Early help and Safeguarding

Purpose and Aims

The purpose of Nursery Moksliukas’s Safeguarding Policy is to ensure every child who is a registered at our Nursery is safe and protected from harm. This means we will always work to:

  • Protect children at our nursery from maltreatment;
  • Prevent impairment of our children’s health or development;
  • Identify children who may be in need of extra help;
  • Ensure that children at our nursery grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • Undertake that role so as to enable children at our school to have the best outcomes.

This policy will give clear direction to staff, volunteers, visitors and parents about expected behaviour and our legal responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children at our nursery.

Our nursery fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children from harm and supporting and promoting the welfare of all children who are registered at our nursery. The elements of our policy are prevention, protection and support.

We recognize that our safeguarding responsibilities are clearly linked to our responsibilities for ensuring that appropriate safeguarding responses are in place for children who are absent from nursery or who go missing from education, particularly on repeated occasions. The Attendance Lead will regularly liaise with the Designated Safeguarding Lead to discuss all persistently absent pupils and those who go missing to identify the risk of abuse and neglect including sexual abuse or exploitation and to ensure that appropriate safeguarding responses have been put in place to reduce the risk of future harm.

This policy applies to all pupils, staff, parents, governors, volunteers and visitors.

Our Ethos

The child’s welfare is of paramount importance. Our Nursery will establish and maintain an ethos where pupils feel secure, are encouraged to talk, are listened to and are safe. Children at our nursery will be able to talk freely to any member of staff at our nursery if they are worried or concerned about something.

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. We recognise that staff at our school play a particularly important role as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children to prevent concerns from escalating. All staff are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned. When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff members must always act in the best interests of the child.

All staff and regular visitors will, through training and induction, know how to recognise indicators of concern, how to respond to a disclosure from a child and how to record and report this information. We will not make promises to any child and we will not keep secrets. Every child will know what the adult will have to do with any information they have chosen to disclose.

Throughout our curriculum we will provide activities and opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to identify risks and stay safe. The safeguarding curriculum runs throughout all year groups

At all times, we will work in partnership and endeavour to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and colleagues from other agencies in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and Newham Safeguarding Children Board procedures.

Roles and Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of every member of staff, volunteer and regular visitor to our school to ensure that they carry out the requirements of this policy and, at all times, work in a way that will safeguard and promote the welfare of all of the pupils at this school. This includes the responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn.

The management group will ensure that:

  • The safeguarding policy is in place and is reviewed annually, is available publicly via our Nursery website and has been written in line with Local Authority guidance and the requirements of the Newham Safeguarding Children Board policies and procedures;
  • The nursery contributes to inter-agency working in line with in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015);
  • A senior member of staff from leadership team is designated to take the lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection and there are deputy DSLs who is/are appropriately trained to deal with any issues in the absence of the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) to ensure there will always be cover for this role;
  • All staff receive a safeguarding induction and are provided with a copy of this policy and the staff code of conduct;
  • All staff undertake appropriate child protection training that is updated annually or on-line safety training;
  • Procedures are in place for dealing with allegations against members of staff and volunteers in line with statutory guidance;
  •  Safer recruitment practices are followed in accordance with the requirements of ’Keeping Children Safe in Education’ DfE (2018);
  • The management group remedy without delay any weakness in regard to our safeguarding arrangements that are brought to their attention.The section 11 is conducted annually and records all safeguarding activities.

    The section 11 is conducted annually and records all safeguarding activities.

 The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is a senior member of staff, from the leadership team who takes lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection in our nursery. The DSL will carry out their role in accordance with the responsibilities outlined in Annex B of ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’.

The DSL will provide advice and support to other staff on child welfare and child protection matters. Any concern for a child’s safety or welfare will be recorded in writing and given to the DSL.

The designated safeguarding lead and/or a deputy will always be available for staff in the nursery to discuss any safeguarding concerns. If in exceptional circumstances, a DSL is not available on the nursery site in person, we will ensure that they are available via telephone and any other relevant media.

  1. 9 The DSL at Nursery Moksliukas will represent our nursery at child protection conferences and core group meetings. Through appropriate training, knowledge and experience our DSL will liaise with Children’s Services and other agencies where necessary, and make referrals of suspected abuse to Children’s Services, take part in strategy discussions and other interagency meetings and contribute to the assessment of children.

The DSL will maintain written records and child protection files ensuring that they are kept confidential and stored securely.

The DSL is responsible for ensuring that all staff members and volunteers are aware of our policy and the procedure they need to follow. They will ensure that all staff, volunteers and regular visitors have received appropriate child protection information during induction and that appropriate training needs are identified.

During the Covid -19 outbreak, amendments to the EYFS legislation altered and clarified the situation regarding onsite designated safeguarding lead. Please refer to Statutory guidance: Early Years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplication ( paragraph 6.3). We will ensure that we have a practitioner designated to take a lead responsibility for safeguarding. We will use our best endeavours  to ensure that a practitioner who has completed level 3/designated safeguarding lead training is on site at  all times.  Where this is not possible, the designated Safeguarding lead must be available to provide support, advice and guidance to staff. The nominated individual may be approached for safeguarding support as well as the EFGA safeguarding team. The safeguarding of children, staff and families takes the highest precedent.

Practitioners should, in particular, be alert to the potential need for early help for a child who:

  • Is disables and has specific additional needs
  • Has special educational needs (whether or not they have a statutory Educational, Health and care plan)
  • Is showing signs of being drawn into antisocial or criminal behaviour
  • Is frequently missing/goes missing from care or from home
  • Is at risk of modern slavery, trafficking or exploitation
  • Is at risk of being radicalised or exploited
  • Is in a family circumstance presenting challenges for the child, such drug and alcohol misuse, adult mental health issues and domestic abuse
  • Has returned home to their family from care
  • Is a privately fostered child.

Safeguarding partners

Nursery Moksliukas adheres to child protection procedures that have been agreed locally through the Newham Children’s Safeguarding Board (NSCB)-new name Safeguarding partners. Where we identify children and families in need of support, we will carry out our responsibilities in accordance with NSCB Threshold Guidance.

Under the new legislation, three safeguarding partners (local authorities, chief officers of police, and clinical commissioning groups) must take arrangements to work together with relevant agencies to safeguard and protect the welfare of children in the area. All three safeguarding partners have equal and joint responsibility for local safeguarding arrangements.

Procedures for managing concerns

Nursery Moksliukas adheres to child protection procedures that have been agreed locally through the Newham Children’s Safeguarding Board (NSCB). Where we identify children and families in need of support, we will carry out our responsibilities in accordance with NSCB Threshold Guidance.

Every member of staff including volunteers working with children at our school are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned. When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff members should always act in the interests of the child and have a responsibility to take action as outline in this policy.

All staff are encouraged to report any concerns that they have and not see these as insignificant through talking to Safeguarding Officer or Staff Leader during supervisions. On occasions, a referral is justified by a single incident such as an injury or disclosure of abuse. More often however, concerns accumulate over a period of time and are evidenced by building up a picture of harm over time; this is particularly true in cases of emotional abuse and neglect. In these circumstances, it is crucial that staff record and pass on concerns in accordance with this policy to allow the DSL to build up a picture and access support for the child at the earliest opportunity. A reliance on memory without accurate and contemporaneous records of concern could lead to a failure to protect.

It is not the responsibility of nursery staff to investigate welfare concerns or determine the truth of any disclosure or allegation. All staff, however, have a duty to recognise concerns and pass the information on in accordance with the procedures outlined in this policy.

The DSL should be used as a first point of contact for concerns and queries regarding any safeguarding concern in our nursery. Any member of staff or visitor to the nursery who receives a disclosure of abuse or suspects that a child is at risk of harm must report it immediately to the DSL or, if unavailable, to a deputy DSL. In the absence of either of the above, the matter should be brought to the attention of the most senior member of staff.

All concerns about a child should be reported without delay and recorded in writing using the agreed procedures.

Following receipt of any information raising concern, the DSL will consider what action to take and seek advice from Newham Children’s Triage as required. All information and actions taken, including the reasons for any decisions made, will be fully documented.

The DSL will decide whether to consider offering Early Help to support the family or to make a referral to Newham Children’s Triage when there are complex needs or child protection concerns. The school will use the NSCB Threshold Guidance to inform our decision making.

If a referral to Children’s Triage has not met the threshold for targeted support or statutory intervention the Designated Safeguarding Lead will make full written record of the decision and outcome. The nursery will continue to offer early help and interventions, supported by the use of the Early Help Record and Plan.

If, at any point, there is a risk of immediate serious harm to a child a referral should be made to Newham Children’s Triage immediately. Anybody can make a referral. If the child’s situation does not appear to be improving the staff member with concerns should press for re-consideration by raising concerns again with the DSL and/or the Manager. Concerns should always lead to help for the child at some point.

Staff should always follow the reporting procedures outlined in this policy in the first instance. However, they may also share information directly with Newham Children’s Triage, or the police if:

  • the situation is an emergency and the designated senior person, their deputy and the Manager are all unavailable;
  • they are convinced that a direct report is the only way to ensure the pupil’s safety.

Any member of staff who does not feel that concerns about a child have been responded to appropriately and in accordance with the procedures outlined in this policy should raise their concerns with the Manager or management team. If any member of staff does not feel the situation has been addressed appropriately at this point should contact Children’s Services directly with their concerns.

Bullying: We recognise that children are also vulnerable to physical, sexual and emotional abuse by their peers or siblings. This is most likely to include, but not limited to: bullying (including cyber bullying), gender based violence/sexual assaults and sexting. Abuse perpetrated by children can be just as harmful as that perpetrated by an adult, so it is important to remember the impact on the victim of the abuse as well as to focus on the support for the child or young person exhibiting the harmful behaviour. Such abuse will always be taken as seriously as abuse perpetrated by an adult and the same NSCB Threshold Guidance will apply in respect of any child who is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm; staff must never tolerate or dismiss concerns relating to peer on peer abuse.

SEND: We recognise that children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can face additional safeguarding challenges and these are discussed in staff training. These additional barriers can include:

  • assumptions that indicators of possible abuse such as behaviour, mood and injury relate to the child’s disability without further exploration;
  • children with SEN and disabilities can be disproportionally impacted by things like bullying- without outwardly showing any signs; and
  • communication barriers and difficulties in overcoming these barriers.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): At Nursery Moksliukas we recognise that our staff are well placed to identify concerns and take action to prevent children from becoming victims of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and other forms of so-called ‘honour-based’ violence (HBV) and provide guidance on these issues through our safeguarding training. If staff have a concern regarding a child that might be at risk of HBV they should inform the DSL who will activate local safeguarding procedures, using existing national and local protocols for multiagency liaison with police and children’s social care.

Where FGM has taken place, there is a mandatory reporting duty placed on practitioners (since 31 October 2015). Section 5B of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 (as inserted by section 74 of the Serious Crime Act 2015) places a statutory duty upon teachers in England and Wales, to report to the police where they discover (either through disclosure by the victim or visual evidence) that FGM appears to have been carried out on a girl under 18. Those failing to report such cases will face disciplinary sanctions. We will provide guidance and support to our teachers on this requirement and further information on when and how to make a report can be found in the following Home Office guidance: ‘Mandatory Reporting of Female Genital Mutilation – procedural information’ (October 2015).

Radicalisation and extremism: We recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation and extremism is no different to safeguarding against any other form of vulnerability in today’s society.

Records and Information Sharing

If staff are concerned about the welfare or safety of any child at our school they will record their concern on Concern Form or speak to Safeguarding Officer (DSL). If completing a paper record for any reason they should ensure that the form is signed and dated. Any records must be completed as soon as possible and any concerns should be passed to the DSL without delay.

Any information recorded will be kept in a separate named file, in a secure cabinet and not with the child’s personal file. These files will be the responsibility of the DSL. Child protection information will only be shared within nursery on the basis of ‘need to know in the child’s interests’ and on the understanding that it remains strictly confidential.

Early help/Child protection information will only be kept in the file and this file will be kept up to date. Records of concern, copies of referrals, invitations to early help/child protection conferences, core groups and reports will be stored here. All our early help and safeguarding files will include; a chronology, contents front cover and record of significant events in the child’s life.

When a child leaves our nursery, the DSL will make contact with the DSL at the new nursery/school and will ensure that the child protection file is forwarded to the receiving school in an appropriately agreed manner. We will retain evidence to demonstrate how the file has been transferred; this may be in the form of a written confirmation of receipt from the receiving nursery/school and/or evidence of recorded delivery. Where a parent elects to remove their child from the nursery roll to home educate, the school will make arrangements to pass any safeguarding concerns to the Newham Elective Home Education Team.

Working with parents and carers

Nursery Moksliukas is committed to working in partnership with parents/carers to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to support them to understand our statutory responsibilities in this area.

When new pupils join our nursery, parents and carers will be informed that we have a safeguarding policy. A copy will be provided to parents on request and is available on the nursery website. Parents and carers will be informed of our legal duty to assist our colleagues in other agencies with child protection enquiries and what happens should we have cause to make a referral to Children’s Services.

We are committed to working with parents positively, openly and honestly. We ensure that all parents are treated with respect, dignity and courtesy. We respect parents’ rights to privacy and confidentiality and will not share sensitive information unless we have permission or it is necessary to do so in order to safeguard a child from harm.

We will seek to work together with parents to support any worries or concerns we may have about their child unless to do so may place a child at increased risk of harm.

Early Help/Child protection conferences

Children’s Services will convene an Initial Child Protection conference once a child protection enquiry under Section 47 of the Children Act 1989 has been undertaken and the child is judged to be at continuing risk of significant harm. A review conference will take place once a child has been made the subject of a Child Protection Plan in order to monitor the safety of the child and the required reduction in risk.

Staff members may be asked to attend a child protection conference or core group meetings on behalf of the nursery in respect of individual children.

All reports for early help/child protection conferences will be prepared in advance using the guidance and template report provided by the NSCB. The information contained in the report will be shared with parents before the conference as appropriate and will include information relating to the child’s physical, emotional and intellectual development and the child’s presentation at nursery. In order to complete such reports, all relevant information will be sought from staff working with the child in nursery.

Clearly early help/child protection conferences can be upsetting for parents. We recognise that we are likely to have more contact with parents than other professionals involved. We will work in an open and honest way with any parent whose child has been referred to Children’s Services or whose child is subject to a child protection plan. Our responsibility is to promote the protection and welfare of all children and our aim is to achieve this in partnership with our parents.

Relevant Policies

To underpin the values and ethos of our nursery and our intent to ensure that children at our nursery are appropriately safeguarded the following policies are also included under our safeguarding umbrella:

  • Prevent Duty Policy
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Positive handling and managing behaviour
  • Recruitment & Selection
  • Whistleblowing
  • Attendance
  • Health and Safety including site security
  • Intimate Care
  • E-safety (Mobile Phone, Cameras and Social Networking) Policy
  • Outings Policy
  • Lost child Policy
  • Late collection Policy

 

Statutory framework

This policy has been devised in accordance with the following legislation and guidance:

  • ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children’, DfE (2015)
  • ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, DfE (September 2016)
  • Newham Safeguarding Children Board procedures
  • Newham Safeguarding Children Board : Allegations Against Persons who Work with Children
  • ‘Guidance for Safer Working Practices for Adults who work with Children and Young People in Education Settings’ (October 2015).
  • ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused’, DfE (March 2015)
  • ‘Information Sharing: Advice for practitioners’, DfE (March 2015)
  • ‘The Prevent duty: Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers’, DfE (2015)

‘Mandatory Reporting of Female Genital Mutilation – procedural information’, Home Office

  • We recognise that staff working in the nursery who have become involved with a child who has suffered harm, or appears to be likely to suffer harm, may find the situation stressful and upsetting. · We will support such staff by providing an opportunity to talk through their anxieties with the Designated Staff member and to seek further support as appropriate. (October 2015)

Safeguarding Policy

 

The designated safeguarding and prevent duty officer is Irma Cernychiene.

The aim of the policy:

  • Is to define the meaning of abuse or neglect, identify the possible signs and indicators and inform all users of the nursery what the procedure is in dealing with suspected cases.
  • As a childcare provider, we have a responsibility to ensure that all persons caring for the children in our nursery are able to confidently put the procedures into practice.
  • All staff will be familiar with their own responsibilities to act swiftly upon any suspicious or concern they may have about any child or member of staff at the Nursery. All staff are made aware of the possible indicators of abuse or neglect and whom they should report any suspicions to.
  • Regular training will be offered to all staff in order to keep them updated with current procedures.

 Defining Abuse- what is Child Abuse?

Child abuse is to cause harm to a child or fail to take action to prevent harm.

Staff in the Nursery recognize that child abuse can and does happen in all types of families. The different social and cultural backgrounds of the children do not constitute barriers to child abuse and in most cases children are abused by individuals known by them, rather by strangers. Child abuse can take any formats, but all instances can be broadly categorized under one of four headings.

Categories of abuse:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect

The following identifies some possible manifestations of child abuse; however, these lists are not exhaustive.

Possible signs or indicators:

  • Physical abuse – unexplained bruising or repeated incidences of injury, burns, bite marks on unexposed areas of the body. Staff may notice certain behavioural signs that also indicate physical abuse such as a child that shies away from physical contact, is withdrawn or aggressive towards others or their behaviour changes suddenly.

PROCEDURE:

  • All signs of marks/injuries to a child when they come into Nursery will be recorded as soon as noticed by a staff member.
  • The incident will be discussed with the parent/carer at the earliest opportunity.
  • Such discussions will be recorded and a signature obtained from the parent/carer who will have access to such records.
  • If there appears to be any queries regarding the injury, the children’ services should be informed immediately.

 

  • Emotional abuse – sudden changes in their behaviour causing them to be withdrawn, tearful, feeling worthless, appearing afraid to leave nursery, have an inability to have a fun, low self-esteem, speech disorders and etc.

PROCEDURE:

  • The concerns should be discussed with parent/carer by the DSMS/Manager.
  • Such discussion will be recorded and parent will have access to such records.
  • If there appears to be any queries regarding circumstances, the children’s services will be notified.

 

  • Sexual abuse – observation of age inappropriate actions or language during play or through conversation with the child, they may disclose details which alert you to a possible dangerous situation for them e.g. a TV programme or video they may have been forced to watch. Behavioural signs may include drawings or play indicators of sexual activity, sexual explicit language, and knowledge of adult sexual behaviour, seductive behaviour towards others, poor self-esteem and a child who is withdrawn.

Physical signs may include bruising consistent with being held firmly, discomfort in walking/sitting, pain or itching in the genital area, discharge or blood on under clothes, or loss of appetite.

PROCEDURE:

  • The observed instances will be detailed in a confidential report.
  • The observed instances will be reported to the DSMS/Nursery manager.
  • The matter will be referred to the children’s services immediately.

 

  • Neglect – general lack of care and hygiene, failing to thrive, failure to meet their basic physical or physiological needs, lack of medical care, failing to protect them from physical harm or danger, poor shelter, inadequate food. Staff may notice behavioral signs such as a child who always seems to be hungry, is constantly tired or talks of being left alone.

PROCEDURE:

  • The concern should be discussed with the parent/carer.
  • Such discussion will be recorded and parent will have access to such records.
  • If there appears to be any queries regarding circumstances, the children’s services will be notified.

 

However, when identifying any potential instances of abuse, staff must at all times be aware that children may demonstrate individual or combinations of the indicators detailed, but may not be the subject of abuse. Individual or insolent incidents do not necessarily indicate abuse. However, staff should always remain vigilant and must not ignore warning signs and contact the early Intervention Team on Triage at any stage for support.

 What the nursery’s responsibilities are in dealing with suspected cases?

  • Ensuring the child’s welfare, safety and protection is paramount.
  • Nursery will act in the best interests of the child at all times.
  • The designated Child Protection Officers (Manager Jurgita Duoblyte and Deputy Manager Jolita Matiukaite) will immediately contact the Early Intervention Team in the event of a disclosure either from a child, another member of staff, parent or user of the nursery.
  • Nursery will treat all parties involved with respect and not pass judgement or make assumptions and will offer support to those involved.

 Nursery promise:

  • To be sure that all staff are alert to the signs and understand what is meant by safeguarding and are aware of different ways in which children can be harmed, including by other children i.e. bullying.
  • To respect confidentiality.
  • To work co-operatively with all outside agencies.
  • To notify Ofsted in cases of a member of staff being involved in a child protection issue.
  • To work in accordance with the National Standards relating to Child Protection.
  • To maintain written records of all concerns even if there is no need to make an immediate referral. This could include the completion of a body map showing exact size, colour and place of injury and must include the date and name of person recording injury. All records will be locked away with only those persons with authority having access to them.
  • In the instance of a child, currently on the Child Protection register, being absent without explanation for two days, Social Services must be immediately informed.

What is Children’s triage?

Triage is Newham’s response to the requirements for every Local Authority (LA) to establish a MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Team) team.

Triage serves as a single point of contact for requests for support or protection for vulnerable children and young people in the borough. It delivers a streamlined approach to information sharing and decision making- about the action that needs to be taken in response to requests for support and protection.

 

 What happens when an allegation is made from a child against a parent/carer? This is referred to as a disclosure.

  • The child will be comforted and reassured that the person they are telling believes them.
  • No promises are made to the child to keep their disclosure a secret, but they are gently told who else must be told and that they will tell them what will happen next.
  • The child may be asked some gentle open-ended questions in order to ascertain more information.
  • Notes will be written as soon as possible after the disclosure with the exact language the child used. Any questions asked will be noted with the responses given by the child.
  • Any witnesses to the conversation will be named.
  • The date, time and place of the disclosure will be noted.
  • The named Child Protection officer will be informed immediately. It is then their responsibility to pass the information shared on to Social Services.
  • Wherever possible, we would want to discuss our concern with the parent/guardian, however, there may be times when our concerns are such that we are obliged to follow the procedures laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children Board.
  • All urgent referrals should be initiated by phone/fax and followed up in writing within 24 hours:

 

  • Emergency or for further advise- Children Assessment and Investigation Team: 02033734600
  • Early Intervention Team (Canning Town): 02033732037
  • Online: www.newham.gov.uk/triage

 What happens when an allegation is made against a member of staff or volunteer (his could be from a child, another member of staff, a parent or another user of the nursery):

  • All members of staff regardless of their position within the Nursery are treated fairly and equally and in accordance with the set guidance.
  • Any allegation will be taken seriously.
  • In accordance with the National Standards, the designated Child Protection Officer will act on the information given. This may mean informing the Early Intervention Team of the allegation. Their advice will be followed
  • The member of staff will be generally be notified by letter of the details of the accusation and the action the nursery is taking.

Recording suspicions of abuse and discloses

Staff will make an objective record of any observation or disclosure and include:

  • Child’s name
  • Child’s address
  • Child’s age and date of birth
  • Date and time of the observation or the disclosure
  • EXACT words spoken by the concern was reported, with date and time and the names of any other person present at the time.
  • Any discussion held with the parent/carer.

 

These records are signed and dated and kept in a separate confidential file. All members of staff must know the procedures for recording information. The Nursery expects all members of staff to co-operate with the Children services and Ofsted in any way necessary to ensure the safety of the children.

All staff will attend safeguarding Training and receive basic training as part of their induction.

Staff and Volunteering

A senior member of staff is identified within the nursery as the ‘Designated senior member of staff for safeguarding’ (DSMS), in their absence the Deputy DSMS assumes this responsibility. The designated person will undertake specific training and accesses regular updates to developments within this field.

 

The named DSMS at Nursery is Mrs Irma Cernychiene.

Deputy of DSMS is Miss Jolita Matiukaite.

  • We provide adequate and appropriate staffing resources to meet the needs of the children
  • All applicants must have an enhanced DBS disclosure check.
  • We abide by OFSTED requirements in respect of references and police checks for staff and volunteers, to ensure that no disqualified person or unfit person works at the nursery or has access to the children.
  • Volunteers, including students do not work unsupervised.
  • The deployment of staff within the nursery allows for constant supervision.

Learners with SEN and Disabilities

Learners with SEN and disabilities have additional safeguarding vulnerabilities:

  • Disabled children are at significantly greater risk of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect than non-disabled children
  • Disabled children at greatest risk of abuse are those with behaviour/conduct disorders. Other high-risk groups include children with learning difficulties/disabilities, children with speech and language difficulties, children with health-related conditions and deaf children.
  • Disabled children are more likely to be abused by someone in their family compared to non-disabled children. The majority of disabled children are abused by someone who is known to them.
  • Bullying is a feature in the lives of many disabled children
  • Disabled children are more likely to experience the negative aspects of social networking sites than non-disabled children
  • Disabled children (and severely disabled children even more so) may disclose less frequently and delay disclosure more often compared to typically developing children. Disabled children are most likely to turn to a trusted adult they know well for help such as family, friend or teacher

 

Disabled children are at greater risk of abuse and significant barriers can exist to their safeguarding and wellbeing.  Understanding a child’s needs, building on their strengths, overcoming the barriers and developing innovative solutions for  meeting the challenges will not only enhance the child’s  wellbeing and protection from abuse but will provide learning that may also be of benefit for non-disabled children.  Disabled children have an equal right to protection from abuse.

 Informing Parents

are normally the first point of contact. If suspicion of abuse is recorded, parents are informed at the same time as the report is made, except where the guidance of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board does not allow this. This will usually be the case where the parent is the likely abuser. In these cases, the investigating Officer will inform the parents.

 Confidentiality

All suspicions and investigations are kept confidential and only shared with those who need to know. Any information is shared under the guidance of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.

Support to Families

Nursery MOKSLIUKAS takes every step in its power to build up trusting and supportive relations among families, staff and volunteers within the nursery.

The nursery continues to welcome a child and their family whilst investigation is being made in relation to abuse within the home.

Confidential records kept on a child are shared with parents or those who have parental responsibility for the child, only if appropriate.

 

When there is a requirement to inform an external agency of a safety or safeguarding incident we will also inform the Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance Nominated Individual (Jemma Maslen) that a report is being made. Where there is an allegation made against any staff member or volunteer, the Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance National Safeguarding Officer (Sarah Bale) will also be informed.

 

   Jemma Maslen                                                              Sarah Bale         
  Jemma.Maslen@elimhq.net                                     sarah.bale@elimhq.net               

   Tel. 03453026750                                                          Tel. 01684 588913

   Mob. 07718479086

Whistle Blowing Policy

 

The designated safeguarding and prevent duty officer is Irma Cernychiene.

Under the guidance of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all members of staff at nursery Moksliukas feel confident and are encouraged to reveal any concerns that they may have about the conduct and behaviour of the management team or other members of staff.

Who is responsible?

All members of staff have a responsibility to ensure that they and their colleagues are working to good standards and that they and their colleagues are working within the policies and procedures of Nursery Moksliukas.

How will the policy be implemented?

This policy should be used for dealing with major concerns over the conduct of other members of staff that are out with the scope of all other nursery policies.

The policy should not be used to report personal grievances relating to an employee’s terms and conditions of employment, harassment, disciplinary matters, bullying, or any other matters that can be dealt with under the setting grievance procedure.

The policy should only be used for reporting the following:

  • A criminal offence
  • The breach of a legal obligation
  • A miscarriage of justice
  • A danger to the health and safety of any individual
  • Malpractice
  • Fraud
  • Improper conduct or unethical behaviour
  • Attempts to suppress or conceal any information relating to any of the above

Who can raise a concern?

  • Any member of staff who has a concern about the actions of a colleague or member of management relating to any of the issues above can raise a concern.
  • Concerns must be factual, made without malice and in good faith, the member of staff who raises the concern must reasonably believe that any information disclosed and any allegations made are true. Members of staff will be obliged to demonstrate that there are reasonable grounds for their concern although they will not be expected to provide proof beyond reasonable doubt
  • If a member of staff makes an allegation in good faith which is not confirmed by investigation, no action will be taken against them
  • If a member of staff makes an allegation for malicious or frivolous reasons or for personal gain, then appropriate disciplinary or legal action may be taken against you.
  • All concerns will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and every effort will be made to ensure the anonymity of the person making the allegation, however, at an appropriate time, the person making the allegation may need to be identified as a witness.
  • Any member of staff raising a concern will be protected from any possible reprisals or victimisation. Where this occurs the individual should report it through the settings grievance procedure.

Raising a Concern

Any concerns should be reported to the manager of the setting. If the allegation concerns the manager then the member of staff should raise the concern with another member of the management team, or if this is not possible, with the LADO officer for their setting.

Concerns should be raised both verbally and in writing; in both instances the member of staff will be required to state:

  • The background to the concern
  • The reason for the concern
  • The extent to which they have personally witnessed or experienced the problem
  • The manager will decide whether the concern falls within the scope of other policies or procedures such as child protection, the concern will be considered with those policies or procedures in mind
  • The manager will consider the information that has been disclosed and decide whether or not to investigate
  • if a decision is made not to investigate the concern the reasons for this will be fully explained to the person making the allegation
  • The manager will make a decision as to who will conduct the investigation. Some investigations may involve external agencies such as the Care Commission or the local authority development officer for the setting. If an investigation is to take place the manager will inform the person who raised the concern and they may be asked to give further information
  • The manager will inform the person about whom the concern was made, giving them the details of the concern but not informing them of who made the concern, the person will be given the opportunity to respond to the concern
  • The manager will decide after the investigation if there is a need for external involvement from organisations such as the police and the action, if any, which is to be taken against the person whom the concern was raised about
  • The manager will keep accurate records of every stage of the investigation, the evidence provided and the outcome.

It should be noted that the individual who raised the concern will be informed of the outcome of any investigation.

     LADO Nick Pratt

nick.pratt@newham.gov.uk

         02033733803

EFGA (Childcare & Education)

Safeguarding Policy Appendix

Context:

As a member of Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance, each church, and its associated ministries, are required to have and adhere to the EFGA model safeguarding policy. As an early years, childcare or education setting we recognise that the statutory frameworks in which settings operate have a different requirement. This policy appendix is additional information, to be added to all EFGA (Childcare & Education) settings registered with Ofsted.

 

EYFS framework link: 3.4 Providers must have and implement a policy, and procedures, to safeguard children. These should be in line with the guidance and procedures of the relevant Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).

 

Aim: To ensure that all providers are aware of and adhere to the specific safeguarding requirements of Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance.

 

Key Contacts

Nominated Individual: Jemma Maslen – jemma.maslen@elimhq.net  07718 479086

National Safeguarding Coordinator:  Sarah Bale – sarah.bale@elimhq.net 01684 588913

Assistant Administrator (Safeguarding): Abi Thomas – abigail.thomas@elimhq.net 01684 588917

 

Safeguarding Children

The majority of safeguarding concerns will be dealt with within the setting, following the policies and procedures laid out in the setting’s safeguarding policy. The nominated individual is available to support and advise where required. The Nominated Individual and National Safeguarding Coordinator must be informed where:

  • A notification to Ofsted is required
  • Regulatory actions are or may be taken (e.g. Ofsted involvement)
  • Legal action is or may be taken against the setting or individuals within the setting

 

Allegations against adults

All allegations against adults (staff, volunteers, students) connected with the setting must be reported to the Nominated Individual and National Safeguarding Coordinator (notification to these people should not delay LADO notification)

 

Notifications to Ofsted

Notifications to Ofsted should be done with the knowledge of the Nominated Individual. Where a setting makes its own notification, a copy of the notification, along with the reference number should be forwarded to the nominated individual. Any further emails updating Ofsted of the progress of the investigation should have the NI copied in.

 

Responsibilities

The registered person for this setting is Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance (EFGA) RP520159. Their nominated individual is Jemma Maslen – jemma.maslen@elimhq.net

Responsibility for safer recruitment, in line with the Statutory Framework for the EYFS has been delegated to Irma Cernychiene for Nursery Moksliukas, E16

Date adopted: October 2019 Signed by:  J.Maslen (NI)
Date for review: October 2020 Manager/Leadership Signature: Sarah Bale (National Safeguarding Coordinator – EFGA)
Underpinning policies: Safeguarding (locally agreed policy)

Safer Recruitment policy

Policy Statement

Good recruitment is vital for every organisation – finding the right people for the right roles at the right time. It ensures that the workforce has the relevant skills and abilities for the organisation’s current and future needs. Effective recruitment is not just about filling an immediate vacancy, but about having an impact on longer-term issues, such as future skills development, organisational performance and employer brand. Our safer recruitment policy applies to all aspects of Nursery Moksliukas’s work. The management are committed to providing the best possible care and education and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We are committed to providing a supportive and flexible working environment to all members of staff. We recognise that, in order to achieve these aims, it is of fundamental importance to attract, recruit and retain staff of the highest calibre who share this commitment.

Aims

  • Comply with all relevant recommendations and guidance including ‘Working together to safeguard children’ March 2015
  • Safeguard and promote the welfare of children by carrying out all necessary pre-employment checks
  • Deter prospective candidates who are unsuitable to work with children
  • Identify and reject applicants who are unsuitable to work with children
  • Give clarity to those applying for posts so that the nursery can recruit the best possible staff based on their merits, abilities and suitability for the position.
  • Support our Equal Opportunities policy by ensuring that all job applicants are considered equitability and consistently, so that no applicant is treated unfairly.

 

Associated Policies & Documents

  • EFGA equal opportunities policy
  • Employers guide to ‘Right to work checks’
  • Statutory Framework for the Early Year Foundation Stage

 

Compliance

Those responsible for the recruitment and selection of staff within the setting must:

  • Comply with the provisions of this policy
  • Keep accurate records of recruitment and selection procedures
  • Ensure at least one member of the recruitment panel holds a certificate in ‘Safer Recruitment’
  • Ensure the scope of this policy complies with conditions set by the Local Safeguarding Children’s board (LSCB)
  • Report the outcome of all recruitment and selections procedures to the Nominated Individual.

 

Advertising Roles & Application Packs

  • Before advertising a position, setting management will develop a job description and person specification suitable for the role, and decide on other key factors (hours, rate of pay and any other benefits)
  • Advertisements for posts will be placed onco.uk for a minimum of two weeks. Some posts may be advertised only to internal candidates (those already employed by, studying with or volunteering at the setting); records will show why this decision has been made. Existing employees are to be encouraged to apply for vacant posts, if they have the requisite skills, qualifications and experience.
  • All adverts will include the following statement:

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Successful candidates must be willing to undergo pre-employment checks including checks with past employers and the DBS. It is an offense to apply for this post if you know you are barred from working with children.

  • Application packs will include the following information
    • Information about the setting or signposting to online information.
    • Job description and person specification
    • Safer recruitment policy (this document)
    • An application form
  • All applicants for employment will be required to complete the application form. Incomplete application forms will not be accepted. Curriculum Vitae will not be accepted in place of completed application forms in any circumstances.

 

Elim aims at all times to recruit the person who is most suited to the particular post. Recruitment must be solely on the basis of the applicant’s abilities, qualifications, experience and merit, as measured against the job description and person specification. The guidelines promulgated in Elim’s equal opportunities statement must be followed at all stages of recruitment and selection. Those conducting recruitment interviews must ensure that questions asked of job applicants are in no way discriminatory, or personally intrusive. The interview should focus on the needs of the post and the skills qualifications and experience needed to perform it effectively.

 

Shortlisting & References

  • Shortlisting, interviewing and selection must always be carried out in accordance with Elim’s equal opportunities policy.
  • At least two members of setting/church management will be involved in scrutinising applications forms.
  • Where the post is that of manager or deputy manager of the setting, the NI will also be involved in shortlisting and reference process and reserves the right to be part of the recruitment panel. In cases where there is an internal applicant for the role of manager or deputy manager, the NI will (unless there are exceptional circumstances) be a member of the recruitment panel.
  • Shortlisting of applicants will be against the person specification for the post
  • Information concerning age, medical history, disability, or any other special category data will not be used to shortlist candidates.
  • Wherever possible, references will be taken up on short-listed candidates prior to interview
  • All offers of employment will be subject to
    • The receipt of a minimum of two satisfactory references, one of which must be the current or most recent employer.
      • If the current/most recent employment does not involve work with children, then the second referee should be from the employer with whom the applicant most recently worked with children.
      • If the applicant is currently or has recently been a student, then a reference should be taken up from the college or awarding body.
      • The setting will ask the applicant for the details of additional referees if required.
    • Satisfactory enhanced DBS with barred list check
    • Proof of identity and the right to work in the UK (original documents must be seen)
    • Proof of the qualifications obtained and required for the role (original documents must be seen)
  • All referees will be sent a copy of the job description and person specification for the role in addition to the standard Elim HR (Childcare) reference form.
  • References will only be accepted if they are obtained directly from the referee (on the official reference form). References or testimonials provided by the applicant or open references/testimonials will not be accepted.
  • References will be compared with information given on the application form and any discrepancies in the information will be taken up with the applicant before any appointment is confirmed.
  • Telephone contact will be made with at least one referee in order to check authenticity. Contact with referees may also be made to clarify any discrepancies or anomalies.

 

Interviews

 

An interview record must be made and securely stored in line with the Elim (Childcare) document retention guidelines. On no account should a job offer be made during, or at the end of, an interview. Selection testing and activities in addition to interview will be used as part of the recruitment process only with the prior approval of the Nominated Individual & Elim HR. Any test used must have been validated in relation to the post and be conducted by a suitably trained person.

 

During interview candidates will always be asked to:

  • Explain any gaps in their employment history satisfactorily
  • Explain any anomalies or discrepancies in the information available to recruiters
  • Declare any information likely to appear on the DBS disclosure
  • Demonstrate their capacity to safeguard and protect the welfare of children and young people
  • Answer questions aimed at obtaining evidence of how the candidate meets the criteria listed on the person specification; the same areas of questioning will be covered for each candidate

All candidates who are invited to interview will be required to bring the following evidence of identity:

  • Address and qualifications
    • Current photograph driving licence & full birth certificate or current passport (where the candidate claims to have changed their name for any reason, he/she will be required to provide documentary evidence of the change/changes.
    • Two utility bills or statements (from different sources) showing their name and home address
    • Confirmation of National Insurance number (P45, P60 or NI card)
    • Original documents confirming any educational and professional qualifications referred to in their application form and relevant to the post.
    • Proof of eligibility to work in the United Kingdom. (Full details of these checks can be found in the Home Office Publication, ‘An employer’s guide to right to work checks’)
  • In certain circumstances, based upon the candidate’s performance at the initial interview, a second interview phase may be held. At this stage candidates will be required to:
    • Demonstrate their competency to carry out the roles and responsibilities of the post by participating in further tests, tasks or activities.
    • Answer questions aimed at obtaining evidence of the candidates motives, attitudes and behaviours in relation to the role

 

It is not Elim’s policy to provide feedback to unsuccessful external candidates, either verbally or in writing, regardless of whether the external candidate was rejected during the initial sifting and shortlisting stage, or after interview. However, feedback will be provided, where necessary, to internal candidates, to assist with their personal and career development.

 

Offers of Employment & Pre-Employment Checks

If it is decided to make an offer of employment following the interviews, any such offer will be conditional on the following;

  • The agreement of a mutually acceptable start date
  • The receipt of at least two satisfactory references as detailed above
  • Verification of professional status, as appropriate
  • Verification of medical fitness as stated in ‘declaration of health’
  • Satisfactory completion of the probationary period as detailed in the contract
  • Obtaining an enhanced DBS certificate showing suitability to work with children and young people or the use of an existing DBS certificate currently registered with the DBS update service stating ‘blank – no new information’
  • Applicants with recent periods of overseas residence and those with little or no previous UK residence will also be asked to apply for the equivalent of a disclosure, where one is available in the relevant jurisdiction(s).

If the above conditions are satisfied and the offer is accepted then the applicant will be issued with a contract of employment as confirmation of the employment.

 

If the candidate is found to be disqualified or barred from working with children; if he/she is found to have provided false information in his/her application form or if he/she is the subject of serious expression of concern as to his/her suitability to work with children, these facts will be reported to the DBS/LSCB/Police.

 

Once all pre-employment checks are satisfactorily carried out, the employee should sign a contract incorporating EFGA’s standard terms and conditions of employment.

 

Induction

All newly appointed staff will undergo a programme of induction training relevant to their post. Records will be kept in the staff member’s personnel file.

 

Ongoing checks & supervision

Whilst it is not required that a member of staff registers and maintains a registration with the DBS update service it is recommended. DBS checks will not be routinely updated. New or updated DBS certificates will be required where

  • An employee is not registered with the DBS update service and
  • There is a significant change to the employee’s role, (e.g. change of hours or job title)

Where an employee is registered with the DBS update service settings will check the certificate remains ‘Blank – No new information’ when there is a significant change to the employee’s role (as listed above) or after a period of absence of 3 months or more (for example maternity leave or sickness)

Annually staff are required to complete an EFGA(Childcare) Staff Suitability Declaration, however there is also a requirement that staff should notify managers (and managers/deputy managers should notify the NI) of any changes to their circumstances regarding disqualification (as listed on the declaration form)

 

Ending Employment with EFGA

When a member of staff ends their employment with EFGA an exit interview will be held following the format provided. If a member of staff is moving onto another childcare provider, or to a role where they will be working with children, young people or vulnerable adults and a reference request has not been received from the new employer, the NI must be informed and Ofsted and/or LSCB may need to be informed. Should a member of staff:

  • be dismissed because they harmed someone.
  • be dismissed or had their role changed because they might have harmed someone?
  • resign because you were planning to dismiss them for either of these reasons.

Then a referral to the disclosure and barring service is likely to be required. Contact the NI for further advice and guidance.

 

Nominated Individual & EFGA Headquarters Notifications

In all cases of recruitment & selection, the Nominated Individual will be informed. This would normally be the submission of the ‘Elim (Childcare) Safer Recruitment Checklist’ to the NI via email. The Nominated Individual will inform EFGA of the appointment in order to update the staff register. When any employee leaves the setting the staff register must also be updated at this time.

 

Interview Expenses

Where candidates are invited to attend for an interview, they are responsible for paying their own travel expenses and it is Elim’s policy not to pay for, or contribute towards, those costs.

 

Responsibilities

The registered person for this setting is Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance (EFGA) RP520159. Their nominated individual is Jemma Maslen – jemma.maslen@elimhq.net

Responsibility for safer recruitment, in line with the Statutory Framework for the EYFS has been delegated to manager Irma Cernychiene  for Nursery Moksliukas, Canning Town.

 

Retention of records

If an applicant is appointed, the Nursery will retain any relevant information provided on their application form (together with any attachments) on their personnel file. If the application is unsuccessful, all documentation relating to the application will normally be confidentially destroyed after six months.

 Prevent Duty Policy

The designated safeguarding and prevent duty officer is Irma Cernychiene.

Policy statement

From 1 July 2015 all settings, registered early years childcare providers and registered later years’ childcare providers (referred to in this advice as ‘childcare providers’) are subject to a duty under “Revised Prevent Duty guidance for England and Wales” (July, 2015) and section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.

The early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)framework supports early years providers to do this in an age appropriate way, through ensuring children learn right from wrong, mix and share with other children and value other’s views, know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and challenge negative attitudes and stereotypes.

 

 What is Radicalism?

Radicalism refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism. Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation is seen as part of Nursery Moksliukas wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other forms of harm and abuse. During the process of radicalisation, it is possible to intervene to prevent vulnerable people being radicalised. There is no single way of identifying an individual who is likely to be susceptible to an extremist ideology. It can happen in many different ways and settings. Specific background factors may contribute to vulnerability which are often combined with specific influences such as family, friends or online, and with specific needs for which an extremist or terrorist group may appear to provide an answer.

The internet and the use of social media in particular has become a major factor in the radicalisation of young people.

What is Extremism?

Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas.

Policy, procedure and practice

At Nursery Moksliukas it is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified.

Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of our wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences.

We can also build children’s’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. All staff are instructed to challenge extremist and radical views. In the setting we emphasise this in daily work such as assisting the children’s personal, social and emotional development and understanding of the world.

Risk assessment

All the setting staff, particularly the staff who work directly with the children are expected to assess the risk of children being drawn into terrorism, including support for extremist ideas that are part of terrorist ideology.

This means being able to demonstrate both a general understanding of the risks affecting children and young people in the area and a specific understanding of how to identify individual children who may be at risk of radicalisation and what to do to support them.

As with managing other safeguarding risks, staff should be alert to changes in children’s behaviour which could indicate that they may be in need of help or protection.

Staff should use their professional judgement in identifying children who might be at risk

of radicalisation and act proportionately which may include making a referral to the Channel program. This programme focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. It provides a mechanism for settings and schools to make referrals if they are concerned that an individual might be vulnerable to radicalisation. An individual’s engagement with the programme is entirely voluntary at all stages.

Working in partnership with Local Authorities

Section 36 of the CTSA 2015 places a duty on local authorities to ensure Channel panels are in place. The panel must be chaired by the local authority and include the police for the relevant local authority area. Following a referral, the panel will assess the extent to which identified individuals are vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism, and, where considered appropriate and necessary consent is obtained, arrange for support to be provided to those individuals.

 

   Working in partnership with parents

Effective engagement with parents/the family is also important as they are in a key position to spot signs of radicalisation. It is important to assist and advise families who raise concerns and be ablke to point them to the right support mechanism.

 

Procedure for reporting concerns

If a member of staff has a concern about a particular child they should follow the settings normal safeguarding procedures, including discussing with the settings designated safeguarding officer, who will, where necessary will ask support and advice Prevent Lead officer in Newham – Ghaffar Hussain.

Useful contacts for Prevent Duty in Newham:

Prevent Lead for Newham

– Ghaffar Hussain. Email: Ghaffar.hussain@newham.gov.uk , tel: 07813633250

Training related enquires

– Ross Paton. Email: Ross.Paton@newham.gov.uk, tel: 020 3373 7166

Newham Children’s Triage 02033734600

Support and advise (the non-emergency number) 101

Police – anti-terror hotline 0800789321

 

Child Missing from Education

 

A child going missing from education is a potential indicator of abuse or neglect. Nursery staff should follow the nursery’s procedures for dealing with children that go missing from education, particularly on repeat occasions, to help identify the risk of abuse and neglect, including sexual exploitation, and to help prevent the risks of their going missing in future.

Attendance policy

 

Statement of Intent

Nursery Moksliukas is committed to safeguarding children and promoting their wellbeing. We believe that regular attendance at nursery is important for children’s wellbeing and we wish to minimise unexplained absence as part of our commitment to keeping children safe.

Aim

Nursery Moksliukas aims to work closely with parents/carers to identify any unexplained absence to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children.

Procedure

  • If the child is sick or unable to attend for whatever reason parents must notify the manager or child’s key person before the time they are due to arrive on 02074763944 or by email at infoe16@nurserymoksliukas.co.uk
  • If the nursery did not received acknowledgement of absence, by the end of the week the manager or key person should contact parent/carers to check the wellbeing of the child.
  • If a child is absent for two weeks with no notification and no successful contact with parent/carer, the manager will telephone the named emergency contact number(s) on child’s information form.
  • If after all the above, no contact or notification is gained and the setting has any concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a child the nursery will follow safeguarding procedures outlined in Nursery’s safeguarding policy. This is shared with parents/carers.
  • If a child is a Looked After Child, subject to a Child Protection Plan or a child in need, the nursery will notify the child’s social worker of any unexplained absence.

Anti-Bullying Policy

 

We believe that every child has the right to expect an environment which

  • Is safe and caring
  • Provides challenges but is non-threatening
  • Encourages children to feel secure
  • Values children’s opinions
  • Shows an awareness of children’s individual needs and attempts to meet them.
  • Allows them to develop to their full potential.

We will not permit any form of bullying in our setting.

The Nursery believes that bullying is action taken by one or more children with the deliberate intention of hurting a child, either physically or emotionally. Although most of the children in our care are very young and may not understand their actions, we do all we can to prevent it, by developing a Nursery ethos in which this behaviour is regarded as unacceptable.

Bullying can be:

  • Physical: pushing, kicking, hitting, biting etc
  • Verbal: name-calling, sarcasm, rumour spreading and teasing
  • Emotional: excluding, ridicule, humiliation, tormenting
  • Racist: taunts, graffiti and gestures

Being bullied can result in the victim having depression, low self-esteem, shyness, poor academic achievement, isolation and in extreme cases threatened or attempted/actual suicide. If a bully is left unchecked they will learn that they can get away with violence and aggression. A bully has a higher chance of acquiring a criminal record and being unable to form positive relationships when they become an adult.

If we have any concerns that a child in our care is being bullied in our setting or is bullying, we will discuss the matter with parents/carers immediately. We will work with parents to support their child to resolve the problem.

The Manager will:

  • Implement the anti-bullying policy, and ensure that all staff are aware and know how to deal with incidents of bullying.
  • Ensure that all staff and children know that bullying is wrong, and that it is unacceptable behaviour. An explanation will be given to the children as to why the behaviour was unacceptable, and why sanctions are being imposed.
  • Ensure that all staff receive sufficient training to be equipped to deal with any incidents of bullying.
  • Set a climate of mutual support and praise of success; so making bullying less likely. When children feel, they are important and belong to a friendly and welcoming environment, bullying is far less likely to be part of their behaviour.

Staff will:

  • Take all forms of bullying seriously, and intervene to prevent incidents from taking place. All forms of bullying will be recorded.
  • Deal with incidents of bullying as soon as they become aware of them. This may involve counselling, an action plan and support for the victim of the bullying.
  • Spend time talking to the child who has bullied, and endeavour to help the child change their behaviour in future.

We ask Parents/Carers to:

  • Contact their child’s Key Worker immediately if they are concerned that their child is being bullied, or suspect that their child may be the perpetrator of bullying.
  • Support the Nursery’s anti-bullying policy, and actively encourage their children to be a positive member of the group.

If the child is being bullied:

  • we will reassure them that the bullying is not their fault
  • we will tell them that we care about them and that we are 100% on their side
  • we will give lots of praise, encouragement and responsibilities to help them feel valued
  • we will work with you to help your child to deal with the bully – assertiveness, walking away etc

If a child is the bully:

  • we will reassure your child that we still care about them but that it is their behaviour that we don’t like and that we will work with them to help change this
  • we will work with your child to find ways to make amends for their actions
  • we will develop a reward structure for good behaviour
  • we will discuss the matter with parents, not in front of a child, to see if there are any problems that may have triggered the bullying

Message for the parents:

If you have any concerns regarding your child please discuss them with your child’s key person, the setting manager or setting owner as soon as possible. It is much better to deal with these problems before they become major issues.

Peer-on-Peer Abuse

 

Peer-on-peer abuse:

  • features physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse of young people by their peers,
  • can impact any young person, although the characteristics/experiences of some can be exploited by their peers, or missed by services, making them more vulnerable to abuse than others
  • is influenced by the nature of the environments in which young people spend their time – home, school, peer group and community – and is built upon notions of power and consent. Power imbalances related to gender, social status within a group, intellectual ability, economic wealth, social marginalisation etc., can all be used to exert power over a peer.
  • can affect any child/young person, sometimes vulnerable children are targeted. For example:
    • Those living with domestic abuse or intra-familial abuse in their histories
    • Young people in care
    • Those who have experienced bereavement through the loss of a parent, sibling or friend
    • Black and minority ethnic children are under identified as victims but are over identified as perpetrators
    • Those with SEND
  • hinges upon young people’s experiences of power, and ultimately the notion of consent
  • concepts of abuse are built upon notions of ‘power’ and therefore ‘consent’, not to be confused with the age of consent to sexual activity
  • abuse is abuse and should never be tolerated or passed off as “banter” or “part of growing up”
  • both girls and boys experience peer on peer abuse however they are likely to experience it differently i.e. girls being sexually touched/assaulted or boys being subject to homophobic taunts/initiation/hazing type (rituals and other activities involving harassment, abuse or humiliation used as a way of initiating a person into a group) violence
  • involves someone who abuses a ‘vulnerability’ or power imbalance to harm another, and have the opportunity or be in an environment where this is possible.
  • While perpetrators of peer on peer abuse pose a risk to others they are often victims of abuse themselves.

Above information is based on information in Practitioner Briefing: What is peer on peer abuse? Misunderstood Partnership (2015)

Rough and Tumble Play

The Nursery Moksliukas acknowledges and highlights the need to recognise rough and tumble play as distinct from inappropriate or aggressive behaviour. Television or films, which include superheroes, often influence young children or weapon play and they will mimic this behaviour through their play. We endorse the following strategies to manage this kind of play:

  • Recognise that this is prosocial play rather than aggressive
  • Set boundaries for the games to be set out in
  • Use planning opportunities to discuss the concept of ‘good’ and ‘bad’.
  • Support the play to find alternative solutions to weapon play, exploring different scenarios.

Hurtful Behaviour

Very young children are ‘egocentric’ which means that they put their own feelings before others, and even the most considerate child will have the occasional outburst due to frustration, anger or over exuberance. We acknowledge that this is a developmental area that needs to be nurtured and supported and that very young children do not intentionally wish to cause hurt. If hurtful comments are made, our strategies are:

  • To recognise that very young children are not always able to manage their own feelings and deliver them appropriately
  • Assist in this management to support their biological and cognitive development.
  • Offer support to both parties and to discuss the issues through play, story times and circle time activities.

Actions the nursery will take

The nursery deals with a wide continuum of children’s behaviour on a day to day basis and most cases will be dealt with via nursery based processes. These are outlined in the following policies:

  • Behaviour & Anti-Bullying Policy
  • E-Safety Policy
  • Attendance Policy

 

The nursery will also act to minimise the risk of peer on peer abuse by ensuring the establishment provides a safe environment, promotes positive standards of behaviour, has effective systems in place where children can raise concerns and provides safeguarding through the curriculum via PSHE and other curriculum opportunities. This may include targeted work with children identified as vulnerable or being at risk and developing risk assessment and targeted work with those identified as being a potential risk to others.

Action on serious concerns

The nursery recognises that children may abuse their peers physically, sexually and emotionally; this will not be tolerated or passed off as ‘banter’ or ‘part of growing up’. The nursery will take this as seriously as abuse perpetrated by an adult, and address it through the same processes as any safeguarding issue. We also recognise that children who abuse others are also likely to have considerable welfare and safeguarding issues themselves.

Peer to peer abuse may be a one off serious incident or an accumulation of incidents. Staff may be able to easily identify some behaviour/s as abusive however in some circumstances it may be less clear. In all cases the member of staff should discuss the concerns and seek advice from the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

When an allegation is made by a child against another child, members of staff should consider if the issues raised indicate that the child and /or alleged perpetrator may have emerging needs, complex/serious needs or child protection concerns.

Any suspicion or allegations that a child has been sexually abused or is likely to sexually abuse another child (or adult) should be referred immediately to Children’s Social Care or the Police.

Particular considerations for cases where peer on peer abuse is a factor include:

  • What is the nature, extent and context of the behaviour including verbal, physical, sexing and/or online abuse. Was there coercion, physical aggression, bullying, and bribery or attempts to ensure secrecy? What was the duration and frequency? Were other children and /or adults involved?
  • What is the child’s age, development, capacity to understand and make decisions (including anything that might have had an impact on this i.e. coercion), and family and social circumstances?
  • What are the relative chronological and developmental age of the two children and are there are any differentials in power or authority?
  • Is the behaviour age appropriate or not? Does it involve inappropriate sexual knowledge or motivation?
  • Are there any risks to the child themselves and others i.e. other children in school, in the child’s household, extended family, and peer group or wider social network?

The nursery will use resources  on such issues to address these matters in PSHE.

Resoucres on peer-on-peer pressure can be found at:

http://www.msunderstood.org.uk/assets/templates/msunderstood/style/documents/MSUPB01.pdf

                                        E-safety

(use of YouTube, Mobile Phone, Cameras and Social Networking) Policy

                                        E-safety

                                       (children)

We believe that Information Communication Technology (I.C.T.) and computing are important aspects of education. They help pupils prepare for later life, developing key transferable skills and understanding of the uses and limitations of I.C.T. As well as being an important curriculum requirement, the ability to use I.C.T. effectively is a vital life skill. At our nursery we use I.C.T. as a resource for learning and it is an important tool to raise standards.

We offer a mix of different systems within the nursery to consolidate and extend computer skills and to expand the awareness of technology and its place in the modern world. We recognise that computer and technology skills are crucial if children are to raise their achievement and general competence in the use of I.C.T. systems.

 

Aims

  • That we build on each child’s previous experience.
  • Cultivate the skills that are essential for the children to gain access to developing technologies.
  • Promote the children’s enjoyment of ICT, building on their experience in everyday life as a basis for learning.
  • Evaluate resources and update and add to them as necessary.
  • Undertake ICT training (onsite) and opportunities for all staff.
  • To take into account issues relating to inclusion and to allow for differentiation with pupils that need additional help to access learning.
  • Use initiative from central and local government, authorities and other bodies to support ICT in the school.
  • To ensure the health and safety of pupils, staff and visitors with regard to using ICT.
  • To use ICT for effective and appropriate communication.
  • To apply the children’s ICT skills and knowledge to their learning in other areas of the curriculum.
  • To develop children’s understanding of everyday uses of information and communications technology.
  • To develop technological literacy through a range of products which children will be familiar with and which will be easily understood and accessed.
  • To encourage children to work collaboratively, sharing knowledge, skills and enjoyment.
  • To develop a skills-based approach to computer use this puts the child in control of the equipment rather than the other way round.
  • To encourage children and staff to use the Internet to gain knowledge and support learning.
  • To use technology as a means of additional communication with families and the community.

Teaching and learning

Curriculum Using the EYFS Framework as a basis, children are exposed to a variety of ICT and technological equipment to enhance their knowledge and understanding. Where possible, this is coherently linked with other curriculum areas ensuring meaningful links are made, and children can see tangible outcomes of the application of skills. Children are able to use ICT and other technologies in the child initiated provision as well as during focused learning.

Cross Curricular Use of Information Communication Technology (I.C.T.)  is a powerful tool which can be used to enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum, challenging the most able while supporting those children who find the technology difficult to use. Pupils will be taught and given opportunities to consolidate skills through highly motivating cross curricular activities.

Resources Nursery Moksliukas has an array of different resources to help facilitate the learning of ICT and technology. These include:

  • Staff use tablets and laptops in order to record observations and assessment on the children and the children have access to those as part of the provision (with time limits).
  • CD players
  • Recoding pegs
  • Walkie-talkies
  • Torches

We have an ICT technician twice a year for advice and support.

 

Leisure screen time policy

 

“Screen time” refers to the amount of time a person/child spends staring at the digital displays of computers, tablets and smart phones. World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines issued in early 2019 recommend no screen time for children under 3  and screen time of no more than 1 hour for children ages 3 and 4. “Less is better,” the WHO recommendations say.

On rare occasions (no more than 2 times per day. E.g. non-sleepers and/or in transitions between routines) and for the short periods of time (10-15min) , children may allowed to watch leisure films with:

  • Children or children’s characters.
  • Popular children’s programming or animated characters.
  • Play-acting or stories using children’s toys.
  • Child characters engaging in common natural play patterns such as play-acting and/or imaginative play.
  • Popular children’s songs, stories or poems.

Higher preference is for films where children may actively participate in action: answer characters’ questions, dance and exercise.

 

How to avoid inappropriate videos on YouTube

The YouTube Kids app filters out most – but not all – of the disturbing videos. YouTube suggests turning on “restricted mode” which can be found at the bottom of YouTube pages.

We recommend practitioners to watch the video themselves first, to see if there is not disturbing parts, promotion of unacceptable behaviour, bullying or discriminations.

 

Advised list of shows and films on YouTube

 

TV that promotes self-control:

  • Puffin Rock (~2-60 min)
  • Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood: Tiger family Trip (~10 min)
  • Veggie Tales in the City (5+) (~50 min)

 

TV that promotes communication:

  • The Busy World of Richard Scarry (~8 min)
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog (~2-20 min)
  • Dora the Explorer (~20-30 min)
  • Little People (~10-30 min)
  • Peg + Cat (~15-25 min)
  • Pinky Dinky Doo (~20 min)

 

Back to School TV:

  • Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood (~10 min)
  • Peg + Cat (~15-25 min)

 

TV for girls:

  • Astroblast (~10 min)
  • Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom (~1h)
  • Kate & Mim-mim (#10-20 min)
  • Ella the Elephant (~10-15 min)

 

Best You Tube Channels and Videos for preschool kids:

  • Chu-chu TV (songs)
  • Littler baby Bum (songs, attention, too many advertisement)
  • StoryBots Super Songs (~10-15min)
  • Super Simple Songs

 

TV that inspire gratitude:

  • Guess how much I love you (~10-20 min)

TV that inspire curiosity:

  • Timmy Time b(~10 min)
  • Ask the Storybots (music, no video)(4+)
  • Blue’s Clues (~2-30 min)
  • Blue’s Clues & You (~2-30 min)
  • Busy town Mysteries
  • Caillow (~20-60 min)
  • Curious George (~5-50 min)
  • Dinosaur Train (~10-15 min)
  • Dora the Explorer (~20-30 min)
  • Mitty’s Adventures Big and Small (~18 min)
  • Musti (~30-40 min)
  • Peep ant the Big Wide World (~10-20 min)
  • Puffin Rock (~2-60 min)
  • Super Why! (~25 min)
  • Toots and Puddle (~10 min)
  • Wibby Pig (~10 min)
  • Zou (~10 min)

 

TV that promotes tolerance and diversity (read aloud story):

  • The snowy day (~5 min)
  • Last stop on market Street (~7 MIN)
  • Mixed Me (4+) (~3min)
  • We’re all Wonders (4+) (~5 min)
  • Princess hair (5+) (~2 min)

 

TV that promotes perseverance:

  • Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom (~1h)
  • Charlie’s Colorforms City (~3-5 min)
  • Oswald (~20-25 min)
  • Per & Cat (~15-25 min)
  • Thomas & Friends: the Adventure begins( ~12-30 min)

Child Sexual Exploitation

 

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people receive something (for example food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, gifts, money or in some cases simply affection) as a result of engaging in sexual activities. Sexual exploitation can take many forms ranging from the seemingly ‘consensual’ relationship where sex is exchanged for affection or gifts, to serious organised crime by gangs and groups. What marks out exploitation is an imbalance of power in the relationship. The perpetrator always holds some kind of power over the victim, which increases as the exploitative relationship, develops. Sexual exploitation involves varying degrees of coercion, intimidation or enticement, including unwanted pressure from peers to have sex, sexual bullying including cyber bullying and grooming. However, it also important to recognise that some young people who are being sexually exploited do not exhibit any external signs of this abuse.

Intimate care and Physical Contact Policy

 

Policy Statement

Intimate care is defined as care tasks of an intimate nature, associated with bodily functions, body products & personal hygiene. This policy is designed to act as a guideline for anyone with responsibility for the intimate care of the children at Nursery Moksliukas.

Procedure

  • Only nursery’s staff with a full and current DBS check is able to carry out this sort of care
  • Children who are not yet toilet trained will not be excluded from any activity in the nursery.
  • Intimate care is discussed with all employees during their induction. Staff receive regular supervision & appraisals, which are used to identify any areas for development or further training.
  • All staff receive safeguarding training. Which is updated every year. The safeguarding officer updates training every 2 years.
  • All staff wear protective gloves & aprons for nappy changes, administering first aid or cleaning a child who has soiled themselves.
  • Every child is to be treated with dignity & respect. Privacy is ensured appropriate to the child’s age and situation. We have separate toilets for the children to use with doors. We stick to the requirement to have 1 toilet per 10 children.
  • Nappies are changed in designated places on a designated change mat. This is enclosed enough to give the child privacy, yet are not out of sight of other staff.
  • The child should be involved as much as possible in his or her intimate care. Allow the child to be as independent as possible. This can be for tasks such as removing clothing or washing private parts of a child’s body. Support the children in doing everything that they can for themselves.
  • If a child is fully dependant on you then talk to him/her about what you are doing and give choices where possible.
  • An adult who is not familiar to them will never support a child in intimate care.
  • Be responsive to a child’s reactions.
  • Encourage the child to have a positive body image of his/her own body. Confident, assertive children who feel their body belongs to them are less venerable to abuse.
  • Make sure the practice of intimate care is as consistent as possible.
  • The parent should be consulted about the intimate care that is given to their child. I.e. real nappies, water only.
  • Children are encouraged to wash their hands after messy play, after using the toilet, before & after eating.
  • Footsteps understands its legal obligation to meet the needs of children with any delays in any area of their development. We work in partnership with parents on an individual basis to make reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of each child.
  • If you are concerned that during the intimate care of a child:
    • You accidently hurt a child
    • The child seems sore or unusually tender in the genital area
    • The child misunderstands or misinterprets something
    • The child has a very strong emotional reaction without apparent cause (sudden shouting or crying)

Report any incident as soon as possible to the nursery manager.

All staff must ensure that they protect themselves by following these guidelines.

  • Always tell another member of staff when you are doing a change or accompanying a child to the toilet
  • Always ensure that a child’s privacy is protected
  • Always ensure that you are visible to other members of staff.
  • In some instances, it may be appropriate for 2 members of staff to change a child. If a child gets very distressed when being changed.
  • Always wear protective gloves & aprons and dispose of the nappies in yellow sacks
  • Always wash hands thoroughly after supporting a child with intimate care.

Physical contact

At Nursery Moksliukas we care for very young children. There will be times when staff are required to have close physical contact with a child. It is also important for the children to feel safe, secure and loved in their environment. We understand that children can react differently to physical contact and we respect this. Staff have received training in safeguarding & child protection.

It should always be the child who instigates any sort of physical contact such as cuddles. If a child is very upset then the adult must ask the child if they want a cuddle. Children should not be kissed by the nursery staff under any circumstances.

This policy should be read in conjunction with the settings other policies including Safeguarding, health & safety, SEND, Equality of opportunity, whistle blowing, parents as partners.

E-safety (Mobile Phone, Cameras and Social Networking) Policy

 

All forms of abuse can occur on a face-to-face basis, although this is not always the case. We recognise that the use of information technology is an essential part of all our lives; it is involved in how we as an organisation gather and store information, as well as how we communicate with each other.

Misuse includes accessing internet sites which contain unsuitable material and adults preparing a young person to be abused using chat rooms, social networking sites and mobile phones (grooming).

We aim to:

  • Protect children and families who receive Nursery Moksliukas’s services and who make use of information technology (such as Internet) as part of their involvement with us
  • Provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to e-safety
  • Ensure that, as an organisation, we operate in line with our values and within the law in terms of how we use information technology

We will seek to promote e-safety by:

  • Ensuring that staff and volunteers are aware of and follow our Mobile Phone and Social Media Policy
  • Ensuring that each member of staff takes responsibility for overseeing e-safety in their area of responsibility
  • Supporting and encouraging all members of staff and clients using our service to use the opportunities offered by mobile phone technology and the internet in a way that keeps themselves safe and shows respect for others
  • Supporting and encouraging parents and carers to do what they can to keep children safe online and when using their mobile phones and game consoles at home too
  • Using our procedures to deal firmly, fairly and decisively with any examples of inappropriate ICT use, complaints or allegations, whether by an adult or young person (these may include breaches of filtering, illegal use, cyberbullying, or use of ICT to groom a young person or to perpetrate abuse)
  • Informing parents and carers of incidents of concern as appropriate
  • Reviewing and updating the security of our information systems regularly
  • Ensuring that user names, logins and passwords are used effectively
  • Using only official email accounts provided via the organisation, and monitoring these as necessary
  • Ensuring that the personal information of staff, volunteers and service users are not published on our website (names will be used with appropriate consent)
  • Ensuring that images of children and families are used only after their written permission has been obtained, and only for the purpose for which consent has been given
  • Risk assessing, in advance, any social media tools used in the course of our work with young people
  • Providing effective management for staff and volunteers on ICT issues, through supervision, support and training
  • Risk assessing any emerging new technologies before they are used within the organisation

Mobile Policy Camera Policy

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.

  • Mobile phones must not be used unless on a designated break and then this must be away from the children.
  • Mobile phones should be stored safely in staff lockers at all times during the hours of your working day.
  • We request that parents do not use mobile phones whilst in the nursery.

Camera Policy

Camera Photographs taken for the purpose of recording a child or group of children participating in activities or celebrating their achievements is an effective form or recording their progression in the Early Years Foundation Stage. However, it is essential that photographs are taken and stored appropriately to safeguard the children in our care.

Only the designated nursery camera is to be used to take any photo within the setting or on outings. Images taken on this camera must be deemed suitable without putting the child/children in any compromising positions that could cause embarrassment or distress.

All staff are responsible for the location of the camera; this should be placed in the designated area in every room. Images taken and stored on the camera must be downloaded as soon as possible, ideally once a week.

Images must only be stored on the nursery computers.

Under no circumstances must cameras of any kind be taken into the bathrooms without prior consultation with the Manager or Deputy Manager. If photographs need to be taken in a bathroom, i.e. photographs of the children washing their hands, then the Manager or Assistant manager must be asked first and staff be supervised whilst carrying out this kind of activity.

At all times the camera must be placed in a prominent place where it can be seen. Failure to adhere to the contents of this policy will lead to disciplinary procedures being followed.

 Images Taken by Visitors and Parents

We recognise that there are nursery events where parents desire to have a record of their child’s participation. Under these circumstances, we give them clear guidance that a time will be made for them at the end of the event to take a photograph of their own child in costume, but that photographs must not include any other child. Parents are informed do not put their child’s picture on Facebook or other social networks if there images of other children. Nursery Moksliukas, has a right to contact the parent who uploaded such pictures online and ask to remove or picture will be banned.

Other nursery visitors will be asked do not take pictures of the children or areas where children present (usually, guests may have a tour around the nursery only out of nursery working hours or when children are in the garden or out of view).

Social Networking Policy

There are too many sites to mention them all by name. This policy covers them all.

It is important when using social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter that staff maintain confidentiality and ensure proper practice at all times. This is to protect the children, parents & families of the setting along with the staff.

It is also to guard the nursery reputation and the staff’s own personal reputation.

Staff must act in the best interests of the children & the setting. Staff guidelines when using social media sites include but are not limited to

  • Staff must not mention any of the children from the nursery on their online profiles
  • Staff must not write direct or indirect suggestive comments about work on their online profiles
  • Staff must not publish photos of the children on their online profiles
  • Staff must not publish photos of other staff while in the nursery on their online profiles
  • Staff must not write anything about other staff members on their online profiles
  • Staff must not use mobile phones to take photos in the nursery or to access social networking sites during their working hours
  • Staff must not mention any of the companies that Nursery Moksliukas works with on their online profile
  • In order to maintain professional boundaries staff should not accept personal invitations to be friends from parents of the nursery unless they know them in a personal capacity. Instead parents should be signposted to ‘like’ the official Facebook page.
  • Be cautious & mindful when accepting friend requests from colleagues.
  • Staff members are advised to set their online profiles to private so that only friends are able to see their information.
  • Staff are responsible for adhering to the terms of service of each site they use
  • Personal profiles should not contain any images or videos which may be perceived as inappropriate behavior for a childcare professional
  • The nursery logo must not be used in social media apart from the official Facebook page.
  • Staff must not put the settings contact details on social media. Parents should be signposted to the nursery web page.
  • Any breaches of the Facebook & social networking policy could result in disciplinary action.
  • Staff must use social media in a professional,safe, responisible & respectful way. You must comply with the law.
  • Staff must not use social media to attack, insult, abuse, defame or make negative or discriminatory comments about anyone.

Staff must be mindful that everything you post online is public, even with the strictest privacy settings. You must assume that everything is permanent & may be shared.

Nursery Moksliukas will treat ‘electronic behaviour’ as it would ‘non-electronic behaviour’

Nursery Moksliukas has a Facebook page available. This is a communication tool for the setting. We will use it to

  • Promote certain events such as parent consultations, trips, social events & visitors
  • Update parents on staff training & development
  • Give hints and tips for activities the children have enjoyed and home learning ideas
  • To give news
  • To show photos of activities, trips or special events (with special agreement and consent from parents)

We also want to invite your thoughts & comments.

The nursery manager (including deputies and administrator) are the page administrators and will update the page on a regular basis.

The page administrators reserve the right to remove any comments at any time. The intent of the policy is to protect the privacy and rights of the nursery, staff & families.

We will remove any postings that

  • Name specific individuals in a negative way
  • Are abusive or contain inappropriate language or statements
  • Use defamatory, abusive or generally negative terms about any individual
  • Do not show proper consideration for others privacy
  • Breach copyright or fair use laws
  • Contain any photos of children without necessary parental consent.

If you would like to report an inappropriate comment, then please send an email to infoe16@nurserymoksliukas.co.uk

Other policies that relate to this are

  • Photographic policy
  • Safeguarding policy
  • Confidentiality policy

E-safety (staff)

All forms of abuse can occur on a face-to-face basis, although this is not always the case. We recognise that the use of information technology is an essential part of all our lives; it is involved in how we as an organisation gather and store information, as well as how we communicate with each other.

Misuse includes accessing internet sites which contain unsuitable material and adults preparing a young person to be abused using chat rooms, social networking sites and mobile phones (grooming).

We aim to:

  • Protect children and families who receive Nursery Moksliukas services and who make use of information technology (such as Internet) as part of their involvement with us
  • Provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to e-safety
  • Ensure that, as an organisation, we operate in line with our values and within the law in terms of how we use information technology

We will seek to promote e-safety by:

  • Ensuring that staff and volunteers are aware of and follow our Mobile Phone and Social Media Policy
  • Ensuring that each member of staff takes responsibility for overseeing e-safety in their area of responsibility
  • Supporting and encouraging all members of staff and clients using our service to use the opportunities offered by mobile phone technology and the internet in a way that keeps themselves safe and shows respect for others
  • Supporting and encouraging parents and carers to do what they can to keep children safe online and when using their mobile phones and game consoles at home too
  • Using our procedures to deal firmly, fairly and decisively with any examples of inappropriate ICT use, complaints or allegations, whether by an adult or young person (these may include breaches of filtering, illegal use, cyberbullying, or use of ICT to groom a young person or to perpetrate abuse)
  • Informing parents and carers of incidents of concern as appropriate
  • Reviewing and updating the security of our information systems regularly
  • Ensuring that usernames, logins and passwords are used effectively
  • Using only official email accounts provided via the organisation, and monitoring these as necessary
  • Ensuring that the personal information of staff, volunteers and service users are not published on our website (names will be used with appropriate consent)
  • Ensuring that images of children and families are used only after their written permission has been obtained, and only for the purpose for which consent has been given
  • Risk assessing, in advance, any social media tools used in the course of our work with young people
  • Providing effective management for staff and volunteers on ICT issues, through supervision, support and training
  • Risk assessing any emerging new technologies before they are used within the organisation

Mobile Policy

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.

 

  • Mobile phones must not be used unless on a designated break and then this must be away from the children.
  • Mobile phones should be stored safely in staff lockers at all times during the hours of your working day.
  • We request that parents do not use mobile phones whilst in the nursery.

 

Camera Policy

Camera Photographs taken for the purpose of recording a child or group of children participating in activities or celebrating their achievements is an effective form or recording their progression in the Early Years Foundation Stage. However, it is essential that photographs are taken and stored appropriately to safeguard the children in our care.

Only the designated nursery camera is to be used to take any photo within the setting or on outings. Images taken on this camera must be deemed suitable without putting the child/children in any compromising positions that could cause embarrassment or distress.

All staff are responsible for the location of the camera; this should be placed in the designated area in every room. Images taken and stored on the camera must be downloaded as soon as possible, ideally once a week.

Images must only be stored on the nursery computers.

Under no circumstances must cameras of any kind be taken into the bathrooms without prior consultation with the Manager or Deputy Manager. If photographs need to be taken in a bathroom, i.e. photographs of the children washing their hands, then the Manager or Assistant manager must be asked first and staff be supervised whilst carrying out this kind of activity.

At all times the camera must be placed in a prominent place where it can be seen. Failure to adhere to the contents of this policy will lead to disciplinary procedures being followed.

 

Images Taken by Visitors and Parents

We recognise that there are nursery events where parents desire to have a record of their child’s participation. Under these circumstances, we give them clear guidance that a time will be made for them at the end of the event to take a photograph of their own child in costume, but that photographs must not include any other child. Parents are informed not to put their child’s picture on Facebook or other social networks if there images of other children. Nursery Moksliukas, has a right to contact the parent who uploaded such pictures online and ask to remove or the picture will be banned.

Other nursery visitors will be asked not to take pictures of the children or areas where children present (usually, guests may have a tour around the nursery only out of nursery working hours or when children are in the garden or out of view).

 

Social Networking Policy

There are too many sites to mention them all by name. This policy covers them all.

It is important when using social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter that staff maintain confidentiality and ensure proper practice at all times. This is to protect the children, parents & families of the setting along with the staff.

 

It is also to guard the nursery reputation and the staff’s own personal reputation.

 

Staff must act in the best interests of the children & the setting. Staff guidelines when using social media sites include but are not limited to:

  • Staff must not mention any of the children from the nursery on their online profiles
  • Staff must not write direct or indirect suggestive comments about work on their online profiles
  • Staff must not publish photos of the children on their online profiles
  • Staff must not publish photos of other staff while in the nursery on their online profiles
  • Staff must not write anything about other staff members on their online profiles
  • Staff must not use mobile phones to take photos in the nursery or to access social networking sites during their working hours
  • Staff must not mention any of the companies that Nursery Moksliukas works with on their online profile
  • In order to maintain professional boundaries staff should not accept personal invitations to be friends from parents of the nursery unless they know them in a personal capacity. Instead parents should be signposted to ‘like’ the official Facebook page.
  • Be cautious & mindful when accepting friend requests from colleagues.
  • Staff members are advised to set their online profiles to private so that only friends are able to see their information.
  • Staff are responsible for adhering to the terms of service of each site they use
  • Personal profiles should not contain any images or videos which may be perceived as inappropriate behavior for a childcare professional
  • The nursery logo must not be used in social media apart from the official Facebook page.
  • Staff must not put the settings contact details on social media. Parents should be signposted to the nursery web page.
  • Any breaches of the Facebook & social networking policy could result in disciplinary action.
  • Staff must use social media in a professional, safe, responsible & respectful way. You must comply with the law.
  • Staff must not use social media to attack, insult, and abuse, defame or make negative or discriminatory comments about anyone.

Staff must be mindful that everything you post online is public, even with the strictest privacy settings. You must assume that everything is permanent & may be shared.

Nursery Moksliukas will treat ‘electronic behaviour’ as it would ‘non-electronic behaviour’

Nursery Moksliukas has a Facebook page available. This is a communication tool for the setting. We will use it to

  • Promote certain events such as parent consultations, trips, social events & visitors
  • Update parents on staff training & development
  • Give hints and tips for activities the children have enjoyed and home learning ideas
  • To give news
  • To show photos of activities, trips or special events (with special agreement and consent from parents)

We also want to invite your thoughts & comments.

The nursery manager (including deputies and administrator) are the page administrators and will update the page on a regular basis.

The page administrators reserve the right to remove any comments at any time. The intent of the policy is to protect the privacy and rights of the nursery, staff & families.

We will remove any postings that

  • Name specific individuals in a negative way
  • Are abusive or contain inappropriate language or statements
  • Use defamatory, abusive or generally negative terms about any individual
  • Do not show proper consideration for others privacy
  • Breach copyright or fair use laws
  • Contain any photos of children without necessary parental consent.

If you would like to report an inappropriate comment, then please send an email to infoe16@nurserymoksliukas.co.uk

Other policies that relate to this are

  • Photographic policy
  • Safeguarding policy
  • Confidentiality policy

 

Child Sexual Exploitation

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people receive something (for example food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, gifts, money or in some cases simply affection) as a result of engaging in sexual activities. Sexual exploitation can take many forms ranging from the seemingly ‘consensual’ relationship where sex is exchanged for affection or gifts, to serious organised crime by gangs and groups. What marks out exploitation is an imbalance of power in the relationship. The perpetrator always holds some kind of power over the victim, which increases as the exploitative relationship, develops. Sexual exploitation involves varying degrees of coercion, intimidation or enticement, including unwanted pressure from peers to have sex, sexual bullying including cyber bullying and grooming. However, it is also important to recognise that some young people who are being sexually exploited do not exhibit any external signs of this abuse.

 

Intimate care and Physical Contact Policy

Policy Statement

Intimate care is defined as care tasks of an intimate nature, associated with bodily functions, body products & personal hygiene. This policy is designed to act as a guideline for anyone with responsibility for the intimate care of the children at Nursery Moksliukas.

 

Procedure:

  • Only nursery’s staff with a full and current DBS check is able to carry out this sort of care
  • Children who are not yet toilet trained will not be excluded from any activity in the nursery.
  • Intimate care is discussed with all employees during their induction. Staff receives regular supervision & appraisals, which are used to identify any areas for development or further training.
  • All staff receive safeguarding training. This is updated every year. The safeguarding officer updates training every 2 years.
  • All staff wear protective gloves & aprons for nappy changes, administering first aid or cleaning a child who has soiled themselves.
  • Every child is to be treated with dignity & respect. Privacy is ensured appropriate to the child’s age and situation. We have separate toilets for the children to use with doors. We stick to the requirement to have 1 toilet per 10 children.
  • Nappies are changed in designated places on a designated change mat. This is enclosed enough to give the child privacy, yet are not out of sight of other staff.
  • The child should be involved as much as possible in his or her intimate care. Allow the child to be as independent as possible. This can be for tasks such as removing clothing or washing private parts of a child’s body. Support the children in doing everything that they can for themselves.
  • If a child is fully dependent on you then talk to him/her about what you are doing and give choices where possible.
  • An adult who is not familiar to them will never support a child in intimate care.
  • Be responsive to a child’s reactions.
  • Encourage the child to have a positive body image of his/her own body. Confident, assertive children who feel their body belongs to them are less vulnerable to abuse.
  • Make sure the practice of intimate care is as consistent as possible.
  • The parent should be consulted about the intimate care that is given to their child. I.e. real nappies, water only.
  • Children are encouraged to wash their hands after messy play, after using the toilet, before & after eating.
  • Footsteps understand its legal obligation to meet the needs of children with any delays in any area of their development. We work in partnership with parents on an individual basis to make reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of each child.
  • If you are concerned that during the intimate care of a child:
    • You accidently hurt a child
    • The child seems sore or unusually tender in the genital area
    • The child misunderstands or misinterprets something
    • The child has a very strong emotional reaction without apparent cause (sudden shouting or crying).

 

Report any incident as soon as possible to the nursery manager.

All staff must ensure that they protect themselves by following these guidelines:

  • Always tell another member of staff when you are doing a change or accompanying a child to the toilet
  • Always ensure that a child’s privacy is protected
  • Always ensure that you are visible to other members of staff.
  • In some instances, it may be appropriate for 2 members of staff to change a child. If a child gets very distressed when being changed.
  • Always wear protective gloves & aprons and dispose of the nappies in yellow sacks
  • Always wash hands thoroughly after supporting a child with intimate care.

Physical contact

At Nursery Moksliukas we care for very young children. There will be times when staff are required to have close physical contact with a child. It is also important for the children to feel safe, secure and loved in their environment. We understand that children can react differently to physical contact and we respect this. Staff have received training in safeguarding & child protection.

It should always be the child who instigates any sort of physical contact such as cuddles. If a child is very upset then the adult must ask the child if they want a cuddle. Children should not be kissed by the nursery staff under any circumstances.

This policy should be read in conjunction with the settings other policies including Safeguarding, health & safety, SEND, Equality of opportunity, whistle blowing, parents as partners.

 

Babysitting policy

 

We do not provide a babysitting service outside our normal operating hours. However, we understand that parents sometimes ask nursery staff to babysit for their children and this policy has been implemented to clarify some points regarding private arrangements between staff and parents. Please also refer to our Safeguarding Children Statement.

  • The nursery is not responsible for any private arrangements or agreements that are made: such agreements are between the staff member and family. However, we do expect staff members to inform us if they are babysitting or caring for a child that attends the nursery outside of the setting.
  • All individuals working at Moksliukas Nursery have undergone a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for their suitability to work with children; however other adults accompanying them may not have. Babysitters should obtain consent from the parent if they wish another adult to accompany them.
  • We require the staff member and parent to sign a copy of this policy, which we will keep on file for the child and staff member.
  • We have rigorous recruitment and suitability processes in place to ensure that we employ competent and professional members of staff and uphold our duty to safeguard children whilst on our premises and in the care of our staff.

We have no such control over the conduct of staff outside of their position of employment. Parents should make their own checks as to the suitability of a member of staff for babysitting.

  • We will not take responsibility for any health and safety issues, conduct, grievances, or any other claims arising out of the staff member’s private arrangements outside of nursery hours. The member of staff will not be covered by the nursery’s insurance whilst babysitting as a private arrangement.
  • Out-of-hours work arrangements must not interfere with the staff member’s employment at the nursery.
  • All staff are bound by contract for the Confidentiality Policy and Data Protection Act that they are unable to discuss any issues regarding the nursery, other staff members, parents, or other children.
  • The nursery has a duty of care to safeguard all children attending the setting, so if a staff member has some concerns for a child following a private babysitting type arrangement they need to pass these concerns on to the Safeguarding lead within the setting.
  • It will be the staff member’s responsibility to ensure they have the appropriate insurance, MOT and child restraints or child safety seats if they are transporting them in a car.
  • It is not acceptable for a member of staff to transport a child by car directly to and from the nursery unless (1) it has been approved by the manager (2) the correct child seat is available (3) the parent has given written permission to do so (email will suffice).
  • The nursery accepts no liability for the child once off the premises

 

 

We have no such control over the conduct of staff outside of their position of employment. Parents should make their own checks as to the suitability of a member of staff for babysitting.

  • We will not take responsibility for any health and safety issues, conduct, grievances, or any other claims arising out of the staff member’s private arrangements outside of nursery hours. The member of staff will not be covered by the nursery’s insurance whilst babysitting as a private arrangement.
  • Out-of-hours work arrangements must not interfere with the staff member’s employment at the nursery.
  • All staff are bound by contract for the Confidentiality Policy and Data Protection Act that they are unable to discuss any issues regarding the nursery, other staff members, parents, or other children.
  • The nursery has a duty of care to safeguard all children attending the setting, so if a staff member has some concerns for a child following a private babysitting type arrangement they need to pass these concerns on to the Safeguarding lead within the setting.
  • It will be the staff member’s responsibility to ensure they have the appropriate insurance, MOT and child restraints or child safety seats if they are transporting them in a car.
  • It is not acceptable for a member of staff to transport a child by car directly to and from the nursery unless (1) it has been approved by the manager (2) the correct child seat is available (3) the parent has given written permission to do so (email will suffice).
  • The nursery accepts no liability for the child once off the premises

 

British Values

 

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 ‘Prevent Strategy’, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014 and added to Ofsted inspection guidance in July 2014.

Promoting British Values at Nursery Moksliukas

We are an inclusive setting and our ethos and curriculum enables children to be independent learners, to make choices and to build strong relationships with their peers and all adults. Our setting believes that children flourish best when their personal, social and emotional needs are met and where there are clear and developmentally appropriate expectations for their behaviour. We would challenge pupils, staff or parents who expressed opinions contrary to fundamental British values.

However when working with the Early Years age group these values need to be meaningful and age appropriate.

  • Democracy

We respect, listen to and act on children’s and parent’s voice. Children are involved in making class rules and they are expected to contribute and cooperate with them, taking into account the views of others.

  • The Rule of Law

We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children. Children are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations (rules) that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken. Our ‘Behaviour Management Policy’ aims to teach children to behave in socially acceptable ways and to understand the rights and needs of others. We use positive strategies to handle any conflict and praise and acknowledge desirable behaviours.

  • Individual Liberty

At Nursery Moksliukas children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young children to make choices, to manage risks, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering teaching. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are given opportunities to resolve conflicts effectively.

  • Mutual Respect

At Nursery Moksliukas we value all of our children and families. Children are modelled respect through caring, sharing and listening to others. Adults help children to understand how actions and words affect others. All children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities are valued for their individuality and supported to achieve their best. Children are taught that life is not the same for everyone and we support charities such as ‘Red Nose Day’, ‘Children in Need’, local Children’s Fund “Sunny Days”, charity fund “Sušildyk vaiko širdelę”.

  • Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

We aim to enhance children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs by participating in a range of celebrations throughout the year. Children have the opportunity to dress-up in clothes and try different foods from other cultures and we encourage parents/carers to participate and support our multi-cultural events. We ensure that posters, displays, messages of welcome reflect the wide range of languages and cultures that we are fortunate to have in our Nursery’s family. We monitor all forms of bullying and harassment and actively promote courtesy and good manners towards all.

The Early Education Funding Regulations in England have been amended to ensure that settings who fail to promote the four fundamental British Values of democracy, the Rule of law, Individual liberty and Mutual respect and Tolerance for those with different faiths and believes do not receive funding from Local Authorities for the Free Early Years Entitlement.

At Nursery Moksliukas, embedded in everything we do, is our determination to develop skills of empathy and tolerance to make everyone at our setting feel valued and respected.

What is not acceptable is:

  • Actively promoting intolerance of other faiths, cultures and races.
  • Failure to challenge gender stereotypes and routinely segregate girls and boys.
  • Isolating children for wider community.
  • Failure to challenge behaviour (whatever of staff, children or parents) that are not in line with Fundamental British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.

This is how we will be demonstrating that we are promoting fundamental British Values

Democracy The Rule of law Individual Liberty Mutual respect and Tolerance of Different Faiths and believes
Social Moral Spiritual Cultural
Unique Child– recognise and model respect for each child and their family
PSED- self-confidence and self-awareness PSED– managing feelings and behaviour PSED– self-confidence and self-awareness

UW– people and communities

 

PSED– making relationships, managing behaviour

UW– people and communities

We involve children in decision-making here at Nursery Moksliukas, such as decisions on food, play and rules. We support children in managing their feelings and behaviour, e.g. by providing books that show characters help and support each other; talking about our emotions; using music that captures different moods. We consider how we can support children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development in particular self-confidence and self-awareness. We support children’s understanding of diversity and challenge any negative attitudes and stereotypes displayed.
We teach children that their decisions count We arrange visits to and from our local police, fire and ambulance services. We allow children to take risks, e.g. during outdoor play and when trying out new ideas. We model an inclusive attitude to different faiths, cultures and beliefs.
We think about the Characteristics of Effective Learning and how children are engaged, motivated and thinking critically. We talk about why rules are important, and consequences. We think about the Characteristics of Effective Learning and how children are engaged, motivated and thinking critically. We provide many activities that encourage turn taking
We involve parents in decision-making about Nursery Moksliukas, by listening to feedback received and using it to improve practice. We talk to the children about how to encourage them to resolve conflicts. We encourage the children to recognise and celebrate success. We provide lots of role play activities.
We plan to allow enough time for activities to be completed and discuss their outcomes. We help the children to recognise and respect both similarities and differences.
We encourage group discussion to talk about feelings and recognise that everyone has different opinions. We involve the children in the wider community through fundraising and outings.
We work in partnership with parents to share knowledge and experience.
We provide resources and activities that challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping.

Behaviour Management

 

We believe that children and adults flourish best in an ordered environment in which everyone knows what is expected of them and children are free to develop their play and learning without fear of being hurt or hindered by anyone else. We aim to work towards a situation in which children can develop self-discipline and self-esteem in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement.

We believe that behaviour is learnt- we can therefore teach children to be kind through staff acting as positive role models, through planning, resources, play and making children feel welcome and secure in our environment.

It is central to the philosophy of the Nursery that all staff should be very positive at all times towards the children, towards each other and towards the nursery.

It is central to the philosophy of the Nursery that all staff should be very positive at all times towards the children, towards each other and towards the nursery.

We believe in working closely with parents/carers, enabling a consistent approach to behaviour management. Any issues or problems arising with children, other members or staff or parents should be discussed in private with the head of the nursery. The passing of negative comments about parents, other staff or children is not acceptable in any other form.

As outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidance, it is important when considering a child’s behaviour to look at factors in the setting they are in that could be influencing behaviour before looking for strategies to “fix the problem”.

There are key-areas to consider are: the environment, relationships and strategies.

 

 

                                                                                 Promoting positive behaviour

Behaviour management strategies

                                                                

Positive adult – child relationship
Stimulating and safe environment

 

Our Environment

In order to achieve our aims, we will:

  • Provide an age appropriate environment with stimulating activities, using observations for our planning.
  • Ensure that the environment is safe, attractive, welcoming, inviting, and include activities for children that focus on their interests and their choices.
  • Encourage good communication between staff to ensure the smooth running of sessions.

Relationships:

In order to achieve this:

  • Adults are expected to provide positive role models to children at all times, e.g. turn taking, sharing, caring for each other, helping to understand our thoughts and emotions and general social skills. This is the way staff communicates with each other and with children in their care.
  • Alongside parents/carers we will have a consistent, calm and friendly approach when dealing with undesirable behaviour.
  • We offer opportunities to all parents/carers in which they can discuss any issue or concern in confidence or private with the key person or management team.
  • We will have clear consistent communication with parents/carers through notice boards, daily handovers, and parent/carer evenings and events days.
  • Staff must be discreet when communicating incidents of challenging behaviour to other staff-speak to them in a quiet area away from the children, parents.carers.
  • We will also take into consideration the strategies used at home to deal with undesirable behaviour in line with our nursery policy.
  • Rules governing the conduct of the Nursery and the behaviour of the children will be discussed and agreed within the Nursery and explained to all newcomers, children, their parents and nursery staff members:
  • All Nursery staff will ensure that the rules are applied consistently, so that children have the security of knowing what to expect and can build up useful habits of behaviour.
  • All Nursery staff will try to provide a positive model for the children with regard to friendliness, care and courtesy.
  • Nursery staff members will praise and endorse desirable behaviour such as kindness and willingness to share.
  • The Nursery will take positive steps to avoid a situation in which children receive adult attention only in return for undesirable behaviour.

 

Our positive behaviour management guidelines are:

  • Be firm, fair and consistent – we will aim to be aware of any child’s behaviour problem and all try to be consistent in the approach that we use to deal with it.
  • Set good examples – we all know that children learn by example, so we as adults will try to be aware of our actions and strive to behave in the way we would expect children in our care.
  • Develop a positive image for each individual child – by encouraging every child, regardless of age, gender or disability to take part in Nursery activities. We will ensure that all toys and equipment are equally accessible to the children, always striving to promote all cultures within the nursery by way of books, displays, toys, discussion.
  • Criticise actions rather than children – by explaining to the child that it is their behaviour that is unacceptable and needs to be changed and always reassuring them, praising positive behaviour.
  • Give appropriate outlets for self-expression – by providing opportunities for physical activities such as physical play, music and movement etc., and by encouraging children to talk about their feelings.
  • Praise and encouragement – by offering praise and encouragement, children will gain confidence and a feeling of self-importance.

 

Strategies:

When children behave in unacceptable ways:

  • Physical punishment, such as smacking or shaking, will neither be used nor threatened.
  • Always keep calm. Never show that undesirable behaviour has a negative impact on you.
  • Go down to child’s level.
  • An explanation of why the behaviour was inappropriate should always be given in a clear, age appropriate manner.
  • Please be discreet and if other children are trying to listen to the conversation, gently encourage them to do something else or ask a member of staff to distract them.
  • Ensure that you remember, that the behaviour is not to blame a child.
  • Children will never be sent out of the room by themselves.
  • Techniques intended to single out and humiliate individual children such as the “naughty chair” will not be used.
  • No child in the room should be forced to say “sorry” , if they wish to on their own accord that is acceptable. It may be suggested that they give the other child a hug to comfort them or to draw a picture or ask the other child (the “victim”) “what could … do to cheer you up?”.
  • Children who misbehave will be given one-to-one support by a nursery staff member in seeing what was wrong and working towards positive behaviour.
  • Where appropriate this might be achieved by a period of “time out” with a nursery staff member.
  • Staff must refrain from suggesting that a child will be sent to another room, if their negative behaviour continues.
  • In situations where children are causing each other distress, e.g. over particular toys, they may be encouraged to use a sand timer to share and take turns or to be distracted with another toy or activity.
  • In cases of serious misbehaviour, such as racial or other abuse, the unacceptability of the behaviour and attitudes will be made clear immediately, but by means of explanations rather than personal blame.
  • In any case of misbehaviour, it will always be made clear to the child or children in question that it is the behaviour, not the child, is unwelcome.
  • Nursery staff will not shout, nor raise their voices in a threatening way. Staff should use a gentle, calm tone, and child appropriate language when dealing with undesirable behaviour.
  • Any behaviour problems will be handled in a developmentally appropriate fashion, respecting individual children’s levels of understanding and maturity.
  • Recurring problems will be tackled by the whole Nursery, in partnership with the child’s parents, using objective observation records to establish an understanding of the problem or possible cause.
  • On occasion it may be necessary to separate children from one another or if there is a situation where there is a risk of them causing the other/each other harm. If this has been necessary, we will inform the parent/carer at pick up. It will be noted within the room’s message form to be relayed through feedback at the end of the day.

   When children behave in unacceptable ways:

  • Physical punishment, such as smacking or shaking, will be neither be used nor threatened.
  • Children will never be sent out of the room by themselves.
  • Techniques intended to single out and humiliate individual children such as the “naughty chair” will not be used.
  • Children who misbehave will be given on-to-one support by a nursery staff member in seeing what was wrong and working towards positive behaviour.
  • Where appropriate this might be achieved by a period of “time out” with a nursery staff member.
  • In cases of serious misbehaviour, such as racial or other abuse, the unacceptability of the behaviour and attitudes will be made clear immediately, but by means of explanations rather than personal blame.
  • In any case of misbehaviour, it will always be made clear to the child or children in question that it is the behaviour, not the child, is unwelcome.
  • Nursery staff will not shout, nor raise their voices in a threatening way.
  • Any behaviour problems will be handled in a developmentally appropriate fashion, respecting individual children’s levels of understanding and maturity.
  • Recurring problems will be tackled by the whole Nursery, in partnership with the child’s parents, using objectives observation records to establish an understanding of the problem or possible cause.
  • Nursery staff will be aware that some kinds of behaviour may arise from a child’s special needs.
  • If a child has been identified as having special needs, the staff would refer to the “policy for children with special education needs” before any actions are taken.

Special needs and behaviour

  • Nursery staff will be aware that some kinds of behaviour may arise from a child’s special needs.
  • If a child has been identified as having special needs, the staff would refer to the “policy for children with special education needs” before any actions are taken.
  • On occasion it may be necessary to separate children from one another or if there is a situation where there is a risk of them causing the other/each other harm. If this has been necessary, we will inform the parent/carer at pick up. It will be noted within the room’s message form to be relayed through feedback at the end of the day.

 

Bullying

  • Our approach to bullying is the same as the approach to any unacceptable behaviour in that we will give the child a clear explanation of why we feel what he/she is doing is wrong.
  • Discussion will take place with all children involved and this will also include parents/carers.
  • Please refer for “Anti-bullying policy”

We have to set boundaries in order to:

  • Provide guidance & general rules.
  • Prevent chaos.
  • To ensure health & safety.
  • Learn acceptable & unacceptable behaviour.
  • Promote moral & spiritual well-being.
  • Provide security for children.
  • Prepare children for life in society.
  • Promote caring.
  • Good practice for dealing with unacceptable behaviour
  • Take into account the child’s age, stage of development, understanding and individual needs.
  • Minor behaviour problems can and should be ignored.
  • Praising appropriate and positive attention may be sufficient to change the unacceptable behaviour.
  • Change your tone of voice to illustrate your disapproval of behaviour, adopting a firm tone.
  • To gain attention of a child/children raise your voice but do not shout, talk to them at their own level and gain eye contact where possible.
  • Let the child know that it is the behaviour that is unacceptable, not the child.
  • Never humiliate or ridicule the child/children in front of others, take them aside and talk to them about their behaviour quietly.
  • If the child is involved in a dispute with another child and they need intervention to avoid injury, ask the children how it happened and allow them to give ideas on how to solve the dispute.
  • Use positively phrased comments. Explain to the child by using examples, if possible, e.g. If you throw the sand, it could go in Susie’s eyes and hurt her, so please don’t do it. I saw you make a beautiful sand castle this morning. I’d like to see another one.
  • If the child persists in presenting unacceptable behaviour tell them what the consequences will be if they continue, e.g. they will not be able to play with the activity, watch a video or stay in that area any more. Follow this through by directing the child to another activity of their choice.
  • If the behaviour is dangerous or disruptive, time out may have to be used to enable the child to calm down and give staff/parents/carers the opportunity to talk to the child at their level of understanding, to hold and comfort them as appropriate. Reward the child for good behaviour in return.

Children’s behaviour can be affected by many external factors, such as:

  • Family problems (new baby, new house, change in routine, family relationship difficulties).
  • Neglect (lack of care, personal or emotional, lack of attention).
  • Inconsistent boundaries (between parents/carers at home or staff/parents at nursery).
  • Lack of play space.
  • Insufficient positive attention.
  • Language delay.
  • Inability to express feelings.
  • Not enough stimulation/boredom.
  • Staff shortages/conflict/unfamiliar staff.
  • Staff/parent stress/poor attitudes.
  • Too high expectations.
  • No freedom of choice.
  • Not enough time to complete activities/bad time management.
  • Other factors
  • Lack of sleep/tiredness.
  • Illness, feeling unwell.
  • Medical conditions e g hyperactivity.
  • First time at Nursery (settling into routines, expectations).
  • Minor or major change in general routines.

It is of vital importance that staff and parents/carers work closely together to ensure that children have consistency in the management of their behaviour by means of regular discussion and the sharing of methods and information.

 

Language development as strategy for behaviour management

A large number of children, who are described as having behaviour difficulties, actually have difficulties with their language and communication. Instead of being able to say: “Can I have a turn please?” they often push/hit other children or snatch things from them as they have no other way to communicate their needs.

When looking for ideas to support these children an approach known as “commenting” is a valuable way to help them learn language: Describe the child’s or your own play or behaviour /feelings.

The child may be referred to their local Children’s Centre (Chatterbox or Screening group)- if the child is supported to learn more language, their difficult behaviour often reduces as they are less frustrated and able to make their needs known in a more appropriate way.

Work as a team to reinforce all the above-working with parents and carers

It is essential that parents are involved as much as possible in every part of the dealing with unacceptable behaviour. The more they are consulted at each stage of their child’s development, the more likely it is that their child will achieve their full potential.

There are simple factors that support this partnership:

  • Making parents feel welcome each time they come to nursery
  • Inviting them into special events and open days
  • Taking time to chat to them about any issues outside nursery that could influence their child’s behaviour
  • Allocating each child, a key-worker and making sure that the parent knows who this is if they need to contact them or discuss things.
  • Ensuring there is plenty of information available for parents about local support groups.

We recognise that children will pick up speech/behaviour habits from their parents, and may use speech which is inappropriate (for example racial comments) without realising this to be the case. If this happens the parent must be contacted immediately and the difficulty pointed out. The parent will be requested to work with their child to show them that the comments they have made are not acceptable within the Nursery.

Where the parent refuses to accept that the child has made these comments, or seeks to justify the comments because they are valid, or just ‘child talk’, and that the child ‘doesn’t mean it’ the teacher must insist that action is taken to stop the child behaving in this way, and that the justifications or excuses are not acceptable.

Unacceptable verbal behaviour within this context includes any form of racist comments, verbal bullying and swearing.

Unacceptable physical behaviour will be dealt with in the same way.

The incident must be written down and recorded in the incident book.

If the child shows no sign of improvement in behaviour the child’s parents must be sent a written warning, explicitly stating what the child is saying that is unacceptable, and warning the parent that the child will be expelled from the Nursery if the behaviour does not stop immediately.

If the behaviour is not resolved the child may be excluded from the nursery.

 

Positive Handling Policy (use of restrictive physical interventions)

 

EYFS Framework 3.52: … A person will not be taken to have used corporal punishment (and therefore will not have committed an offence), where physical intervention50 was taken for the purposes of averting immediate danger of personal injury to any person (including the child) or to manage a child’s behaviour if absolutely necessary. Providers, including childminders, must keep a record of any occasion where physical intervention is used, and parents and/or carers must be informed on the same day, or as soon as reasonably practicable.

 

Nursery Moksliukas operates a positive Behaviour Policy. It is our aim to establish good behaviour from our children in a caring and supportive environment where the welfare of the children is paramount.

The purpose of this policy is to outline the procedures to be followed in the rare case of a restrictive physical intervention being used by a member of staff towards a child.

These standard operating procedures do not prevent positive handling or touch and do not constitute a ‘no touch’ policy. Any incidents of inappropriate handling or touch would be dealt with via the safeguarding policy and procedures, including supervision procedures or disciplinary policy where required.

Mechanical and environmental methods of physical intervention (such as the use of high chairs and stair gates to ensure a child’s safety) will be appropriately risk assessed under the settings health & safety procedures.

 

It is our aim to:

  • Create a warm, calm and orderly atmosphere that promotes a sense of nursery Moksliukas
  • Achieve a consistent attitude by all staff that gives children a sense of security and safety whilst promoting clear expectations on acceptable behaviour
  • Ensure that all staff, management team, children, parents/carers understand their roles and responsibility with regard to behaviour management
  • Promote the continual development of staff and appropriate documented training necessary

 

The attitude and behaviour of all staff is essential in creating and maintaining a positive ethos within the nursery, the committed team approach will help provide a positive role model for children where they respect themselves and others.

 

The Law allows for practitioners and other persons authorised by the Nursery Manager to use Restrictive Physical Intervention to prevent a child from doing or continuing to do any of the following:

  • Committing a criminal offence (or for a pupil under the age of criminal responsibility, what would be an offence for older pupil)
  • Where there is a risk of injury to others or to the child
  • Where there is a risk of significant damage to property
  • Where good order and discipline is compromised
  • Positive Handling Policy is about touch and the use of Restrictive Physical Intervention for all staff working with children in Nursery Moksliukas.

 

Definition:

Physical intervention is any method of physically intervening to resolve a difficult or dangerous situation, and is not necessarily physical restraint.

Physical restraint is defined as when a member of staff uses force with the intention of restricting a child’s movement against his/her will.

Physical intervention and restraint should be used as last resort to support children in times of crisis. Restraint should be avoided wherever possible. It is never a substitute for good behaviour management. Other methods (such as defusing conflict, non- physical calming, etc) of managing the situation should always be tried first, unless this is impractical.

The degree of force used should be the minimum needed to achieve the desired result.

 

Prior to the use of restrictive physical intervention, where a child is at risk of immediate harm to themselves, others or property may be damaged staff may:

  • Use a diversionary technique – e.g. to another activity, or by speaking to the child
  • Call ‘Stop’ loudly and clearly.
  • Remove items that could be damaged or cause harm from the vicinity of the child.
  • Remove other children from the area to ensure their safety.

 

Physical restraint should only be considered an option if:

  • Calming and defusing strategies have failed to de-escalate the situation
  • The response is in the paramount interests of the children
  • Not intervening is likely to result in more dangerous consequences than intervening.

 

Should restrictive physical intervention require it should be at the minimum level required.

  • Aim for ‘side by side’ contact with the child (reduces risk of injury or allegations towards the adult)
  • When ‘side by side’ aim for ‘no gap’ between child & adult (minimises risk of injury)
  • Adults to aim to keep their backs as straight as possible
  • Be aware of the position of the child’s head (to avoid head butts)
  • Hold children by the long bones only and not joints, chest cavity or stomach
  • Ensure no restriction on the child’s ability to breath
  • Avoid lifting mobile children where possible.

 

Using force

 

Before using force staff should, wherever practicable, tell the child to stop misbehaving and communicate in a calm and measured manner throughout the incident. Staff should never give the impression of acting out of anger or frustration or to punish a child, and should make it clear that physical contact or restraint will stop as soon as it ceases to be necessary.

Certain types of physical contact will never be tolerated or used by nursery staff. E.g. kicking, slapping, punching, tripping, holding a child face down to the ground, any contact/hold that may restrict breathing/airways or forcing limbs against children joints.

 

If restrictive physical intervention has been used:

  • A record of restrictive physical intervention should be completed immediately
  • The restrictive physical intervention log should be completed (his should be signed termly by the setting manager)
  • The parents/carers must be informed on the same day or as soon as reasonably practicable.
  • A review of the circumstances surrounding the use of restrictive physical intervention should take place and any actions or next steps completed.
  • The number of incidents of restrictive physical intervention for the child involved should be reviewed. Is there a need to further support from the SENDCo or outside agencies?

 

Risk management

 

Any child who has needed to be restrained or who has challenging behaviour which might make this necessary should have a risk assessment and a behaviour plan specifying situations most likely to trigger difficulty behaviour. Any strategies (defusing techniques) most likely to help should be agreed with parents/carers and communicated to all staff who work with the child. (This must be reviewed every half term)

 

Health & safety

 

Children’s health and safety must always be considered first and monitored at all times. Any restraint must be ceased immediately if significant signs of physical distress are seen. i.e. sudden changes in colour, difficulties in breathing, vomiting.

Staff is not under a duty to run the risk of personal injury, by intervening where it is not safe to do so. If the situation is assessed as being too dangerous, staff should remove other children, retire to a safe distance and call for another member of staff to help.

If a child and his/her parents/carers wish to make a complaint about physical restraint used by a member of staff or other authorised person, they will complain to the manager in the first instance ( or to the owner if the manager is subject of the complaint). The incident will then be investigated under the relevant disciplinary procedure.

 

Outings Policy

 

For all outings the following procedures must be followed:

  • Written permission must be obtained from all parents prior to the outing.
  • Staffing ratios will be maintained at the same level as in force in the nursery. These will differ dependent upon the ages of the children but a basic guideline is as follows:
  • Children under two years will be able to go out on a 1 adult: 2 children staff ratio and will travel in double buggies.
  • Children aged 2-3 years will go out on a 1 adult: 2 or 3 children ratio, dependent upon how mobile and steady children are. Younger children may still travel in buggies where necessary.
  • 4 year olds may go out on a 1 adult: 4 children ratio.

There must always be a minimum of 2 staff members on every outing.

  • A list of children and staff going out must be noted in the outing register form, to remain at the nursery and a duplicate list taken with the group going on the outing. Both copies of registration sheets must contain contact numbers, allergies, etc.
  • Each worker should retain responsibility for their small group and keep to the time stated in the outings book.
  • Each child must wear a bright safety vest with Nursery name and contact number on the back.
  • Staff in charge must telephone the project officer if there are any problems.
  • Additionally, where possible, parents will be encouraged to join in as they can be responsible for their own children and allow staff to concentrate on the other children.
  • A First Aider must be present and a suitable first aid box must be taken.
  • The children must be counted before setting off (on the coach, if used) and counting must be on going at regular intervals throughout the outing. If the group is broken up into sub-groups, a designated person in charge must be assigned and that person is responsible for counting the children at regular intervals. The senior member of staff will hold a register of children/staff present.
  • Children who are not toilet trained should not be taken on outings unless accompanied by a parent.
  • Toilet facilities must be provided for the children at regular intervals.
  • Food and drinks must be provided at similar times to those in the nursery and additional drinks should be offered if the weather is warm or if energetic exercise is part of the day.
  • Meeting points must be pre-designated and times arranged when all the party should assemble. These must be strictly adhered to.
  • Transport must be fully insured, drivers’ details satisfactory and all seats must have safety harnesses or equivalent. The maximum seat capacity of the vehicle must not be exceeded.
  • All children should have spare clothing.

At the conclusion of each outing the practitioner in charge of the outing will complete a rewiew of the outing, nothing the folowing.

  • Any particular problems with transport (e.g., coach arriving late, no seat belts etc.)
  • Any particular problems with the venue (e.g., nowhere to shelter during rain)
  • Any particular problems with specific children (illness, distress, etc.)
  • Educational benefits of the visit
  • Comments from parents
  • Recommendations for future visits.

Prior to each outing the teacher in charge of the outing will refer back to the reviews and take accounts of comments when preparing for the next outing.

 

Lost Child Policy

 

There are a limited number of situations where a child could be lost and these are:

  • Where a child wanders off on a nursery outing (see Policy on Outings)
  • Where a child escapes from the garden
  • Where a child is taken from the nursery by an unapproved adult

If a child becomes lost the following action should be taken:

  • Alert the member of staff in charge or proprietor who will make enquiries of relevant members of staff as to when the child was last seen and where.
  • Remember the safety of the other children, with regard to supervision and security.
  • Ensuring that the remaining children are sufficiently supervised and secure, one or preferably two members of staff should search the building, garden and immediate vicinity.
  • If the child cannot be found within fifteen minutes then the Police and parents must be informed.
  • Continue to search, opening up the area and keeping in touch with mobile phone if available.
  • When the situation has been resolved, members of staff should review the reasons for it happening and ensure measures are taken to ensure that it does not happen again.

 

Late collection Policy

 

Procedure for Parents/Carer failing to collect child

To ensure that we comply with staffing ratios we need parents to pick up their children promptly at the end of the session. In the event of an unavailable delay we ask parents to contact the Nursery as soon as possible.

In other case, parents will be contacted using available telephone numbers. If contact is unsuccessful the specified third party will be contacted.

 

Late collection of children

The nursery closes promptly each day at 6.00pm.  If your child is not collected on time constantly, the Nursery may ask parents to explain in writing reason of late collection and take actions.

If tendency still persist, the Nursery can demand that  parents of the child must pay the fine: from 1 to 10 min – £5, from 10 to 20 min – £10, from 20 to 30 min – £15, more than 30 min – £20. The time will be recorded from the clock in the room without dispute.