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We work with children, parents, external agencies and the community to ensure the welfare and safety of children and to give them the best start in life. Children have the right to be treated with respect, be helped to thrive and to be safe from any abuse in whatever form. Under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 we have a duty to refer any concerns of extremism to the police. We expect all our colleagues, both internal and external, to be professional at all times and hold the welfare and safety of every child as their paramount objective. To ensure the safety and well-being of children we do not allow staff to use personal mobile phones during working hours. We ask that no mobile phones are used within the setting at any point by any person. Staff are expected to behave in an appropriate manner at all time to act as a role model for and protect all the children in their care.

Inclusion and Equality

We take great care to treat each individual as a person in their own right, with equal rights and responsibilities to any other individual, whether they are an adult or a child. We are committed to providing equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice for all children and families according to their individual needs. All children have the right to be cared for and educated to develop to their full potential alongside each other through positive experiences, to enable them to share opportunities and experiences and develop and learn from each other. We provide a positive and welcoming environment where children are supported according to their individual needs. Every child’s needs are unique, therefore any attempt to categorise children is inappropriate. We are committed to working alongside families to enable us to support any child who has a specific need and/or disability and making reasonable adjustments to enable every child to make full use of the pre-school’s facilities.

Health and Safety

We provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of work for all our employees and safe early learning environment in which children learn and are cared for. To develop and promote a strong health and safety culture within the pre-school for the benefit of all staff, children and parents, we provide information, training and supervision. To keep children healthy and minimise infection we ask that children who are unwell are kept in the home environment if their illness has an exclusion period. We promote the good health of all children attending through maintaining high standards of hygiene and reducing the chance of infection being spread. We follow the health protection in schools and other childcare facilities guidance which sets out when and how long children need to be excluded from settings, when treatment/medication is required and where to get further advice from. Smoking is not permitted at the pre-school.

Positive Behaviour

We believe children flourish best when they know how they and others are expected to behave. Children gain respect through interaction with caring adults as good role models, show them respect and value their individual personalities. We actively promote the British Values and encourage positive praise, caring and polite behaviour at all times and provide an environment where children learn to respect themselves, other people and their surroundings. Children need to have a set of boundaries of behaviour for their own safety and the safety of their peers. We aim to set these boundaries in a way which helps the child to develop a sense of significance of their own behaviour. Restrictions on the child’s natural desire to explore and develop their own ideas and concepts are kept to a minimum.

Environmental Sustainability

We wish to support children to learn about sustainable practices and foster respect and care for the living and non-living environment. Children are able to develop positive attitudes and values about sustainable practices by exploring solutions to environmental issues, learning about the world around them and how to protect it. We promote a holistic and open-ended learning experience.

Data Protection

We recognise that we hold sensitive/confidential information about children and their families and the staff we employ. We store all records in a locked cabinet or on the office computer with files that are password protected. Any information shared with the staff team is done on a ‘need to know’ basis. We have an open access policy in relation to accessing information about the pre-school and parents’ own children. Our policies and procedures are able to be viewed at any point by asking the manager or by accessing the file in the office. Parents are welcome to see and contribute to all the records that are kept on their child however, we must adhere to data protection laws and, where relevant, any guidance from the relevant agencies for child protection.

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