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Policies

Admissions

Admission statement

The Honey Pot Nursery is registered provide care for children in line with the requirements for the Early Years Register set out in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The above statement is taken from the registration document and is the overriding policy in respect of admissions.Other matters taken into account in deciding which child can be offered a place in the nursery are:

  • Availability of spaces taking into account the staff/child ratios, the age of the child and the registration requirements.
  • When the application is received (extra weight is given to those who have been on the waiting list longest).
  • The nursery’s ability to provide the facilities for the welfare of the child.
  • A child requiring a full-time place will usually have preference over one requiring a part-time place.
  • Extenuating circumstances affecting the child’s welfare or his/her family.
  • Children who are siblings of those already with us.

We never have discriminated, and have no intention in the future of discriminating, against any child on the grounds of disability, sex, race, religion, colour or creed.

 

Admissions Policy
Date: Aug 2015
Review date: Sept 2016

Name of responsible person: Manager / Deputy

The Honey Pot Nursery is registered provide care for children in line

with the requirements for the Early Years Register set out in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The Honey Pot Nursery seeks to admit all children to the setting whose parents wish to use the service, in line with its policy on equality of opportunity. We have available funded places for eligible two year olds and access to the Early Years Entitlement funding for three and four year olds.

All prospective parents are encouraged to visit the setting, to be shown round and ask any questions they may have about the philosophy, vision and values of the setting, its daily routines and the arrangements in place to meet any dietary or other requirements. Details of prospective clients are recorded and the information is held on file in the setting.

Places in the setting are offered on a first come, first served basis but every effort is made to accommodate children, while strictly adhering to the adult: child space ratios that are a condition of registration of the setting. In the event of a child being placed on a waiting list, parents will be kept fully informed of the timescale within which a place is likely to become available.

Procedures

  • Parents/ carers enquiring about a placement are invited to visit the setting to look around and to meet and talk to staff.
  • The availability of an appropriate space will be checked.
  • Parent / carer details will be recorded.
  • A nursery brochure will be given to the parent / carer.
  • Parent / carer will be contacted by staff to follow up visit.
  • Initial enquiries by telephone or email will be followed up by an appointment to view or the postal dispatch of a nursery brochure.

 

Behaviour Policy
Date: August 2015
Review date: September 2016

Name of responsible person: Christine Carrington

Policy

The Honey Pot Nursery has simple rules and guidelines to support good behaviour in the setting. These are dependent on staff acting as good role models at all times and being consistent and fair in their approach to children.

Expectations of behaviour are appropriate to the age and stage of development of the child.

It is acknowledged that children have different levels of understanding due to their age, level of language development and ability. We aim to treat all children as individuals and work with them at their level. Opportunities are taken throughout the day to promote children’s sense of self-worth through giving attention and praise.

Instructions given to children are simple and clear and explanations are always given of why something should or should not be done. Negative language is avoided as far as possible and, when behaviour is unacceptable, it is made clear to the child that it is the behaviour and not the child that is disapproved of.

Whenever possible, instances of unacceptable behaviour are used as learning opportunities to engage the child, or a group of children, in discussing what has happened, and what should happen to resolve the situation. This gives children the chance to become involved in setting the rules and behaviour boundaries in the setting.

If any child appears to have a continual behaviour problem, it will be investigated fully to determine the probable cause and to enable us to initiate strategies to address the problem. Parents will be fully involved in this process.

The Nursery reserves the right to ask parents to withdraw their child from the Nursery if it is felt that they are becoming persistently disruptive to other children and endangering them, themselves or the staff or causing damage to property. However, every effort will be made to help and support the child and family to deal with and manage such behaviour. Where it is appropriate suitable outside agencies will be contacted and consulted about the child – this will only happen if parental permission has been obtained first. In this instance regular, recorded communication is required between the parents and staff.

In the event of restraint being necessary to prevent harm / injury to themselves or others, or damage to property an accurate written record will be kept and subsequently signed by the parent / carer.

Corporal punishment will not be administered at any time. A member of staff will remove children from the situation that is causing the problem and talk to them, calmly about their behaviour.

The Manager will monitor the implementation of the setting’s Behaviour Management Policy regularly and any inconsistencies dealt with immediately.

Procedures

All staff, volunteers and students at the Nursery are required to be good role models for the children in their care:

  • Staff, children, parents and visitors will be treated with care, courtesy and respect.
  • Positive strategies for dealing with conflict by helping children to find appropriate solutions that are appropriate for the children’s age, stage of development and understanding.
  • We respond to children calmly and in a non threatening manner
  • We respect children’s feelings and beliefs, likes and dislikes.
  • We encourage children to be kind and caring. We praise good behaviour and aim to avoid situations where inappropriate behaviour receives attention that may be perceived as rewarding by the child.
  • We endeavour to ensure that it is made clear to the child that it is the inappropriate behaviour not the child that is unwelcome.
  • We tackle inappropriate behaviour using proactive techniques such as distraction, discussion and additional support.
  • We aim to avoid dispute and discontent by being clear and well planned
  • We set clear boundaries and have a simple ‘code’ of behaviour for the children to follow.
  • We work in partnership with parents / carers to keep them informed of any concerns.
  • We work closely with other agencies to ensure that the best interest of the child is at the heart of our work.
  • In cases of serious misbehaviour – physical abuse, racial abuse, extreme bad language the child will be spoken to quietly and parents will be informed.

Necessary, appropriate action will be taken.

  • Physical restraint for example ‘firm holding’ will be use in extreme circumstances only. It will be implemented –
  • Quickly and responsibly
  • Whenever possible other children will be removed from the scene
  • A clear record will be kept and signed by staff involved and the parent / carer.

Recording procedures:

Staff concerns will be shared with the Manager, Deputy and the SENCO.

Clear records will be kept and ‘ABC’ charts completed if concerns are raised. Discussions will be sensitively undertaken with parents / carers and where appropriate support will be sought from other professionals this may involve contacting the L.A. Area SENCO or Health Visitor

 

Compliments, Comments and Complaints Policy
Date: July 2015
Review date: Sept 2016

Name of responsible person: Ian Robson / Christine Carrington

Policy

If parents or carers have any compliments, comments or complaints about the service provided, the Nursery is always happy to discuss them. All observations will be logged in writing and passed on to the manager of the setting.

The Honey Pot welcomes constructive criticism; any comments on the way the setting operates will be used to inform development plans for the future.

Compliments are always welcome and will be fed back to the members of staff to whom they are most pertinent.

Complaints will be dealt with swiftly and confidentially. If required, a private meeting can be arranged with the manager to discuss any issue that gives rise to concern. At this meeting, it will be agreed how the matter will be dealt with and the timescale for doing this.

A written record will be kept of all complaints and how they were resolved. This will be retained for five years and will be available for inspection by Ofsted on request.

In the event that a parent feels a complaint has not being resolved to their satisfaction they may wish to contact Ofsted :

Ofsted Early Years Complaints Line: 0300 123 1231

The National Business Unit
Ofsted
Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
Manchester M1 2WD

Procedures

  • The nursery welcomes comments from parents and will treat all with respect, where appropriate action will be taken.
  • Parents will be invited to view new Policies and Procedures
  • In an attempt to provide a constantly improving service a questionnaire will be distributed annually and the results given consideration by senior staff, results will be made available for parents via the Honey Pot Newsletter
  • All complaints will be investigated and logged and responded to within 28 days
  • The OFSTED complaints number will be clearly displayed in the setting

 

Confidentality – Social Networking – Phones
Date: July 2015
Review Date: September 2016

Confidentality

It is a legal requirement that the Nursery holds information about the children on the Nursery registers, their families and the Nursery staff. Basic information is used for registers, invoices and for emergency contact; all records will be stored in a locked cabinet.

The staff through their close relationship with both the children and their parents may learn a considerable amount of detail about the families using the nursery. All staff are aware that this information is confidential and only for use within the Nursery setting. If any of this information is requested for whatever reason, the parent’s permission will always be sought.

Staff leaving the Nursery continue to be bound by our Code of Confidentiality,

If, however, a child is considered at risk our Safeguarding Children Policy will override confidentiality.

Photographic Recording:

Photographs are a valuable source of evidence relating to both developmental progress and to support observations. Written parental permission for photographs to be routinely taken and used in records is requested when a child joins the nursery.

  • Photographs will only be taken by nursery staff, using the nursery cameras unless a professional photographer has been engaged for a particular purpose
  • Only children with written parental consent will be photographed
  • Personal mobile phones will not be used for photography in the nursery – they will be left in the cloak-room whilst staff are working
  • All visitors will be asked to read and adhere to the Nursery ‘notice to visitors’ which will be kept with the signing in book.

Mobile Phone and Social Networking

POLICY

Date: July 2015
Review Date: September 2016

We believe our staff should be completely attentive during their hours of working, to ensure all children in the nursery receive good quality care and education. This is why mobile phones are not to be used during working hours.

Staff mobile phones will not be used for photography within the Nursery.

We also believe that restrictions need to be placed on staff accessing social networking sites. The Nursery has a high reputation to upkeep and comments made on sites such as ‘Facebook’ could have an impact on how parents using the Nursery view the staff.

  • Mobile phones are not to be turned on during Nursery working hours
  • Mobile phones must not be used unless on a designated break and then this construed to have any impact on the Nursery’s reputation
  • Staff must not post anything relating to nursery life
  • Mobile phones should be stored safely in staff bags inside lockers at all times during the hours of the working day
  • Staff must not post anything onto social networking sites such as ‘Facebook’ that could be added onto social networking sites that would offend any other member of staff or parents using the nursery
  • If staff choose to allow parents to view their page on social networking sites then this relationship must remain professional at all times
  • If a member of staff fails to comply with this policy they will face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal.

 

Disease
Date: August 2015
Review date: September 2016

Exclusion Procedure for Illness/Communicable Disease

Disease/Illness Minimal Exclusion Period
Antibiotics prescribed First day at home
Temperature If sent home ill, child must be off for 24 hours
Vomiting If sent home ill, child must be off for 48 hours
Conjunctivitis Until treatment has started
Diarrhoea Minimum of 48 hours or until 2 clear nappies
Chickenpox 5 days from appearance of the rash and until spots crusted and dry
Gastro-enteritis, food poisoning, salmonellosis and dysentery Minimum of 48 hours or until 2 clear nappies or for notifiable diseases, until advised by the relevant public health official
Hand, Foot and Mouth Confirm with doctor – only exclude if doctor advises
Infective hepatitis 7 days from onset of jaundice
Measles 7 days from appearance of the rash
Meningococcal infection Until recovered from the illness
Mumps 5 days from the onset of swollen glands
Pertussis (whooping cough) 5 days from commencing antibiotic treatment
Poliomyelitis Until declared free from infection by the appropriate public health official.
Scarlet fever and streptococcal infection of the throat Until appropriate medical treatment has been given and in no case for less than 5 days from the start of treatment
Tuberculosis Until declared free from infection by the appropriate public health official
Typhoid fever Until declared free from infection by the appropriate public health official
Impetigo Until lesions are crusted or healed
Pediculosis (lice) Until appropriate treatment has been given
Plantar warts No exclusion. Should be treated and covered
Ringworm of scalp Until cured
Ringworm of body Seldom necessary to exclude provided treatment is being given
Scabies Until appropriate treatment has finished

Other illnesses will be dealt with at the discretion of Management – medical advice will be taken when appropriate.

Reviewed / Aug 2015

 

Equal Opportunities Policy
Date: July 15
Review date: Sept 16

Name of responsible person: ENCO – Naomi Bartin

Policy

The Honey Pot Nursery is committed to promoting equality of opportunity in all aspects of its management, organisation and day-to-day working practices. All employees, potential employees, trainees or students working in the setting have equal opportunities, irrespective of class, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, race, religion, sexual orientation or HIV/AIDS status.

The Honey Pot Nursery will not discriminate directly or indirectly on the grounds of a person’s gender or marital status. In all circumstances of recruitment, employment, job descriptions, training and pay, a person of one gender will not be treated more or less favourably than a person of another gender. A married person will not be treated less favourably, on the grounds of marital status, than an unmarried person would be in the same circumstances.

Similarly, all children in our care, and their families, will be treated with equal respect, irrespective of class, ethnic origin, gender, disability, race or religion. Any inappropriate behaviour or attitudes will be challenged and any instances of discrimination will be dealt with through disciplinary procedures.

The Nursery will be mindful of and abide by the Disability and Equality Act 2010.

The Honey Pot’s commitment to equality of opportunity will be made evident on a day-to-day basis through:

  • the provision of multicultural books, dressing-up clothes, toys and resources
  • engaging children in activities and experiences that increase their awareness of different religions and cultures
  • making resources, such as dolls, dressing-up clothes, cars and tools available to all children, irrespective of gender
  • encouraging role-play outside stereotypical roles
  • presenting visual images that show both sexes represented in a range of roles, traditional and non-traditional
  • providing training for staff to ensure they avoid stereotypical comments such as ‘Boys don’t play with dolls’ or ‘Which little girl is going to be the nurse?

PROCEDURE FOR DEALING WITH RACIAL HARASSMENT

Introduction

We have the duty to create and implement strategies in Nursery to prevent and address racism. Such strategies include:

  • That the nursery records all racist incidents
  • That all recorded incidents are reported to the children’s parents/guardians, and when appropriate to the registering authority.

Parents have a right to know when racism occurs and what actions the nursery will take to tackle it.

In the Race Relations Act 1976 Section 71 there is a statement of the duty to ‘promote harmony and good relations’ between different groups in society. We have a statutory responsibility to monitor, review and eliminate racial discrimination.

Definition of racial harassment

‘Violence which may be verbal or physical and which includes attacks on property and people because of their race, nationality, ethnic origins – when the victim believes that the perpetrator was acting on racial grounds and/or there is evidence of racism’ – (Commission for Racial Equality).

Incidents may involve a small or large number or persons, they may vary in their degree of offence and may not even recognise the incident has racial implications; or at the other extreme their behaviour may be quite deliberate and blatant.

Examples of racial harassment

Physical assault against a person or group of people.

Derogatory name calling, insults and racial jokes.

Racist graffiti and other written insults.

Provocative behaviour such as wearing racist badges and insignia and the distribution of racist literature.

Threats against a person or group of people because of their colour or race.

Discriminatory comment including ridicule made in the course of discussions in class or elsewhere.

Patronising words or actions.

Procedure

  • All staff in the nursery should be constantly aware of any racial harassment taking place.
  • They must intervene firmly and quickly to prevent all forms of racial harassment. Any allegation should be taken seriously and reported to the manager.
  • Each incident should be investigated and recorded in detail as accurately as possible. This record should be available for inspection by staff, inspectors and parents where appropriate, on request.
  • The manager is responsible for ensuring that incidents are handled

appropriately and sensitively and entered in the record book. Any pattern of behaviour should be indicated. Perpetrator/victim’s initials may be used in their record book as information on individuals is confidential to the nursery.

  • Where an allegation is substantiated following an investigation, the parents of children who are perpetrators and victims should be informed of the incident and of the outcome.
  • Continued racial harassment may lead to exclusion but such steps should only be taken when other strategies have failed to modify behaviour.
  • Adults found to be perpetrators must be reported immediately to the manager.

Racial harassment needs to be recorded to:

  • Develop strategies to prevent future incidents
  • Identify patterns of behaviour
  • Identify persistent offenders
  • Monitor the effectiveness of nursery policies
  • Provide a secure information base to enable nursery to respond to comments about racial incidents

Nursery Staff

All staff should be alert and seek to overcome any ignorant or offensive behaviour based on fear or dislike of racial distinctions that pupils or adults may express in nursery.

An atmosphere must be created where the victims of any form of racial harassment have confidence to report such behaviour and that subsequently they feel positively supported by the staff of the nursery.

It is incumbent upon all members of staff to ensure that they do not express any views or comments that are racist. Nor must staff appear to endorse such views by failing to counter behaviour, which is prejudicial in a direct manner. A sensitive and informed approach must be used to counter any racial harassment perpetrated out of ignorance.

When a member of staff violates this Nursery Code of Practice he/she will be counselled by the manager. It will be explained to them why the behaviour is unacceptable and what steps will be taken to remedy the situation. At this stage it will be made clear that the content of the discussion will not be used as evidence in further disciplinary action. A repetition of such behaviour will lead to a formal verbal warning at which point the member of staff will be advised of their right to have a witness present. From this point the normal disciplinary codes of practice for employees of the nursery will come into effect.

Other forms of harassment between staff or any other individuals associated with the Nursery will not be tolerated –

And will be dealt with, promptly, by the proprietor.

 

Fees Policy
Date: August 2015
Review date: September 2016

A deposit is payable to secure initial booking.

(Non- refundable in the event of cancellation before placement commences but otherwise refundable upon termination of contract when four weeks written notification is given)

Fees are charged per session and are payable weekly or monthly in advance by Standing Order.

Any part sessions or additional hours (previously negotiated with the Nursery) are charged at an agreed hourly rate.

All booked sessions are chargeable. Sessions missed due to illness or no notice

(4 weeks) are charged at the normal rate.

There is a 5% discount for second child on sibling bookings.

Any sessions / hours, which are booked, in addition to the regular contract will be charged at the current rate and will be payable, in cash, at the time of booking- – a receipt will be issued immediately.

Regular fee collection is by Standing Order, the payment figure representing an average for the year and will include adjustments for Bank Holidays and Single Formula Funding.

The Nursery accepts voucher payments. Details of the monthly voucher value will be recorded to ensure an accurate Standing Order figure is calculated.

Invoices will be issued weekly or monthly as agreed and will show payments received to the date of invoice and the attendance dates for the following period. Any anomalies should be notified within seven days of receipt of invoice to enable adjustments to be made.

Four weeks written paid notice must be given when removing a child or children from the nursery, full fees are payable when notice in writing is not given. Four weeks notice of termination of attendance is also required for funded children: in the case of non-attendance of a funded child four weeks funding, from the first date of non-attendance, will be claimed.

Where accounts fall into arrears the placement will be immediately suspended until payment is received. If the suspension is prolonged for more than four weeks the contract will be terminated through default and an appropriate payment plan or debt collection will be instigated, this will be directed by the business proprietor.

Current rates:-

Booking deposit – £50

(Non- refundable in the event of cancellation before placement commences)

Fees per session are £20.00. (Reviewed by Management every 6 months)

Additional hours fees are charged at £4 an hour.

Late collection will be charged at £4 per half hour.

This policy reflects the contents of parent’s original Contract and the Honey Pot Inclusion / SEN Policy

June 2015

 

Food and Food Hygiene Policy
Date: July 15
Review date: Sept 16

Name of responsible person: Manager / ENCO / Cook

Policy

At the Honey Pot Nursery we recognise that the quality of the meals served to children makes an important contribution to their overall wellbeing. Mealtimes are opportunities for staff and children to share good food and conversation in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Staff sit with the children and act as good role models, encouraging children to try a variety of different types of food. Older children help with the arrangements for setting up and clearing away meals.

Opportunities are taken to talk with children about healthy eating, to explore different types of food and to grow fruit and vegetables for the kitchen on the setting’s allotment. Menus for both lunch and tea are carefully planned and the Setting have agreed to adopt the principles of the Early Years Code of Practice for Healthy Food and Drink published in January 2012 by the School Food Trust.

All meals are prepared, from mainly fresh ingredients, in the setting’s kitchen. Recipes used are low in sugar and fat and avoid the use of salt and artificial additives and flavourings. Menus are displayed on the setting’s notice board. A variety of dietary requirements are catered for and the utmost care is taken to avoid exposing any child to a food to which he or she might be allergic.

A variety of snacks and milk or water are provided mid morning and during the afternoon. Fresh drinking water is always available in the setting and children are encouraged to drink regularly during the course of the day.

All staff receives basic food hygiene training to enable them to handle and serve food safely. Cleaning routines in the kitchen and serving areas have been set up to ensure that all surfaces and storage areas are cleaned correctly. Food is stored at the appropriate temperature and all fridges and freezers are checked daily and cleaned regularly. Cleaning schedules follow the Food Standards Agency guidelines. Officers from the local environmental health department inspect the kitchen regularly and any issues are addressed immediately.

Procedures

  • The Setting is endeavouring to meet the standards of the Early Years Code of Practice for Healthy Food and Drink (School Food Trust 2012)
  • The majority of the food is purchased from local stores
  • Food is appropriately stored in accordance with current regulations
  • The menu is displayed on the parent notice board in the Hive
  • There is particular close liaison with the parents of babies to ensure continuity and promote well being
  • When food is reheated a detailed written record will be made
  • Fresh drinking water is always available in Buzz-zlong and the Hive (Children in Bumbles have monitored access)

 

Inclusion and Special Needs Policy
Date: Aug 2015
Review date: Sept 2016

Name of responsible person: Christine Carrington (SENCO)
Shaye Jeans (Deputy SENCO)

Policy

The Honey Pot Nursery values and respects all children and will work in partnership with parents and multi-agency professionals to ensure that the needs of children with additional needs and disabilities are met.

All reasonable measures will be taken to accommodate the specific needs of children joining the setting, and additional support and advice will be sought where necessary. Where there is an already recognised special need, every effort will be made to consult other professionals involved for advice and support during the settling in process and thereafter. Staff will be trained to support the individual needs of children and will participate in the drawing up and implementation of individual education plans (IEPs) where necessary. Every effort will be made to ensure adequate provision is provided for every child with a special need.

Staff will use their knowledge and experience to identify any aspects of a child’s development or behaviour that gives cause for concern and share these with the manager, who will decide on action to be taken in consultation with the child’s parents. Parents will be fully informed at all times of any concerns that arise about a child’s learning and development.

The senior member of staff taking on the role of SENCO will ensure they remain fully up to date with all aspects of the local implementation of the Code of Practice. They will be responsible for understanding the systems and structures in place for obtaining help and advice from the local special needs support team.

We have regard for the SEN Code of Practice on identification and assessment and provide appropriate learning opportunities for each child.

The Nursery acknowledges that:

  • all children have a right to experience and develop alongside their peers no matter what their individual needs
  • each child’s needs are unique and that it is inappropriate to categorise children
  • children learn from interacting with other children
  • a good working partnership with parents is essential to enable the child to work towards their full potential
  • all children have the right to a broad and balanced education
  • liaison with other professionals is essential
  • good observation procedures and record keeping are essential

Procedures

  • All children will be regularly observed and assessed in accordance with EYFS good practice
  • Any concerns regarding progress and development will be discussed with parents, nursery manager and SENCO
  • Additional observations may be undertaken and an Additional Support Identification sheet and / or Observation for language / communication sheet completed.
  • An Additional Support Plan will be drawn up by the SENCO in consultation with room staff, key worker and parents. The additional support will be initiated and carefully monitored using the Additional Input Record sheet.
  • The effectiveness of the support will be monitored by the SENCO at least twice termly. Adjustments may then be made.
  • Parents will be kept informed with regular updates.
  • If significant progress is not achieved then with the consent of the parents the appropriate professional support agency will be contacted
  • An IEP may then be drawn up. This will be regularly reviewed and updated.

Contact detail:

Area SENCO -– 01935 436888
Morley House
26 West Hendford
BA20 1XE

 

Key Person Policy
Date: Aug 2015
Review date: August 2016

Name of responsible person: Christine Carrington

Policy

At the Honey Pot Nursery, we greatly value the strong positive relationships we build up with the children in our setting and their families.

Children’s emotional wellbeing is an essential foundation for their health, happiness and ability to learn. Every child who attends the Nursery is assigned a Key Person to act as the bridge for the child between their home and the setting. The Key Person will get to know the child well, become attuned to their likes and dislikes, attitudes and preferences, and will provide the child with particular support at key times. – At the time they join the setting, whenever they make a transitions and whenever there has been a significant event in the child’s life.

The Key Person will support the child and monitor their learning and emotional and physical development. They will be the key point of contact for the parents/carers of the child.

Training will be provided for staff to enable them to carry out the Key Person role, and arrangements will be in place to balance out the number of children assigned to each Key Person, and to accommodate shift patterns, holiday and sickness absences.

Procedures

In the Key Worker groups are generally age related, according to their school cohort.

Throughout the Nursery the regular care of all children is a shared staff responsibility, which ensures we can cover shifts, holidays and sickness absence. We are sensitive to the child’s needs and alert to preferences and personalities.

The Room Leads are vigilant in their role to ensure that a child’s well being takes priority.

The Key Person is responsible for the child’s records and acts as a bridge between home and the setting.

Key Person lists are posted on the parents notice board..

 

Learning and Development Policy
Date: Aug 15
Review date: Sept 16

Name of responsible person: Manager / Deputy/ Room Leads

Policy

At The Honey Pot Nursery, we support young children’s learning by providing a wide range of opportunities, experiences and activities linked to the principles underpinning high quality early years education as set out in the Revised Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

We also routinely incorporate Letters and Sounds guidance into our room planning

To support every child’s learning and development at The Honey Pot Nursery:

  • Children and their families are valued for who they are, the knowledge, skills and experience they have and for what they can contribute to the life of the setting.
  • The Revised Statutory Framework for the EYFS is used to guide planning across all areas of learning and there is a balance between adult-initiated and child-led activities.
  • Staff are trained to provide opportunities for children to learn through purposeful, active play by planning experiences and activities that build on children’s ideas and understanding.
  • Children are given time and space to become fully involved in ideas and activities that interest and engage them and also have opportunities to revisit experiences to consolidate their learning.
  • All children are included and special care is taken to ensure that children with additional needs are able to access the opportunities on offer.
  • The outdoor environment of the setting is utilised to its fullest extent and children have opportunities to be outdoors during each day.
  • High quality resources and equipment are available for children to use.
  • Storage systems enable children to access and return these resources independently.
  • Children’s learning and development is observed and recorded and this information is used to decide what opportunities or experiences to offer next to support their ongoing development.

Procedures

The Nursery has a standardised format for room planning – these plans are used as a starting point for weekly plans which are drawn up incorporating all areas of learning and development and observations made by staff

BUMBLES / Baby Bees / Jelly Babies

  • Use personal ‘next step’ sheets, to monitor individual progress, and information is fed by Key Workers into overview sheets to ensure individual needs are incorporated into the group planning along with evaluation data from the previous week’s activities.

THE HIVE / Smarties BUZZ-ZALONG / Jelly Tots / Jelly Babies+

  • Here ‘focus’ groups based around ‘Key’ groups provide planned adult led activities for part of each day, evaluations and observations feed into future plans and records and ensure the development of the ‘individual’ is at the centre of all planning
  • An overview sheet relating to the ‘unique’ child is utilised by all staff to enhance individual provision

Throughout the Nursery –

WOW! observations are undertaken and again the data is fed into the children’s individual records 4 – 6 should be completed for each child each term

Learning Journey Observation Reports may be included for some group

activities

Parents are encouraged to submit their own Wow! observations, these are also incorporated into the ‘Personal Pathway’ folder.

Children’s ideas and interests are incorporated into ongoing planning

Observations of children’s progress are recorded in ‘Personal Pathway’ folders and shared with parents at twice yearly meetings.

Resources are stored, maintained and made available for children to use. Most are in easily accessible child friendly labelled containers

Staff are encouraged to attend training to enable them to support children’s learning and development

All staff are required to attend regular fortnightly staff meetings

• We are constantly striving to improve the quality of our provision

The Manager and Deputy monitor the quality of provision for learning and development.

 

Lost Child Procedure

In the unlikely event of a child going missing within/from the nursery the following procedure will be implemented immediately.

  • All staff present will be informed and an immediate thorough search of the nursery will be made followed by a search of the surrounding area, ensuring that all other children remain supervised throughout.
  • A staff member will notify the manager / deputy, whilst other staff continue searching.
  • The manager will carry out a second search of the area.
  • If the child has still not been accounted for the manager will contact the police.
  • The manager will also contact the parents/carers of the missing child.
  • During this period, staff will be continually searching for the missing child, whilst other staff maintain as near to normal routine as possible for the rest of the children in the nursery.
  • The manager will meet the police and parents/carers.
  • The manager will then await instructions from the police.
  • Any incidents will be recorded in writing.
  • OFSTED will be contacted and informed of any incidents

 

Nappy Changing
  • Parents to supply nappies, wet wipes, cotton wool, nappy rash cream.

We do keep spare nappies in case of emergency.

Only nappy cream and wipes supplied by parent will be used.

  • Nappies will be checked / changed regularly throughout the day.
  • Every child will be treated with sensitivity and respect whilst being changed
  • Staff under 17 will not change nappies,
  • Students will not routinely change nappies unless it is for course requirement in which case they will be closely monitored by qualified staff.
  • Staff must wear gloves when changing nappies. New gloves

must be worn for each child.

  • Changing mats must be wiped down after each use.
  • Aprons are available when required.

July 2015

 

Partnership with Parents Policy
Date: July 15
Review date: Sept 16

Name of responsible person: Manager / Shaye-D Jeans

Policy

At the Honey Pot Nursery we endeavour to build strong positive relationships with the parents and carers of all the children who attend our setting. To support this we provide information for parents on the policies and procedures of the setting in a variety of different formats. We take time to explain to parents what our policies mean and how we incorporate our ideals into our practice.

Questions are answered honestly and straightforwardly and we are always keen to hear what parents have to say about the work that we do. Parents are consulted on all issues that affect the welfare, wellbeing, learning and development of their children.

Arrangements are in place to ensure that the child’s key person shares information about children’s care, learning and development on a regular basis. An overview of the experiences and activities that the children are involved in is shared with parents to enable them to participate fully in their children’s lives in the setting. Information about EYFS is clearly displayed and accessible to parents and weekly planning is clearly visible.

Parents are encouraged to look at their child’s developmental record at regular intervals and opportunities are made to discuss progress on a regular basis. Any concerns that arise about a child’s progress or behaviour are discussed fully with parents and plans made to address the issues identified.

The setting works in partnership with a wide range of professionals and organisations. Information, support and advice are freely available to parents who may wish to access these services. At the Honey Pot Nursery we create many different opportunities for parents to become involved in the work of the setting and greatly value the benefits these provide for children, parents and staff.

Procedures for informing parents:

‘Personal Pathway’ records are maintained by staff and are available for parents to view at all times, in addition parents are invited to contribute their own observations to the record, the written parental record is filed with the ‘PP’ record. There are also twice yearly meetings for staff and parents where the record is discussed and progress reviewed.

Policies are included on our website and the complete Policy File is always available for parents to view.

‘Key Person’ evenings are organised offering parents the opportunity to informally meet their key worker and where new policies and procedures are available to view and discuss.

Where concerns have been raised then staff / parent meetings are arranged, concerns discussed and actions agreed. Subsequently there is regular review. Where appropriate other professionals are consulted and may be involved in these meetings. Where appropriate, support is offered to parents who need to liaise with other agencies.

A minimum of six Parent Newsletters are sent home each year.

There is a parent notice-board and a staff/parent notice board both of which convey information about EYFS and life in our nursery.

Staff are always available to speak to parents at dropping off and collection times.

Parents views and ideas are always welcomed by staff and used to support the review, evaluation and development of our provision. A questionnaire will be distributed regularly to ensure parental opinion is updated

 

Safeguarding Children Policy
Date: July 15
Review date: Sept 16

Name of responsible person: SO / Christine Carrington
(Deputy – Ruth Carter / Shaye Jeans)

Policy

The Honey Pot Nursery takes its responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in its care very seriously. The setting has a safeguarding children coordinator, who receives up-to-date training in all issues relating to the protection and welfare of children. All staff are trained in child protection issues to enable them to respond appropriately to:-

  • significant changes in children’s behaviour
  • deterioration in their general wellbeing
  • unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse
  • neglect
  • the comments children make that give cause for concern.

Guidance and information from the local child protection agency and the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is made available to staff members. This will include advice for staff on how to avoid situations that might make them vulnerable to allegations of abuse.

All incidents or allegations affecting the welfare of children will be investigated in a prompt and confidential manner, according to the guidance provided by the LSCB. Written records will be kept of all incidents and allegations and will be stored securely in the setting. Information will be shared with other agencies and professionals according to the guidelines laid down by the LSCB.

All staff will hold enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosures, and any allegation made against a member of staff will be thoroughly investigated, the member of staff being relieved of their employment duties whilst this investigation is in progress. Allegations of serious harm or abuse will be reported without delay to Ofsted and the local child protection agency.

The setting’s policy on Safeguarding will be shared with parents and time will be spent explaining any issues that arise, including the procedures undertaken by the setting to ensure the suitability of the staff working in the setting.

Procedures

The welfare of our children is our priority concern and a child’s Key Person will routinely follow up absences with a telephone call to enquire about the child’s well-being.

All staff have an up-to-date CRB certificate – staff are required to inform the setting of any new convictions etc. and confirm their status annually.

All staff are aware of the ‘confidentiality’ document and procedures regarding photography, social networking and mobile phones – they are required to read and sign as understood at least annually.

All staff have a duty to be aware that abuse does occur in our society and are aware of our procedures relating to suspected abuse, emotional, physical, sexual or neglect, of a child in our care.

All staff are aware of the need for vigilance and accurate recording of all incidents including those where inappropriate knowledge / exposure is indicated by the child through language / action.

All staff are aware that it is their duty to act quickly and responsibly in any instance that comes to our attention that the Nursery has the duty to report any suspicion of abuse and will follow all the agreed procedures.

All staff are aware of the importance of precise objective recording.

All Concerns Will Be Reported to The So / Chris Carrington

Staff noticing any unexplained bruising / injury will report these to the SO and a report will be completed.

This will be shared sensitively with the parent at the end of the day.

Further action will be taken in accordance with Regulations if a satisfactory reason for the bruising / injury is not received.

 

Settling-in Policy
Date: Aug 15
Review date: Sept 16

Name of responsible person: Shaye Jeans / Naomi Barton / Room Leads

Policy

At The Honey Pot Nursery we want every family to enjoy the time they and their children spend with us. We recognise that starting in a group setting can be an exciting but unsettling process for both children and adults and we will do everything possible to make the transition as easy and enjoyable as possible. Every child is different and each will react in different ways to the experience of being with a group of other children in a different environment. At the Honey Pot, we respect these differences and will use our knowledge and experience to help every child and family to settle in comfortably and become a part of the Honey Pot ‘family’.

To help us do this we have a routine that we follow when new families start in the setting. This involves at least three introductory visits when parent and child spend time in the setting together. This gives the opportunity to get to know the staff who will be looking after the child, to see how the daily routines of the setting operate and to understand some of the experiences and activities that children will be taking part in during the day. This time is an opportunity for questions to be asked about the setting, and for the Admission Profiles to be completed by the Key person, the Profile includes dietary requirements and allergies, as well as up-to-date contact information.

Following these joint visits, the child will probably be ready to stay in the setting on his or her own. For the first few sessions we recommend that children are left only for a short time so they are reassured that they will be collected. Children frequently become upset and cry at the time parents leave, but with lots of attention from the staff of the setting they quickly settle and become involved in the activities going on around them.

When parents return to collect their child, staff are happy to spend time talking about the activities / events of the day.

Procedures

All children will be invited to attend three sessions with a parent prior to being left at the setting alone – during the first visit the parent will be able to play with the child, during the second the parent will be able to play with the child for a while and then leave him / her to play whilst remaining in the building and during the third visit the parent ideally will be able to leave the child for a short time returning to reassure that having left they will return!

These visits will also enable:

  • The child to become familiar with the setting and the staff
  • The staff to begin to know the child
  • The parent to be reassured and build up confidence about leaving the child
  • The parent and key worker to get to know each other and exchange information about the child’s routines and nursery practice – by completing the Admission Profile documents
  • The parent to discuss any concerns they may have
  • Essential information to be recorded:-
  • The ‘getting to know you page’ – ‘Personal Pathway’
  • Personal Admission Profile
  • Complete a Routine Sheet – Baby Bees
  • Parents will be introduced to the Parents Notice boards and to the room planning which is clearly displayed for all parents to access.

 

Managing Sick Children Policy
Date: July 15
Review date: Sept 16

Name of responsible person: Manager / Deputy

Policy

The Honey Pot Nursery will do all it can to support children who become sick while attending the setting. Parents will be asked to supply a range of contact numbers so they can be contacted quickly should their child fall ill. These records will be updated regularly.

Staff will be vigilant to recognise the signs of illness and to respond accordingly, in full consultation with the setting manager.

If a child’s condition deteriorates rapidly and gives cause for concern, an ambulance will be called. The parents will be informed and a member of staff from the setting will accompany the child and parent to hospital.

Parents will be informed whenever an outbreak of infectious disease occurs in the setting. They will be informed of the symptoms to look out for in their own child and provided with information on where to seek further help and advice. Staff in the setting will follow strict hygiene routines at all times to minimise the spread of infection.

Children suffering from certain infectious diseases will be excluded from the setting in accordance with health guidelines. The purpose of these exclusion periods is to protect other children and adults in the setting from disease.

Information on the symptoms and treatment of common childhood infections will be made available to parents, along with guidance on immunisation schedules.

The local health protection team and Ofsted will be informed whenever an outbreak of a notifiable disease occurs in the setting.

Procedures

If a child is taken ill during a session the parents will be contacted and advised of the problem.

The child may need to go home, visit a doctor or be taken to the hospital:

  • A written record will be made whenever a child is sent home ill.
  • If a visit to the doctor is recommended the Nursery may contact the surgery to explain why the recommendation has been made.

In the event of staff not being able to contact a parent / nominated person the child will be cared for until contact is made and the parent arrives, meanwhile advice may be sought from a doctor or the hospital.

In the event of a child needing to be taken to hospital two members of staff will accompany them.

Children attending Nursery must be well enough to fully participate in routine activities.

 

Sleeping Policy

Baby Bees / Toddler :- sleeping routines will be respected

  • All equipment is checked regularly and mattresses are clean, firm and in good condition and replaced when necessary.
  • Babies are placed in the correct position in their cots – feet to foot.
  • Each child to have own bedding. Which is changed and laundered regularly. We do not use duvets or pillows
  • Sleeping babies are to be checked every 10 minutes and this is to be recorded on a sleep chart. The member of staff who checks sleepers initials the sleep chart.
  • Staff have completed emergency first aid training which is updated every 3 years

In the event of finding a child who has stopped breathing. Emergency first aid procedures will commence.

A call to the emergency services will be the first call made

Parents will then be contacted, reassurance will be given and arrangements made to meet at the hospital.

Two staff members will stay with the child (for support for each other).

Other children will be evacuated quietly and quickly from the room

Toddlers:- will have access to cushions and bean bags and may have more flexible sleep routines.

Where a regular sleep routine is still required the child will be settled in a cot or on a mattress. All sleeping children will be closely monitored.

All children will have access to cushions and beanbags – the child’s need for sleep will be respected and no child will be prevented from sleeping or deliberately woken by nursery staff.

July 2015

 

Toilet Training

When considering toilet training the most important thing to remember is the

CHILD HAS TO BE READY and settled at the nursery. There is no correct age to start training, all children are different. If they are not ready the whole process will take a lot longer and will be much more stressful for the child.

It is useful to be mindful of the following:

  • Please dress your child in clothing that is easily removed – dungarees and trousers with zips and buttons may make life awkward.
  • A good supply of spare pants, trousers, socks and washable shoes(daps or doodles) will be necessary.
  • Please check pegs for wet clothes at the end of there sessions
  • Please let staff know whether your child prefers to use the toilet or potty.
    As we have children’s toilets this will encourage them to use the toilet at home.
  • Inform staff if there are any special words your child uses to express theneed for the toilet.
  • At the beginning of toilet training children will be encouraged, on aregular basis to go up to the toilet.
  • We concentrate on praising success, even if children are just happy to sit ontoilet/ potty.
  • Children may still need a nappy to go to sleep in.
  • It is not unusual for children to regress after a while and have a few
    accidents.If this does happen we still carry on encouraging and praising them for the
    times they are using the toilet/potty.

A record of toileting achievements will be completed during each session.