POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

January 2013 (all policies are reviewed annually)

 

 

 

 

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Hounchin Memorial Hall, The Scouts Hut, St John’s Church

Church Lane , Loughton, Essex IG10 1PD

Mobile: 07580 207 822

www.stickyfingerspreschool.co.uk

 


 

CONTENTS

 

Aims & objectives - 3

Preschool session - 4

Lunch club - 5

Session operational plan - 6

Preschool fees - 6

Parental involvement - 7

Curriculum - 8

Observation and Record Keeping Policy - 9

Complaints Procedure - 10

Admissions Policy - 11

Equality and Diversity Policy - 12

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy - 13

Special Needs Policy - 15

Health and Hygiene Policy - 16

Medication Policy - 17

Behaviour Management Policy - 17

Student Placement Policy - 18

Staffing and Employment Policy - 19

Confidentiality Policy - 20

Policy for a Lost Child on a Trip - 21

Missing Child Procedure - 22

Emergency Closure Procedure - 23

Non collection of child - 23

Settling Policy - 24

Child Sickness Policy - 25

Outdoor Play Policy - 26

Transition Policy– 27

Food and drink– 28

Mobile Phone, Photographic Images & Social Networking Policy-29

CAF – Common Assessment Framework Statement -31


 

               

  Aims and Objectives

 

Young children need to have the opportunity to discover and explore the world around them, to share and make the first break from home. At Sticky Fingers Preschool we recognise that this may also be the first time that you have left your child, and by supplying a varied range of toys and activities in a secure and happy environment we hope to make this transition easy for both of you. We are committed to develop policies and procedures which promote inclusion for all children, parents/carers and staff.

 

Each child in our preschool is allocated a key person who keeps you informed of their progress, and who you can approach should you have any concerns about your child. Working together as a team gives your child the support and encouragement they will need during their time with us.

 

We follow the foundation framework which incorporates the National Care Standards.

 

At preschool your child will learn to co-operate with other children, they will be also able to experiment with things not always available at home. Children will be taught that they are individuals able to make choices and decisions. They will be encouraged to use their initiative, to display self expression and to care for others including all creatures.

 

Your child’s speech and confidence will develop as he/she begins to communicate with other children and participate in singing and story times.

 

Our main aim is to implement the following:

1         Always put the needs of the child first

2        Parent partnership

3        Anti-bias curriculum

 

Above all, we hope that your child’s time with us will be a happy and rewarding experience and will prepare them sufficiently for school.

 

We hope that the details given will provide you with a good understanding of what we hope to achieve on a daily basis and how the preschool is generally run.


 

The Preschool Session

 

All our members of staff are called by their first names. There is always one of us welcoming you at the door; children self-register by finding their name card and putting it up on the board. Other staff is present in the room, waiting for children.

We have sessions every day, Monday to Friday term time only, from 9.20 to 12.20. The daily routine is set as follows:

 

9.20               DOORS OPEN AND WELCOME

Children have a choice of activities, including:

Home corner, book corner, painting/chalking, sand/water play, writing table, computers, puzzles/games, small construction, imaginative toys, dough/clay play, creative activities.

Toys and activities are changed daily. We try to find new ways of presenting familiar toys. We listen to our children, and let them make choices. See Curriculum Policy.

 

9.30                 REGISTER

Once all children are in preschool, we call them onto the mat for a short registration session. A register is called, children help in counting, they can share any news they may have. After this they return to the above activities.

 

9.45                 FREE PLAY, ADULT LEAD ACTIVITY, FOCUSE ACTIVITY

On top of above activities which are free play/child’s lead activities, we provide an adult lead activity. Those are planned and link children’s interests with curriculum.

 

11.00                TIDY UP – children to assist; WASH HANDS

Children are encouraged to help put toys away, and help set the tables for the snack time. We always find time to sit on the mat to sing some songs or read the story – children choose.

 

11.15                 SNACK TIME –

Children help set up the tables, sits together and share healthy snack.

We promote healthy eating, choice, social interaction and manners.

 

11.30                OUTSIDE PLAY – field or walk, depending on the weather; or

                        YOGA - THURSDAYS ONLY with fully qualified vetted teacher

We encourage children to dress independently, put their boots on. We go for short walks or use the field. Depending on the weather and children’s choices we provide small and large equipment (bikes, sand/water tray, balls and bats). If we are unable to go outside we will have our physical play inside (parachute, kip fit, musical games, climbing frame, bikes).

 

12.00                STORY TIME/ CHILD LEAD DISCUSSION OF THE DAY’S ACTIVITIES

The children come together to sing songs, or read story, talk about what they enjoyed doing.

 

12.30               HOME TIME

One member of staff is at the door to let the parents/cares in and to ensure none of the children leaves the setting on their own.

 

Please note there may be a change in timetable due to special events/activities. Times may also overlap when certain activities have been more popular than expected.

We also encourage outside professionals to visit our group i.e. Fire Services or Road Safety.

 

Lunch Club

 

Sticky Fingers offers a Lunch Club. At present we only offer it on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12.20 to 14.20.

 

Children must bring their own packed lunch and there is a daily fee of £ 8.00, payable at the beginning of each term even if your child is absent. This fee can also be incorporated into your child’s funding. We ask parents to support and encourage healthy eating; please ask for advice should you have any concerns in this are. We have a fridge in which staff will store appropriate items.

 

The staff are responsible for:

·         Ensuring all children have been to the toilet if necessary and that they all washed their hands before lunch.

·         Organising and supporting children with their packed lunches.

·         Encourage children to eat savoury food first; no child will be forced to eat. Uneaten food will be left in lunch box to enable parents to monitor child’s eating patterns.

·         Organising activities after lunch.

·         Children are not allowed sweets and fizzy drinks.

 

If the weather allows, children will go out and play on the field, or go for a walk. On rainy days we provide various activities indoors (bikes, climbing frame, puzzles, creative activity or home corner). We finish the club with all children sitting down listening to a story and singing songs.

 

Please note that if a child does not appear to be coping well with being at the preschool for the whole day, we will inform the parent and the child may need to stop attending the lunch club. We assess the needs of each child individually and recognise that it may not be suitable for all of the children.


 

Session Operation Plan

 

9.20 - Start of session:

·         One member of staff at the door to greet parents/children.

·         One member of staff next to the self-registration table, available to deal with any queries/concerns.

Once the child finds their name, says goodbyes official takeover of the responsibility of child.

·         9.30 – aimed time of group registration and discussion time with 3 members of staff.

·         9.45 – estimated time for session activities to continue (minimum of 2-3 staff in hall at any one time). Activities to relate to planning. Adult lead activity – staff ratio 1-4 maximum; focus activity 1-1.

·         10.55 – estimated time to encourage children to help with the tidy up. Then 1 member of staff takes a group of children to set up the tables for snack time, while other member of staff reads a story or sings songs with the rest of the children – their choice.

·         11.15 - Once tables are ready one member of staff stands next to the toilets where children are send in small groups to wash hands, and then he directs them towards tables. Rest of staff to assist.

·         11.30 – estimated time for physical play; 2-3 staff to assist with outdoor/indoor activity (depending on weather, beside Thursday when we have Yoga with fully qualified, experienced vetted teacher.

·         12.10 – back from physical activity, children sit down to listen to story, or sing some songs, discus day’s activities, 2 members of staff present.

·         12.30 – door open, one member of staff welcomes parents back, ensuring children are leaving the setting with their parents/cares. Other member of staff stands inside the hall to call the children’s names, hand out newsletter, and deal with any queries. (official return of children)

·         On Tuesdays and Thursdays the Lunch Club children are sat in the book corner with one member of staff, there is a choice of books, once other children leave with their parents lunch Club children are sent to wash their hands – 1 staff to assist, while other staff member awaits at the table to help them with their lunch boxes.

·         Staff use positive encouragement to support children’s eating, helping open the lunch boxes, encouraging manners and appropriate behaviour.

·         Once children have finish one member of staff is left to clean the tables and the other are leading children to their activity. Weather permitting we take the children out for walk or outdoor play. Otherwise there are indoor options – bikes, climbing frame, art activity or home corner.

·         There is no set time frame, but we try to have the children in the circle around 14.10 to read them a story or sings songs - one member of staff; and get them ready to go home, assist with jackets, or their bags – other member of staff.

·         14.20 the door opens, one member of staff welcomes parents/carers back, making sure children don’t leave on their own (official return of children).

·         All staff will ensure that the settings behaviour expectations are consistent through the day, and during the lunch club, we work closely together as a team to support this.

·         Staff will ensure appropriate health and safety methods are in place, especially with regard to hygiene.

 

Preschool Fees

 

Admin fee – one off payment on joining the setting.

Fees are collected at the beginning of each term, they are payable within first two weeks. Prompt payment helps in the smooth running of the group. Late fee applies. Any problems with payment of fees please see Angela. Payment is due in the event of absences, due to illness or holidays. Six weeks’ notice is asked for if your child leaves. Children are state funded during the term following their third birthday. Administrator – Angela Meyers.

Parental Involvement Policy

 

We are committed to ongoing dialogue with parents to improve our knowledge of the needs of their children and to support their families.

 

Through access to written information and through regular informal communication, we inform all parents about how the group is run and its policies. We check to ensure parents understand the information, which is given to them.

 

We inform all parents on regular basis about their children’s progress.

 

We involve parents in the shared record keeping about their children – either formally or informally – and ensure parents have access to their children’s written records and art folders. We encourage parents/cares to be actively involved in their child’s learning journey.

 

We provide opportunities for parents to contribute their own skills, knowledge and interests to the activities of the group.

 

We provide information about opportunities for being involved in the preschool in ways which are accessible to parents with basic skills needs, or those for whom English is an additional language.

 

We inform all parents of the system for registering queries; complaints or suggestions and check these are understood. All parents have access to our written complaints procedure.

 

In compliance with National Standard 12, the following documentation is in place:

1.        Admissions Policy

2.       Complaints Policy

3.       Record of complaints; and

4.       Activities provided for children

 

Parent/carer liaison – Angela Meyers

 

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................


 

Curriculum

 

As a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance, we follow their guidelines on children learning through play orientated activities.

Within the group, all the children are supported in developing their potential with their Key person/s monitoring their learning journey and planning a curriculum, tailored to the needs of each individual child. 

Our sessions are structured to include the Areas of Learning and Development as identified by the Government and these are:-

 

PRIME AREAS

 

PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

 

 

MAKING RELATIONSHIPS

SELF-CONFIDENCE AND SELF-AWARENESS

MANAGING FEELINGS AND BEHAVIOUR

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

MOVING AND HANDLING

HEALTH AND SELF-CARE

COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE

LISTENING AND ATTENTION

UNDERSTANDING

SPEAKING

SPECIFIC AREAS

 

LITERACY

READING

WRITING

MATHEMATICS

NUMBERS

SHAPE, SPACE AND MEASUREMENT

UNDERSTANDING AND THE WORLD

PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES

THE WORLD

TECHNOLOGY                                                   

EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND DESIGN

EXPLORING AND USING MEDIA AND MATERIALS

BEING IMAGINATIVE

 

We are also able to offer Yoga to supplement our physical and story telling activities.

We work closely with parents to implement learning opportunities covering all aspects of the foundation framework; Jo holds workshops for parents regarding the areas of learning and the Early Learning Goals, and is always available for queries.

 

All learning aids and toys are non-bias to race, gender, religion and culture. For example, we have both male and female dolls of different races; we have multi-cultural books, puzzles and diversity figurines; books in dual languages, utensils from other cultures, our dressing up displays many cultures, we have paints and coloured pencils with all skin shades.

 

We celebrate a variety of different religious festivals, like Eid, Rosh Hashanah, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Easter and other. Children learn through first hand experiences e.g.: making Nan bread, honey cake, decorating Easter eggs, making Chinese dragons.

 

Curriculum coordinator – Jo Grosvenor

 

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

Agreed date of review........................................................

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................

Observation and Record Keeping Policy

 

 

At our preschool we operate a key worker system. Each child is appointed a key person; this will be a member of staff. Your child’s key person is the person that keeps you informed of your child’s progress, they will introduce themselves to you at the earliest opportunity (usually during child’s first session). Consultation meetings between parents/cares and key workers take place every term.

 

Children are observed by their key person and other members of staff on the regular basis using a variety of approved methods. These observations help staff recognise children’s development and progress. They also help inform the individual play plans for each child.

 

Progress records are kept on all children and are readily available to you. If you wish to see them please  arrange it; they are interactive with you so you may add to them if you wish.

 

These records will be given to you when your child leaves the setting; these will include progress books with photo’s, learning journey profiles and learning aims, and art folders. We will also complete a transition form for your child’s next setting, which you will be able to read, comment on and sign (please see our Transition Policy for more details).

 

Our staff holds regular weekly meetings to plan new activities and continually seek to improve the preschool.

 

We do not encourage children to be any more aware of their key person than any other member of staff.

 

 

 

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................


 

Complaints Procedure

 

All complaints will be investigated and taken seriously.

 

If a child appears to be at risk, our preschool follows the procedures of the Area Child Protection Committee in our Local Authority.

 

In these cases, both parents and preschool are informed and the preschool leader works with Ofsted or the Area Child Protection Committee to ensure a proper investigation of the complaint followed by appropriate action.

 

If you have any complaint about our preschool or staff member, please discuss this first with the preschool manager – Pauline Manning.

 

If your complaint is not resolved, we will hold a private informal discussion with at least two members of staff, who can remain impartial. If the complaint is still unresolved, we will then offer “stage three”.

 

“Stage three”: if a complaint against a staff member is in regard to any form of child abuse, that staff member will be suspended until completion of the investigation, which will be dealt with by outside professionals.

 

Either outside involvement to help resolve or investigate the complaint a more formal discussion to be set up for both parents and two members of staff.

 

If complaint is still not resolved

 

Outside help will be sort from a relevant professional body (preschool learning alliance, borough education or Ofsted).

We also have a complaints book on the notice board where we welcome your comments and complaints, good or bad.

 

OFSTED address:         OFSTED

                                    National Business Unit

                                    Royal Exchange Building

                                    St Anne’s Square

                                    Manchester

                                    MZ 7LA

Telephone:                    0300 123 1231

 

 

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................


 

Admissions Policy

 

 

All children are welcome at our preschool, no matter what their race, religion, sex and ability. Each child is treated as an individual; this extends to our Equal Opportunities Policy.

 

We reflect the diversity of members of our society in our publicity and promotional materials. We advertise our services widely.

 

We can accept children from the age of 2 years, whether or not the child is toilet trained. Our staff will be willing to change nappies in line with the Child Protection Policy and we will support any toilet training that may be in progress.

 

We have a waiting list if you would like to put your child’s name down and you will be contacted as soon as places become available. You will be able to have your settling in session.

 

Children are admitted by their order of registration, where possible priority is given to children and families with additional needs.

 

Parents are able to book one settle sessions in advance of regular attendance, and are welcome to stay with their child until both are less anxious about separation. For further details refer to our Settling Policy.

 

If you have any concerns our staff will be happy to discuss them with you and help in any way they can.

 

Our contact number is 07580 207 822 person dealing with admissions is Angela Meyers.

 

 

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................


 

Equality and Diversity Policy

 

 

We follow the amended Race Relation Act 2000, the Sex Discrimination Act 1986, the Children Act 1989 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 and the Equality Act 2010.

 

Sticky Fingers Preschool respects and acknowledges different cultures, religious customs and disabilities.

 

All activities and equipment are available to all children, no matter what their race, religion or gender.

 

The group is open to every family in our community and all families are asked to be aware of our equal opportunities approach.

 

This policy extends to staff and the employment of our staff.

 

We aim to show awareness of major events in the lives of our children and welcome input and help from our parents to do so.

 

We also ask help from our parents to arrange parent meetings so that all families have equal opportunity to attend.

 

If written information is needed in another language we aim to provide this service as soon as possible.

 

The curriculum offered in the preschool encourages children to develop positive attitudes to people who are different from them. It encourages children to empathise with others and to begin to develop the skills of critical thinking. We do this by ensuring children have equality of access to learning; reflecting the widest possible range of communities in the choice of resources; avoiding stereotypes or derogatory images in the selection of materials; celebrating a wide range of festivals; creating environment of mutual respect and tolerance; helping children understand that discriminatory behaviour and remarks are unacceptable and by ensuring that the curriculum offered is inclusive of children with special educational needs, children with disabilities and children whose first language is not English.

 

Our Equal Opportunities coordinator is Jo Grosvenor.

 

 

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................


 

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

 

 

We work within the guidelines of the recent legislation of the Children’s Act 1989; Following the new legislation London guidelines and ACPC booklet; Protection of Children act 1999, Data Protection Act 1998, the Children Act – Every Child Matters 2004; Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

 

The ‘working together to safeguard children’ guide outlines five outcomes that are key to children’s wellbeing. These are:

1.        Stay safe

2.       Be healthy

3.       Enjoy and achieve

4.       Make a positive contribution

5.       Achieve economic wellbeing

 

At Sticky Fingers we work together to ensure that all children are valued, protected and respected and given the opportunity to grow, play, learn, develop and thrive in the best possible way.

 

We aim to make the care and safety of the child an important priority and we aim to support and work with the child’s family. We believe in building trusting and supportive relationships with families, staff and volunteers in the group.

 

We seek training opportunities for staff to ensure that they are able to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse and regularly assess this at in-service training.

 

We ensure staff behaviour always provides a good example that children can follow.

 

We ensure all staff and volunteers are aware of our safeguarding policies and procedures and what to do if they are concerned about a child. This would also include a concern against another member of staff.

 

All staff are interviewed, and references sought, along with CRB (police checks), which are regularly revised. We abide Ofsted requirements in respect of references and CRB checks to ensure that no disqualified or unsuitable person works at the setting.

 

Adults will not be left alone with an individual child.

 

Volunteers do not work unsupervised.

 

Details of any visitors to the setting are recorded and they are not left unattended; this includes students and outside agencies.

 

No child will be taken to the toilet by anyone other than an approved member of staff. This also applies to nappy changing which will be done in privacy.

 

Staff will always communicate with each other so if they are ever left alone with a child, another adult knows where they are, what they are doing and why.

 

Any changes in a child’s behaviour will be discussed with the parents and closely monitored.

 

If any staff member becomes anxious about a child and adequate explanations are not provided, we will share this information with the Social Services Department, and parents will be informed about this.

Any records of a child will be confidential.

 

All toys/equipment will be safety checked and cleaned on a regular basis; all new toys/equipment will be bought with regards to all current toy safety guidelines.

 

We promote safeguarding in our curriculum to support children’s understanding of keeping safe, for example, ‘people who help us’ projects and visitors to the group (police and road safety).

 

If any parent has any concerns regarding a member of staff, please inform Pauline. The matter will be fully investigated using the appropriate proceedings. Under no circumstances should the member of staff be approached individually.

 

If a parent has a safeguarding complaint, it will be dealt with appropriately, using the correct procedures.

 

Please see our Complaints Procedure for full procedures if required.

 

Safeguarding coordinator –

 

Telephone numbers for referrals:

Children’s Safeguarding Services: 01245 436 744

                     Duty Social Worker: 0845 606 1212

 

 

 

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................


 

Special Needs Policy

 

With regards to the Special Needs Code of Practice 2001 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (including Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001).

 

We welcome and can accommodate children with special needs.

 

We have staff who are trained to work with children who have special needs and have had direct contact with working in this area. However, if you are concerned that our preschool is unsuitable for your child’s particular needs do not hesitate to talk to us.

 

We ensure that the provision for children with SEN/disabilities is the responsibility of all members of the setting.

 

We realise that every child is an individual with different abilities and where necessary we adapt activities and equipment to enable participation of all children. This is also reflected in any expectations with regard to behaviour management.

 

If it is felt that your child’s needs cannot be met by the preschool without the support of a one to one worker, then the funding will be sought to employ one.

 

We ensure that our inclusive admissions practice ensures equality of access and opportunity.

 

We work closely with parents of children with SEN/disabilities to create and maintain a positive partnership.

 

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all children with SEN/disabilities.

 

We use a system for keeping records of the assessment, planning, provision and review for children with SEN/disabilities.

 

We will happily work with any outside staff, including therapists, health visitors, psychologists and paediatricians, to meet the child’s needs.

 

We ensure the privacy of children with SEN/disabilities when intimate care is being provided.

 

We provide a complaints procedure.

 

We monitor and review our policy annually.

 

Our Special Educational Needs coordinator (SENCO) is Jo Grosvenor.

 

 

 This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................


 

Health and Safety and Hygiene Policy

 

 

We have a strict no smoking policy on the premises or in the immediate outside area. We kindly ask parents not to smoke while bringing and collecting children. Drugs and alcohol are not allowed on the premises at any time.

 

We have member of staff that is qualified in paediatric first aid and the first aid box is regularly checked and restored when necessary.

 

We record all accidents/incidents in a book and will inform you of any such event at the end of the session.

 

In case of a more serious accident we would contact you immediately by telephone.

 

All our play equipment is sterilised on regular basis and work surfaces in the preschool are sterilised daily.

 

All soiled nappies are immediately disposed of in the outside bin, a changing mat is provided and sterilised after each use. Parents/cares are welcome to bring their child’s own toilet training aids if needed.

 

Children are required and encouraged to wash their hands after using the toilet and before eating and drinking. Staff are always on hand to support this.

 

If your child should contract a contagious illness such as German measles, Chicken Pox it is essential we are notified immediately so we may inform other parents.

 

It is essential that you report any allergies or health concerns to Sue and fill in a medical form on registration.

 

This group has a risk assessment process, which includes: checking for hazards and risks indoors and outside, and in our activities and procedures. Our assessment covers adults and children. Action plans are made on any area that needs attention. This is updated and checked each term. Premises and grounds are checked daily.

 

We have public liability insurance and employers’ liability insurance. The certificate is displayed on the preschool notice board.

 

Security is always closely monitored Re Session Operation Plan.

 

All electrical equipment conforms to safety requirements and are checked regularly.

 

Fire doors are clearly marked and are never obstructed. Fire drills are carried out with the children every half-term and records are kept. Fire procedure is displayed on notice board.

 

Health and Safety coordinator Pauline Manning

 

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................


 

Medication Policy

 

All medication will be kept in a locked cupboard, out of children’s reach. Medicine or treatment will be administered by two members of staff and entered on the record sheet, which is to be signed by a staff member and parent/carer.  A separate medical form must be filled in on the child’s registration.

Non-prescribed medication such as Calpol will not be given.

Parents are asked to inform staff regarding daily medication e.g.: for Asthma or Allergies (reactions to nuts, bee/wasp stings etc).

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................

 

 

Behaviour Management Policy

 

 

Staff will encourage appropriate behaviour in a positive manner. Rules regarding behaviour are applied consistently, reflecting age and stage of development, including SEN children.

 

All children are encouraged to respect others with care and courtesy.

 

Physical punishment, such as slapping and shaking, will never be used or threatened. Adults will not shout or raise their voices in a threatening manner.

 

Children will never be sent out of the play area and we do not use a naughty chair.

 

Children who misbehave will be given one-to-one support in understanding what was wrong. When appropriate, time-out might be used. This is when a member of staff spends a short period of time with an individual child.

 

We aim to redirect the children by anticipating and defusing potential problems.

 

Recurring problems will be dealt with by all staff in partnership with the parents.

 

Our Behaviour coordinator is Jo Grosvenor.

 

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................

Student Placement Policy

 

We require students to meet the ‘suitable person’ requirements of Ofsted.

We require schools placing students under the age of 17 years with the preschool to vouch for their good character.

We supervise students under the age of 17 years at all times and do not allow them to have unsupervised access to children.

Students who are placed in our preschool on a short term basis are not counted in our staffing ratios. Students who are placed for longer periods of time, for example, a year, may be counted in our staffing ratios provided we consider them to be competent.

We take out employers’ liability insurance and public liability insurance which covers both trainees and voluntary helpers.

We require students to keep to our confidentiality policy.

We cooperate with students tutors in order to help students to fulfil the requirements of their course of study.

We provide students, at the first session of their placement, with a short induction on how our preschool is managed; how our sessions are organised and our policies and procedures.

We communicate a positive message to students about the value of qualifications and training.

We make the needs of the children paramount by not admitting students in numbers, which hinder the essential work of the preschool.

We ensure that students placed with us are engaged in bona fide early years training which provides the necessary background understanding of children’s development and activities.

 

 This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................


 

Staffing and Employment Policy

 

We have a ratio of 1 adult to 8 children over 3 years; 1 adult to 4 children under 3 years old.

A minimum of 4 staff/adults is on duty at any one time.

We use a key person system to ensure that each child and each family has a particular member of staff for discussion and consultation.

We hold regular staff meetings to undertake curriculum planning and to discuss children’s progress, their achievements and any difficulties, which may arise from time to time.

We work towards offering equality of opportunity by using non-discriminatory procedures for staff recruitment and selection.

All staff have job descriptions that set out their roles and responsibilities.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Applicants will be considered on the basis of their suitability for the post, regardless of marital status, age, gender, culture, religious belief, ethnic origin or sexual orientation. Applicants will not be placed at a disadvantage by us imposing conditions or requirements, which are not justifiable.

Our preschool manager and staff hold up to date, relevant qualifications. Staff are continuously updating qualifications and improving skills.

Our preschool budget allocates resources to training.

We provide staff induction training in the first week of employment. This induction includes our Health and Safety Policy and Procedures and Child Protection Policy and Procedures. Other policies and procedures will be introduced within an induction plan.

We support the work of our staff by holding regular supervision meetings and appraisals.

We are committed to recruiting, appointing and employing staff in accordance with all relevant legislation and best practice.

We use Ofsted guidance on obtaining references and criminal record checks through the Criminal Records Bureau for staff and volunteers who will have substantial access to children.

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................


 

Confidentiality Policy

 

It is our intention to respect the privacy of children and their parents and carers, while ensuring that they access high quality preschool care and education.

·         Parents have ready access to the files and records of their own children but do not have access to information about any other child.

·         Staff will not discuss personal information given by parents with other members of staff, except where it affects planning for the child’s needs. Staff induction includes an awareness of the importance of confidentiality in the role of the key person.

·         Any concerns/evidence relating to a child’s personal safety are kept in a secure, confidential file and are shared with as few people as possible on a ‘need-to-know’ basis.

·         Issues to do with the employment of staff, whether paid or unpaid, remain confidential to the people directly involved with making personal decisions.

·         Students of the Preschool Learning Alliance or other recognised qualifications and training, when they are observing in the preschool, are advised of our confidentiality policy and are required to respect it.

 

 This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................


 

Policy for a Lost Child on a Trip

 

Through every effort is made to ensure the safety of children in our care i.e. children having a 1 adult to 2 children ratio, regular head counts, regular checks taking place and safety policies, we must have a procedure to follow if we do lose a child whilst on an outing.

Protocol

1.        All adults taking part on the trip will have no more than 2 children in their care at one time. If possible all adults will carry a mobile phone.

2.       Children are all given a sticker with the coordinators or person in charge’s mobile number on, should the child get lost.

3.       Head counts will take place at regular but manageable intervals.

4.       According to the venue, there will be a designated place to meet should a child get lost, or children will be told if they get lost to stay still and wait, and an adult will come and find them.

5.       Children will also be taught in the curriculum about ‘stranger danger’.

Procedure

1.        If it transpires that an adult has lost a child, the adult will phone the organiser and inform them of the situation (or the organiser, if they have lost a child will inform other adults).

2.       The coordinator will then organise a search.

3.       If the child is not found almost immediately, the coordinator will inform the parent/guardian about the situation.

4.       On advice from the parent/guardian further action will take place, e.g. informing the police.

5.       Records of the event will be logged in the incident book and signed by the parent/guardian and the coordinator.

Afterwards

1.        After an incident, a full investigation will take place and Ofsted will be informed. Ofsted will also investigate the incident.

2.       Other parents will be given a brief, accurate account on the incident through a meeting when they come to collect their children.

 

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................


 

Missing Child Procedure

 This should never happen, and currently has never happened at this preschool. To ensure this, we have the following in place:

·         All exits from the premises are locked/guarded in a way which makes it impossible for a child to leave unobserved/unattended – while leaving a rapid exit in case of emergency.

·         An accurate and up-to-date register is kept.

·         Children are made aware of where they can and cannot go.

·         Preschool staff will talk with parents of new children so they can be forewarned of any particularly adventurous children.

·         Children and parents/cares alike are made aware of the potential dangers and can work together with the staff to avoid them.

·         Children are counted at registration time and in and out of the walks/outdoor play.

However, in this extreme circumstance these are procedures we will follow if a child goes missing throughout a preschool session:

·         The child’s absence will be discovered quickly meaning the chances of finding them early are high. There are regular counted checks throughout the session.

·         The remaining children will be gathered on the mat where they will be calmly asked if the missing child was recently seen by any of them. The children will then be told a story or some rhyming games will be played.

·         All adults will then converse to establish who last saw the child and where.

·         Hiding places in and around the preschool will then be searched.

·         The child’s parents will then be informed of the situation and if the child lives in walking distance of the school, one member of staff will make the journey in case the child has tried to go home.

·         If the above steps do not locate the child, the police will be informed as they have procedures to conduct a search and speed is important.

·         Even if the child is found within few minutes, a record of the disappearance will be kept in the Accident/Incident book.

·         Other parents will be given brief, accurate information regarding the incident.

 

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................


 

Emergency Closure Procedure

 

In the event of emergency closure of the building, the following procedure will be put into action:

1.        ANY PERSON DISCOVERING or SUSPECTING A FIRE  RAISE THE ALARM USING A WHISTLE

2.       One member of staff will collect the daily register and children’s records with the emergency contacts

3.       Everybody must assemble at a designated entrance immediately.

4.       A designated person must check both toilets and kitchen

5.       The preschool building must be evacuated with everybody assembling on the side of the hut area (the yellow box).

6.       Register is being called.

7.       The person in charge calls the fire brigade (or nominated person in her absence)

8.       A risk assessment must be conducted; if any life-threatening circumstances exist everybody must be moved further away from the building on to the field.

9.       Two members of staff to contact parents/cares using mobile phones.

10.    All children will be cared for till the arrival of their parents/cares.

Only after arrival of fire brigade and the officer-in-charge’s assessment it is safe to re-enter the building.

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................

 

Late/Non collection of Child Policy

Parents/cares are asked to telephone the setting if they are going to be delayed, our contact number 0 7580 207 822.

If a call has not been received and parent/carer is late, our late fee policy will apply. This is a fine of a £5 for each 15 minute period.

If the child has not been collected after 10 minutes, we will make every effort to contact parent/carer on all numbers supplied by including emergency numbers.

 If after 30 minutes no contact has been made, the child will be classified ‘uncollected’. We will contact Social Services.

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

Agreed date of review........................................................

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................


 

Settling Policy

When you bring your child to preschool you will be met at the door by our staff member, she will show you where the coats are hung, where you put their bag, explain any information you need to know, and then support you/your child into the setting. The key person will also be able to answer any questions you may have.

Once you/your child is settled, key person will also make time to discuss your child with you and give you another opportunity to ask questions. You are welcome to stay with your child. You will be introduced the staff.

Please feel free to stay for as long as you feel it takes to settle your child (this varies from child to child) but please remember your child will get used to you staying, so please make sure you are staying for your child’s needs not your own.

Angela or Jo is always on hand for support/advice. Each child is an individual and will be treated as such; your views on settling your child will be valued; working together will support your child during this time.

Extra adults in the hall can cause a little chaos and can unsettle all the children, so please be aware of this.

If your child becomes upset, we do ask that you deal with it until your child is a little more familiar with the staff and their new environment. If it involves another child, a staff member will intervene and we ask you to let that staff member handle the situation. During story/circle time if your child becomes distressed, please take them outside (they will settle in time).

The staff takes full responsibility for children once they entered the main hall. Once child is handed back to parent/carer at the end of the session they are then your responsibility.

 

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................


 

Child Sickness Policy

If children become sick or unwell whilst in the setting, the procedures are:

·         A member of staff will contact the parents/carers immediately. It is your responsibility to ensure ALL EMERGENCY contact numbers are kept up to date; this includes: home, work, mobile numbers. If you will be unavailable or not contactable on certain days, please ensure you give the numbers of a family member, or adult you trust, who will be available to collect your child if needed. We have a password system in place for such instances.

·         A member of staff will give the child one-to-one care, away from other children, until the child is collected, ensuring they do not feel uncomfortable or alienated in any way.

·         Every caution is taken to ensure all children in the setting are kept away from the affected area.

·         Children who have been sick or suffering from diarrhoea should not attend for a minimum of 24 to 48 hours, from the last time they were unwell.

·          If a child has a contagious illness, i.e. chicken pox, please notify the setting so that other parents/carers can be informed.

·         Please follow instructions for the incubation period of said illness. If any doubt, please contact your GP.

·         If your child is affected with head lice, do not send them in until their treatment is complete.

·         Staff deal with all matters in a confidential manner.

 

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................


 

Outdoor Play Policy

 

We aim to use the outdoor play to its full potential all year.

 

We will ensure the outside grounds are checked daily for hazards (unsafe items/fouling).

 

Children will never have access to outdoor play without appropriate staff supervision.

 

All children will have equal opportunity to outdoor play; one-to-one supervision will be made available if a child needs extra support.

 

All areas of learning will be actively promoted outside to help expand children’s learning. Activities will be planned for outside (weekly) while also ensuring children have opportunity to initiating own play and learning options.

 

We aim to continually ensure parents/carers are aware of safe practise for outdoor play, i.e. being sun safe (provide children with a sun hat, apply sun cream before the session), wellington boots/water proofs, winter coats/hats/gloves.

 

In wet weather staff will assess outdoor availability and promote limited undercover options. If weather considered inappropriate, indoor physical play will be offered.

 

Children will be taught and encouraged with outdoor safety awareness i.e. when we leave the hut we hold our partners hand, follow a staff member, group in the ‘yellow box’.

 

All accidents will be reported to Sue (First Aid Person), we all closely monitor outdoor play opportunities, safety and the supervision.

 

Children will be counted before leaving the hall, and regularly outdoors.

 

 

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................


 

Transition Policy

 

We aim to make all transition for children as smooth and easy as possible, for both the child and their parents/carers. This includes the transition between home or other setting to Sticky Fingers as well as future transitions, from Sticky Fingers to school/next setting.

 

When a child enters Sticky Fingers from another setting, their transition form from that setting will be passed to the child’s key person before they start, giving a guideline to the child’s needs and progress, which will enable staff and key person to support child’s transition.

 

Transition forms will be completed for children when they move to school or to another setting by their key person with parental input.

 

Transition forms will be completed for individual children during their last term at Sticky Fingers, in time for their last key person consultation to ensure parental input. The transition form will be shared with the parent/carer, who will be given the opportunity to add their own comment.

 

The transition forms will be signed by parent/carer, key person and the preschool manager. These will then be passed on to child’s next setting.

 

 

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Food and drink

 

Sticky Fingers will aim to provide a varied range of healthy and nutritious light snacks for the children. To give the children the opportunity to be independent, make choices and be aware of good health and hygiene practices.

 

Before a child starts to attend our setting, we find out from parents their children's dietary needs and preferences, including any allergies or intolerances. We record information about each child's dietary needs on their Medical/Registration Form which is kept in his or her file. We ask parents/carers to inform us of any changes in their children’s dietary needs including any allergies and intolerances. We display current information about individual children's dietary needs so that all staff and volunteers are fully informed about them.

 

Snack time promotes independence and develops social skills by allowing the children to choose their own cup,

pour their choice of drink, and select their choice of snack. The children are encouraged to sit within a social group and learn to interact with their peers in a responsible and socially acceptable manner.

 

Children are encouraged to wash hands before eating food and after toileting. The likes/dislikes of each child is taken into consideration when planning the snack and a choice of two different foods are offered.

All children are encouraged to try different foods.

 

Pre-School will consider every child’s dietary needs. Children will be exposed to and sample food from other cultures and learn about any significance that food may have within tradition or religion. Children will learn about the importance of food when celebrating culture and tradition.

 

Drinks of milk or water are provided at snack time with a small amount of food. Children are made aware of the availability, if required, of a drink at other times – jug with fresh drinking water and cups are on the table in the main room.

 

Staff are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest guidelines through literature and training and these are then discussed at staff meetings to ensure relevant implementation. Staff are invited to contribute to snack planning within the general planning remit.

 

We wash fruit and vegetables thoroughly before use. We always wash hands under running water before handling food. We use different cleaning cloths for kitchen and toilet areas. Tables are cleaned before and after snack/lunch club. Clean tea towels are used.

 

One staff member holds current Level 2 Food and Hygiene Certificate,

 

Food and Hygiene coordinator – Jo Grosvenor

 

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................


 

Mobile Phone, Photographic Images & Social Networking Policy

 

Mobile phones and social networking play an increasing part in everyone’s lives, but Sticky Fingers Pre-school

believes that in order to fully ensure the protection of the children in its care, certain procedures for mobile

phone and social networking use within this setting and outside need to be abided by.

 

Photographs of children are often used in gathering observations of children’s achievements and how these are collected, developed and stored are also is a consideration of this setting to ensure children are adequately safeguarded.  The use of images of children on websites is also a consideration.

 

We aim to ensure that all parents and carers can be sure that images of their children will not be misused.

 

Mobile phone usage:

 

The pre-school mobile phone will not have a camera facility.  It will be kept at pre-school during term time.  For periods when pre-school is closed for longer than 2 weeks or in an emergency closure situation, the mobile phone will be kept with PAULINE MANNING (owner), so that she may be able to deal with any admissions or general enquiries.

 

 Early Years Practitioners will not carry personal mobile phones whilst working.  Staff can use the setting’s

mobile number as an emergency contact number.  Staff may use their mobile phones during their break times in an area where children are not present.

 

All visitors to pre-school will be advised on arrival that mobile phones cannot be used whilst in the setting.  Phones should be left securely whilst the visitor is in attendance and collected before leaving.  Any calls received or made must be in an area where children are not present.

 

Social Networking:

 

 Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites or personal blogs are a public form of communication. In their non-work time staff, students, volunteers and helpers remain responsible for taking care not to post anything online that breaches confidentiality about children, families or colleagues, or that could damage the reputation of Sticky Fingers Pre-school.

 

Photographs:

 

Photographs of children will be taken to record their development and to share special moments with parents.

Permission for these photographs will be asked for as part of the initial starter pack that each parent fills in before their child starts at pre-school. The pre-school camera and memory card remains on the settings premises at all times.  Photos are developed using a printer at the setting.  Only photographs which show groups of children will used on the settings website.  No images which may be considered inappropriate, such as close-up shots of individual children, will be used on the website. Where children are named, only their first names will be given.  Where a child is named, no photograph of that child will be displayed.  Where a photograph is used which shows a child, no name is displayed. This will ensure that visitors to the website cannot link images to the names of children. Where an image of a child is chosen to be displayed on the website, the parent’s permission will be sought. No other private information about children is ever published on the website such as surnames or contact details. The setting may record special performances by the children for sale to parents as part of fundraising activities, e.g. the Christmas concert.

The setting follows the guidelines published by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) on parents photographing their children at special events.  Photographs taken for personal use are exempt from the Data Protection Act (DPA).  This means that parents, friends and family members can take photographs of children taking part in pre-school activities for the family album and can film events at school.

 

 No mention of Sticky Fingers Pre-school and the names of children at pre-school will be made by Early Years

Practitioners on any social networking sites.  Photos of the children will not be posted on social networking sites.

 

Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

 

 

This policy was agreed at the Sticky Fingers staff meeting on ..................................................

 

Agreed date of review........................................................

 

Signed on behalf of Sticky Fingers Preschool............................................


 

CAF – Common Assessment Framework Statement

 

As a setting we are committed to providing the very best support to all the families and children that we come

in contact with.  If you have a problem or issue as a family, you dont need to feel alone.  The Common Assessment Framework is designed to allow you to access the right professionals as soon as possible.

 

CAF is in place to find out what is going well in your family and help to identify needs that are not already being met.  This is done by listening to you as a family and with your full permission, getting the right sort of

help.  CAF is a voluntary and therefore not a compulsory activity.  It is entirely your choice if you take part or not. 

 

Some of the professionals that may be involved are from the following areas:

·         Education

·         Health

·         Youth Justice

·         Social care

·         Youth service

·         Connexions

·         Voluntary and community sector

·         Other childrens services

All these come together to support Multi-Agency working.

 

Once CAF has established the right help for you, the necessary professionals will be contacted to find the best support for you, before things become too difficult. You will only need tell your story once, rather than lots of time to different people. If you agree to go through CAF, a professional you know, will complete a form and a copy will be given to you. This information is then passed on to the people that can help you the most.  These are the only people who will see the information you have provided.

 

One of these professionals will act as your „lead professional.  You will have some input as to who this will be. 

This is important as the lead professional will communicate information to you, listen to your concerns and

ensure everyone is working together to support your needs. Your information will not be shared with anyone without your permission.

 

This is a statement to make parents aware of CAF as a supportive tool and does not affect or replace the

policies and procedures for the setting.

 

CAF does not replace the Safeguarding Children Policy, which staff will continue to follow if and when necessary.