Safeguarding Children and Child Protection

We aim to create an environment in which children are safe from abuse and in which concerns are dealt with promptly and appropriately. The welfare and safety of the child is always paramount. Any actions taken are in the best interest of the child and confidentiality will be maintained at all times.

We believe that children have the right to be completely secure from both the fear and reality of abuse, and we are committed to protecting all the children in our care from harm.

We will appoint a member of staff as the Safeguarding Officer. This Officer will have suitable experience, training and expertise, and will be responsible for liaising with social services (Careline), the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and Ofsted in any child protection matter. The Safeguarding Co-ordinator is Claire Gould and Deputy Safeguarding Co-ordinator is Sarah Duke.

If the designated person is unavailable, the Registered Person must be contacted.

Our procedures also comply with other guidance (for example, ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015) or advice from the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).

We are committed to reviewing our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures at regular intervals. The policy and its procedures will be shared with parents/carers.

We recognise that children learn best when they are healthy, happy, safe and feeling secure. Therefore all children have the right to be treated with respect, develop positive relationships with the adults caring for them and to be safe from abuse in any form.

We will:

• Create a stimulating environment which will encourage all children to develop a positive self-image.
• Encourage children to develop a sense of independence in a way that is appropriate to their age and stage of development.
• Provide a safe and secure environment for all children.
• Provide opportunities where all children are able to learn through play which will enable them to grow in confidence and fulfil their potential.
• An environment where children’s voices can be heard and truly listened to.

We have a clear commitment to Safeguarding children and promoting their welfare.

Should anyone believe that this policy is not being upheld, it is their duty to report the matter to of one of the staff members listed below:

Claire Gould – General Manager or Sarah Duke – Nursery Manager
The legal framework for this policy is based on:
• Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006)
• The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014)

All Practitioners at Sandfield Park Private Day Nursery have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in our care.

Due to the many hours of care we are providing, staff will often be the first people to sense that there is a problem. They may well be the first people in whom children confide about abuse.

This statement lays out the procedures that will be followed if we have any reason to believe that a child in our care is subject to welfare issues including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.

Our prime responsibility is the welfare, safety and well-being of all children in our care. As such we believe we have a duty to the children, parents/carers and staff to act quickly and responsibly in any instance that may come to our attention.

We recognise the need to work in partnership with other professionals around the needs of children, young people, their families and carers we are building strong foundations which will bring greater consistency and impact the way early intervention is organised.

We aim to:

• Never place a child at risk while in the charge of nursery staff.
• Maintain confidentiality at all times.
• Ensure that all staff are alert to the signs of abuse, understand what is meant by safeguarding and are aware of the different ways in which children can be harmed including by other children i.e. bullying, discriminatory behaviour.
• Provide all staff with regular updates on safeguarding issues and procedures to maintain awareness and develop understanding.
• Inform parents of safeguarding policies and procedures when they register with the nursery and kept informed of all updates when they occur.
• Regularly review and update this policy with staff and parents where appropriate.
Contact numbers:
• OFSTED – 0300 123 1231
• Local Safeguarding Children’s Board: Local Authority Designated Officer: – (LADO) – 0151 225 3700
• Liverpool Safeguarding Children’s Board (24 hour Careline) – 0151 233 3700

All staff understand the Nursery’s child protection procedures and attend regular training.

Special Educational Needs

Sandfield Park Private Day Nursery is committed to the integration of all children in our care. Children that have individual needs have the right to play learn and be able to develop to their full potential.

We believe that all children have a right to experience and develop alongside their peers. Each child is unique and therefore inappropriate to categorise an individual.

We believe by working with parent/carers we can provide for individual needs to enable them to play an equal part in the setting.

To enable us to find out as much as possible regarding a particular condition we will;

  • Liaise with parent/carer to access care and learning needs
  • Liaise with other professional agencies
  • Regular monitoring and observation of child’s development by using a development plan.

We aim to;

  • Ensure all staff are aware of the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice
  • Include all children and their families in our setting
  • Work with parent/carers and other agencies to support and meet the individual needs of children with learning difficulties or disabilities
  • Training where required to understand and support individual needs
  • Monitor and review practice and ensure specialist equipment or services are accessed when required

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCO) are Claire Gould and Hayley Scotton, who work to ensure that plans are implemented, monitored and reviewed regularly with all staff. Any plans and records are shared with parent/carers.

We will;

  • Provide a statement showing how we provide for children with learning difficulties or disabilities and share this with all staff
  • Ensure that the provision for children with learning difficulties or disabilities is the responsibility of all staff
  • Ensure our physical environment is as far as possible suitable for children or adults with a disability
  • Signpost parent/carers to sources of independent advice and support
  • Liaise with other professionals involved with a child and their family, including transition to other setting or school
  • Use the graduated response system for identifying, assessing, and implementing to children’s special educational needs. Use a system to evaluate the Individual Educational Plans (IEPs).

Discipline

Whilst promoting positive behaviour, staff will adopt a consistent and positive approach towards inappropriate behaviour.  Limits will be set and children will be made aware of what is acceptable behaviour.

Positive behaviour will be rewarded with praise whilst inappropriate behaviour will be discouraged.

Children will never be punished by smacking, shaking or slapping. Staff will not use practices or punishments that may humiliate or frighten the children.

The environment will be relaxed, ensuring that each child feels safe and secure, providing a consistency of what is acceptable and what is not.

Promoting Positive Behaviour

We recognise the importance of positive and effective behaviour management strategies in promoting children’s welfare, learning, and enjoyment.The aims of our Promoting positive behaviour policy are to help children to:

  • Develop a sense of caring and respect for one another
  • Build caring and co-operative relationships with other children and adults
  • Develop a range of social skills and help them learn what constitutes acceptable behaviour
  • Develop confidence, self-discipline and self-esteem in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement
  • Promote non-violence and encourage children to deal with conflict peacefully
  • Consider our surroundings and property
  • Ensure all staff act as a positive role model

Positive Behaviour Strategies

We will manage behaviour according to clear, consistent, and positive strategies.

Parent/carers are encouraged to contribute to these strategies, raising any concerns or suggestions

Dealing with negative behaviour

When confronted with negative behaviour, staff will be clear to distinguish between ‘disengaged’, ‘disruptive’ and ‘unacceptable’ behaviour.

‘Disengaged’ behaviour may indicate that a child is bored, unsettled, or unhappy. With sensitive interventions, staff will often be able to re-engage a child in purposeful activities.

‘Disruptive’ behaviour describes a child whose behaviour prevents other children from enjoying themselves. Staff will collectively discuss incidents and agree on the best way to deal with them.

‘Unacceptable’ behaviour refers to non-negotiable actions and may include discriminatory remarks, violence, bullying, or destruction of equipment. Staff will be clear that consequences will follow from such behaviour, including in the first instance, temporarily removing a child from the activity.

When an incident of negative behaviour occurs, staff will listen to the child or children concerned and hear their reasons for their actions. Staff will explain what was negative about their behaviour and that such actions have consequences for both themselves and for other people.

Staff will make every attempt to ensure that children understand what is being said to them. Children will always be given the opportunity to make amends for their behaviour and, unless it is judged inappropriate, be able to re-join the activity.

In the event that unacceptable behaviour persists, more serious action may have to be taken, in accordance with the Suspensions and Exclusions policy. At all times children will have explained to them the potential consequences of their actions.

To view our Policy in full please view the Policies and Procedures tab.

Partnerships With Parents

We aim to keep parents well informed of their child’s development.  Parent’s evenings are held each term where the parents can discuss their own child’s Personal Development File, and can view work their children have completed.

Comprehensive information is displayed on the Parent’s Notice Board.  Policies and Curriculum Planners are also available for viewing.  Weekly timetables and menus are all displayed on the notice board.

We operate an open door policy, whereby parents are made to feel welcome and to visit the nursery to speak to staff at any time.

All records of children’s personal details are kept locked away and confidentiality will be respected at all times.  Any information given to the nursery by parents will be treated with the strictest of confidence by staff, except in certain circumstances when information may have to be shared with an outside agency.