Policies



Admission Policy

Nursery Rhymes is committed to the inclusion of all children and will not discriminate against any child or their family on the grounds of sex, religion, race, creed and disability. We believe that all children have the right to be cared for and educated to help develop their full potential in a welcoming environment interacting through positive experiences and opportunities allowing children to understand and learn from each other.

The nursery encourages the involvement of parents within the setting which enables staff to be aware of a child’s individual needs. Any child who requires a place at Nursery Rhymes will be offered a settling in period in order for parents and the child’s key worker to liase fully about the child’s specific requirements.

Places will be available to all children providing there is space for the required sessions at the time in accordance with Ofsted guidance. When the nursery is full, a child’s name will be placed on the waiting list. The following matters will be considered when offering available places.

  • Availability of spaces taking into account the staff/child ratios, the age of the child and the registration requirements.
  • Those children who are siblings of those already attending the nursery.
  • A child requiring a full time place will usually have preference over one requiring a part time place.
  • The nursery’s ability to provide the correct facilities for the welfare of the child.

Places will be available to all children providing there is space for the required sessions at the time. When the nursery is full, a child’s name will be placed on the waiting list. The following matters will be considered when offering available places.

If you are using only the "Free Hours", via the Early Education Grant – for 2 year olds or Nursery Education Grant – for 3 and 4 year olds, Nursery Rhymes reserves the right to offer you the available hours with in the room your child is attending, these may change each half term according to the available places 

Equal Opportunities Policy

Nursery Rhymes recognise that all children in our care are individuals who need to have their individual needs and requirements met.

Nursery Rhymes will demonstrate equal opportunities to all attending the nursery, whether the person is a child, parent, a student or a member of staff.

Every child that attends the nursery will be able to take advantage of all the opportunities that the setting provides and all children will be taught the ethos of being fair to others.

Nursery Rhymes will show no discrimination or prejudice to any child, parent/guardian, or other person connected to the nursery, regardless of their sex, age, ethnic origin, religion, disability or size.

Equal opportunities will be particularly considered in the following areas: -

  • Recruitment and selection of staff
  • Admissions policy
  • Planning for the children attending the setting
  • Relationships with parents/guardians
  • Provision of food and drink.

Nursery Rhymes will create a positive environment that is also a caring and loving one. It will accept that all children are special and provides for children with special needs as well as being multicultural. To create a positive environment we will look at five main areas: -

  • Valuing children
  • Valuing parents/guardians
  • Showing positive images of children
  • Being good role models
  • Planning an anti-bias curriculum
     

Special Educational Needs & Inclusion Policy

The Aims And Objectives Of Our Policy Are:

  • To ensure that each child has their individual needs recognised and addressed.
  • To offer care and support to ensure that each child’s needs are met through observation, assessment and liaison.
  • To value and welcome each child and encourage them to experience success within the setting.
  • Promote positive images and celebrate diversity during play experiences.
  • To recognise and utilise the expertise of parents and other professionals in relation to the child.

The Admission Arrangements For A Child With Special Educational Needs Are:

Nursery Rhymes believes that all children have a right to experience and develop alongside their peers no matter what their individual needs. The setting respects that every child’s needs are unique and with this in mind, we aim to support and include all children within the provision in accordance with legislative guidance.

The setting will not discriminate against any child’s circumstances, but will be realistic in the assessment of each child’s needs to ensure that they have appropriate and effective access through reasonable adjustment and differentiation to a wide range of activities and experiences throughout the nursery day.

Prior to a child joining the setting who may be identified as having a particular need which may affect their care or education, information sharing between the parent, external professional agencies and the setting will take place in order to fully understand the child’s requirements.

Identification, Assessment And Review Arrangements:

The nursery setting can play an important role in the process of the early identification and assessment of special needs. Our partnership with parents is of paramount importance and accordingly we will actively involve them with all areas of their child’s development whilst at Nursery Rhymes. It is the responsibility of the setting to carry out statutory duties to identify, assess and make provision for children’s special educational needs. The SEN Code of Practice (2001) recommends that the nursery should adopt a graduated approach to assessment through Early Years Action and Early Years Action Plus and through the support of the setting’s designated area Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.
 

Safeguarding Policy

All practitioners within the setting have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Due to the many hours of care that we provide, a member of staff may often be the first person to sense that there is a problem or be the first person in whom a child confides in about their abuse.

If the nursery staff suspect abuse, then all suspicious bruises, marks, any unusual behaviour etc will be logged and reported fully in accordance with the procedures outlined within the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance, the recommendations made in the document “What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused” and also the “Safeguarding Children Pack” from Bradford Early Years. Nursery Rhymes aims to ensure that all staff receives appropriate Safeguarding training on a regular basis.

All staff at Nursery Rhymes will adhere to a detailed procedure if a child is subjected to any form of abuse, whether it be sexual, physical, neglect or emotional. The setting will act quickly and responsibly in any instance that may come to our attention. All staff will work as part of a mutli agency team where needed in the best interest of the child.

Accident Policy

Children have a tendency of having minor accidents, which result in slight scrapes and knocks; in the event of any accident, we have an accident procedure for staff to follow.

A first aid trained member of staff who witnessed and dealt with the incident must complete an accident record form. The form details all the information relating to the accident, and a signature from the parent / guardian is required in respect of notifying them of the circumstances of the accident and any action / treatment taken / given during the day.

In the event of a more serious accident that requires hospital treatment every effort will be made to contact parents/guardians before action is taken. However, if the need arises, we reserve the right to take your child to hospital in order to seek a medical practitioner’s advice or treatment.

Hospital Admittance Policy

We have a Hospital Admittance Policy and consent form, which we respectfully ask parents/guardians to sign to say that the policy is fully and clearly understood and can be followed by our staff. We appreciate that you may have conditions that you wish to add to this form in respect of treatment you do not wish your child to have.

This policy and consent form can be found under the “Forms to Complete” section.

Medicine Policy

Nursery Rhymes will only administer medicine to any child in their care having obtained prior written permission from the child''s parent/guardian.

We have an Emergency Medication Policy and consent form, which we respectfully ask parents/guardians to sign to say that the policy is fully and clearly understood and can be followed by our staff.

Any medication administered to the child is done on the basis that it is an act of goodwill on behalf of the child and the nursery accepts no responsibility for any allergies or repercussions as a consequence of the correct administration of the treatment needed.

This policy and consent form can be found under the “Forms to Complete” section.

Contagious Infection Exclusion Policy

Nursery Rhymes reserve the right to exclude any child from nursery with a contagious infection. If the child becomes ill whilst attending Nursery Rhymes then a named parent/guardian will be contacted and asked to collect their child from the nursery at their earliest possible convenience.

The following chart gives a recommended period of exclusion for contagious infections: -

Illness Recommended period of exclusion
German Measles 5 days from onset of rash
Measles 5 days from onset of rash
Chicken Pox 5 days from onset of rash
Mumps 5 days from the onset of swollen glands
Whooping Cough 5 days from commencing antibiotic treatment or 21 days from onset of illness if no antibiotic treatment
Impetigo Until skin is healed
Conjunctivitis None
Sickness and Diarrhoea 48 hours after all symptoms have disappeared

In accordance with Ofsted’s guidelines any child who has contracted any notifiable disease or is affected by any notifiable disease whilst on the premises as identified in the “Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984” will be reported to Ofsted to ensure the correct course of action can be taken to safeguard all concerned.

The following diseases are notifiable under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984:-

Acute Encephalitis Acute Poliomyelitis
Anthrax Cholera
Diptheria Dysentery
Food Poisoning Leptospirosis
Malaria Measles
Meningitis Meningococcal
Pneumococcal Haemophilus Influenzae
Viral Meningococcal Septicaemia Mumps
Opthalmia Neonatorum Paratyphoid Fever
Plague Rabies
Relapsing Fever Rubella
Scarlet fever Smallpox
Tetanus Tuberculosis
Typhoid Fever Viral Haemorrhagic Fever
Hepatitis A Hepatitis B
Hepatitis C Whooping Cough
Viral Hepatitis Yellow Fever

Behaviour and Sanctions Policy

Nursery Rhymes believes that children gain respect for others through interactions with supportive adults who demonstrate a caring and polite attitude whilst recognising and encouraging positive behaviour from the children.

Children need to have set boundaries of behaviour for their own safety and the safety of their peers and Nursery Rhymes believes that any discipline necessary should be related to the age of the child/ren concerned.

With this in mind we aim to:-

  • Encourage self-discipline and consideration for others, their property and the surrounding environment.
  • Encourage children to participate in a wide range of group activities to enable them to develop their social skills.
  • Encourage all staff to demonstrate positive behaviour skills with the children and each other.
  • Educate all staff in dealing with behaviours in a positive way by attending behaviour management training.
  • To work in partnership with parents and carers with matters relating to behaviour management.

When children behave in an unacceptable way staff will follow the guidance outlined below:-

  • All staff must follow the behaviour guidelines displayed within the playrooms relevant to the age and stage of development of the children they are caring for.
  • No physical action or inappropriate language will be used towards the children under the care of Nursery Rhymes.
  • Raised voices may only be used when a situation needs an immediate reaction.
  • When a child has demonstrated inappropriate behaviour then the reasoning behind any actions will be explained to the child in order to try to avert any repeat performances.
  • If the situation calls for it then the child will be removed from the location of any incident and given time to calm down, a member of staff will accompany the child to reassure that the situation can be resolved. Children may be asked to talk and think about what he/she has done and it may also involve the child apologising for their actions.
  • Children may also be distracted from the negative situation and supported in a different activity or environment, if necessary for their own well-being and that of others within the group.
  • Nursery Rhymes will actively encourage peacemaking between any parties concerned.

Nursery Rhymes has the right to ask parents/guardians for the removal of a child in our care if it is deemed in the best interests of everyone concerned.

Outing Policy

Nursery Rhymes will seek to take the children out on walks and visits in conjunction with their current interestd and ideas. These may include trips to the park, to feed the ducks, to go visit the local shops etc.

When these outings are undertaken it is Nursery Rhymes policy that children will be supervised at all times with the correct staffing ratios. All children shall wear wrist straps, walking harnesses or be securely fastened in pushchairs.

We ask parents/guardians to sign the Outings Policy consent form so that your child can participate in any such outings, therefore experiencing the full range of services that we provide. This policy and consent form can be found under Forms to Complete section.

Nursery Rhymes will always request a separate parental/guardian''s consent for trips outside of the village or when transport is required and a full risk assessment will be undertaken prior to the visit taking place.

Absent Child Policy

Upon booking a place for a child at Nursery Rhymes, parents reserve the required sessions of attendance for their child on a permanent basis.

From this information, the nursery manager prepares monthly attendance matrixes, which then form the basis of the daily attendance registers, which the relevant room managers complete in advance of each week’s attendance.

The attendance sheets are completed on a daily basis in all rooms when a child arrives at nursery for their session. Information including the time of arrival and departure are noted down, as well as indications of holidays and notification of absence from parents if they have contacted the nursery.

It is usual practice for parents to notify the nursery in case of absence either by letter, telephone call or in person. However on occasions where a child is absent from nursery without notification, the room manager will notify the manager of the child’s absence and this will be recorded on an absence sheet with information such as normal sessions of attendance, first day of absence and parental contact details.

The information will be stored on file and will be updated if a child fails to arrive for their next session at nursery. The nursery manager will then contact the child’s parents using al the contact numbers on the absence sheet to confirm the reasons for the child’s absence and the expected date the child is due to return to nursery, this information will then be recorded and kept on file for reference.

If parental contact is not made, additional contact telephone numbers listed on the child’s enrolment form will be checked to establish why the child has not attended the setting on the specified dates.

If all efforts to make contact with the child’s parents or next of kin are unsuccessful the nursery manager will notify the police of their concerns and co-operate fully with their routines and procedures when dealing with this matter.

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