You are entitled to see the records that the Pre-School keeps about your child. You are also entitled to see the policies the Pre-School has drawn up. These policies are as follows:
It is our intention to make Rush Green Pre-school accessible to children and families from all sections of the local community.
Our setting believes that children flourish best when their personal, social and emotional needs are met and where there are clear and developmentally appropriate expectations for their behaviour.
Child protection Policy
Our setting will work with children, parents and the community to ensure the rights and safety of children and to give them the very best start in
Our setting believes that children and parents are entitled to expect courtesy and prompt, careful attention to their needs and wishes.
We welcome suggestions on how to improve our setting and will give prompt and serious attention to any concerns about the running of the setting. We anticipate that most concerns will be resolved quickly by an informal approach to the appropriate member of
staff. If this does not receive the desired result, we have a set of procedures for dealing with concerns. We aim to bring all concerns about the running of our setting to a satisfactory conclusion for all parties involved.
In our setting, Staff and Managers can be said to have a 'confidential relationship' with families. It is our intention to respect the privacy of children and their parents and carers, while
ensuring that they access high quality early years care and education in our setting. We aim to ensure that all parents and carers can share their information in the confidence that it will be used to enhance the welfare of their children. There are record
keeping systems in place that meet legal requirements, means of storing and sharing information take place within the framework of the Data Protection Act and the Human Rights Act.
and Diversity Policy
We will ensure that our service is fully inclusive in meeting the needs of all children, particularly those that arise from their ethnic heritage, social and economic background, gender, ability or disability.
Our setting is committed to anti-discriminatory practice to promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all children and families.
Food and Drink Policy
This setting regards snack times as an important part of the settings day. Eating represents a social time for children and adults and helps children to learn about healthy eating. At snack times, we aim to provide nutritious food, which meets the
children's individual dietary needs.
Health and Safety
This setting believes that the health and safety of children is of paramount importance. We make our
setting a safe and healthy place for children, parents, staff and volunteers.
Parental Involvement Policy
We believe that children benefit most from early
year's education and care when parents and settings work together in partnership. Our aim is to support parents as their children's first and most important educators by involving them in their children's education and in the full life of the setting.
Settling In Policy
We want children to feel safe, stimulated and happy in the setting and to feel secure and comfortable with staff. We also want parents to have the confidence
in both their children's well being and their role as active partners with the pre-school. We aim to make the pre-school a welcome place where children settle quickly and easily because consideration has been given to the individual needs and circumstances
of children and their families.
We provide an environment in which all children, including those with special educational needs, are
supported to reach their full potential.
Staffing and Employment policy
We provide a staffing ratio in line with the Welfare requirments of the Early Years
Foundation Stage to ensure that children have sufficient individual attention and to guarantee care and education of a high quality. Our staff are appropriately qualified and we carry out checks for criminal and other records through the Criminal Records Bureau
in accordance with statutory requirements.
Student Placement Policy
This setting recognises that qualifications and training make an important contribution
to the quality of the care and education provided by early years settings. As part of our commitment to quality, we offer placements to student's undertaking early years qualifications and training. We also offer placements for school pupils on work placement.
Students and work experience are supervised by qualified staff at all times. Students are never left alone with a child.
Non-collection of Children Policy
the event that a child is not collected by an authorised adult at the end of a session, the setting puts into practice agreed procedures. These ensure the child is cared form safely by an experienced and qualified practitioner which is known to the child.
We will ensure that the child receives a high standard of care in order to cause as little distress as possible. We inform parents/carers of our procedures so that, if they are unavoidably delayed, they will be reassured that their child will be properly cared
for. Although your child will be cared for this will only run for 1 hour, after this time our policy is to notify Children's Social Services Team.
Curriculum statement Policy
Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by our setting helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are appropriate
for their age and stage of development.
Clean or Not Policy
This setting respects the needs of each individual child and appreciates that each child develops
at their own rate. Therefore, in order not to discriminate against any child who is not toilet trained by the starting age of the setting, this setting welcomes children to enter who are still in nappies.
Missing Child Policy
Children's safety is maintained as the highest priority at all times both on and off premises. Every attempt is made through carrying out the outings procedure and the exit/entrance procedure to ensure
the security of children is maintained at all times. In the unlikely event of a child going missing, our missing child procedure is as follows.
As soon as it is noticed that a child is missing the key person/staff alerts the setting
The setting Manager will carry out a thorough search of the building and garden. The register is checked to make sure no other child has gone astray. Doors and gates are checked to see if there has been a breach of security
whereby a child could wander out. If the child is not found, the parent is contacted and the missing child is reported to the police.
The setting Manager talks to the staff to find out when and where the child was last seen and records
The setting Manager contacts the chairperson and reports the incident. The chairperson, with the management, committee carries out an investigation and may come to the setting immediately.
Emergency Fire Procedure
We ensure our premises present no risk of fire by ensuring the highest possible standard of fire precautions. The person in charge and staff are familiar with the legal requirements. Where
necessary we seek advice of a competent person, such as a Fire Officer or Fire Safety Consultant.
The basis of fire safety is risk assessment. These are carried out by a 'competent person'.
This setting is a
rented premises. Fire doors are clearly marked, never obstructed and easily opened from the inside. Smoke detectors/alarms and fire fighting appliances conform to BSEN standards. They are fitted in appropriate high risk areas of the building and are checked
as specified by the manufacturer. Our emergency evacuation procedures are approved by the Fire Safety Officer are Clearly displayed in the premises. (see notice board) Explained to new members of staff, volunteers and parents. Practiced regularly at the end
of every term for the duration of a week. Records are kept of fire drills and the servicing of fire safety equipment. ( Health and Safety Folder)
English as a Second Language Policy
The setting will value linguistic diversity and provide opportunities for children to develop and use their home language in their play and listening.
A full and detailed copy of all these policies can be shown to you
if required. Please see the Manager.