We have included seven policies which we feel, as parents, you may find the most informative, the rest of the Nursery policies can be read at anytime and are available in the Reception.

1) Policy for Settling In

Transition between Home and Nursery
  • The transition between home and Nursery normally requires a period of adjustment for children and parents. When a parent or parents visit the Nursery before their child takes up a place there, the staff will suggest ways to settle their child into the Nursery. The process of separation between child and parent during the Nursery day needs to be both structured and flexible and to take account of the needs of each individual child. We recommend that, on accepting a place, parents arrange to spend time in the nursery with their child before the child starts and then, as necessary, in the first days and weeks after the child has taken up his or her place. This 'settling in' time, which will normally amount to the equivalent of at least several complete Nursery days, helps the child to adjust gradually to the new environment, the Nursery staff and other children. Parents should be present at all times during these visits, although we encourage them to take a 'back seat' to help their child gain independence and confidence within the Nursery setting.
Settling in Programme
  • When a child takes up his or her place a settling in programme is arranged with the child's Key person. The programme continues until the parents are confident that their child has adjusted to the Nursery environment. The Key person aims to build a relationship of complete trust with the child and parent(s) and is responsible for monitoring the child's adjustment and recording their progress during this initial stage. During the child's first weeks at the Nursery we recommend to parents that they leave their child for less than a full day, until the transition has been successfully made. In the event that a child becomes distressed, staff will contact the parent or parents concerned. When the settling in programme comes to an end, parents have an opportunity to discuss with their child's Key person how well they think their child has settled and how well he or she seems to be progressing at the Nursery.

2) Statement of Safety Policy

Policy
  • The policy of the Nursery is to promote the safety, health and welfare of all its children, staff, students, visitors, contractors and members of the public on the Nursery premises and to protect them elsewhere from any adverse effect on their health or safety arising from the activities of the Nursery.
  • We purchase suitable levels of insurance.
  • We display insurance certificates that cover employer liability, buildings and equipment in a prominent place so that all parents, carers and visitors can see them.
  • The Nursery and its staff know and implement national safety requirements relating to the premises. Staff check new and old equipment, toys and resources and play areas regularly to make sure they are safe and meet all regulations. Staff are committed to ensuring that risk assessments are carried out as required by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 and other regulations. These risk assessments will be made by the staff responsible for the work, set out in writing and signed by the relevant member of staff.
  • The Nursery arranges for all work activities to be performed by persons competent to perform those activities. To this end, the Nursery is committed to ensuring that all members of staff receive such training as required for them to be able to discharge their tasks and duties in a competent manner.
  • The Nursery establishes regular servicing contracts for fire and safety equipment and the appliances conform to the required safety standards. This includes fire blankets, fire alarms, smoke detectors and extinguishers.
  • In the Nursery we have taken advice from the Leicestershire FSO, this includes advice on the location and suitability of our fire fighting appliances. If any changes take place to our premises or its use we will inform the FSO and take further advice.
  • Fire exits and routes are free from obstruction, clearly marked and checked daily for ease of opening. Fire drills are carried out regularly and staff are aware of their roles and responsibilities in the event of an emergency or fire. Short term emergency accommodation has been arranged. Staff keep a fire log book to record fire drills any problems that have been encountered, how these have been resolved and any emergencies or fire that have occurred.
  • The procedures for alerting the emergency services as well as emergency procedures are on display in prominent positions in each room, so that staff and visitors are able to see them.
  • The Nursery provides an accident and incident book that informs staff, parents and carers of any incidents that have occurred. They monitor and access the accident book on a regular basis and take reasonable steps to prevent any similar accidents occurring in the future. We make every effort to teach children awareness of safety issues and risks through planned and spontaneous discussion as well as routines and activities.
  • We work to minimalise accidents and incidents by;
    • Always observing the adult child ratios.
    • Guaranteeing that children are always within hearing or site of an adult.
    • Never leaving babies and toddlers unattended in highchairs, prams or pushchairs.
    • Constantly checking on sleeping babies and toddlers.
    • We ensure that the room temperature where babies and toddlers are sleeping is no cooler than 65f /18c and is no warmer than 70f / 21c.
    • There is always sufficient fresh air and light for comfortable and restful naps.
    • All staff receive advice and current and updated information from FSID (sudden infant death syndrome) and other relevant organisations.
    • Always escort and supervise children in outside areas.
    • Always supervise children who are eating and drinking.
    • Always aware of children who are using the toilet or bathroom and never leave babies or toilet trainers unattended in the bathroom.
    • Registers are taken each day to insure all children are on the premises.


    This policy is intended to reflect the current state of affairs within the Nursery. To this end, it will be revised upon any substantial change of organisation or arrangements within the Nursery, and in any case, annually. This policy and its revision will be communicated to all persons affected by the activities of the Nursery.


    Management Structure:
    The following staff have responsibility for Health and Safety arrangements within the Nursery:

    Miss Claire Holt
    Ms Stacey Hayward

3) Child Protection and Safeguarding Children Policy

Aims
  • It is the policy of the Little Me Nursery to provide a secure and safe environment for all children.

    • Ensure that children are never placed at risk whilst in the charge of Nursery staff.
    • Ensure that appropriate confidentiality is maintained at all times.
    • Enhance staff awareness of Child Protection issues and procedures through regular training.
    • Ensure that all staff are familiar with the Nursery’s Child Protection Procedure, other related policies, The Children Act 1989 and 2004 and the registering authority's Child Protection Procedures Handbook.
    • Regularly review and if necessary, update this policy.
  • The following policies are in place and form additional parts of our safeguarding children policy and are as follows;

    • Statement of safety.
    • Late or non collection of children.
    • Collection of children.
    • Lost children.
    • Outings.
    • Health.
    • Promotion of health and infection control.
    • Food hygiene and safety.
    • High temperature.
    • Self administration of medicine.
    • Evacuation in emergency.
    • Risk assessments.
Introduction
  • The Nursery staff have a duty of care to report any suspicions they may have regarding the mistreatment of children in their care to OFSTED and the Leicestershire County Council, as the Nursery's registering authority. The Nursery will follow the procedures set out in local authority child protection documents and will take advice from Child Protection officers on all steps to be taken subsequently.
  • If the Nursery staff have reason to believe that a child in their care is being subjected to emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect, action must be taken quickly and responsibly.
  • Any action taken following the procedures below will be taken on behalf of the Nursery by the Nursery Manager of the Nursery or the designated senior person in her absence.
Role of the Designtaed Person (DP)
  • The Nursery Manager is the designated person responsible for Child Protection within the Nursery. In her absence the responsibility will lie with the Deputy Manager.
  • The designated person will:

    • Know how to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse and when to make a referral.
    • Maintain a record of children who are on the child protection register.
    • Ensure appropriate records are up to date.
    • To ensure all staff are aware of the Child Protection Policy and attend regular training in this area and keep records of training.
    • Liaise with Children, Schools and Families Department Child Protection Team of the Local Authority (Leicestershire) and OFSTED.
    • Attend meetings relating to any Child Protection issues as and when required.
    • Liaise with relevant departments (if allegation is made against a member of staff).

    The designated person is: Claire Holt, Manager. Telephone 01858 540042
    E-Mail:enquiries@littlemenursery.com

Referral Procedures
  • Any member of staff with a concern, suspicion or direct disclosure should report immediately to the relevant manager (DP). The categories of abuse are physical, neglect, sexual and emotional.
  • Members of staff will make a written report, signed and dated, summarising their observations, evidence of abuse they have seen and any incident or discussion relating thereto.
  • The Manager will refer the matter to the local authority Child Protection Team/Children, Schools and families and OFSTED and will follow instructions accordingly.
  • In all cases where there are concerns about a child’s safety and/or wellbeing, appropriate records must be maintained. All staff should be aware of and refer to The Leicestershire Child Protection Procedures manual for clarification.
Allegations against a Memeber of Staff
  • If an allegation is made against a member of staff in the Nursery the following procedures should be followed:

    • Follow and refer to the guidelines on Child Protection and disciplinary procedures.
    • Liaise with relevant staff.
    • Refer the matter to Children, Schools and Families Department Child Protection Team of the Local Authority (Leicestershire) and OFSTED and follow instructions accordingly.
    • OFSTED and Leicestershire County Council should be informed of the allegation.
Confidentiality
  • Confidentiality and trust should be maintained as far as possible, but staff must act on the basis that the safety of the child is paramount. Relevant information should be shared on a need to know basis. Confidentiality cannot be promised to children and staff should not work in isolation.
Recording
  • Child Protection (CP) information should be kept separately from the children’s general records. The Nursery maintains good practice by ensuring

    • Records are locked away.
    • Child protection records note the date, event and action taken and include details of relevant discussions with outside agencies.
    • Written evidence can be attached to the CP records and should be objective and factual.
    • Basic details should be recorded.
Monitoring
  • Records can be used for monitoring purposes. Concerns in respect of neglect and emotional abuse must be shared with Leicestershire Social Care after the monitoring period to then decide appropriate future action.
Working with other Agencies
  • The Designated Person will attend strategy meeting, case conferences and reviews for CP case planning. There will be continued liaison with Social Care and other relevant agencies for ongoing work with children and their families.
Useful Contacts

 

OFSTED Telephone: 08456 404045 about education, adult skills, or local authority children's services 08456 404040 about anything else.

Royal Exchange Buildings,
St Ann's Square,
Manchester,
M2 7LA.

Leicestershire Child Protection.

Telephone: 01858 465331.

Market Harborough office,
34 Northampton Road,

LE16 9HE.

Leicestershire Safeguarding and Social Care: Telephone 0116 260 0004

 

4) Sickness and Incubation Policy

Disease/Illness and Minimal Exclusion Periods

 

Disease/Illness

Minimal Exclusion Period

Antibiotics prescribed As long as child is not infectious, has had particular type of antibiotics before and has had them for 24 hours without reaction, can come back to Nursery.
Temperature If sent home ill Child must be off for 24 hrs.
Vomiting If sent home ill Child must be off for 48 hrs after sickness has stopped.
Conjunctivitis Kept home for 2 days; - there after until eyes are no longer weeping.
Diarrhoea 48 Hours after normal bowel movements resume.
Chickenpox 5-7 days from appearance of the rash.
Gastroenteritis, Food poisoning, Salmonellosis & Dysentery Until authorised by family physician.
Hand Foot & Mouth Kept at home till spots and blisters have disappeared.
Infective Hepatitis 7 days from onset of jaundice.
Meningitis infection Until recovered from illness.
Measles 7 days from appearance of rash.
Mumps Until the swelling has subsided and in no case, less than 7 days from onset of illness.
Whooping cough 5 days from starting antibiotics or 21 days from onset of paroxysmal cough, if no treatment given.
Poliomyelitis Until declared free from infection by family physician.
Rubella (German measles) 4 days from appearance of the rash.
Scarlet Fever and Streptococcal Until appropriate medical treatment has been given
and in no case for less than 5 day’s from start of treatment.
Tuberculosis Until declared free from infection by family physician.
Typhoid Fever Until declared free from infection by family physician.
Impetigo Until the skin has healed.
Pediculosis (Lice) Until appropriate treatment has been given.
Plantar warts No exclusion, should be treated and covered.
Ringworm of the scalp Until treatment given.
Ringworm of the body Seldom necessary to exclude provided treatment is being given.
Scabies Need no be excluded once the appropriate treatment has been given.
E-coli 0157 Exclusion for some, discuss with Manager.
Fifth Disease
(Slap cheek)
If suspected, contact family physician for advice.

 

 

5) Behaviour Policy

Behaviour Management
  • The Nursery staff recognise that all children are individuals and that, at different stages of their development, they bring to the Nursery a variety of values and attitudes.
  • The Nursery encourages the development of children's self-esteem and a respect for other people. We aim to give children every opportunity to deal with their emotions in a safe, secure and positive environment.
  • Positive behaviour is always praised and encouraged. Children are encouraged:

    • To respect themselves and others.
    • To respect their environment.
    • To care and share with others.
    • To help with the setting up and tidying up of activities.
    • To move around the Nursery safely.
  • At some stage in their development children may behave in an unacceptable way as they learn about themselves and their environment. Sometimes it is a way of expressing themselves, reacting to events or simply 'testing the boundaries.'

    • The Nursery staff will need to be aware of changes in children's behaviour. Together with the parents we will try to establish the cause of the problem and identify a strategy for dealing with the situation.
    • Any behaviour that is likely to cause harm or injury to themselves, others or property is unacceptable. In these circumstances a child will be asked to leave the group and will have a ‘time out’ period with a member of staff. When the child is able to listen, staff should talk to them about what has happened and explain why their behaviour was unacceptable. Staff should explain clearly and in a manner that is age-appropriate and easy for the child to understand. They should avoid using negative terms, such as ‘naughty’ or ‘bad’ or use language that would make the child feel demoralised.
    • Nursery staff will always treat children with respect. Staff will raise their voice to children only when this is strictly necessary, for example, to be heard over a noisy environment. A child will never, under any circumstances be shouted at, smacked, shaken or treated roughly. Staff will only physically remove a child if their behaviour may injure themselves or others or if their actions are disrupting the group. In these circumstances, wherever possible, children should be led away by the hand and only be physically lifted as a last resort.

6) Equality of Opportunity Policy

Introduction
  • The Equal Opportunities Policy of the Nursery is that for students and employees, the only consideration in recruitment, education and training, assessment and appraisal, and promotion (for employees), must be how the genuine requirements of these processes and procedures are met, or likely to be met, by the individual.
  • No student or employee will be discriminated against on the basis of their gender, race, colour, ethnic origin, disabilities, sexual orientation, religion, politics, marital status, caring or parental responsibilities, or age.
  • This policy means that all students and employees of Little Me Nursery Ltd have a right to study or work in an environment free from discrimination, prejudice and all forms of harassment or bullying.
  • Little Me Nursery will take proactive measures to ensure that the Equal Opportunities Policy is implemented and monitored.
Nursery Equal Opportunities Policy
  • The Nursery values each child and adult as an individual and encourages all to achieve their full potential.
  • The Nursery's Equal Opportunity Policy, which is as follows:
  • Little Me Nursery Equal Opportunity Policy states that in the recruitment, selection, education and assessment of students and in the recruitment, selection, development and training, appraisal and promotion of staff, the only consideration must be that the individual meets, or is likely to meet, the requirements of the programme, course or post.
  • The requirements being met, no student or employee will be discriminated against on the basis of their gender, race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality (within current legislation), disability, sexual orientation, marital status, caring or parental responsibilities, age or beliefs on any matters such as religion and politics.
  • The Nursery is committed to provide a learning, working and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its members are respected, and which is free from discrimination, prejudice, intimidation and all forms of harassment including bullying.
  • Little Me Nursery is committed to a programme of action to ensure that its policy is implemented and monitored at an organisational and individual level.
  • The following statement provides for equal opportunity in respect of both children and adults, including the parents of nursery children and nursery staff, in the Nursery.
  • In accordance with OFSTED National Standards, a member of the permanent staff of the Nursery will act as Equal Opportunities Liaison Officer (EOLO). This position is currently held by Claire Holt.
Children
  • Admission to the Nursery

    • No child is refused a place at the Nursery on grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic origin or nationality (within current legislation). The Nursery is committed to the integration of children with special educational needs wherever possible. During their time at the Nursery each child is observed and their individual needs met and should the Manager, SEN and staff in consultation with the area SENCO identifies the need for any child to receive any additional support due to learning difficulties or disabilities, this will be provided by liaising with parents/ carers and outside agencies.
  • Use of Equipment and Curriculum

    • The curriculum within the Nursery ensures that a variety of materials and activities are provided in order to ensure the needs of individual children are met. We recognise the importance of promoting children’s family identity and actively encourage the collaboration between home and the Nursery in respect of different family backgrounds.
    • Themes and activities reflect accurately and positively the multi-cultural and multi-racial environment needed to ensure that all users of the Nursery are able to learn from these resources.
    • Staff actively encourage the respect for other ways of living by providing dressing-up and cooking utensils etc, in order to accurately represent different cultural and ethnic groups and promote positive images of men, women and children and those of people with disabilities.
  • Positive Images

    • Children's questions about racial and cultural differences will be answered in a clear and factual way which is appropriate to their age and development. Staff are encouraged to treat each other with respect and to provide good role models for the children.
Adults
  • Admission to the Nursery
      • No parent is refused a place for their child at the Nursery on grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality (within current legislation), disability, sexual orientation, marital status, caring or parental responsibilities, age or beliefs on any matters such as religion and politics. Places are offered according to their position on the waiting list in order to ensure maximum occupancy in the Nursery.
  • Recruitment of Nursery Staff

    • The Nursery Management takes full account of the policy statement on equal opportunity in the process of recruitment and selection of staff to the Nursery.
  • Induction, Management, Development and Training of Staff

    • The Manager of the Nursery, in carrying out the induction of new staff and overseeing the management, professional development and training of all Nursery staff, takes full account of the policy statement on equal opportunity. The Nursery requires that at least one member of the current nursery staff has received equal opportunity training. Nursery staff and management generally are encouraged to attend equal opportunity training and to 'cascade' the benefits of that training to their colleagues involved in the running of the Nursery.
  • Parent-Staff Relationships

    • The Nursery recognises the importance of good relationships between Nursery staff and the parents for whose children the staff provide care. A 'settling in' procedure is in operation, to allow parents to spend time with their child in the Nursery, immediately before the child takes up a place. The Key person system identifies a single member of Nursery staff as the first point of contact for each parent. Moreover, all staff are encouraged to ensure constructive dialogue with all of the parents with whom they come into contact. The Nursery recognises the important role which parents play in the education of their children. Staff are always pleased to hear from parents about their children's home-based
      learning and to explore how this might reinforce or complement the education they receive at the Nursery.

7) Partnerships with Parents Policy

Policy for Partnership with Parents

Working in partnership with parents is of major value and importance to the Nursery in enabling it to provide a happy, caring and stable environment for children and their parents. We aim to form good relationships with parents so that information regarding their children (be it developmental, social or health related) can be exchanged easily and comfortably by Nursery staff and parents.

The list below shows ways in which we will try to achieve a strong working partnership with parents:

  • The Manager or Deputy Manager is always available for discussion with parents. Arrangements can be made for more private discussions at agreed times.
  • Information provided by parents about their children will be kept confidential and treated on a strict need to know basis.
  • Information regarding the children's activities throughout the day is always available to parents on a daily basis either by verbal communication or the activity board in the Reception.
  • Regular notices keep parents up to date with information about the Nursery, i.e. new developments, staff changes activities and planned outings.
  • If we have any concerns about a child's well being during the day every effort will be made to contact the parents or their emergency contact.
  • We value parent’s involvement in the Nursery and encourage their participation in activities and social events.
  • Parents are requested to keep us informed of any changes to personal circumstances which may have an effect upon a child, e.g. change of address, telephone number, doctor, emergency contact.
  • Parents are also requested to keep us informed of any circumstances which could have an effect on a child's emotional well being, i.e. bereavement, separation or illness in the family.