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Thornton Childcare
109 Havisham Drive
Haydon End
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN25 1BJ
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Thornton Childcare

Our policies are outlined in simple words below, that don’t require you to have a law degree to understand.

1. Admissions Policy

 

My setting is open to all members of the community.  I do not discriminate against a child with a disability or refuse a child entry to my setting because of any disability.

I welcome both Mothers and Fathers, other relations and other carers and people from all cultural, ethnic, religious and social groups, with and without disabilities.  I will monitor the gender and ethnic background of the children joining the setting to ensure that no accidental discrimination is taking place.  All paperwork will need to be completed and handed back to myself before the first day of care.

2. Behaviour Policy

 

I believe that children flourish best when they know how they are expected to behave and should be free to play and learn without fear of being hurt or unfairly restricted by anyone else.

I aim to provide an environment in which there is acceptable behaviour and where children learn to respect themselves, other people and their environment.

I will provide through myself and my family a positive model of behaviour by treating all children, parents and one another with friendliness, care and courtesy.  I will also use positive strategies for handling any conflict by helping children to find solutions in ways, which are appropriate for the children’s ages and stages of development – for example distraction, praise and reward.

I praise and endorse desirable behaviour such as kindness and willingness to share and avoid creating situations in which children receive adult attention only in return for undesirably behaviour.  When children behave in an unacceptable way I will help them to see what was wrong and how to cope more appropriately.

I will never send children out of the room by themselves and never use physical punishment such as smacking or shaking (to comply with the Children’s act 1989, Corporal punishment shouldn’t be used).  I do not use techniques intended to single out and humiliate individual children.

I work in partnership with parents.  Parents are regularly informed about their children’s behaviour.  I will work with parents to address recurring unacceptable behaviour, and where appropriate seek advice from other professionals to offer support and advice to both myself and the child’s parents.

BULLYING

Bullying involves the persistent physical or verbal abuse of another child or children.  I take bullying very seriously.

If a child bullies another child or children, I will intervene to stop the child harming others, I will explain that that behaviour is unacceptable, I help the child who has done the bullying to say sorry for his/her actions and I make sure that the children who bully receive praise only when they display acceptable behaviour.

I do not label children who bully.  When children bully I discuss what has happened with their parents and work out with them a plan for handling the child’s behaviour.  When children have been bullied, I share what has happened with their parents, explaining that the child that did the bullying is being helped to adopt more acceptable ways of behaving.

3. Complaints & Compliments

 

I believe that children and parents are entitled to expect courtesy and prompt, careful attention to their needs and wishes.  I always welcome suggestions on how to improve my setting and will give prompt and serious attention to any concerns about the running of my setting.

I aim to bring all concerns about the running of my setting to a satisfactory conclusion for all of the parties involved.

I will investigate all relevant complaints.

If you have a complaint please inform me either by speaking to or by putting it in writing.  I will discuss the concern and talk about what action I think is necessary.  The discussion will be followed up with a written action plan to address the concern.

I will keep a written record of all complaints, concerns and their outcomes and notify receipt of a complaint within 28 days of receiving it.

Parents may contact Ofsted direct with a complaint, concern or a compliment.  The Ofsted parents poster is displayed on the parent notice board and provides information about their role and how to contact them.

For reference the Ofsted telephone number is: 0300 123 1231

Or you can write to  Ofsted at:  The National Business Unit

Ofsted

The Royal Exchange Buildings

St Ann’s Square

Manchester  M2 7LA

I will provide Ofsted, on request, with a written record of all complaints made during a specified period and the action, which was taken as a result of each complaint.

4. Confidentiality Policy

 

It is my intention to respect the privacy of children and their parents whilst ensuring that they access high quality pre-school and education.

I aim to ensure that all parents and carers can share their information in the confidence that it will only be used to enhance the welfare of their children.

I will respect confidentiality in the following ways:

  • Parents have ready access to the files and records of their own children, but do not have access to information about any other child.
  • I will not discuss personal information given by parents, except where it affects planning for the child’s needs.
  • Any concerns/evidence relating to a child’s personal safety are kept in a secure, confidential file and are shared with a few people a possible on a ‘need to know’ basis.
  • Personal information about children and families are kept secure.

All the undertakings above are subject to the paramount commitment from myself which is to the safety and well-being of the child.

5. Daily Routines

Children are welcomed in every session by myself.  When all children have arrived I will make sure the doors and outside gates are locked.

I will then make a note of the children who attend by doing a simple ie: Andrew are you here today good morning.

After welcoming and greeting the children they can enjoy free play inside or outside including activities in my creative area.  I also plan adult led and circle time activities and have snack time.

I usually finish each session with a story or some singing before getting and work or pictures for the children to take home.

Some of the children give me a kiss and a hug and say goodbye.

6. Documentation & Information

Parents are allowed access to all written records about their child (except in exceptional circumstances where data protection laws stipulate it is against the best interests of the child to do so).  Parents are encouraged to comment on their child’s observations sheets and parental input are incorporated into children’s records.

Early Years providers have regard to the Data Protection Act, with reference to sharing information with third parties.

Information relating to a child will be shared between setting only if a child attends more that 2 settings.

All information is kept in a locked filing cabinet and I am aware that I have to maintain privacy and confidentiality at all times.

Documentation relating to complaints is kept safely and in a confidential place for at least 3 years.

7. Equality of Opportunity including;

Equality and Diversity Policy

 

I am committed to providing equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice for all children and families.

My aims are to:

  • Provide a secure environment in which all my children can flourish and in which all contributions are valued.
  • Include and value the contribution of all my families to our understanding of equality and diversity.
  • Provide positive non-stereotyping information about different ethnic groups and people with disabilities.
  • Improve my knowledge and understanding of issues of equality and diversity, and,
  • Make inclusion a thread, which runs through all of the activities of my setting.

I base my admissions on a fair system and I do not discriminate against a child with a disability or refuse a child entry to my setting because of any disability.  All parents are made aware of my policies and how to access them including my equal opportunities policy.

My setting encourages children to develop positive attitudes to people who are different from themselves.  It encourages children to empathise with others and to begin to develop the skills of critical thinking.  I do this by making the children feel good about themselves.   I ensure that children have quality of access to learning, reflecting the widest possible range of communities in the choice of resources.  I avoid stereotypes or derogatory images in our selection of materials, creating an environment of mutual respect and tolerance and therefore helping children to understand that discriminatory behaviour and remarks are unacceptable.  I celebrate a wide range of festivals, ensuring that the curriculum offered is inclusive of all children with special educational needs, children with disabilities and those children whose first language is not English.

I welcome the diversity of family life and work with all families.  I encourage children to contribute stories of their everyday life in circle time and encourage parents to contribute fully.

With regard to food I work in partnership with parents to ensure that the medical, cultural and dietary needs of children are met.  I help children to learn about a range of food, cultural approaches to mealtimes and eating and to respect the differences amongst them.  I take any training opportunities I can to develop my practises, which enable children to flourish.

8.Procedure to be followed in the event of a parent/carer failing to collect a child at the appointed time

 

UNCOLLECTED CHILDREN

If a child hasn’t been collected within 30 minutes of the end of the session I will try to ring a parent/carer.

  1. If I am unable to contact the child’s parent/carer I will begin telephoning other people listed on the child’s emergency contact details.
  2. I will stay with the child at all times.
  3. If the child is upset I will try to comfort them and keep them calm.
  4. I will keep children occupied, either with an activity or helping to tidy up etc.
  5. I will reassure the children that they haven’t been forgotten.
  6. I will wait for the parent/carer to come and collect the child.

 

If after one hour I have still not been able to contact anyone from the child’s emergency contact list who are able to collect the child I am required to contact Children’s Services.

9. Food & Drink Policy including;

Food Hygiene Policy and Procedures

I regard snack time as an important part of the daily routine.  Eating represents a social time for children and adults and helps children to learn about healthy eating.

I aim to provide varied, balanced and nutritious food, avoiding large quantities of fat, sugar and salt and artificial additives, preservatives and colourings.

I will meet individual children’s dietary requirements and include foods from the diet of each of the children’s cultural backgrounds, providing children with familiar foods and introducing them to new ones.

Snacks are an important part of the daily routine, it is a social occasion in which children and myself participate.  The snack time helps children to develop independence through making choices, serving food and drink and feeding themselves.

I have fresh drinking water constantly available for the children.  I warmer weather and after taking part in physical activity children are encouraged to drink water more regularly.

In line with the Public Health Regulations, I will inform OFSTED if I believe a child is suffering from a notifiable disease.  Any advice that is given by the Health Protection agency will be acted on and OFSTED will be informed about the outcome and action taken.

After preparation has finished or at the end of snack the following guidelines are also to be followed:-

  1. Bin any leftovers.
  2. Cover and refrigerate or store anything to be kept.
  3. Wash up or load dishwasher with all used equipment.
  4. Clean down work surfaces with antibacterial spray.
  5. Dry (if necessary) and put away equipment used.

At the end of the day the bins are emptied and disposed of.

10. Health & Safety Policy & Procedures

 

I believe that the Health & Safety of children is of paramount importance.  I make my setting a safe and healthy place for children and parents.

I aim to make children and their parents aware of health and safety issues to minimise the hazards and risks to enable the children to thrive in a healthy and safe environment.

RISK ASSESSMENT

My risk assessment process includes checking for hazards and risks indoors and outside, and in my activities and procedures.  My assessment covers adults and children deciding which areas need attention and developing an action plan which specifies the action required, the timescales for action, and the person responsible ie: myself or maybe I need outside help.

INSURANCE

I have public liability insurance with NCMA.  The certificate is displayed for parents to view in the playroom along with my registration.  I also have business use insurance policy which can be seen on request.

KITCHEN

Children do not have unsupervised access to the kitchen.  All surfaces are clean and non-porous and cleaning materials and other dangerous materials are sorted out of children’s reach.  There are separate facilities for hand washing.

When children are taking part in cooking activities they are supervised at all times, are kept away from hot surfaces and hot water and do not have unsupervised access to electrical equipment.

ELECTRIC/GAS EQUIPMENT

All electrical/gas equipment conforms to safety requirements and is checked regularly.  Electric sockets, wires and leads are properly guarded and the children are taught not to touch them.  Lighting and ventilation is adequate in all areas including storage areas.

STORAGE

All equipment, resources and materials are stored or stacked safely to prevent them accidentally falling or collapsing.

OUTDOOR AREA

Our outdoor area is securely fenced and the gate is locked whilst being used.  Our outdoor area is checked for safety and cleared of rubbish before it is used.  All outdoor activities are supervised at all times.

HYGIENE

I regularly seek information from the Environmental Health Department and the Health Authority to ensure that we keep up to date with the latest recommendations.  My daily routines encourage the children to learn about personal hygiene.  I implement good hygiene practises by; cleaning tables between activities, checking toilets regularly, wearing protective clothing such as aprons and disposable gloves as appropriate, providing sets of clean clothes and providing tissues and wipes.

ACTIVITIES

Before purchase or loan, equipment and resources are checked to ensure that they are safe for the stages and ages of the children currently attending my setting.  The layout of my play equipment allows the children to move safely and freely between activities.  All equipment is regularly checked for cleanliness and safety and any dangerous items are repaired of discarded.

All paint and glue are non-toxic.  Physical play is constantly supervised and children are taught how to handle and store tools safely.  Children learn about health, safety and personal hygiene through the activities I provide and the routines we follow.

FIRST AID

I am first aid trained.  The first aid qualification includes first aid training for infants and young children and is updated every three years.

My first aid kit is checked monthly and re-stocked as necessary.  It complies with the Health & Safety Regulations (1981), is easily accessible to adults and is kept out of reach of children.

NAPPY CHANGING

The Health and Safety at work Act 1974 states that all body waste should be disposed of safely and that a risk assessment should be carried out to ensure that no hazardous waste can contaminate any person at any time.

My PROCEDURE

  • Nappies will only be changed by myself.
  • Used nappies will be put into a nappy sack and then into another bag ie: a supermarket carrier bag before disposing of into a bin.
  • I will wash my hands before and after changing any nappy.
  • I also have gloves.

11. Illnesses and Injuries Policy including;

Sick Child Policy

 

 

SICKNESS

If a child becomes ill during their time at my setting, I will contact a parent/carer using the child’s emergency contact form.  The parent/carer will be asked to come and pick up their child as soon as possible.  I will keep the child calm and comfort them as necessary until a parent/carer arrives.

I do not provide care for children who are unwell, have a temperature, or sickness and diarrhoea, or who have an infectious disease.

If your child has been sick or has had Diarrhoea they should not attend for 48 hours …

Children with head lice are not excluded but must be treated to remedy the condition.  Parents are notified if there is a case of head lice in the setting.

Parents will be informed of any infectious disease, such as chicken pox.

We also notify OFSTED of any infectious diseases, which a qualified person considers notifiable.

HIV may affect children or families attending the setting.  Staff may or may not be informed about it.  Children or families are not excluded because of HIV.

Good hygiene practice concerning the clearing of any spilled bodily fluids is carried out at all times.

 

ACCIDENTS & INJURIES

I will keep a record of accidents/injuries and first aid treatment in my accident and injury record books.  I will inform parent/carers of any accidents/injuries sustained by a child whilst in my care.  Parents/carers will be notified of the circumstances and whether first aid was given.  Parents are required to sign an acknowledge this.

I have a first aid box suitable for the number of children and my family that are present on site at any one time.  The first aid box is checked on a monthly basis and I have a separate on that is taken on walks, trips or outings.

I will notify OFSTED and local child protection agencies of any serious accident or injury to, serious illness of or death of, any child whilst in my care, and act on any advice given.

12. Infectious Diseases Policy

When a child is presenting signs of a potentially infectious disease I will:

Inform the child’s parents/carers immediately.

  • Confine the child with care and consideration until the parent/carer is able to collect the child.
  • Advise other parents in such a way as to not breach confidentiality of the child and the parents/carers concerned.
  • Accept advice from the local medical practice as to the type of infection, incubation period and medical procedure.
  • Notify OFSTED and Environmental Health and Health & Safety if necessary.

 

Parents are encouraged to talk confidentially if they have any worries concerning infection.

Notifiable Diseases/Infections

 

The Health Protection Service receives notifications (from doctors, laboratories and other sources) of all notifiable diseases.

Doctors must report certain diseases by law, and I also as an early years setting would additionally notify OFSTED if any child, or any members of my house hold contracted any of the following diseases:-

FOOD POISONING (CONFIRMED OR SUSPECTED)

  • Salmonella
  • Campylobacter
  • Giardia
  • Cryptosporidium
  • E. Coli
  • B. Cereus

DISEASE COVERED BY IMMUNISATION

  • Diptheria
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Poliomyelitis, Acute
  • Rubella
  • Smallpox
  • Tetanus
  • Whooping Cough

ALL OTHERS

  • Anthrax
  • Chlorea
  • Dysentery (amoebic & bacillary)
  • Encephalitis, Acute
  • Leprosy
  • Leptospirosis
  • Malaria
  • Meningitis
  • Meningococcal Septicemia
  • Ophthalmia Neonatorum
  • Plague
  • Rabies
  • Relapsing Fever
  • Scarlet Fever
  • Tuberculosis
  • Typhoid of Paratyphoid
  • Typhus
  • Viral Haemorrhagic Fever
  • Viral Hepatitis (A,B,C,D,E)
  • Yellow Fever

Officers of the Health Protection Service are involved in the investigation and control of all those diseases, which might have an environmental source (e.g. Food poisoning, Hepatitis, Dysentery).  Other diseases which require investigation and control, and which do not usually have an environmental element to their spread (e.g. TB and Meningitis) are directly investigated by the Consultant in Communicable Disease Control.

In addition to those diseases which are notifiable by law, the following diseases when they occur, are also routinely investigated with involvement from Environment and Regulatory Services Staff:

  • Legionnaires disease
  • Cryptosporidiosis
  • Yersiniosis
  • Psittacosis
  • Giardiasis

13. Medication Policy including;

Audit Procedure

At the time of joining my setting, parent’s written permission for emergency medical advice or treatment is sought.  Parents are to sign and date their written approval.

Parents must give prior written permission for the administration of each and every medicine.

If a child is to receive medication, parents must give written permission and fill in the necessary details in my medication record book.  Only prescribed medication will be administered.  It must be in-date and prescribed for the current condition.  Children taking prescribed medication must be well enough to attend the setting.  Children’s prescribed drugs are required to be stored in their original containers, they must be clearly labelled and are kept out of children’s reach.

The administration of medication is recorded accurately each time it is given and is signed by myself.  Parents sign the record book to acknowledge the administration of a medicine.  If the administration of prescribed medication requires technical/medical knowledge, I will seek medical training before I start caring for the child.

My medication book is accessibly.

If a child has ‘medical needs’ a Health Care Plan will be drawn up, usually with the child’s Health Visitor or other professionals that may be working with the child to ensure that we can fully support the child’s needs.  A review will be carried out regularly and parents will be asked about the medicines that their child needs to take and provide details of any changes to the prescription or the support required.

Medicines will not be kept overnight.  Parents/carers are required to bring in and take home medicines for each session their child attends.  All medication will be kept out of the children’s reach.

OFSTED is notified of any injury requiring treatment by a GP or hospital, or the death of a child or adult.

14. Procedure to be followed in the event of a child going missing

In the event of a child becoming lost the procedure below should be followed:-

As soon as it is realised that a child is missing, I will make a thorough check of my house and the garden.

  1. I will make sure any other children stay by my side, reassuring them and keeping them calm.
  2. Doors and gates are checked to see if there has been a breach of security whereby a child could wander out.
  3. If the child has not been found in the house or garden, the child’s parent/carer and the police will be called for advice and assistance.
  4. I will continue searching the surrounding area, including; local shops, parks and outside play area.

 

I am also required to inform OFSTED of any such incident and a full report will be carried out.

15. Outings Policy and Procedure

I will inform parents of any outings outside out normal routines.  I will do a risk assessment, which would be carried out prior to any outing.  The assessment will take account of the nature of the outing, and consider whether it is appropriate to the children attending.

As part of the risk assessment, documentation will be put together e.g. place and location of the visit, names of all children, emergency contact details, any medical and social needs of the children and estimated arrival time back to the setting.

On any outing the following resources will always be taken:-

  • First Aid box (including any medical equipment for children with medical of additional needs).
  • Mobile telephone.
  • Tissues.
  • Register.
  • Emergency contact list.
  • Drinks.
  • Wet wipes/nappies.
  • Snacks.

16. Partnership with Parents Policy

I believe that children benefit most from my setting’s education and care when we all work together in partnership.

My aim is to support parents as their children’s first and most important educators and to involve parents in the day to day running of my setting.

I am committed to ongoing dialogue with parents to improve our knowledge of the needs of their children.  Through access to written information and through regular informal communication, I will inform all parents about how the setting is run and its policies.

I will inform all parents on a regular basis about their children’s progress and ensure they have access when requested to their children’s written records.

I will inform all parents of the systems for registering queries, complaints or suggestions and check to ensure these are understood.  All parents have access to my written complaints policy.

Parents will receive simple written reports and observations of their child’s development throughout the year.  As well as this you will be given the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with me at any time outside my normal working hours just ask and I will arrange a time.

Working in Partnership with Parents

 

As a Registered Childminder I aim to work in partnership with parents as I feel this will have a positive impact on your child’s development and learning, I hope to form a good relationship with parent/carer so that information regarding your child can be exchanged easily.

My policies and procedures will be shown to you on our first meeting and all the relevant forms that I need you to sign will need to be completed on our second meeting (child/parent record details form, permission for outing form, permission for the use of sun block form and several other forms).

I am always available for discussion regarding your child and I am happy to provide any information on your child’s activities, any food eaten and sleep patterns etc in the form of a daily diary which I will maintain each day and each parent is welcome to view this at anytime (Each diary will be confidential).

I recognise that the parent/carer is the prime carers of their child and I will never try to take over the role of the parents, I will respect and  abide by the parents wishes at all times.

I believe that parents should be able to visit their child whilst they are in my care; therefore, I provide an open door policy.  Open door policy means you are always welcome to visit my home at any time during the day whilst your child is in my care.

I aim to provide an excellent service for you and your child and it is important to me that you feel my service is of the highest quality, if you have any complaints about my service please feel free to come and discuss them with me so that I can respond quickly and effectively (Please refer to complaints procedure).  Any positive comments would also be very welcome.

I will inform the parent/carer of any situation that may affect your child and the care I provide for you child, for example new pets, new children, change of address etc and I would appreciate being informed of any change at home that might affect your child and I will treat anything you tell me in the strictest of confidence.

17. Safeguarding Children Policy

I aim to work with children, parents and the community to ensure the safety of children and to give them the very best start in life.

My aim is to:-

  • Create an environment which encourages children to develop a positive self image, regardless of race, language, religion, culture or home background.
  • Help children to establish and sustain satisfying relationships within their families, with peers and with other adults.
  • Encourage children to develop a sense of autonomy and independence.
  • Enable children to have the self-confidence and the vocabulary to resist inappropriate approaches.

I work to the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) guidelines and will notify OFSTED of any incident or accident and any changes in our arrangements, which affect the well being of children.

In the event of referring any concerns, I would contact the children’s services referral team on 01793 466903.

 

I have child protection training to ensure that I am able to recognise the signs and symptoms of possible physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect and so that I am aware of the local authority guidelines for making referrals.

CONCERNS ABOUT A CHILD’S WELFARE

 

If I have and concerns and consider the child and their family would benefit from further services, I will consider which agency, I should make a referral to.

 

If I consider the child is or may be a child in need, I will refer the child and family to Children’s social care.  This may include a child whom I believe is, or may be at risk of suffering significant harm.  If my concerns are about a child who is already known to children’s social care, the allocated social worker will be informed of my concerns.  In addition to children’s social care, the police and the NSPCC have powers to intervene in these circumstances.

In general I will discuss my concerns with the child, as appropriate to their age and understanding, and with their parents and seek their agreement to making a referral to children’s social care unless I consider such a discussion would place the child at an increased risk of significant harm.

RESPONDING TO SUSPICIONS OF ABUSE & DISCLOSURES

 

I acknowledge that abuse of children can take different forms – physical, emotional, sexual and neglect.  When children are suffering from physical, sexual or emotional abuse, this may be demonstrated through changes in their behaviour, or in their play.  Where such changes in behaviour occur, or where children’s play gives cause for concern, I will investigate.

Where a child shows signs and symptoms of ‘failure to thrive’ or neglect, I will make appropriate referrals.

Where a child makes a disclosure to myself, I will offer reassurance to the child, listens to the child, I will now ask any questions.

Disclosures of suspicions of abuse will be recorded, signed and dated and kept in a confidential file.

INFORMING PARENTS

 

Parents are normally the first point of contact.  If a suspicion of abuse is recorded, parents are informed at the same time as the report is made, except where the guidance of the local safeguarding children’s board does not allow this.  This will usually be the case where the parent is the likely abuser.  In these cases the investigating officers will inform parents.

All suspicions and investigations are kept confidential and shared only with those who need to know.  Any information is shared under the guidance of the local safeguarding children’s board.

I will continue to welcome the child and the family whilst investigations are being made in relation to abuse in the home situation.

Confidential records kept on a child are shared only with the child’s parents or those who have parental responsibility for the child only if appropriate under the guidance of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.

With the provision that the care and safety of the child is paramount, I will do all in my power to support and work with the child’s family.

 

COMPLAINTS

 

I ensure that all parents know how to complain about my setting which may include an allegation of abuse.

I follow the guidance of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board when investigating any complaint.  I will follow all the disclosure and recording procedures when investigating and allegation.

REFERRAL

 

When I have made a referral I will agree with the recipient of the referral what the child and parents will be told, by whom and when.

If I make my referral by telephone I will confirm it in writing within 48 hours.  Children’s social care should acknowledge our written referral within one working day of receiving it.

Mobile Phone/Cameras/Social Networking

 

  • Cameras and mobile phones will never be used in compromising situations which could be misinterpreted and lead to potential allegations.
  • Visitors to my home will NEVER be left unsupervised with the children and therefore any visitor will never be in a situation where their mobile phone/camera usage could lead to potential allegations.
  • I will not post anything on social networking sites that could cause offense to any child or their families.  I will get signed parental permission before sharing any images with others and then only in pre-approved closed groups.
  • Any other members of staff ie: assistants will be made aware of the mobile phone/camera policy and will be made aware of professional boundaries when using social networking sites.  They will NOT be permitted to share images, video or audio on any mobile phone or social networking site without prior permission from myself and parent/carers of any children involved.

 

18. No Smoking Policy

  • I do not allow any smoking in or around my home at any time.
  • I do not allow anyone to smoke in my car.
  • Nobody in my family smoke.
  • I will not take the children anywhere where there is smoking allowed.
  • The children will be kept in a smoke free environment at all times.

 

19. Special Educational Needs Policy,       including Partnership with other Professionals & Agencies Policy

I provide an environment in which all children are supported to reach their full potential.

I have regard for the DfES Special  Educational Needs Code Of Practice and include all children in my setting.

  • I will do my best to help support parents and children with SEN.
  • I will help to identify the specific needs of children with SEN and meet those needs through a range of strategies.
  • I will work in partnership with parents in meeting individual children’s needs.
  • I will also monitor and review my setting, and if necessary, make adjustments.
  • I will ensure that my inclusive admissions practice ensures equality of access and opportunity.
  • I will ensure that my physical environment is as far as possible suitable for children with disabilities.
  • I will work closely with parents and ensure that they are informed at all stages of the assessment, planning, provision and review of their children’s education.
  • I will provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all children with SEN.
  • I have a system for record keeping records of the assessment, planning, provision and review for children with SEN/disabilities.

I will also work in partnership with other professionals and agencies to seek advice and support to therefore enhance the individual needs and development of the children.

20.     Teaching & Learning Policy

Within my setting all children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace.  I try to ensure a planned curriculum tailored to the needs of each individual child.  By means of developmentally appropriate play activities a level of adult input, I offer a curriculum, which enables children to progress towards the early learning goals throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage and prepares them for the National Curriculum, which begins at Year 1 in primary school.

 Toys, games and equipment are planned to ensure that all areas of learning are promoted on a daily basis.  There is a planned adult-led activity relating to the term’s topic every week as well as planned adult-led circle time activities to develop ‘Letters and Sounds’ learning and development.

As an Accredited Network childminder I will make your child’s learning experience rewarding and enjoyable and lots of fun, the children will explore, investigate, discover, create, practise, rehearse, repeat their developing knowledge skills and understanding’s in a positive, stimulating, welcoming and secure environment.

  • I will ensure that all children feel included, secure and valued.
  • I will build on what the individual child already knows and can already do.
  • I will work as a team with parent/carers, as parents are the child’s first and main educators.
  • Children will have opportunities to engage in activities planned by them.  I will also have written curriculum plans.
  • I will cover all aspects of the EYFS.
  • If a child needs additional support, I will get additional support and information to meet the needs of the individual child.
  • I will help your child to ACHIEVE.

 

21.     Transport Policy & Procedure

I use my car on a day to day basis, my car is kept in good working order and very clean and tidy.

I have business cover insurance and it is MOT’d every year and serviced regularly as well.

I will always use the correct child safety seat.

If I am taking the children on a trip outside my normal daily run’s ie: forest, farm etc. I will inform all parents beforehand.

 

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