Name of Business: Little Foxes Nursery

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)

Within the service we aim that all children within our care should reach their full potential within the EYFS Statutory Framework & all 5 outcomes which are outlined in the Every Child Matters Framework.

Purpose of Regulation: to inform Parents/Carers/Staff/Volunteers/Students of their responsibilities when working with children.

Approval of this Regulation given by: Mr. James Brown.

Named Child Safeguarding Officers: Kathryn Simpson

Updated August 2016

Little Foxes ensures the content of this policy is kept up to date with current legislation by referring to EYFS & by accessing training provided by St Helens Early Years & external agencies. Consulting with the other Managers of the Little Foxes group and the training they access.

Introduction

A child is defined as a person under the age of 18 (The Children Act 1989)For the purpose of this policy document:The term ‘child’ will be used to describe all children and young people under the age of 8 years accessing the nursery.

The term ‘staff’ will be used to describe those employed on contract of employment at Little Foxes including those working on a voluntary/unpaid basis.

Staff should implement this policy using the following guidelines when conducting work that involves children. This will protect the safety and well-being of children engaging with the Nurseries and that of all staff.

Little Foxes Nursery

At Little Foxes Nursery all practitioners have the duty to take such steps that are reasonable to see that the child is safe from harm while involved in nursery activities. All children have the right to protection, and the needs of children with additional needs and others who may particularly vulnerable must be taken into account. Little Foxes Nursery will ensure the safety and protection of all children involved in its care and activities through adherence to the safeguarding guidelines by St Helen’s Safeguarding Children’s Board.

We at Little Foxes have implemented several policies to ensure the safety of children within our setting. We regularly review our policies on a rolling time scale so that all policies are renewed annually or when new information is obtained through training.Staff should implement this policy using the following guidelines when conducting work that involves children. This will protect the safety and well – being of children engaging with the nursery and that of our own staff.

Children’s Rights

All children have needs and rights

  • The need for physical care and attention
  • The need for intellectual stimulation
  • The need for emotional love and security
  • The need for social contact and relationships
  • The right to have their needs met and safeguarded
  • The right to be protected from neglect, abuse and exploitation
  • The right to be protected from discrimination
  • The right to be treated as an individual

Policy Aims

The aim of Little Foxes Nursery Safeguarding Policy is to promote good practice and to protect all the children in our care and staff that work here.

  1. We aim to create an atmosphere where a child is valued and treated with respect in a safe environment.
  2. Allow all staff/volunteers to make informed and confident responses to specific child protection issues.

Policy Implementation

The staff at Little Foxes Nursery must take all necessary steps to keep children safe and well. The requirements are that the Manager will ensure that all children are kept safe from harm, suitability of adults who have contact with children is checked before starting the post and also throughout their employment. To promote good health and manage behaviour. Maintain records and also keeping policies and procedures up to date.

Little Foxes Nursery Safeguarding Policy will be implemented by adhering to the policy guidelines contained in this document. All staff who work with children must comply with this Policy failure to do so will result in disciplinary action. This will be taken under the Company’s Disciplinary Procedures.

The guidelines cover the main areas:

  • Staff recruitment
  • Staff conduct
  • Child protection (safeguarding) procedure
  • Information sharing

Parents

We operate an open door policy, parents & carers are encouraged to discuss their concerns with staff in confidence or make an appointment if the time did not suit the information that was needed to be discussed. We ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the nursery for safeguarding children. This is set out in the nursery information online. On the admission forms we ask if the family are involved with any external agencies and ask for their names and contact details. This enables management to ensure we understand the family’s needs before they take a place with us. If we need to contact any of the agencies this would be discussed with the parent and the relevant steps would be taken. We ensure parents know how to complain about staff (see complaints policy). This may include an allegation of abuse. We recognise it as good practice to discuss a concern with a child’s family & an agreement will always be sought for a referral, unless it puts a child at risk. If a referral is made without their agreement this will always be documented.

Staff recruitment, support and training

For staff working with the children at Little Foxes a safe recruitment process will be used to ensure that the Manager checks by their suitability to work with children.

  • At initial recruitment to Little Foxes an application form is completed.
  • During the interview process the Manager will ask if Customer Care Access Team have been involved in the applicant’s personal life for any given reason
  • The application form will require information about the applicant’s past. References will be sought.
  • The job description will include, the role and responsibilities clarified.
  • Child safeguarding procedure are explained and training needs identified
  • Staff are given a copy of the Company’s terms & conditions of employment and this gives clear and detailed expectations of how staff should conduct themselves as an employee of Little Foxes. They are set out to safeguard staff. When staff have read and understand the terms and conditions they sign to accept them. If at any time staff are in breach of these, action will be taken by management.
  • Staff are selected on their suitability for the role requirements and responsibilities and their ability to demonstrate that they can work safely with children (as determined by application form)

All staff will be required to complete a suitability check through the Disclosure and Barring service. Awareness of Child Protection/Safeguarding will be continued to be addressed through ongoing training.

All staff are made fully aware that mobile phones must be stored in the designated holder & the only cameras to be used are the nursery’s own cameras and ipads. These are stored in the office when not in use. When going out on walks or outings the nursery phone must be taken and used as this has no camera.

When staff return to work after weekends, annual holidays or sick leave. If an event or situation has happened within their personal life that affects their ability to do their job and/ work with children. Any occurrence that may involve disclosing convictions, cautions, court orders, reprimands and warnings. They should report this to Nursery Manager Kathryn Simpson the information will be dealt with in line with Peninsula (employment and human resources support) and any external agencies that may be involved, staff will be fully supported by Little Foxes. We would inform Ofsted of the details within 14 days.

Procedure to be taken if there is a concern about a child in our care:

Practitioners that suspect a child is or maybe at risk of significant harm should discuss their concerns immediately with the designated Safeguarding Co-ordinator Kathryn Simpson. If unable to contact the appropriate Senior Manager. The staff member should follow the settings guidelines for making a referral to Central Duty Team for advice and guidance. You must follow the exact guidance by the Specialist Assessment Team and take the necessary steps within the time frame they tell you. You may be asked to give a written report of your concerns this must only be based on facts that you have seen or heard. It must be a word for word account and must be dated and signed and given to your Safeguarding Coordinator Kathryn Simpson to forward onto the correct department. If the concern is that the child will come to significant harm once leaving your care the Police should be informed.

Staff must be aware if any children in the care of Little Foxes Nursery show any of the following significant changes in children’s behaviour;

  • deterioration in children’s general well-being;
  • unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse or neglect;
  • children’s comments which give cause for concern;
  • any reasons to suspect neglect or abuse outside the setting, for example in the child’s home; and/or
  • inappropriate behaviour displayed by other members of staff, or any other person working with the children. For example, inappropriate sexual comments; excessive one-to-one attention beyond the requirements of their usual role and responsibilities; or inappropriate sharing of images, facial expression mannerism towards children or staff.

Discuss this with your Safeguarding Officer Kathryn Simpson no matter how big or small you feel the issue may be as the safety of the child is paramount.Staff need to be aware of children that attend Little Foxes, they need to be tuned into a child having their care needs met within the norm for their family. For example, if a child showed a deterioration in their appearance, behaviour changes, hygiene standards for their family. Staff are urged to discuss these initial concerns with your Safeguarding Officer. The child may need to be monitored for changes over a period of time.

Non-Mobile Children

Definition of Non-Mobile: Babies who are not yet crawling, shuffling, pulling to stand, cruising or walking independently.  Babies that are rolling are classed as Non-mobile babies.

The guidance also applies to older immobile children, for example immobility due to disability/illness.

Non mobile babies Injuries in a non-mobile child should raise suspicion of maltreatment and should result in an immediate referral to Children’s Social Care and an urgent paediatric opinion.

If at any point you feel concerned over a child discuss it with your Safeguarding Officer.

If you have any concerns, please read the Government’s statutory guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ it is located in the foyer.

All staff have access to a copy of the Guidance for safer working practice for adults who work with children & young people there is a copy in the policy file and multiple copies available in the office if staff wish to have a second copy.

Procedure to follow if a Parent/Carer is under the influence of drugs or alcohol when collecting a child:

If a Parent/Carer is under the influence of drugs or alcohol when collecting a child from our care the staff will try to contact the emergency telephone numbers on the registration forms, to enable another person to collect the child. Two senior practitioners will stay with the child until an authorized person comes to collect the child. See Parents under the influence policy.

Threshold of needs

Staff at Little Foxes Nursery work alongside the threshold of needs as set out in the St Helens Safeguarding Procedures.  Once the child has settled into nursery life staff complete a baseline assessment of their development and incorporate the level of need the child and family currently fall into, threshold of needs are carefully monitored by each key person through well-being and involvement assessments.  Children’s and family’s needs may change and this should reflect when assessing the level of threshold staff place the child at.  Any concerns or dramatic movement of levels should be discussed with Kathryn Simpson.

Early Help – Early Help Helpline – 01744-671788 (Claire Bowles)

Providing early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later.

Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years.

St Helens Council have developed an Early Help programme to meet children’s needs at level 1, 2 and 3 of the safeguarding threshold. This involves professionals working with families to identify strengths and areas that they need to develop.

Following an assessment, an action plan is developed which is reviewed on a regular basis until outcomes have been achieved.

If staff at Little Foxes feel the need to introduce an Early help this will be discussed prior with parents/carers.  Staff at Little Foxes may fill in the Early help paperwork without parental consent but this cannot be discussed with the Early Help Team unless permission has be sought first.

Prevent Duty Link – Janine Saleh 01744-67990

Full guidance is attached to the safeguarding policy Awareness of FGM – Female Genital Mutilation

The warning signs:

Girls and women from practising FGM communities talking about holidays where they will ‘become a woman’ or ‘become just like my mum and sister’. If women in the family have already undergone FGM then there is an increased risk to other girls in the family. Girls who have had the procedure performed will often avoid exercise on their return to school, ask to go to the toilet more often, find it hard to sit still for long periods or may have further time off school due to problems related to the procedure. It’s essential that teachers, doctors and other professionals learn the warning signs that a girl might be at risk.

What to do if you are worried someone may be at risk?

Advise them to talk to someone they trust, They are here to help and protect people. Remember that no-one is allowed to physically or emotionally hurt people and FGM is not allowed in this country.

What can you do?

If you are concerned that a girl is at risk of FGM, this must be shared with your local Safeguarding Children’s Team or the police without delay.

Other Policies.

This is a list of policies that we at Little Foxes have in place to show our commitment to safeguarding children, young people and workers within our setting.

  1. Complaints procedure
  2. Promoting Positive Behaviour
  3. Child sickness
  4. Partnership with parents and carers
  5. Supporting Children With Additional Needs
  6. Confidentiality
  7. Visits and outings
  8. Admissions
  9. Whistle blowing
  10. Health and safety
  11. Medication
  12. Lost child
  13. Non collection
  14. Collection for parents under the influence
  15. Staff acceptable use agreement (digital and mobile phone)
  16. Student placement
  17. Staffing and Employment
  18. Equal opportunity
  19. Social Networking
  20. Employee handbook
  21. Information sharing
  22. Mobile Phone Policy

Staff must ensure they maintain the staffing ratios within their designated rooms. Ensuring child to adult ratio is correct at the end of their shift. If it is not wait for relevant cover staff or stay until the ratio is safe for staff to leave. If you are unsure of this at any time speak to the manager. Staffing ratios will be monitored by management and checks at 10am and 2pm that the expected numbers of children are present. Between these times if staff to child ratio is under or over the EYFS guidelines this should immediately reported to your Manager. Staff must ensure they safeguard the wellbeing of every child that attends the setting. If staff have concerns about a child that you are not key person to you should still follow the above steps.

Procedure to follow in the event of an allegation being made against a member of staff

  • The senior person to contact the Local Designated Officer the Local Designated Officer (LDO) is: Timba Kangenoni contact on 01744-671246. The senior person must then act on the guidance given.
  • The person that receives the allegations from the child or adult writes down all the details
  • When the alleged incident took place
  • Who was involved
  • What is alleged to have taken place
  • Neither party should be interviewed further it should then be reported to the senior manager.

If the alleged behaviour has or may have harmed a child; is a possible criminal offence; or indicates unsuitability to work with children inform the LDO on the above number.

The LDO can be contacted for advice regarding whether the allegations procedures should be applied in particular circumstances.  You would always contact the Specialist Assessment Team 01942 828300.

Throughout the process Little Foxes will fully support staff throughout the investigation. In line with the agencies involved and our employment law guidelines.

From contacting the LDO there will be a decision made, or further action required or an internal review within the organisation or no action required. This will be based on the LDO’s guidance if at any point you need more clarity contact the LDO.

Staff meetings and supervision feedback times, staff are urged to raise any safeguarding questions they may have. Management will also use these times to inform staff of any changes to legislation or inform staff and keep their knowledge up to date.

Ofsted

Ofsted must be informed of any allegation of serious harm or abuse by any person living, working or looking after children at the premises and the action taken in respect of these allegations. A provider who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with this requirement, commits an offence. Telephone Ofsted on 03001231231. Ofsted must be informed as soon as reasonably practical or within 14 days.

Useful Numbers

Kathryn Simpson – Nursery Manager: 07899967581

Sophie Kerr- 07739038036

Anna Brown – Area Manager: 07714093507

Timba Kangenoni -Local Designated Officer: 01744-671246