Policies and Procedures

DUTY OF CARE

 

Fairhaven Under Fives Centre has a duty of care to all children attending the setting and their parents/ carers.

 

We agree to;

  • Be registered with and inspected by OFSTED in line with the conditions of receiving the Early Educational Funding.

  • Employ staff suitably qualified in Early Years Education and Childcare.

  • Ensure all practitioners hold Enhanced D.B.S clearance.

  • Have named Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Child Protection and Health and Safety Officers.

  • Recognise that the safeguarding, protection and health and safety of each child is paramount.

  • Recognise parents as a child’s primary carer.

  • Ensure Equal Opportunities are maintained at all times.

  • Provide care and education appropriate to ‘The Early Years Foundation Stage’.

  • Work with and support parent/ carers as appropriate, to ensure each child’s welfare.

  • Provide regular opportunities for parents to meet with staff to discuss their child’s progress.

  • Provide a safe, clean, warm, stimulating environment.

  • Allocate each child a “Key Worker” with responsibility for observations and completing individual Learning Journey’s.

  • Provide the opportunity for staff to access Continual Professional Development in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage.

  • Provide good quality, age appropriate equipment.

  • Encourage children to be independent, well-mannered and recognise a healthy lifestyle.

  • Maintain confidentiality concerning any information provided by parents/ carers, whether verbal or written.

  • Treat each child as an individual.

  • With parent/carer consent, liaise with outside agencies as appropriate, to help each child reach his/ her full potential.

  • Observe each child and recognise their individual needs.

  • Provide freely available, clean, fresh, drinking water.

 

ADMISSION POLICY

 

 

  • Children will be entered on the waiting list in strict age order

  • Places will be allocated to the eldest children first with preference given to those eligible for the Early Years Funding, unless indicated by a medical or additional need.

  • Preference will be given to the child with the earliest date of registration should two or more children share the same birth date.

  • Parents wishing to change their child from afternoon to morning sessions or vice versa may do so providing there is a place available. Allocation will be in age order and in conjunction with those on the waiting list.

  • Children will be allocated 5 sessions when they become eligible for Early Years Funding, providing sufficient places are available. In the event of over subscribing, places will be allocated in age order.

ELIGIBILITY FOR A FREE PLACE

 

Children ages 3 to 4 years become eligible for the 15 hours free entitlement as follows:

 

 

  • Children born in the period 1st January to 31st March: 1st April following the child’s third birthday.

  • Children born in the period 1st April to 31st August: 1st September following the child’s third birthday.

  • Children born in the period 1st September to 31st December: 1st January following the child’s third birthday.

 

 

Although the actual term dates vary from year to year to accommodate national holidays such as Easter that move each year, term dates to determine eligibility remain constant. These are as follows:

 

  • Spring Term                                     1 January to 31 March

  • Summer Term                                  1 April to 31 August

  • Autumn Term                                  1 September to 31 December 

KEY WORKER POLICY

 

  • Every child attending Fairhaven Under Fives Centre will have a designated Key Worker.

  • Where possible the key worker will remain constant for the duration of the child’s time at Fairhaven Under Fives Centre.

  • The key worker will observe, interact with and endeavour to form a close relationship with each child in their care and their family.

  • In conjunction with each child in their care, and their parents/carers the Key Worker will compile a ‘Learning Journey’ showing the progress made in each of the Areas of Development.

  • The key worker will provide a termly written Summative

Statement for each child in their care.

  • The Key Worker will liaise with other settings for those children accessing shared provision.

 

The Role of the Key Worker;

“The key person should help the baby or child to become familiar with the provision and to feel confident and safe within it, developing a genuine bond with the child (and the child’s parents) and offering a settled close relationship.

The key person should meet the needs of each child in their care and respond sensitively to their feelings, ideas and behaviour, talking to parents to make sure that the child is being cared for appropriately for each family” –Statutory Framework for EYFS

SETTLING IN POLICY

 

 

We want children to feel safe and happy in the absence of their parents, to recognise other adults as a source of help, friendship and authority and to be able to share with their parents the new learning experiences enjoyed in Nursery. We also want parents to feel welcome and involved.

 

In order to accomplish this, we aim to create a partnership with parents in the following ways:

 

  • By creating opportunities for the exchange of information, using among other resources a copy of the Nursery Prospectus and a shared approach to the registration form.

  • By completing a medical and social history profile during the first induction visit to gain all relevant information regarding your child.

  • By providing opportunities for parents to inform Nursery about their child’s current achievements and interests.

  • By inviting parents to accompany their child to as many sessions as they wish following their initial induction.

  • By making it clear to families from the outset that they will be welcomed and supported in Nursery at all times.

  • By encouraging parents where appropriate, to separate from their child for brief periods at first, gradually building up to longer absences and by reassuring parents whose children seem to be taking longer to settle

  • By reminding parents/carers to be prompt when collecting their child, as it may be distressing if all the other children leave before them.

 

We firmly believe that children cannot play or learn successfully if they are anxious and unhappy. Our settling in procedure aims to help parents/carers and children to feel comfortable in nursery and ensure that children benefit from the activities and experiences we offer, confident that their parents/carers will return at the end of the session.

PARENTS AS PARTNERS POLICY

 

Practitioners at Fairhaven Under Fives Centre will work with parents/carers as partners in providing high quality care for their children.

 

  • All parents/carers will be welcome to visit the Nursery at any time.

 

  • Parents/carers will have access to their child’s records and will be consulted in respect to the care given.

 

  • Parents/carers will have access to all Policies and Procedures.

 

  • Parents/carers will have the opportunity to review their child’s progress on a regular basis with the Nursery staff.

 

  • Parents/carers are always welcome to stay to share in the daily activities. “Stay and Play” sessions will be arranged providing these are beneficial to those children who are finding separating from their parent /carer difficult.

 

  • Regular fundraising events as well as social occasions, give the opportunity for staff and parents/carers to get to know each other outside the Nursery setting.

 

  • Parents/carers will be informed of any meetings, workshops or training opportunities.

 

  • Where possible we will provide opportunities for parents/carers to become familiar with our pre-school curriculum and about young children’s learning.

 

  • Our weekly Learning Intentions for all Areas of Development will be displayed in the notice board outside the main door.

 

  • Parents/carers evenings will be arranged each term giving the opportunity for discussion with key workers.

 

  • Home Diary sheets will be provided to enable parents to share in their child’s development and contribute to their Learning Journey.

 

  • Parents will be invited to share in their child’s achievements by joining us for concerts and celebrations.

SAFEGUARDING AND CHILD PROTECTION POLICY AND PROCEDURES

 

 

Mrs Dawn Carter (Manager and Owner)  is the Designated Safeguarding , Child Protection Officer and Lead Practitioner. Mrs J Lewis (Deputy Manager) is Lead Practitioner and Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer in their absence. The Designated Officer will be responsible for liaison with local statutory children’s services agencies and the local safeguarding children’s board. She must provide support, advice and guidance to any other staff on an ongoing basis and on any specific safeguarding issue as required. The Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer must attend Child Protection training course that enables them to identify, understand and respond appropriately to signs of possible abuse and neglect.

 

The Designated Officer will be responsible for contacting the MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) on 0300 555 0050, 9.00am – 5.00pm Mon – Fri. At all other times the Emergency Duty Team is contactable on 0300 555 8574.

 

Any referrals are confirmed by completing a Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF) within 24 hours of making a verbal referral.

 

All practitioners/helpers/students must read and comply with the current edition of “Guidance for safer working practice for adults working with children and young people”

 

 

Fairhaven Under Fives Centre is aware that abuse occurs in our society, and is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all children. This policy lays out the procedures that will be taken if we have reason to believe that a child in our care is subject to either emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect.

 

Our prime responsibility is the well-being of all children in our care. As such we have a duty to the children, parents/carers and staff to act quickly and responsibly in any instance that may come to our attention.

 

Fairhaven Under Fives Centre has a duty to report any suspicions around abuse to the Local Authority. The Children Act 1989 (Section 41 (1) places a duty on the Local Authority to investigate such matters. Fairhaven Under Fives Centre will follow the rules and regulation in Child Protection written by Dudley Safeguarding Children’s Board and as such will seek their advice on all steps taken subsequently.

EMPTY POCKETS POLICY

 

Fairhaven Under Fives Centre recognises the need to ensure the welfare and safety of all children.

Child Protection and Safeguarding is paramount and therefore a strict ‘Empty Pocket’s’ Policy is implemented.

In order to safeguard children in our care there is a requirement for all persons present during session time including visitors, to place electronic devises which can capture or store images e.g. mobile phones, cameras, games consoles, USB sticks in a secure area in the manager’s office.

Images of children attending Fairhaven Under Five’s Centre will only be taken using a designated camera purchased by and for the sole use of employees. They will not be downloaded on to any device which is accessible by family members or friends.

Any member of staff/ student/ helper found to be in breach of this policy will be subject to instant dismissal and reported to Children’s Services, Ofsted and the Police Authority.

POLICY FOR SHARING OF INFORMATION ELECTRONICALLY

 

Fairhaven Under Fives Centre has a responsibility to both staff, parents/ carers and children to respect and maintain confidentiality at all times.

The aim of this policy is to provide clarification to staff/ students or work placement pupils on the use of emerging technologies. All practitioners should familiarise themselves with the Dudley Safeguarding Children Board “Safeguarding Yourself” guidance.

 

Failure to adhere to this could potentially lead to disciplinary action and referral to the Local Area Designated Officer at Dudley Safeguarding Children Board.

 

 

Social Networking Sites;

 

Fairhaven Under Fives Centre and its practitioners must not be compromised by inappropriate comments from employees.

Any references to places of work, Fairhaven Under Fives Centre, telephone numbers and/ or addresses must not be shared on websites or social media sites.

References to job titles/ roles/ descriptions or any confidential information regarding employees, parents/ carers, students or children must not be shared on websites or social media sites.

Inappropriate or unwanted references either in writing or photographs of colleagues, parent/carers, staff or children must not be used. Any reference or image used online or on social media sites must have the written permission of the other party.

Care should be taken over the less formal style which characterises this form of communication in order that an appropriate professional relationship is maintained both with colleagues and parent/ carers.

Failure to adhere to these to these codes of practice will be deemed to be a disciplinary offence. Issues of concern should be reported immediately to the manager.

 

It is the policy of Fairhaven Under Fives Centre to provide a secure and safe environment for all children.

COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

 

 

In the event of a complaint being made the following procedure will be followed:

 

1.                 Person taking complaint will note date, time and nature of complaint and record as much information as possible.

 

2.                 Person taking complaint will report it to the Manager immediately.

 

The Manager will then:

     

1.                 Inform the Owner.

 

2.                 Interview complainant to ascertain full details of complaints.

 

3.                 Interview all person(s) involved in complaint, taking a detailed statement and recording all information.

 

4.                 After gathering information, the Manager will refer back to the complainant with results of finding(s)

 

Complaints will be investigated by the Manager/Owner unless the complaint involves the Manager. In this instance OFSTED will take up the complaint.

 

 

OFSTED                       OR                 FAMILY INFORMATION  SERVICE

Piccadilly Gate                                 Westox House,

Store Street                                      Trinity Road

Manchester                                       Dudley                

M1 2WD                                              DY1 1JQ

   

Tel No: 03001231231                   Tel No: 01384 814398

 

Privacy Notices: Fairhaven Under Fives Centre

Information about children in our early years provision

 

Data Protection Act which also includes the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): How we use child information

 

We collect and hold personal information relating to your children and may also receive information about them from their previous childcare provider and/or local authority. We use this personal data to:

 

  • support your child’s welfare and learning

  • monitor and report on their progress

  • provide appropriate welfare and safeguarding; and

  • assess the quality of our services

 

This information will include personal data such as contact/correspondence details, personal characteristics such as their ethnic group, any special educational needs they may have as well as relevant medical information.

 

We will not give information about your child to anyone without your consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do so. If you want to receive a copy of the information about your son/daughter that we hold, please contact:

                                   

  • Mrs Carter, Manager of Fairhaven Under Fives 01384 813977

 

We are required, by law, to pass certain information about the children to our local authority (LA) with regards to Early Education Funding and Early Years Census:

 

  •  Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC) will collect details of ethnicity for all children receiving the Early Education Funding entitlement. This information will be collected from the Early Years Census and the Parent/Carer Contract. It will be used to monitor take up and identify any trends in access to the free entitlement. This is particularly important as research has shown that ethnicity has a direct correlation to educational achievement. Ethnicity groupings used are those agreed by DMBC.

  •  Data relating to children in receipt of Early Education Funding will be held securely by DMBC in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act. (This data will only be used for the purposes of statutory returns and statistical analysis.)

  • Be aware that all data relating to children in receipt of Early Years Pupil Premium. Funding will be held securely by DMBC in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act including GDPR and the Freedom of Information Act. (This data will only be used for the purposes of statutory returns and statistical analysis.)

 

DfE may also share child level personal data that we supply to them, with third parties. This will only take place where legislation allows it to do so and it is in compliance with the Data Protection Act including GDPR.

 

Decisions on whether DfE releases this personal data to third parties are subject to a robust approval process and are based on a detailed assessment of who is requesting the data, the purpose for which it is required, the level and sensitivity of data requested and the arrangements in place to store and handle the data. To be granted access to child level data, requestors must comply with strict terms and conditions covering the confidentiality and handling of data, security arrangements and retention and use of the data.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING ANY OF THE ABOVE POLICIES, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO SPEAK TO THE MANAGER

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