Keeping Your Child Safe

Of paramount importance in our settings is keeping your child safe. This is achieved in a variety of ways. We operate a password system so if anyone other than the parents pick up, then we must be informed and the person picking up is required to give us the unique password for that child.

All practitioners follow our Behavioural Management Policy so that all staff deals with challenging behaviour in the same manner. We always maintain the statutory adult to child ratios within all areas of the nursery, and there is a trained First Aider on site at all times. We are a nut-free nursery and there are practitioners trained to use an Epipen or Jextpen.

All practitioners have been trained to a level 1 in safeguarding, and the whole team keeps up to date with current safeguarding legislation. There is a Designated Safeguarding Manager to preserve the confidentiality of this delicate matter, who has attended specialised training and is able to deal with these matters using the correct procedures.

There is a designated SENCo who works with the practitioners to ensure early detection of any special needs. We liaise with outside agencies and the parents to meet the needs of all the children in our care.

Daily Risk Assessments are carried out for the building, staff, visitors and equipment. Any resources which are broken or deemed dangerous are removed immediately. Our security alarm and fire system is maintained on a regular basis and all electrical equipment is annually PAT tested. We practise fire and invacuation drills on a monthly basis with the children, and talk about it beforehand so they know what to expect and why they are doing the drill. We have 2 full time security guards employed by the nursery.

We have created a routine in the nursery that the children love to follow. This makes them feel safe as they know what to expect and boundaries are clear for them. There is flexibility within this for child-led play and free choice. The practitioners encourage the children to take safe risks within the setting in order to challenge them and learn how to manage risks and keep themselves safe.