, age and language.

As well as daily feedback from children’s key persons, an annual open evening will be planned for parents to discuss any area of their child’s development.

The Play Scheme/ Nursery understands that all children develop at different stages, Sophia Sheldrick the play scheme/nursery manager is able to advise staff and parents/carers if they do have concerns about any child’s development. Working with families we are able to liaise with outside agencies to provide support for any children who may have a delay in an area of their development.

MEALS POLICY

For children who are on formula, parents are required to provide formula milk and all meals.

The Play Scheme/Nursery will be responsible for providing water and cow’s milk throughout the day. The Play Scheme/ Nursery will also provide breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch and mid-afternoon snack for children attending full time and breakfast and a light tea for before and after school club children. Part time children attending the morning session will be provided with breakfast and mid-morning snack and afternoon children will be provided with afternoon snack.

The Play Scheme/Nursery promotes good hygiene practices and encourages the children to wash their hands before meal times.

Dietary requirements:
Children’s medical and personal dietary requirements are recorded and individual placemats are provided with clear instructions of Dietary needs. Children in the star groups have any dietary needs clearly displayed on the wall with clear instructions.

A multi-cultural diet is offered to ensure that children from all backgrounds encounter familiar tastes and that all children have the opportunity also to try unfamiliar foods.

The dietary rules of religious groups and also of vegetarians/vegans are met in appropriate ways.

Drink:
Fresh drinking water is provided to all children / babies throughout the day. All babies will be provided with a named beaker of water and older children will have a named drinking bottle. The bottles and beakers will be sterilised every day using a sterilising solution.
Facilities
The play scheme/ nursery has a refrigerator and a microwave to heat up food. Checks are carried out with a food probe to ensure food is heated to the correct temperature. Food preparation areas are strictly cleansed before and after every meal, snack and cooking time and recorded daily.

Healthy meals
Parents are responsible for providing healthy well balanced meals for their children but must bear in mind the facilities of the nursery to store and prepare the food and the timescale for preparation if the child is provided with pack lunch. Play Scheme/Nursery staff are available at all times to discuss diets, weaning and ideas to encourage children to eat well. Staff are required to monitor each child’s diet and liaise with parents.

The play scheme/nursery provides a home /school diary for children aged 6 months to 2 years to communicate with parents about what their child has eaten and drunk and will provide parents with a daily food monitoring sheet if required.

Common foods that cause allergic reactions will not be provided in case “food swapping” occurs (i.e. peanuts/peanut butter/shellfish/nuts etc.). An allergy list is available to all staff displayed in the kitchen area and is kept up to date accordingly as parents provide information. All parents are responsible for filling in an allergy form for their child and keeping the play scheme/nursery informed or any changes.

The play scheme/nursery keeps spare food on site in case of emergencies.

Training
Training is provided and offered to all members of staff in order to maintain food standards and Certificates are displayed on site.

Outside Agencies

The Play Scheme/Nursery has an obligation to inform Ofsted within 14 days of any food poisoning affecting two or more children looked after by the Nursery.

CAMERA, MOBILE PHONE AND RECORDING DEVICE POLICY

Dewdrops Play Scheme/ Nursery operates a camera, mobile phone and recording device policy in order to protect children to also protect staff from allegations and maintain high standards of care within the setting.

• The Play Scheme/Nursery forbids the use of mobile phones, personal cameras and recording devices by staff members, students, volunteers and visitors to the setting.
• Any personal devices that are brought into the setting should be placed on silent off, signed into the book and locked away in the staff room cupboard.
• Staff members, students and volunteers may access personal devices during breaks however they are only to be used in the staff room.
• Any staff member, volunteer or student found to be using mobile phones or recording devices whilst not on a scheduled break will have the device confiscated by management and disciplinary procedures will be carried out.
• Children will only be photographed using the play scheme/nursery camera and play cameras provided for the children. Cameras are to be handed in to manager at the end of the working day to be locked away.
• Photographs are uploaded onto secure computer which is to stay on play scheme/nursery premises unless being serviced.
• Children will only be photographed if written consent has been obtained.
• Any events such as Nativity Shows or any other shows provided by the children to their parents. If all parents have provided consent then parents are allowed to use their own camera, mobile phone and recording device to record this special event provided by the children.

NAPPY CHANGING / TOILET TRAINING POLICY

Parents are required to provide all nappies and lotions/creams which will be stored at the play scheme/ nursery.

Nappy changing units are cleaned with paper towels and sterilising solution after every nappy change.

Nappy cream is only applied if parents have requested and provided this or that the parents have authorised a known cream for the nursery to use if staff felt that child needed cream at Nappy Time.

All staff use disposable gloves whilst changing nappies, toilet training, handling accidents including all bodily fluids. These gloves will be provided by the nursery and disposed of in a sanitary bin which is changed daily.

Home diaries are used to record nappy changes, time of change and result of change i.e. wet, and parents will be informed when supplies are low so replacements can be arranged.

Staff will change the child’s clothes if and when required ensuring the child is made comfortable and clean. A change of clothing form will be completed when a child’s clothing is changed.

Only staff that have current up to date police checks (DBS) will change nappies, clothes and assist with toileting.

At the time that toilet training is introduced staff will work closely with parent’s wishes to suit their child’s individual needs. Plenty of clothes are required including socks, pants, vests, tops etc. to allow for accidents – all clearly named.

OFSTED NOTIFICATION POLICY

The Play Scheme/Nursery has a legal requirement to inform Ofsted of the following changes:
Any changes in the address of the premises of which childcare is provided

• Any changes to the address of the premises; to the premises which may affect the space available to them and the quality of the childcare available to them; in the name or address of the provider, or the providers other contact information to the person who is managing the early year’s provision or in the persons aged 16 years or working on premises.
• Any proposal to change the hours during which childcare is provided; or to provide overnight care.
• Any significant event which is likely to affect the suitability of the early year’s provider or any person who cares for, or is in regular contact with, children on the premises to look after children;
• Where the early ears provision is provided by a company, any change in the name or registered number of the company.
• Where the early year’s provision is provided by a charity, any change in the name or registration number of the charity.
• Where the childcare is provided by a partnership, body corporate or unincorporated association, any change to the ‘nominated individual; and
• Where the childcare is provided by a partnership, body corporate or unincorporated association whose sole or main purpose is the provision of childcare, and change to the individuals who are partners in, or a director, secretary or other officer or members of its governing body.

Where providers are required to notify Ofsted about a change of person except for managers, as specified in paragraph 3.76 above, providers must give Ofsted the new person’s name, any former names or aliases, date of birth, and home address. If there is a change of manager, providers must notify Ofsted that a new manager has been appointed. Where it is reasonably practicable to do so, notification must be made in advance. In other cases, notification must be made as soon as is reasonably practicable, but always within 14 days. A registered provider who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with these requirements commits an offence.

PARENT PARTNERSHIP POLICY

At Dewdrops Play Scheme/ Nursery we always respect child’s parents / carers as the child’s first and most important carers /educators.

Parents are provided with the information on how to access the play scheme/nurseries policies which all parents must sign to say that they agree with them. A copy of the Play Scheme/Nursery Policies is available in the play scheme/nursery reception and on the Play Scheme/Nursery Website. Any information regarding the Play Scheme/Nursery Policies can be requested and discussed with the Play Scheme/Nursery Manager if you have any concerns.

We aim to work closely with all our parents with children aged between 3 months and 2 years having a Home diary to ensure good communication between the Play Scheme/Nursery and parents / carers.

Each room has information which explains the daily routine and the type of activities for that day, and any food and drink being provided. Each room has photos, names and qualification of staff working within the room on a daily basis.

The Play Scheme/ Nursery has a general Notice Board in the Entrance which provides a copy of the Complaints policy and Ofsted address. A copy of the Play Scheme/Nursery Policies is provided on a desk in the main entrance.

Within our settling in sessions we offer parents the opportunity of a one to one discussion which involves completing the registration forms. This gives parents an opportunity to share all information about their child to the Play Scheme/Nursery and to discuss their child’s individual needs so that we can prepare parents /carers and child for that special start day at Play Scheme/Nursery. It also gives the parents / carers an opportunity to build relationships between the staff and manager.

We work with parents on children’s routines especially babies as we know how important it is to bring their routine into the play scheme/nursery of continuity of care. We also ask parents to fill in a development form about their child to ensure the staff can continue this care within the Play Scheme/Nursery.

Regularly newsletters are available to all parents to keep you informed on the play scheme/nursery’s news and keep you updated on any changes or requests relating to your children development needs.

Staff are always available to talk to you about your child’s progress. If you do not regularly see your child’s key person due to staff shift patterns then all parents are welcome to make an appointment to see them at any time.

If a parent wishes to make a complaint please refer to the Complaints, Comments and Suggestion Policy.

We welcome all parent contribution within the Play Scheme/Nursery and have a parent Rota so that you can share a part in your child’s day at the play scheme/nursery. We also offer Family days so that all the family can share with your child their learning experiences at the Play Scheme/Nursery.

Once a year we have a Parent Evening so that you have an opportunity to speak to your child’s key worker regarding their progress at the Nursery.

Every Term parents /carers will receive a Termly Review on their child’s developmental progress.

PLAY POLICY

Dewdrops Play Scheme/ Nursery are strong believers that children learn through play and follow a child led curriculum:
• Play Scheme/ Nursery follows a child led curriculum offering a range of adult led learning experiences throughout the day.
• Children are never made to take part in any learning experiences.
• All adult led learning is playful and planned around children’s interests in order to engage them.
• Adult led learning experiences are incorporated into the daily routine and children can access these if they wish.
• Groups are arranged to encourage free flow play and children have access to all seven areas of learning at all times.
• Dewdrops Play Scheme/ Nursery understands that sometimes children play together and sometimes play alone.
• Practitioners will sensitively engage with children throughout their play in order to extend learning through open ending questioning, providing extra resources and observing to understand interests.
• Practitioners understand that children sometimes don’t want to play with them.
• The practitioner’s role in play is to provide resources, observe children and extend learning.
• Practitioners respect and accept all forms of play including gun, weapon, war and superhero play, regardless of the practitioners own views.
• Play that scares, threatens or hurts another child or damages any property will be quickly discouraged and children will be requested to cease this play and an explanation of why it is unacceptable will be given.
• Dewdrops Play Scheme/ Nursery will continue to purchase new toys and equipment according to the needs of the children. However, we recognise that sensitive, enthusiastic practitioners are the best resource that we could provide for young children.

PREMISES AND EQUIPMENT POLICY

Premises:
The Play Scheme/Nursery has a legal requirement to ensure the property is safe and suitable for their purposes. We have specific legal requirement to inform Ofsted of any proposed changes to the premises 14 days before the event occurs. This could be any changes that might affect the space to the children and quality of childcare available to them.

The Play Scheme/Nursery ensures that the premises and equipment are organized in a way that meets the needs of children.
• All children under the age of two years are provided with 3.5m2 per child.
• All children two years old are provided with 2.5m2 per child
• All children aged three to five years are provided with 2.3m2

The Play Scheme/Nursery has a specific legal requirement to ensure the safety of the children, staff and others on the premises in case of fire and we have a clear defined procedure for the emergency evacuation of the premises. Fire drills will be carried out so that both staff and children become familiar with the evacuation process. All fire exits will be clearly identifiable and fire doors will be kept free from obstructions. The Play Scheme/Nursery is fitted with Fire alarms which is certificated and is checked every regularly.

To the entrance of the Play Scheme/Nursery premises is the dedicated entrance with a ramp to assist with anybody with a disability and we also have a designated ramp to the main hall area. The Play Scheme/Nursery premises will be cleaned on a regularly basis, rooms are kept at a temperature which ensures comfort of the children and staff, adequately ventilated and well lit.

If any maintenance has to be undertaken then we will appoint contractors who are able to work out of hours, however if emergency maintenance is required then the children will be moved to another part of the property so that the work can be carried out.

The Play Scheme/Nursery will have Public Liability Insurance which will be displayed in the Entrance hall area.

The Play Scheme/ Nursery premises will be only used solely by the Play Scheme/Nursery during the hours of operation. The Play Scheme/Nursery premises has an equipped kitchen to provide healthy breakfast, snacks, drinks and for the children.

The Play Scheme/ Nursery premises provides a separate sleeping area for children aged 3 months – 2 years old and designated arrangements for children aged 2 – 5. All children requiring sleep will be provided with their own bed linen.

The Play Scheme/Nursery provides facilities for the preparation of baby’s feeds with suitable sterilization equipment used for feeding equipment and dummies.

The Play Scheme/Nursery provides at least one toilet and one basin for every ten children over the aged of two, and the play scheme/nursery has designated areas for nappy changing.

The premises provide a separate Staff Room/ Office for staff breaks, where confidential information and records are held.

Equipment:
All equipment used is taken into account when calculating floor space for children.

The Play Scheme/Nursery will ensure that all children have identified storage for records, toys and personal belongings.

When setting up each room the space provided for each child will be used to ensure that all children have scope for free movement and well-spread activities.

Equipment will be cleaned on a regularly basis. The Play Scheme/Nursery will provide equipment and toys appropriate for the ages of children. The play scheme/nursery carries out risk assessments on all resources to ensure suitability. Toys are cleaned on a weekly basis to sustain cleanliness; however, if toys become contaminated then they are cleaned immediately.

All staff are responsibile to maintain safe equipment and report to manager if any defaults occur. Action will be taken for repair or replacement. Managers are responsible for purchasing and ensuring that there is enough equipment appropriate to the different stages of development.

We have a wide range of equipment, including man-made and natural materials to ensure positive images are reflected and to promote equal opportunities for learning, avoiding racial and gender stereotyping.

Toys and equipment are stored at the children’s level to promote independence.

QUALIFICATIONS, TRAINING, SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE POLICY

Staff are trained and experienced in the childcare field and hold qualifications BA Degree, BTEC or NVQ. Non-qualified staff will be training towards their NVQ’s with a reputable training agency and under the guidance of qualified staff.

The Play Scheme/Nursery likes to provide employment opportunities and offers apprenticeship. The Play Scheme/ Nursery is working towards all members of staff holding a relevant child care qualification.

The Play Scheme/Nursery feels very strongly that all staff are given opportunities to obtain all relevant certificates in the operation of a Day Care provision such as Health & Safety, Hygiene and Handling and First Aid.

We accept students training for the childcare qualification however they are closely monitored by qualified staff.

All staff are provided with monthly supervision and staff are provided with their own individual Progress File which ensures that all training needs health and wellbeing needs are being met by the Play Scheme/ Nursery.

RISK ASSESSMENT POLICY

The Manager review the annual premises risk assessment to ensure that the premises is safe and maintained.

The Play Scheme/ Nursery carries out risk assessments on a daily basis; Opening and Closing Checklist, daily room risk assessments including equipment risk assessments, toy risk assessments, and Outings risk assessments.

An individual risk assessment may be required on a child if he or she have specific care requirements.

The Play Scheme/ Nursery has a Health and Safety Policy which includes procedures for identifying, reporting and dealing with accidents, hazards and faulty equipment.

OUTINGS POLICY

For any activities taking place off the play scheme/nursery site a specific risk assessment will be undertaken by the Manager. The risk assessment will detail the safest route to the destination, these plans are available from the office and are to be collected before going on an outing they highlight any risks found. If there are found to be major risks, then the children will not visit. Risk assessments will be reviewed yearly or sooner if changes to the destination have been made Staff are responsible to assessing risks once they have arrived at the destination, if any risks that are found that cannot be resolved / removed the children and staff will return to the play scheme/nursery.

To ensure safety of children when outside the Nursery the children will be provided with:
• Fluorescent bibs
• Safety reins
• Pushchairs
• Ring holders

All members of staff are suitably trained to deal with the children and that one member of staff will be first aid qualified. It is also our policy that at least one member of staff will have a mobile phone on them in case of any emergencies, carry a first aid box and any medication the children may require.

Only children whose parents have signed the consent forms will ever be taken on trips. Snacks and refreshments will be provided as required by the Nursery taking into account any allergies etc.

LONE WORKING POLICY

This policy has been devised to ultimately protect staff and children attending the nursery. Dewdrops Play Scheme/ Nursery understands that there may be times during the day that staff may be left alone with the children. To ensure that staff and children are not left in vulnerable situations the following guidelines should be followed:

• Good communication should ensure that all staff is aware of each other’s intentions and whereabouts. Staff should inform their colleagues if they intend to leave the room, even for a short period of time. This gives them the opportunity to seek cover if necessary.
• Staff should ensure doors are open when nappy changing and toileting whilst maintaining children’s privacy.
• At least two people must be on the premises at all times, and at least one senior member of staff must be present at all times.
• Staff should ensure that they are appropriately placed around the nursery at all times to maintain the safety of the children.
• Staff should be aware that the safety and wellbeing of the children is paramount staff should use their initiative when attending to minor occurrences.

SAFE RECRUITMENT POLICY

The Play Scheme/Nursery has an effective system in place to ensure that all practitioners and other people aged 16 or over likely to have regularly contact with children are suitable to do so.

The Play Scheme/ Nursery expects all people connected with their provision who work directly with children to declare to them all convictions, cautions, court orders, reprimands and warning which may affect their suitability to work with children.

In order to achieve Safe Recruitment:
• Members of staff paid / unpaid will be DBS checked (Criminal Records Bureau) and will not be able to work within the Nursery unsupervised until completed.
• 2 References will be requested. These will be followed up with a phone call
• Full employment history will be requested and any gaps within their history will be investigated and explanations required.
• Evidence of Relevant Qualifications and identification will be requested.
• Applicant will be interviewed by Management and a Senior Practitioner.

When a candidate is offered a position within the Nursery they will be placed on a period of Probation for 6months.

The new Member of Staff will undertake a 1 week induction period to ensure that all relevant information, policies, procedures and good practice are provided

The new Member of Staff will receive a copy of all Policies and Procedures and Management will complete a Staff Progress File which will include all Supervision, Training, Well Being and Yearly Appraisals.

On the First day of Induction Management will complete a Staff File so all relevant information regarding the member of staff are accessible.

All agency / students / volunteers will receive the nursery induction process and will abide by the Play Scheme/Nursery policies and procedures. All non-permanent staff will never be left unsupervised at any time.

STAFFING ARRANGEMENTS POLICY

The Play Scheme/Nursery will ensure that the ratio for adults: children are adhered to at all times. In order to meet these requirements:

Babies from Birth to 2 years 1 adult: 3 children
2 years to 3years 1 adult: 4 children
3years to 8years 1 adult: 8 children

Staff/volunteers/students under the age of 17 years cannot count towards the ratio and will be supervised at all times. Students over the year of 17 on long term placements may be included in the ratios if deemed competent and responsible.

The only exception is when children are sleeping an adult does not need to be present in the room, however should be available nearby within earshot should they be needed.

If for any reason it is found that the above ratios will not be met by the Nursery, then the Contingency Plan will come into practice.

Contingency Plan:
• Regrouping of Children
• Re-organising of rooms and activities
• Re-deploying of other suitable staff.
• Contact other members of staff paid and unpaid not working to request their employment.
• Contact Agency Recruitment to request paid workers.

SETTLING IN POLICY

The Play Scheme/ Nursery appreciates that it may be difficult to leave your child for the first time. Therefore, we highly recommend that you complete the Settling in Sessions process before the start date to enable yourself and your child to be familiar with the surroundings.

SETTLING IN SESSIONS

Key Person identified

1 x 1hour visit with parent/carer.

1 x 1hour visit – appointment with Manager to complete paperwork

1 x 1hour visit without parent/carer

When your child first attends the Play Scheme/ Nursery extra special consideration will be given. All children are individual and it may take different amounts of time to settle into the nursery environment completely. In this period, we ensure that every care is taken to make sure that your child feels safe and secure.

We aim to do this by providing Named Key Persons, allowing them their comfort blankets and teddies along with soothers if required. As the settling in period continues, we will encourage your child to leave their comforts in their named drawer so they are safe and accessible for whenever they are needed.

We aim to provide a structured day so that your baby, toddler or child becomes familiar with the environment therefore over time they will come to understand the day within the Play Scheme/Nursery making them feel safe and secure.

If you have any concerns at any time when your baby, toddler or child starts at the Play Scheme/Nursery then please come and discuss it with us. An unhappy baby, toddler or child creates an unhappy parent/carer so please come and talk to us.

SMOKING, DRINKING AND DRUGS POLICY

Play Scheme/Nursery has a policy that smoking be prohibited in all areas of the Setting. The Play Scheme/ Nursery is a no smoking area. The play scheme/nursery staff supports this policy and will ensure that it is observed at all times. This will apply to all staff, parents/carers, visitors and contractors entering the play scheme/nursery building. Staff have to thoroughly wash their hands with the antibacterial soap after smoking before returning after breaks.

Staff will not be permitted to work in the play scheme/nursery under the influence of drink or drugs.
Staff will have to inform the Play Scheme/ Nursery Management if they believe any medication may affect their ability to care for children and if this is the case they should seek medical advice and only work directly with children if that advice is that the medication is unlikely to impair their ability to look after children.
If any member of staff is found to be under the influence of alcohol, drugs or have not disclaimed prescribed medication that may affect their ability to care for children they will be sent home immediately and investigations will proceed into their suitability for employment.
If any members of staff are found to be smoking inside the building, parking area or forecourt then they will be reprimanded immediately and investigations will proceed into their suitability for employment.

Dewdrops Play Scheme/ Nursery

Special Educational Needs Policy

At Dewdrops Play Scheme/Nursery we will have regard to the Special Educational Needs Code Of Practice.

The Nursery will ensure that we have an up to date copy of the Code of Practice and the nursery will make this document available to parents if required.

The nursery will work closely with parents to listen to their views so as to build on children’s previous experiences, knowledge, understanding and skills and provide opportunities to develop in the six areas of learning:
• Personal, social and emotional development
• Communication, language and literacy
• Mathematical development
• Understanding the world
• Physical development
• Literacy development
• Expressive Art and Design

The nursery will observe and monitor individual children’s progress throughout the Foundation Stage and where a child appears not to be making progress either generally or in a specific aspect of learning the nursery will present them with different opportunities or use alternative ways of learning.

If the nursery identify that a child has special educational needs then we will use the graduated approach as described in the Code of Practice. (Early Years Action and Early Years Action Plus)

The nursery will discuss observations and any proposed plans with the parents in a way that encourages them to contribute their knowledge and understanding of their child and allows them to raise any concerns they may have about their child’s needs and the provision that is being made for them.

The nursery will, with parents’ permission, use Individual Education Plans. These will record information about the short term targets set for the child, the teaching strategies and the provision to be put in place, when the plan will be reviewed and the outcome of the action taken. The nursery will continually review the IEPs and seek the parents’ views on the child’s progress.

The nursery will seek support from the Network Co-ordinator and the Area Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. The Nursery will continue to develop our knowledge of special educational needs by attending training where possible and by reading literature provided to the nursery by the Co-ordinators.

Daily Schedule
Monday – Friday
7:00am – 18:00

Baby unit Daily Schedule

7:00am – 8:00am Welcoming and Breakfast
Nappy change
8:00am -8:30am Soft Play/Sensory Play
8:30am – 9:00am Adult Led Activity(library on Monday Mornings)
Rotation of groups
9:00am – 10:00am Park
10:00am- 10:30am Snacks

10:30am – 11:00am Nappy change

11:00am – 11:30am Story/Singing/Music Session

11:30pm – 12:30pm Lunch

12:30pm – 14:30pm Sleep time/nappy change

14:30pm – 15:00pm Snack

15:00pm – 16:00pm Park

16:00pm – 16:30pm Tea Time

16:30pm – 17:00pm Adult Led Activity/free play

17:00pm – 17:30pm Nappy change

17:30 – 18:00
Story/singing/home time

Toddlers and Pre-School Daily Schedule

7:00am – 8:00am Welcoming and Breakfast
Nappy change/toilet time
8:00am -8:30am Free flow indoor play
8:30am – 9:00am Adult Led activity (Library group on Tuesday mornings)
Rotation of groups
9:00am- 10:00am Music Session/Park
10:00am – 10:30am Snacks

10:30am – 11:00am Nappy change/toilet time/story time/singing

11:00am – 11:30am Adult Led activity

11:30am – 12:30pm Lunch

12:30pm – 14:30pm Sleep time or quiet activities
Nappy change/toilet time

14:30pm – 15:00pm Snack

15:00pm – 16:00pm Park

16:00pm – 16:30pm Tea Time

16:30pm – 17:00pm Adult Led Activity/free play indoor

17:00pm – 17:30pm Nappy change/toilet time

17:30pm – 18:00pm
Story time/singing/home time