POLICY FOR SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN
EYFS Section 3
“Children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met, and when they have positive relationships with the adults caring for them. “ EYFS Statutory Guidance 2017
This policy ensures that all of the above Statutory requirements in section 3 of the EYFS are fully met and the above statement is at the forefront of Crocodoodle’s provision at all times.
The lead persons for safeguarding are the managers, Maria Oldfield and Hollie Hadfield. Both have completed designated person training and attend regular update meetings. All staff are trained in child protection and training is updated every 3 years. All staff are aware of signs to note, in particular:
Managers have a copy of “Working Together to Safeguard children2015”, available to refer to as/when needed. Crocodoodle Creative Pre-School is registered with the LSCB and receive regular safeguarding updates and attend local network meetings which include safeguarding updates. (see also appendix to safeguarding, The Prevent Duty and Promoting British Values)
In the case of a cause for concern, all staff are trained to discuss the concern with one of the managers, immediately or as soon as possible, and record the concern on a “cause for concern” record form. In the case of a disclosure form a child, specific, written guidelines are given to ensure all recorded information is accurate and appropriate.
Record of communication (ROC) forms are provided for staff to use as a record of communication with parents regarding any cause for concern or safeguarding issues. These are signed by parents and member of staff concerned and kept on file.
A “Vulnerable learners Audit” is completed termly in conjunction with a West Sussex ECA to monitor any children at risk of any vulnerability and to identify ways to support them and their families where necessary. Key workers are routinely asked to inform managers of any children for whom they have concerns.
From 1st April 2016 the workforce of The Children’s Access Point and the Early Help resource Centre were combined. The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) will be the single point of contact for all safeguarding concerns regarding children and young people in West Sussex, which includes front door access for Early Help. It brings together expert professionals from services that have contact with children, young people and families, and makes the best possible use of their combined knowledge and resources to keep children safe from harm and promote their families’ wellbeing.
The MASH will do this by:
Referring to the MASH:
Any concerns will be passed on to MASH, Social services or the police where appropriate and their advice will be acted upon.
In the event of a referral being made to an outside agency:
Suitable People and disqualification
All staff are DBS checked and details are recorded. All staff complete a suitable person form annually, staff qualifications are recorded, identity checks completed and two references obtained before a member of staff begins working with children. All staff are expected to read, understand and comply with the staff code of conduct at all times. (See Staff Code of Conduct) Managers are aware of their responsibility under Safeguarding Vulnerable groups Act 2006 to inform the DBS service if a member of staff is dismissed due to harming or putting a child at risk of harm. No disqualified person will be able to work with children. Managers have attended Safer Recruitment training and follow all required and suggested recruitment procedure that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people.
Staff taking medications/other substances
Staff are asked to record any medication they are taking and any medication needing to be kept on the premises is stored in the labelled medication box on top of a high cupboard well away from children.
Staff Qualifications, Training, Support and Skills(Also see Supervision Policy)
Managers’ Qualifications: Maria QTS (3-7), Hollie L3
Other staff: Ele QTS, Hannah Matthews L3, Rosie L3, Kitty no childcare qualifications
All staff hold a current first aid certificate, this is an element of Crocodoodle’s induction process and is updated every 3 years.
Key Person Role
“3.27 Each child must be assigned a key person. Their role is to help ensure that every child’s care is tailored to meet their individual needs to help the child become familiar with the setting, offer a settled relationship for the child and build a relationship with their parents.” EYFS Statutory Guidance 2017
Children must always be within sight or hearing.
For children aged 2-3: at least on member of staff will be present for every 4 children. For children aged 3 and above: there is always at least on e person with QTS working with the children, meaning the Ofsted recommended ratio is 1:13. However, Crocodoodle usually follow an adult:child ratio of 1:8 for children aged 3 and over as we feel this offers a safer, more beneficial learning environment for the children. The 1:13 ratio may sometimes be applied if a member of staff is engaged in a particular teaching activity with a small group.
Health/Food and Drink
(See Health and Safety Policy and Health, Hygiene, Medication and Illness Policy and Procedure)
Accident or Injury
(See Health and Safety Policy and Health, Hygiene, Medication and Illness Policy and Procedure)
(See Promoting Positive Behaviour Policy)
Safety and Suitability of Premises, Environment and Equipment
Fire safety (see emergency evacuation and fire safety policy)
Smoking, no smoking on school or Pre-School premises (see smoking, alcohol and substance misuse policy) Ofsted’s recommended indoor space requirements are met.
The outdoor play area is safe and fit for purpose, children are exposed to various activities (eg. climbing frame, playing with natural and loose parts and heavy construction materials) that may involve a level of risk but these have been risk assessed and are closely monitored to ensure the developmental benefits and learning opportunities outweigh the risks. There are a suitable amount of toilets and sinks for the children within the boundaries of the pre-school, adults use the school staff toilets and have been offered a break away from the children during the day. All staff have declined this offer preferring to stay with the children for the duration of the pre-school day. There is a password system in operation in the case of an unknown adult collecting a child (eg a relative or friend not met by pre-school staff before). Parents and any visitors are escorted to/from the main door of the school to prevent any unauthorised persons from accessing the school or pre-school.
Crocodoodle hold public liability insurance of £5 million.
(See Risk Assessment policy)
Managers asses the risks or hazards which may arise for the children whilst on outings and identify the steps to be taken to remove, minimise and manage those risks an hazards. Vehicles in which children are transported and the driver of those vehicles are adequately insured and age/weight appropriate car seats are used at all times.
Special Educational Needs
(See Local Offer and Equality and Diversity Policy)
Information and Records
The Pre-School is registered with the ICO and is aware is the responsibility to keep information held about children and families highly confidential. Confidential records are kept in a locked filing cabinet, which is easily accessible by staff if needed. All staff are aware of the importance of confidentiality concerning any information relating to the children. Children’s records are shared with staff, parents, other agencies and other settings, where applicable. We have parents’ permission to do this. Children’s personal records are kept securely for one year after the child has left the setting. Accident and injury records are kept securely until the child becomes 21 years of age. Photographs of children are taken for learning and development, training and promotional purposes with permission from parents. (See also social media policy)
Information About The Child
(See Child Record Forms)
Information For Parents and Carers
As much information as possible about the pre-school, is given to parents when their child joins us, including all policies, our local offer, staff information on website, contact details for the pre-school are available on the website and on correspondence sent out to parents and notification of our Facebook page to keep up to date with activities and interests. Parents also receive a weekly/fortnightly newsletter by email to keep them informed of current learning and development, forthcoming dates and any other news of interest. Parents are provided with written observations and an individual progress review for their child every half term in their learning journal. Parents are invited to add to these and share their child’s learning journey with them at home as well as at Pre-School. There is a parents’ area inside the pre-school to share a printed version of current newsletters, any WOW moments from home, a learning library and information relating to EYFS guidelines including copies of “What to Expect When” booklet to borrow.
(see complaints Policy)
Information About The Provider
All relevant information about the Pre-School is displayed on the website, parents can use the email contact form or phone number provided to ask any questions. Crocodoodle Creative Pre-School’s Ofsted certificate is displayed at all times, along with the Ofsted contact details for parents. Staff and children’s details are kept securely in a locked filing cabinet. A daily register of staff and children is kept with arrival and leaving times recorded. A key person list is displayed on the staff noticeboard and made available to parents if /when requested.