Here is a list of the main points of our Nursery's policies. All full policies are available upon request.
Admissions: Our provision will be accessible to all of the community. The waiting list is arranged in sections for 0-3 years paid places. Places are allocated throughout the year as vacancies arise in date order of receiving the registration form. Flexible provision places are arranged in the following priority order: funded and living in catchment, then funded living out of catchment and then funded non sibling and non catchment. Priority places are provided for 2 year old funding and children in need. Parents may register an interest at any time by filling out a form; this does not guarantee a place.
Achieving Positive Behaviour: We believe that children flourish best when their personal, social and emotional needs are met. We try to be aware of cultural differences affecting behaviour. We provide positive role - models for behaviour, and work closely with parents on issues affecting behaviour. Children will never be ‘sent out’ or physically punished. We may use methods of restraint only to prevent physical injury. We recognise that young children need calm, sensitive support by caring adults to help them cope with strong emotions.
Non – Collection of Children: Parents must provide details of persons who are permitted to collect their children and emergency telephone numbers for staff use if children are not collected. Children may only leave the building with authorised persons. If staff are unable to contact a parent or named person within 1 hour of the normal collection time, the non- collection of children procedure will be implemented.
Parental Involvement: We aim to involve parents in all aspects in the life of Temple Sutton Early Years. Parents will receive information about records, children’s progress, activities and services. Parents own skills and interests will be encouraged. Every attempt will be made to work with parents on all aspects of children’s development.
Settling - In: We aim to create a welcoming and secure environment for children and parents. All children will be allocated a ‘Key Person’ to assist with settling in and to liaise with parent. The key person may be subject to change due to the child’s identified needs. We discuss the child’s individual needs through the admission process. Parent partnership is valued to create a successful transition into nursery.
Sickness: Children need to stay at home for 48 hours after sickness and diarrhoea, or on starting a course of antibiotics. A suitable member of staff will administer prescribed medicines to children; all medicines must be prescribed with an appropriate label and child’s details clearly on them. Consent forms will be signed in advance. In order to keep contagious diseases and head lice to a minimum please inform a member of staff so appropriate information can be shared and advice/ support given if needed. Staff will work with parents to assist the child’s return to the setting.
Safeguarding/ Whistle blowing: We are committed to the principles of child protection within a school and childcare environment. Temple Sutton Primary School has a Care Team who will oversee issues relating to child protection as necessary. Our staff are trained / experienced and have been approved by the latest legislation and receive Disqualification and Baring Service approved checks.(DBS) We try to create a culture of mutual respect in our setting. All complaints and disclosures are taken seriously and recorded. We follow the child protection plan Southend Essex and Thurrock (SET) procedures that govern what and how we manage cases of suspected child protection. We respect confidentiality in accordance with this. Staff and parents are made aware of their right to whistle blow if they feel the welfare of a child may be at risk. The person who is whistle blowing will report to their immediate line manager and if they do not feel satisfied with the outcome they are within their rights to go up the line of management until the appropriate level is found.
Complaints: Any anxieties will be discussed initially with the Early Years Manager: most are likely to be resolved at this stage. If not concerns/ complaints can be put in writing to the Early Years Manager or the Head Teacher. There is a form available for this, and help can be given if needed. The matter will be investigated as appropriate; a formal meeting may be needed, and all complaints are recorded. An external mediator is used if required, and confidentiality will be maintained. Ofsted are informed if the complaint is deemed serious and meets their criteria.
Confidentiality: We will respect the privacy of parents and children. We keep 2 kinds of records about children 1) Developmental records 2) Personal records. All personal records are stored in a lockable cupboard and on a computer with a secure password access. Parents may have access to any records regarding their child as appropriate.
Valuing Diversity & Promoting Equality: We will ensure that our service is fully inclusive in meeting the needs of all children. We are committed to anti - discriminatory practice to promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all children and families. We provide a secure and accessible environment for children to flourish. We include and value the contribution of families and children. We provide non stereotyping information about gender roles, diverse ethnic and cultural groups and people with disabilities.
Equipment: We use developmentally appropriate equipment and resources; where applicable these conform to British Safety Standards. Our resources reflect a diverse and inclusive approach. Our resources are regularly checked, cleaned and replaced. We plan for the balanced provision of equipment and resources.
Food & Drink: Temple Sutton Early Years food & drink policy promotes healthy eating as part of the school and childcare environment. We aim to provide nutritious food which meets individual children’s dietary needs. We record these needs in consultation with parents. We display menus weekly. Parents may order their child’s meal in advance. We organise meals and snack times as social occasions. Drinking water is constantly available to everybody. Milk is provided daily for those who drink it. We do not allow children to share food to protect against allergies. For children under 2, we provide parents with daily information regarding their child’s mealtimes.
Health & Safety/ Risk Assessment: We make our provision a safe place for children, parents and staff. We try to minimise risks by carrying out daily risk assessments of all areas. All relevant insurances are in place. Staff are trained in manual handling, fire and risk assessment. We have systems in place to prevent unauthorised access to areas. Floors, doors and toilets are safe for children. Our garden is fenced and checked daily for hazards. We have routines for hygiene in all areas. Children are taught about health and safety issues. Fire safety precautions are in place. We have medical boxes available and a member of staff who is trained in first aid is available within each room base as a minimum. Medicines are kept out of reach of children, and written permission is required from parents to administer children prescribed medicines. We hold an accident/ incident record book; parents may see records for their own child only. Temple Sutton Early Years has a sickness policy in place; smoking within the premises and surrounding grounds is not allowed.Mobile phones are not allowed in room bases and parents will be asked to come off their phones before being allowed through to areas with children present.
Supporting children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) or English as an Additional Language (EAL): We aim to provide an environment in which all children are supported to reach their full potential. We have regard for the DFES Special Educational Needs Code of Practice We support parents and children with SEN or EAL. We identify the specific needs of all children and meet those through a range of strategies. We work in partnership with parents and other agencies in meeting individual children’s needs.