62. Access and Storage of Information EYFS: 3.68 – 3.71 At Mini Me’s Nursery we have an open access policy in relation to accessing information about the nursery and parents’ own children. This policy is subject to the laws relating to data protection and document retention. Parents are welcome to view the policies and procedures of the nursery which govern the way in which the nursery operates. These may be viewed at any time when the nursery is open, simply by asking the nursery manager or by accessing the file in the reception area or on the nursery Famly app or website. The nursery manager or any other relevant staff member will also explain any policies and procedures to parents or use any other methods to make sure that parents understand these in line with the nursery’s communications policy. Parents are also welcome to see and contribute to all the records that are kept on their child. However, we must adhere to data protection laws and, where relevant, any guidance from the relevant agencies for child protection. As we hold personal information about staff and families, we are registered under data protection law with the Information Commissioner’s Office. A copy of the certificate can be viewed on the notice board outside the nursery office. All parent, child and staff information is stored securely according to the requirements of data protection registration, including details, permissions, certificates and photographic images. We will ensure that staff understand the need to protect the privacy of the children in their care as well as the legal requirements that exist to ensure that information relating to the child is handled in a way that ensures confidentiality. The nursery’s records and documentation that are required to be kept and stored by current legislation are performed in accordance with minimum legal archiving requirements. We currently archive these records for at least 24 years to ensure we are covered for any child protection concerns. Nursery records and documentation that are not required to be kept are deleted or destroyed in line with the current data protection laws and our Privacy Notice which can be found on the nursery website. If Parents have a specific deletion or retention request regarding any data that we hold, please raise a query in writing and we will respond formally to your request. This policy will be reviewed annually and amended according to any change in law/legislation. This policy was adopted on Signed on behalf of the nursery Date for review 19th October 2018 D Glover October 2019

42. Accidents and First Aid EYFS: 3.25, 3.50, 3.51 At Mini Me’s Nursery we aim to protect children at all times. We recognise that accidents or incidents may sometimes occur. We follow this policy and procedure to ensure all parties are supported and cared for when accidents or incidents happen; and that the circumstances of the accident or incident are reviewed with a view to minimising any future risks. Accidents Location of accident files: Each room has an accident summary sheet, children’s completed accident forms are stored in their file, for minor accidents forms will be completed directly on the Famly app. The staff, parents and visitor’s accident book is stored in the nursery office • The person responsible for reporting accidents, incidents or near misses is the member of staff who saw the incident or was first to find the child where there are no witnesses. They must record it on an Accident Form and report it to the nursery manager. Other staff who have witnessed the accident may also countersign the form and, in more serious cases, provide a statement. This should be done as soon as the accident is dealt with, whilst the details are still clearly remembered. Parents must be shown the Accident Report, informed of any first aid treatment given and asked to sign it on the same day, or as soon as reasonably practicable after, for minor accidents a form will be completed on the childs profile on the family app for parents to see. • The nursery manager reviews the accident forms at least monthly/ for patterns, e.g. one child having a repeated number of accidents, a particular area in the nursery or a particular time of the day when most accidents happen. Any patterns will be investigated by the nursery manager and all necessary steps to reduce risks are put in place • The nursery manager will report serious accidents to the registered person for investigation for further action to be taken (i.e. a full risk assessment or report under Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)) • The Accident File will be kept for at least 21 years and three months • Where medical attention is required, a senior member of staff will notify the parent(s) as soon as possible whilst caring for the child appropriately • Where medical treatment is required the nursery manager will follow the insurance company procedures, which may involve informing them in writing of the accident • The nursery manager/registered provider will report any accidents of a serious nature to Ofsted and the local authority children’s social care team (as the local child protection agency), where necessary. Where relevant such accidents will also be reported to the local authority environmental health department or the Health and Safety Executive and their advice followed. Notification must be made as soon as is reasonably practical, but in any event within 14 days of the incident occurring. Organisation Contact Ofsted 03001231231 Local authority children’s social care team 03001236720 Local authority environmental health department 01253 891000 Health and Safety Executive 03452340404 (citation) RIDDOR report form http://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/report.htm Head injuries If a child has a head injury in the setting then we will follow the following procedure: • Calm the child • Assess the child’s condition to ascertain if a hospital or ambulance is required. We will follow our procedure for this if this is required (see below) • If the skin is not broken we will administer a cold compress for short periods of time, repeated until the parent arrives to collect their child • If the skin is broken then we will follow our first aid training and stem the bleeding • Call the parent and make them aware of the injury • Complete the accident form • Keep the child in a calm and quiet area whilst awaiting collection • We will follow the advice on the NHS website as per all head injuries https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/minor-head-injury/ • For major head injuries we will follow our first aid training. Transporting children to hospital procedure The nursery manager/staff member must: • Call for an ambulance immediately if the injury is severe. DO NOT attempt to transport the sick child in your own vehicle • Whilst waiting for the ambulance, contact the parent(s) and arrange to meet them at the hospital • Arrange for the most appropriate member of staff to accompany the child taking with them any relevant information such as registration forms, relevant medication sheets, medication and the child’s comforter • Redeploy staff if necessary to ensure there is adequate staff deployment to care for the remaining children. This may mean temporarily grouping the children together • Inform a member of the management team immediately • Remain calm at all times. Children who witness an incident may well be affected by it and may need lots of cuddles and reassurance. Staff may also require additional support following the accident First aid The first aid boxes are located in: in each room, kitchen and office These are accessible at all times with appropriate content for use with children. The appointed person responsible for first aid checks the contents of the boxes regularly and replaces items that have been used or are out of date. The staff first aid box is kept Kitchen/office This is kept out of reach of the children. First aid boxes should only contain items permitted by the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations Act 1981, such as sterile dressings, bandages and eye pads. No other medical items, such as paracetamol should be kept in them. The appointed person(s) responsible for first aid is Rebecca Hartley All of the staff are trained in paediatric first aid and this training is updated every three years. All first aid trained staff are listed in every room. When children are taken on an outing away from our nursery, we will always ensure they are accompanied by at least one member of staff who is trained in first aid. A first aid box is taken on all outings. Food Safety and play Children are supervised during meal times and food is adequately cut up to reduce choking. The use of food as a play material is discouraged. However, as we understand that learning experiences are provided through exploring different malleable materials the following may be used. These are risk assessed and presented differently to the way it would be presented for eating e.g. in trays, • Playdough • Cornflour • Dried pasta, rice and pulses. Food items may also be incorporated into the role play area to enrich the learning experiences for children, e.g. Fruits and Vegetables. Children will be supervised during these activities. Personal protective equipment (PPE) The nursery provides staff with PPE according to the need of the task or activity. Staff must wear PPE to protect themselves and the children during tasks that involve contact with bodily fluids. PPE is also provided for domestic tasks. Staff are consulted when choosing PPE to ensure all allergies and individual needs are supported and this is evaluated on an ongoing basis. Dealing with blood We may not be aware that any child attending the nursery has a condition that may be transmitted via blood. Any staff member dealing with blood must: • Always take precautions when cleaning wounds as some conditions such as hepatitis or the HIV virus can be transmitted via blood. • Wear disposable gloves and wipe up any blood spillage with disposable cloths, neat sterilising fluid or freshly diluted bleach (one part diluted with 10 parts water). Such solutions must be carefully disposed of immediately after use. Needle punctures and sharps injury We recognise that injuries from needles, broken glass and so on may result in bloodborne infections and that staff must take great care in the collection and disposal of this type of material. For the safety and well-being of the employees, any staff member dealing with needles, broken glass etc. must treat them as contaminated waste. If a needle is found the local authority must be contacted to deal with its disposal. At Mini Me’s Nursery we treat our responsibilities and obligations in respect of health and safety as a priority and we provide ongoing training to all members of staff which reflects best practice and is in line with current health and safety legislation. This policy was adopted on Signed on behalf of the nursery Date for review 19th October 2018 D Glover October 2019

64. Admissions EYFS: 3.28, 3.57 At Mini Me’s Nursery we care for 100 children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years The numbers and ages of children admitted to the nursery comply with the legal space requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). When considering admissions we are mindful of staff: child ratios and the facilities available at the nursery. The nursery will use the following admission criteria which will be applied in the following order of priority: 1. Looked after children 2. A child known by the local authority to have special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND) and whose needs can be best met at the preferred nursery 3. A vulnerable child with either a Child Protection or a Child in Need Plan or Local Authority/Common Assessment Framework 4. Children who have siblings who are already with us 5. Children whose parents live within the area. A child requiring a full-time place may have preference over one requiring a part-time place. This is dependent upon work commitments, occupancy and room availability. We operate an inclusion and equality policy and ensure that all children have access to nursery places and services irrespective of their gender, race, disability, religion or belief or sexual orientation of parents. Prior to a child attending nursery, parents must complete and sign a registration form. These forms provide the nursery with personal details relating to the child. For example, name, date of birth, address, emergency contact details, parental responsibilities, dietary requirements, collection arrangements, fees and sessions, contact details for parents, doctor’s contact details, health visitor contact details, allergies, parental consent and vaccinations etc. Providers eligible to provide government funded places for early education All settings registered to accept government funding (detailed in the code of practice) must offer free places for two/three to five year olds for early learning sessions specified by the local authority. At Mini Me’s Nursery we currently provide free funded places available for children subject to availability. These places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and can be booked a term in advance. Please note for admissions for the free nursery education we have a termly intake, beginning the term following your child’s *second/*third birthday. All funded sessions are now in line with the flexible arrangement as specified by the Government. When you register your child for their funded place we will discuss your needs and, as far as possible with availability and staffing arrangements, we will accommodate your wishes. This policy was adopted on Signed on behalf of the nursery Date for review 19th October 2018 D Glover October 2019

26. Adverse Weather EYFS: 3.58 At Mini Me’s Nursery we have an adverse weather policy in place to ensure our nursery is prepared for all weather conditions that might affect the running of the nursery such as floods, snow and heat waves. If any of these incidents impact on the ability of the nursery to open or operate, we will contact parents via Famly our nursery app. We will not take children outdoors where we judge that weather conditions make it unsafe to do so. Flood In the case of a flood we will follow our critical incident procedure to enable all children and staff to be safe and continuity of care to be planned for. Snow or other severe weather If high snowfall, or another severe weather condition such as dense fog, is threatened during a nursery day then the manager will take the decision as to whether to close the nursery. This decision will take into account the safety of the children, their parents and the staff team. In the event of a planned closure during the nursery day, we will contact all parents to arrange for collection of their child. In the event of staff shortages due to snow or other severe weather, we will contact all available off duty staff and/or agency staff and group the children differently until they are able to arrive. If we are unable to maintain statutory ratio requirements after all avenues are explored, we will contact Ofsted to inform them of this issue, recording all details in our incident file. If we feel the safety, health or welfare of the children is compromised then we will take the decision to close the nursery. Heat wave Please refer to our sun care policy. This policy was adopted on Signed on behalf of the nursery Date for review 8 th October D Glover October 2019

21. Alcohol and Substance Misuse EYFS: 3.19 At Mini Me’s Nursery we are committed to providing a safe environment that helps to ensure the welfare of the children in our care. This includes making sure that children are not exposed to adults who may be under the influence of alcohol or other substances that may affect their ability to care for children. Alcohol Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, companies have a legal requirement to provide a safe working environment for all of their employees. Anyone who arrives at the nursery clearly under the influence of alcohol will be asked to leave. If they are a member of staff, the nursery will investigate the matter and will initiate the disciplinary process as a result of which action may be taken, including dismissal. If they are a parent the nursery will judge if the parent is suitable to care for the child. The nursery may call the second contact on the child’s registration form to collect them. If a child is thought to be at risk the nursery will follow the safeguarding children/child protection procedure and the police/children’s social services may be called. If anyone arrives at the nursery in a car under the influence of alcohol the police will be contacted. Staff, students, parents, carers, visitors, contractors etc. are asked not to bring alcohol on to the nursery premises. Substance misuse Anyone who arrives at the nursery under the influence of illegal drugs, or any other substance including medication, that affects their ability to care for children, will be asked to leave the premises immediately. If they are a member of staff, an investigation will follow which may lead to consideration of disciplinary action, as a result of which dismissal could follow. If they are a parent the nursery will judge if the parent is suitable to care for the child. The nursery may call the second contact on the child’s registration form to collect them. If a child is thought to be at risk the nursery will follow the safeguarding children/child protection procedure and the police may be called. The nursery will contact the police if anyone (including staff, students, volunteers, contractors and visitors) is suspected of being in possession of illegal drugs or if they are driving or may drive when under the influence of illegal drugs. If they are a member of staff serious disciplinary procedures will be followed. If a member of staff is taking prescriptive medication that may affect their ability to work, they must inform the nursery manager as soon as possible to arrange for a risk assessment to take place. Safeguarding/child protection If a parent or carer is clearly over the alcohol limit, or under the influence of illegal drugs and it is believed the child is at risk we will follow our safeguarding/child protection procedures, contact Local Authority children’s social care team and the police. Staff will do their utmost to prevent a child from travelling in a vehicle driven by them and if necessary the police will be called. Where an illegal act is suspected to have taken place, the police will be called. This policy was adopted on Signed on behalf of the nursery Date for review 8 th October 2018 D Glover October 2019

44. Allergies and Allergic Reactions EYFS: 3.47, 3.45 At Mini Me’s Nursery we are aware that children may have or develop an allergy resulting in an allergic reaction. Our aims are to ensure allergic reactions are minimised or, where possible, prevented and that staff are fully aware of how to support a child who may be having an allergic reaction. Our procedures • Our staff are made aware of the signs and symptoms of a possible allergic reaction in case of an unknown or first reaction in a child. These may include a rash or hives, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhoea, itchy skin, runny eyes, shortness of breath, chest pain, swelling of the mouth or tongue, swelling to the airways to the lungs, wheezing and anaphylaxis • We ask parents to share all information about allergic reactions and allergies on child’s registration form and to inform staff of any allergies discovered after registration • We share all information with all staff and keep an allergy register in each room, Kitchen and dining room • Where a child has a known allergy, the nursery manager will carry out a full Allergy Risk Assessment Procedure with the parent prior to the child starting the nursery and shares this assessment with all staff • All food prepared for a child with a specific allergy is prepared in an area where there is no chance of contamination and served on equipment that has not been in contact with this specific food type, e.g. nuts • The manager, nursery cook and parents will work together to ensure a child with specific food allergies receives no food at nursery that may harm them. This may include designing an appropriate menu or substituting specific meals on the current nursery menu • Seating will be monitored for children with allergies. Where deemed appropriate, staff will sit with children who have allergies and where age/stage appropriate staff will discuss food allergies and the potential risks • If a child has an allergic reaction to food, a bee or wasp sting, plant etc. a first-aid trained member of staff will act quickly and administer the appropriate treatment, where necessary. We will inform parents and record the information in the incident book and on the allergy register • If an allergic reaction requires specialist treatment, e.g. an EpiPen, then at least two members of staff working directly with the child and the manager will receive specific medical training to be able to administer the treatment to each individual child. Food Information Regulations 2014 From 13 December 2014, we will incorporate additional procedures in line with the Food Information Regulations 2014 (FIR). • We will display our weekly menus on the Parent Information Board and will identify when the 14 allergens are used as ingredients in any of our dishes. Transporting children to hospital procedures The nursery manager/staff member must: • Call for an ambulance immediately if the allergic reaction is severe. DO NOT attempt to transport the sick child in your own vehicle • Whilst waiting for the ambulance, contact the parent(s) and arrange to meet them at the hospital • Arrange for the most appropriate member of staff to accompany the child, taking with them any relevant information such as registration forms, relevant medication sheets, medication and the child’s comforter • Redeploy staff if necessary to ensure there is adequate staff deployment to care for the remaining children. This may mean temporarily grouping the children together • Inform a member of the management team immediately • Remain calm at all times. Children who witness an incident may well be affected by it and may need lots of cuddles and reassurance. Staff may also require additional support following the accident. This policy was adopted on Signed on behalf of the nursery Date for review 19th October 2018 D Glover October 2019

14. Animal Health and Safety EYFS: 3.64 At Mini Me’s Nursery we recognise that pets can help meet the emotional needs of children and adults. Caring for pets also gives children the opportunity to learn how to be gentle and responsible for others and supports their learning and development. Nursery pets At Mini Me’s Nursery we have rabbits and guinea pigs • Permission slips are obtained from parents to seek written permission for their child to be involved in caring for the animal at nursery • A full documented risk assessment is completed, including considerations for children with any allergies • All pets are homed appropriately and securely • Only staff have responsibility for cleaning out the animals (where applicable). Protective equipment such as gloves and aprons are used • We ensure all pets have had all of their relevant vaccinations, are registered with the vet and are child-friendly • Pets are not allowed near food, dishes, worktops or food preparation areas. Children will wash their hands with soap and water after handling animals, and will be encouraged not to place their hands in their mouths while pets are being handled. The staff will explain the importance of this to the children • Children will be encouraged to leave their comforters and dummies away from the animals to ensure cross-contamination is limited. Pets from home • If a child brings a pet from home to visit the nursery as a planned activity, parents of all children who will be in contact or in the same area as the pet are informed. We obtain written permission from parents to ensure no child has an allergy or phobia. We complete a full, documented risk assessment prior to the pet visiting and analyse any risks before this type of activity is authorised. • Pets will not be allowed near food, dishes, worktops or food preparation areas. Children will wash their hands with soap and water after handling animals and will be encouraged not to place their hands in their mouths during the activity. The staff will explain the importance of this to the children • Children will be encouraged to leave their comforters and dummies away from the animals to ensure cross-contamination is limited. Visits to farms • A site visit must be made by a senior member of staff before an outing to a farm can be arranged. We check that the farm is well-managed, that the grounds and public areas are as clean as possible and that suitable first aid arrangements are made. Animals should be prohibited from any outdoor picnic areas • We check that the farm has suitable washing facilities, appropriately signposted, with running water, soap and disposable towels or hot air hand dryers. Any portable water taps should be appropriately designed in a suitable area • We will ensure that there is an adequate number of adults to supervise the children, taking into account the age and stage of development of the children • We will explain to the children that they will not be allowed to eat or drink anything, including crisps and sweets, or place their hands in their mouths, while touring the farm because of the risk of infection and explain why • We will ensure suitable precautions are in place where appropriate e.g. in restricted areas such as near slurry pits or where animals are isolated. During the visit • If children are in contact with, or feeding animals, we will warn them not to place their faces against the animals or put their hands in their own mouths afterwards, and explain why • We will encourage children to leave comforters (e.g. soft toys and blankets) and dummies either at nursery, in the transport used or in a bag carried by a member of staff to ensure cross-contamination is limited • After contact with animals and particularly before eating and drinking, we will ensure all children, staff and volunteers wash and dry their hands thoroughly. If young children are in the group, hand washing will be supervised. We will always explain why the children need to do this • Meals, breaks or snacks will be taken well away from the areas where animals are kept and children will be warned not to eat anything which has fallen on the ground. Any crops produced on the farm will be thoroughly washed in portable water before consumption • We will ensure children do not consume unpasteurised produce, e.g. milk or cheese • Manure or slurry presents a particular risk of infection and children will be warned against touching it. If they do touch it, we will ensure that they thoroughly wash and dry their hands immediately • We will ensure all children, staff and volunteers wash their hands thoroughly before departure • We will ensure footwear and clothing is as free as possible from faecal materials. This policy was adopted on Signed on behalf of the nursery Date for review 8 th October 2018 D Glover October 2019

65. Arrivals and Departures EYFS:3.7, 3.62 At Mini Me’s Nursery we give a warm welcome to every child and family on their arrival. Parents are requested to sign their child in using Famly on arrival, there is an ipad in the entrance area for parents to use. Parents will then pass the care of their child to a specific member of staff who will ensure his/her safety (this is usually a child’s key person). The staff member also records any specific information provided by the parents, including the child’s interests, experiences and observations from home. If the parent requests the child is given medicine during the day the staff member must ensure that the medication procedure is followed. If the child is to be collected by someone who is not the parent at the end of the session, there is an agreed procedure that must be followed to identify the designated person. Photo identification and/or a password are also required where possible for the designated adult Parents are informed about these arrangements and reminded about them regularly. The child’s key person or other nominated staff member must plan the departure of the child. This should include opportunities to discuss the child’s day with the parent, e.g. meals, sleep time, activities, interests, progress and friendships. The parent should be told about any accidents or incidents and the appropriate records must be signed by the parent before departure. Where applicable, all medicines should be recovered from the medicine box/fridge after the parent has arrived and handed to him/her personally. The medication policy is to be followed regarding parental signature. The nursery will not release a child to anyone other than the known parent unless an agreement has been made at the time of arrival. In the case of any emergency such as a parent being delayed and arranging for a designated adult to collect a child, the parent should inform the designated person of the agreed procedure and contact the nursery about the arrangements as soon as possible. If in any doubt the nursery will check the person’s identity by ringing the child’s parent or their emergency contact number (please refer to the late collection policy). On departure, the staff member releasing the child must mark the child register immediately marked to show that the child has left the premises. Adults arriving under the influence of alcohol or drugs Please refer to the alcohol and substance misuse policy. Arrivals and departures of visitors For arrivals and departures of visitors the nursery requires appropriate records to be completed on entry and exit e.g. in the visitors’ book. Please refer to supervision of visitors policy for further information. This policy was adopted on Signed on behalf of the nursery Date for review 19th October 2018 D Glover October 2019


At Mini Me’s Nursery we recognise that children and their families may experience grief and loss of close family members or friends or their family pets whilst with us in the nursery. We understand that this is not only a difficult time for families, but it may also be a confusing time for young children, especially if they have little or no understanding of why their parents are upset and why this person/pet is no longer around. We aim to support both the child and their family and will adapt the following procedure to suit their individual needs and family preferences: • We ask that if there is a loss of a family member or close friend that the parents inform the nursery as soon as they feel able to. This will enable us to support both the child and the family wherever we can and helps us to understand any potential changes in behaviour of a child who may be grieving themselves • The key person and/or the manager will talk with the family to ascertain what support is needed or wanted from the nursery. This may be an informal discussion or a meeting away from the child to help calm a potentially upsetting situation • The child may need extra support or one-to-one care during this difficult time. We will adapt our staffing arrangements so the child is fully supported by the most appropriate member of staff on duty, where possible the child’s key person • We will be as flexible as possible to adapt the sessions the child and family may need during this time. We will adapt the above procedure as appropriate when a family pet dies to help the child to understand their loss and support their emotions through this time. We also recognise that there may also be rare occasions when the nursery team is affected by a death of a child or member of staff. This will be a difficult time for the staff team, children and families. Below are some agencies that may be able to offer further support and counselling if this occurs. The Samaritans: www.samaritans.org 116 123 Priory: www.priorygroup.com 0800 691 1481 Child Bereavement UK: www.childbereavementuk.org 01494 568 900 Cruse Bereavement Care: www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk 0844 477 9400 helpline@cruse.org.uk British Association of Counselling: www.bacp.co.uk SANDS: www.sands.org.uk

At Mini Me’s Nursery we follow a positive behaviour policy to promote positive behaviour at all times. However, we understand that children may use certain behaviours such as biting as part of their development. Biting is a common behaviour that some young children go through and can be triggered when they do not have the words to communicate their anger, frustration or need. Our procedures The nursery uses the following strategies to help prevent biting: sensory activities, biting rings, adequate resources and staff who recognise when children need more stimulation or quiet times. However, in the event of a child being bitten we use the following procedures. The most relevant staff member(s) will: • Comfort any child who has been bitten and check for any visual injury. Administer any first aid where necessary. Complete an accident form and inform the parents via telephone if deemed appropriate. Continue to observe the bitten area for signs of infection. For confidentiality purposes and possible conflict we do not disclose the name of the child who has caused the bite to the parents • Tell the child who has caused the bite in terms that they understand that biting (the behaviour and not the child) is unkind and show the child that it makes staff and the child who has been bitten sad. The child will be asked to say sorry if developmentally appropriate or helped to develop their empathy skills by giving the child who has been bitten a favourite book or comforter. Complete an incident form to share with the parents at the end of the child’s session • If a child continues to bite, carry out observations to try to distinguish a cause, e.g. tiredness or frustration • Arrange for a meeting with the child’s parents to develop strategies to prevent the biting behaviour. Parents will be reassured that it is part of a child’s development and not made to feel that it is their fault • In the event of a bite breaking the skin and to reduce the risk of infection from bacteria, give prompt treatment to both the child who has bitten and the child who has been bitten. If a child or member of staff sustains a bite wound where the skin has been severely broken arrange for urgent medical attention after initial first aid has been carried out. In cases where a child may repeatedly bite and/or if they have a particular special educational need or disability that lends itself to increased biting, e.g. in some cases of autism where a child doesn’t have the communication skills, the nursery manager will carry out a risk assessment and may recommend immunisation with hepatitis B vaccine for all staff and children.


At Mini Me’s Nursery we care for children under the age of two and ensure their health, safety and well-being through the following: • Children under the age of two have two separate base rooms and are cared for in small intimate groups. We ensure that younger children have opportunities to have contact with older children whilst at nursery • At least half of the staff team caring for children under the age of two will have undertaken specific training for working with babies • Care is taken to ensure that babies and toddlers do not have access to activities containing small pieces, which may be swallowed or otherwise injure the child • The environment and equipment are checked daily before the children access the area. This includes checking the stability of cots and areas around, low/highchairs and ensuring restraints on these, pushchairs and prams are intact and working • All doors are fitted with viewing panels and door finger-guards to ensure the safety of children • Outdoor shoes are removed by staff or covered when entering the baby and toddler area(s). Staff remind parents and visitors to adhere to this procedure parents wait behind the gate to have a handover when dropping off/collecting their children. • Babies and toddlers have their nappies changed according to their individual needs and requirements by their key person wherever possible • Information will be shared between parents and the key person about nappy changing and toilet training in a way that suits the child • Potties are washed and disinfected after every use. Changing mats are wiped with anti-bacterial cleanser before and after every nappy change • Each baby must have his/her own bedding which is washed at least weekly and when necessary • Cot mattresses meet safety standards • Children under two years are not be given pillows, cot bumpers or any soft furnishings in order to prevent risk of suffocation • We follow all cot death prevention/safety guidelines and advise parents of this information. Babies are always laid to sleep on their back, with their feet touching the foot of the cot • Sheets or thin blankets will come no higher than the baby's shoulders, to prevent them wriggling under the covers. We make sure the covers are securely tucked in so they cannot slip over the baby's head • Children’s individual sleeping bags may be used in consultation with parents. These are washed at least weekly and when necessary • Cots are checked before use to ensure no items are within reach i.e. hanging over or beside the cot (e.g. fly nets, cables, cord blinds) • All low/highchairs used for feeding are fitted with restraints and these are used at all times. Children are never left unattended in high chairs. Restraints are removed and washed weekly or as needed • No child is ever left unattended during nappy changing time • Babies are never left propped up with bottles as it is both dangerous and inappropriate • Babies sleeping outside have cat/fly nets over their prams and prams must lie flat so children are supported • Sleeping children are supervised at all times • Checks on sleeping babies are completed every 10 minutes. This may increase to five minutes for younger babies and or new babies. Checks are documented with the time and staff initials on the sleep check form • Staff do not change nappies whilst pregnant until a risk assessment has been discussed and conducted. Students only change nappies with the support and close supervision of a qualified member of staff • Where food/milk is prepared for babies there is a separate area within the kitchen which is specifically designated for this preparation • Bottles of formula milk are only made up as and when the child needs them. These should be cooled to body temperature, which means they should feel warm or cool, but not hot, and should be tested with a sterilised thermometer to ensure they are an appropriate temperature for the child to drink safely • Following the Department of Health guidelines, we only use recently boiled water to make formula bottles (left for no longer than 30 minutes to cool). We do not use cooled boiled water that is reheated • Bottles and teats are thoroughly cleaned with hot soapy water and sterilised after use (they will not be washed in the dishwasher) • Contents of bottles are disposed of after two hours • A designated area is available for mothers who wish to breastfeed their babies or express milk • Labelled mothers’ breast milk is stored in the fridge • If dummies are used they will be cleaned and sterilised. This also applies to dummies which have been dropped (see separate dummy policy) • All dummies are stored in separate labelled containers to ensure no crosscontamination occurs • Sterilisers are washed out and cleaned daily • Children transfer to the older age group when assessed as appropriate for their age/stage following our agreed transition and settling procedures.


At Mini Me’s Nursery we believe that parents are entitled to expect courtesy and prompt, careful attention to their individual needs and wishes. We hope that at all times parents are happy with the service provided and we encourage parents to voice their appreciation to the staff concerned. We record all compliments and share these with staff. We welcome any suggestions from parents on how we can improve our services, and will give prompt and serious attention to any concerns that parents may have. Any concerns will be dealt with professionally and promptly to ensure that any issues arising from them are handled effectively and to ensure the welfare of all children, enable ongoing cooperative partnership with parents and to continually improve the quality of the nursery. We have a formal procedure for dealing with complaints where we are not able to resolve a concern. Where any concern or complaint relates to child protection, we follow our Safeguarding Policy. Internal complaints procedure Stage 1 If any parent should have cause for concern or any queries regarding the care or early learning provided by the nursery, they should in the first instance take it up with the child's key person or a senior member of staff/room leader. Stage 2 If the issue remains unresolved or parents feel they have received an unsatisfactory outcome, then they must present their concerns in writing as a formal complaint to the nursery manager. The manager will then investigate the complaint and report back to the parent within 28 of working days.. The manager will document the complaint fully and the actions taken in relation to it in the complaints log book. (Most complaints are usually resolved informally at stage 1 or 2.) Stage 3 If the matter is still not resolved, the nursery will hold a formal meeting between the manager, parent and a senior staff member to ensure that it is dealt with comprehensively. The nursery will make a record of the meeting and document any actions. All parties present at the meeting will review the accuracy of the record, and be asked to sign to agree it and receive a copy. This will signify the conclusion of the procedure. Stage 4 If the matter cannot be resolved to their satisfaction, then parents have the right to raise the matter with Ofsted. Parents are made aware that they can contact Ofsted at any time they have a concern, including at all stages of the complaints procedure, and are given information on how to contact Ofsted. Ofsted is the registering authority for nurseries in England and investigates all complaints that suggest a provider may not be meeting the requirements of the nursery’s registration. It risk assesses all complaints made and may visit the nursery to carry out a full inspection where it believes requirements are not met. A record of complaints will be kept in the nursery. The record will include the name of the complainant, the nature of the complaint, date and time complaint received, action(s) taken, result of any investigations and any information given to the complainant including a dated response. Parents will be able to access this record if they wish; however, all personal details relating to any complaint will be stored confidentially and will be only accessible by the parties involved. Ofsted inspectors will have access to this record at any time during visits to ensure actions have been met appropriately. Contact details for Ofsted: Email: enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk Telephone: 0300 123 1231 By post: Ofsted Piccadilly Gate Store Street Manchester M1 2WD Parents will also be informed if the nursery becomes aware that they are going to be inspected and after inspection the nursery will provide a copy of the report to parents and/or carers of children attending on a regular basis.

At Mini Me’s Nursery we understand we need to plan for all eventualities to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all the children we care for. With this in mind, we have a critical incident policy in place to ensure our nursery is able to operate effectively in the case of a critical incident. These include: • Flood • Fire • Burglary • Abduction or threatened abduction of a child • Bomb threat/terrorism attack • Any other incident that may affect the care of the children in the nursery. If any of these incidents impact on the ability of the nursery to operate, we will contact parents via our Famly app at the earliest opportunity, e.g. before the start of the nursery day. Flood There is always a danger of flooding from adverse weather conditions or through the water/central heating systems. We cannot anticipate adverse weather; however, we can ensure that we take care of all our water and heating systems through regular maintenance and checks to reduce the option of flooding in this way. Our central heating systems are checked and serviced annually by a registered oil engineer and they conform to all appropriate guidelines and legislation. If flooding occurs during the nursery day, the nursery manager will make a decision based on the severity and location of this flooding, and it may be deemed necessary to follow the fire evacuation procedure. In this instance children will be kept safe and parents will be notified in the same way as the fire procedure. Should the nursery be assessed as unsafe through flooding, fire or any other incident we will follow our operational plan and provide parents with alternative options for childcare facilities in the local area. Fire Please refer to the fire safety policy. Burglary The management of the nursery follow a lock up procedure which ensures all doors and windows are closed and locked before vacating the premises. Alarm systems are used and in operation during all hours the nursery is closed. The manager will always check the premises as they arrive in the morning. Should they discover that the nursery has been broken into they will follow the procedure below: • Dial 999 with as many details as possible, i.e. name and location, details of what you have found and emphasise this is a nursery and children will be arriving soon • Contain the area to ensure no-one enters until the police arrive. The staff will direct parents and children to a separate area as they arrive. If all areas have been disturbed staff will follow police advice, including following the relocation procedure under flood wherever necessary to ensure the safety of the children • The manager on duty will help the police with enquiries, e.g. by identifying items missing, areas of entry etc. • A manager will be available at all times during this time to speak to parents, reassure children and direct enquires • Management will assess the situation following a theft and ensure parents are kept up to date with developments relating to the operation of the nursery. Abduction or threatened abduction of a child We have secure safety procedures in place to ensure children are safe while in our care, including safety from abduction. Staff must be vigilant at all times and report any persons lingering on nursery property immediately. All doors and gates to the nursery are locked and cannot be accessed unless staff members allow individuals in. Parents are reminded on a regular basis not to allow anyone into the building whether they are known to them or not. Visitors and general security are covered in more detail in the supervision of visitor’s policy. Children will only be released into the care of a designated adult; see the arrivals and departures policy for more details. Parents are requested to inform the nursery of any potential custody battles or family concerns as soon as they arise so the nursery is able to support the child. The nursery will not take sides in relation to any custody battle and will remain neutral for the child. If an absent parent arrives to collect their child, the nursery will not restrict access unless a court order is in place. Parents are requested to issue the nursery with a copy of these documents should they be in place. We will consult our solicitors with regards to any concerns over custody and relay any information back to the parties involved. If a member of staff witnesses an actual or potential abduction from nursery we have the following procedures which are followed immediately: • The police must be called immediately • The staff member will notify management immediately and the manager will take control • The parent(s) will be contacted • All other children will be kept safe and secure and calmed down where necessary • The police will be given as many details as possible including details of the child, description of the abductor, car registration number if used, time and direction of travel if seen and any family situations that may impact on this abduction. Bomb threat/terrorism attack If a bomb threat is received at the nursery, the person taking the call will record all details given over the phone as soon as possible and raise the alarm as soon as the phone call has ended. The management will follow the fire evacuation procedure to ensure the safety of all on the premises and will provide as much detail to the emergency services as possible. Other incidents All incidents will be managed by the manager on duty and all staff will co-operate with any emergency services on the scene. Any other incident that requires evacuation will follow the fire plan. Other incidents e.g. no water supply will be dealt with on an individual basis taking into account the effect on the safety, health and welfare of the children and staff in the nursery. The nursery manager will notify Ofsted in the event of a critical incident.


At Mini Me’s Nursery we believe that we have a strong partnership with our parents and an open door policy to discuss any matters arising (if applicable). If as a parent you have any concerns or issues you wish to raise with the nursery then please follow the complaints procedure. In the case of a parent emailing, calling or using social media to complain the nursery will direct them to the correct procedure for raising a complaint. We have a zero tolerance on abusive calls, emails, social media contact and face to face confrontation. Abusive Calls The call taker receiving an abusive call will ask the caller to follow the complaints policy. If the abuse continues the call taker will end the call. Any abusive calls will be logged with an outline of the conversation. Abusive Emails The responder will ask the parents to come into the setting to speak in person, as per our complaints policy. If the emails persist the manager may seek legal action. All emails will be kept as evidence until the matter is resolved. Social Media/Famly app If slanderous or abusive messages appear on any social media sites or on the Nursey app we will address these immediately removing the post, with a request to follow our complaints procedure. We will endeavour to resolve any issue raised through our complaints procedure. If slanderous/abusive messages continue we will seek legal action against the complainant. In the event that any person inside the nursery starts to act in an aggressive manner at the nursery, our policy is to: • Direct the person away from the children and into a private area, such as the office (where appropriate) • Ensure that a second member of staff is in attendance, where possible, whilst continuing to ensure the safe supervision of the children • Remain calm and professional in order to calm the aggressive person, making it clear that we do not tolerate aggressive or abusive language or behaviour • If the aggressive behaviour continues or escalates we will contact the police in order to ensure the safety of our staff team, children and families • If the person calms down and stops the aggressive behaviour a member of staff will listen to their concerns and try to resolve the issue • Following an aggressive confrontation an incident form will be completed detailing the time, reason and any action taken • Any aggressive behaviour from a parent could result in the withdrawal of a place for the child/ren. Parents will be informed, by the management team, in writing within 3 days of any incident that involved aggressive or threatening behaviour to their staff • Management will provide support and reassurance to any staff member involved in such an incident • Management will signpost parents to organisations/professionals that can offer support if applicable

At Mini Me’s Nursery we do not tolerate discriminatory behaviour and take action to tackle discrimination. We believe that parents have a right to know if discrimination occurs and what actions the nursery will take to tackle it. We follow our legal duties in relation to discrimination and record all incidents any perceived or actual relating to discrimination on any grounds and report these where relevant to children’s parents and the registering authority. Definition and legal framework Types of discrimination • Direct discrimination occurs when someone is treated less favourably than another person because of a protected characteristic • Discrimination by association occurs when there is a direct discrimination against a person because they associate with a person who has a protected characteristic • Discrimination by perception occurs when there is a direct discrimination against a person because they are perceived to have a protected characteristic • Indirect discrimination can occur where a provision, criterion or practice is in place which applies to everyone in the organisation but particularly disadvantages people who share a protected characteristic and that provision, criterion or practice cannot be justified as a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim • Harassment is defined as ‘unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual’ • Victimisation occurs when an employee is treated badly or put to detriment because they have made or supported a complaint or raised grievance under the Equality Act 2010 or have been suspected of doing so. Protected characteristics The nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 are: • Age • Disability • Gender reassignment • Race • Religion or belief • Sex • Sexual orientation • Marriage and civil partnership • Pregnancy and maternity. Incidents may involve a small or large number of persons, they may vary in their degree of offence and may not even recognise the incident has discriminatory implications; or at the other extreme their behaviour may be quite deliberate and blatant. Examples of discriminatory behaviour are: • Physical assault against a person or group of people • Derogatory name calling, insults and discriminatory jokes • Graffiti and other written insults (depending on the nature of what is written) • Provocative behaviour such as wearing badges and insignia and the distribution of discriminatory literature • Threats against a person or group of people pertaining to the nine protected characteristics listed above • Discriminatory comments including ridicule made in the course of discussions • Patronising words or actions. Our procedures We tackle discrimination by: • Expecting all staff in the nursery to be aware of and alert to any discriminatory behaviour or bullying taking place in person or via an online arena • Expecting all staff to intervene firmly and quickly to prevent any discriminatory behaviour or bullying, this may include behaviour from parents and other staff members • Expecting all staff to treat any allegation seriously and report it to the nursery manager. Investigating and recording each incident in detail as accurately as possible and making this record available for inspection by staff, inspectors and parents where appropriate, on request. The nursery manager is responsible for ensuring that incidents are handled appropriately and sensitively and entered in the record book. Any pattern of behaviour should be indicated. Perpetrator/victim’s initials may be used in the record book as information on individuals is confidential to the nursery • Ensuring any online bullying or discriminatory behaviour is tackled immediately • Informing: the parents of the child(ren) who are perpetrators and/or victims should be informed of the incident and of the outcome, where an allegation is substantiated following an investigation • Excluding or dismissing any individuals who display continued discriminatory behaviour or bullying, but such steps will only be taken when other strategies have failed to modify behaviour. This includes any employees where any substantiated allegation after investigation will incur our disciplinary procedures (please see the policy on disciplinary procedures). We record any incidents of discriminatory behaviour or bullying to ensure that: • Strategies are developed to prevent future incidents • Patterns of behaviour are identified • Persistent offenders are identified • Effectiveness of nursery policies are monitored • A secure information base is provided to enable the nursery to respond to any discriminatory behaviour or bullying. If the behaviour shown by an individual is deemed to be radicalised, we will follow our procedure as detailed in our Safeguarding Policy in order to safeguard children and families concerned. Nursery staff We expect all staff to be alert and seek to overcome any ignorant or offensive behaviour based on fear or dislike of distinctions that children, staff or parents may express in nursery. We aim to create an atmosphere where the victims of any form of discrimination have confidence to report such behaviour, and that subsequently they feel positively supported by the staff and management of the nursery. It is incumbent upon all members of staff to ensure that they do not express any views or comments that are discriminatory; or appear to endorse such views by failing to counter behaviour, which is prejudicial in a direct manner. We expect all staff to use a sensitive and informed approach to counter any harassment perpetrated out of ignorance.

At Mini Me’s Nursery we recognise that we hold sensitive/confidential information about children and their families and the staff we employ. This information is used to meet children’s needs, for registers, invoices and emergency contacts. We store all records in a locked cabinet or on the office computer with files that are password protected in line with data protection principles. Any information shared with the staff team is done on a ‘need to know’ basis and treated in confidence. This policy will work alongside the Privacy Notice to ensure compliance under General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018. Legal requirements • We follow the legal requirements set out in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2017 and accompanying regulations about the information we must hold about registered children and their families and the staff working at the nursery • We follow the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR), Data Protection Act 2018 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 with regard to the storage of data and access to it. Procedures It is our intention to respect the privacy of children and their families and we do so by: • Storing confidential records in a locked filing cabinet or on the office computer with files that are password protected • Ensuring staff, student and volunteer inductions include an awareness of the importance of confidentiality and that information about the child and family is not shared outside of the nursery other than with relevant professionals who need to know that information. It is not shared with friends and family, discussions on the bus or at the local bar. If staff breach any confidentiality provisions, this may result in disciplinary action and, in serious cases, dismissal. Students on placement in the nursery are advised of our confidentiality policy and required to respect it • Ensuring that all staff, volunteers and students are aware that this information is confidential and only for use within the nursery and to support the child’s best interests with parental permission • Ensuring that parents have access to files and records of their own children but not to those of any other child, other than where relevant professionals such as the police or local authority children’s social care team decide this is not in the child’s best interest • Ensuring all staff are aware that this information is confidential and only for use within the nursery setting. If any of this information is requested for whatever reason, the parent’s permission will always be sought other than in the circumstances above • Ensuring staff do not discuss personal information given by parents with other members of staff, except where it affects planning for the child's needs • Ensuring staff, students and volunteers are aware of and follow our social networking policy in relation to confidentiality • Ensuring issues concerning the employment of staff remain confidential to the people directly involved with making personnel decisions • Ensuring any concerns/evidence relating to a child's personal safety are kept in a secure, confidential file and are shared with as few people as possible on a ‘needto-know’ basis. If, however, a child is considered at risk, our safeguarding/child protection policy will override confidentiality. All the undertakings above are subject to the paramount commitment of the nursery, which is to the safety and well-being of the child. General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR) compliance In order to meet our requirements under GDPR we will also undertake the following: 1. We will ensure our terms & conditions, privacy and consent notices are easily accessed/made available in accurate and easy to understand language 2. We will use your data only for the purpose it was given and only contact you in relation to Your child or to keep you informed of nursery updates, We will not share or use your data for other purposes. 3. Everyone in our nursery understands that people have the right to access their records or have their records amended or deleted (subject to other laws and regulations). Staff and volunteer information • All information and records relating to staff will be kept confidentially in a locked cabinet • Individual staff may request to see their own personal file at any time. Hints and tips For more information on data protection and to register your nursery visit https://ico.org.uk/ Why not include the location of your data protection certificate and link this policy to your access and storage of information policy?


At Mini Me’s Nursery we wish to support children to learn about sustainable practices and foster respect and care for the living and non-living environment. Children are able to develop positive attitudes and values about sustainable practices by exploring solutions to environmental issues, learning about the world around them and how to protect it and watching adults role model sustainable practices. We promote a holistic, open ended curriculum which explores ideas and practices for environmental sustainability and helps children understand the interdependence between people and the environment by: • helping children to explore nature through art and play • supporting children to experience the natural environment through natural materials like wood, stone, sand and recycled materials • support the environment by learning how to grow and nurture plants in the nursery garden and discovering all about the food cycle by growing, harvesting, and cooking food for our nursery menu • help children to learn about water conservation, energy efficiency and waste reduction through play based activities and adult interactions • going on nature walks and learning about plants they see in the local area • encouraging parents and children to walk to nursery once a week / month to raise the awareness of caring for the planet • developing a recycling area and encouraging children to share recycling ethos into the home environment. As a nursery we will embed sustainability into all aspects of the operations including: • recycling materials for art and creative activities and encouraging parents to bring in their recycling materials for the same use • when children take home models from recycled materials ensuring parents recycle these materials if they do not keep them • considering our carbon footprint when purchasing materials • shopping local where possible • turning off equipment and lights when not in use • using energy saving light bulbs • not leaving any equipment on standby • unplugging all equipment at the end of its use/the day • using energy saving wash cycles on the washing machine. • composting food waste • incorporating water-wise strategies such as ensuring taps are turned off and leaks fixed • using rain water butts for outdoor water play • recycling water from the water play to water plants outside • using food that we have grown in nursery meals. Working together with all our parents and partners will help our environment to be more sustainable and make it a better place for our future generations to grow up in. We assess our nursery’s impact on the environment on a regular basis and put procedures in place to counteract this impact. In order to encourage children not to waste food or to play with food at mealtimes, we discourage the use of food as a play material; instead we encourage activities which involve preparing and tasting different types of food. This policy is reviewed annually and is carefully considered in the best interests of the children, nursery and the environment.


At Mini Me’s Nursery we recognise that children learn in different ways and at different rates and plan for this accordingly. Our aim is to support all children attending the nursery to attain their maximum potential within their individual capabilities. We provide a positive play environment for every child, so they may develop good social skills and an appreciation of all aspects of this country's multi-cultural society. We plan learning experiences to ensure, as far as practical, there is equality of opportunity for all children and a celebration of diversity. We maintain a personalised record of every child's development, showing their abilities, progress, interests and areas needing further staff or parental assistance. For children whose home language is not English, we will take reasonable steps to: • Provide opportunities for children to develop and use their home language in play and learning and support their language development at home; and • Ensure that children have sufficient opportunities to learn and reach a good standard in English language during the EYFS, ensuring that children are ready to benefit from the opportunities available to them when they begin year. We ensure that the educational programmes are well planned and resourced to have depth and breadth across the seven areas of learning. They provide interesting and challenging experiences that meet the needs of all children. Planning is based on a secure knowledge and understanding of how to promote the learning and development of young children and what they can achieve. We implement the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) set by the Department for Education that sets standards to ensure all children learn and develop well. We support and enhance children’s learning and development holistically through play-based activities. We review all aspects of learning and development and ensure a flexible approach is maintained, which responds quickly to children’s learning and developmental needs. We develop tailor-made activities based on observations which inform future planning and draw on children’s needs and interests. This is promoted through a balance of adult-led and child-initiated opportunities both indoors and outdoors. Direct observation is supplemented by a range of other evidence to evaluate the impact that practitioners have on the progress children make in their learning including: • evidence of assessment that includes the progress of different groups of children: o assessment on entry (starting point), including parental contributions o two-year-old progress checks (where applicable) o on-going (formative) assessments, including any parental contributions o the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (where applicable) or any other summative assessment when children leave. We acknowledge parents as primary educators and encourage parental involvement as outlined in our Parents and Carers as Partners policy. We build strong home links in order to enhance and extend children’s learning both within the nursery environment and in the child’s home. We share information about the EYFS curriculum with parents and signpost them to further support via the following website: www.foundationyears.org.uk/


At Mini Me’s Nursery we believe that high-quality care and early learning is promoted by providing children with safe, clean, stimulating, age and stage appropriate resources, toys and equipment. To ensure this occurs within the nursery, including in our outdoor areas, we will: • Provide play equipment and resources which are safe and, where applicable, conform to the European Standards for Playground Equipment: EN 1176 and EN 1177, BS EN safety standards or Toys (Safety) Regulation (1995) • Provide a sufficient quantity of equipment and resources for the number of children registered in the nursery • Provide resources to meet children’s individual needs and interests • Provide resources which promote all areas of children's learning and development • Select books, equipment and resources which promote positive images of people of all races, cultures, ages, gender and abilities, are non-discriminatory and do not stereotype • Provide play equipment and resources which promote continuity and progression, provide sufficient challenges and meet the needs and interests of all children • Store and display resources and equipment where all children can independently choose and select them • Check all resources and equipment before first use to identify any potential risks and again regularly at the beginning of every session and when they are put away at the end of every session. We repair and clean or replace any unsafe, worn out, dirty or damaged equipment whenever required • Keep an inventory of resources and equipment. This records the date on which each item was purchased and the price paid for it • Evaluate the effectiveness of the resources including the children’s opinions and interests • Encourage children to respect the equipment and resources and tidy these away when play has finished. This is into a designated place via the use of silhouettes or pictures the children can match the resource to.

At Mini Me’s Nursery we make sure the nursery is a safe environment for children, parents, staff and visitors through our fire safety policy and procedures. The manager/designated fire marshal [insert name] makes sure the nursery premises are compliant with fire safety regulations, including following any major changes or alterations to the premises and seeks advice from the local fire safety officer as necessary. The *manager/*designated fire marshal has overall responsibility for the fire drill and evacuation procedures. These are carried out and recorded for each group of children every three months or as and when a large change occurs, e.g. a large intake of children or a new member of staff joins the nursery. These drills will occur at different times of the day and on different days to ensure evacuations are possible under different circumstances and all children and staff participate in the rehearsals. The *manager/*designated fire marshal checks fire detection and control equipment and fire exits in line with the timescales in the checklist below. Fire checklist Who checks How often Location Escape route/fire exits (all fire exits must be clearly identifiable) Fire marshall, daily All fire doors and corridors Fire extinguishers and blankets Fire marshall/contractor Annually All of nursery Evacuation pack Fire marshall Weekly All rooms Smoke/heat alarms Fire marshall/contractor Annually All of nursery Fire alarms Fire marshall Monthly Corridors/fire exits Fire doors closed, in good repair, doors free of obstruction and easily opened from the inside Staff member completing opening checks Daily Registration An accurate record of all staff and children present in the building must be kept at all times and children/staff must be marked in and out on arrival and departure. An accurate record of visitors must be kept in the visitor’s book. These records must be taken out along with the register and emergency contacts list in the event of a fire. No smoking policy The nursery operates a strict no smoking policy – please see this separate policy for details. Fire drill procedure On discovering a fire: • Calmly raise the alarm by breaking the alarm glass • Immediately evacuate the building under guidance from the manager on duty/fire marshal • Using the nearest accessible exit lead the children out, assemble at the far right hand side of the playground at the rear of the building nr Cardinall Allen High School playing fields • Close all doors behind you wherever possible • All supernumery staff are to help evacuate the babies • Do not stop to collect personal belongings on evacuating the building • Do not attempt to go back in and fight the fire • Do not attempt to go back in if any children or adults are not accounted for • Wait for emergency services and report any unaccounted persons to the fire service/police. If you are unable to evacuate safely: • Stay where you are safe • Keep the children calm and together • Wherever possible alert the manager of your location and the identity of the children and other adults with you. The manager/team leaders is to: • Pick up the children’s register, staff register, mobile phone, keys, visitor book and fire bag/evacuation pack (containing emergency contacts list, nappies, wipes and blankets) • Telephone emergency services: dial 999 and ask for the fire service • In the fire assembly point area – the far right hand side of the playground at the rear of the building nr Cardinall Allen High School playing fields • check the children against the register • Account for all adults: staff and visitors • Advise the fire service of anyone missing and possible locations and respond to any other questions they may have. Remember • Do not stop to collect personal belongings on evacuating the building • Do not attempt to go back in and fight the fire • Do not attempt to go back in if any children or adults are not accounted for


At Mini Me’s Nursery we follow our legal obligations as an employer at all times including hearing and investigating grievances. We have a policy and procedures that set out our process. Legal obligations Our obligations as an employer are detailed in the ACAS Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures. This code of practice was introduced in April 2009 and updated in 2015. A full copy of the ACAS Code of Practice and the accompanying guidance can be obtained from the ACAS website www.acas.org.uk We note that a failure to follow the code does not, in itself, make an organisation liable to formal proceedings at an employment tribunal, but failure to follow the code may result in any compensation award payable to be increased by up to 25%, or reduced by 25% if the employee does not comply. Objectives and guiding principles We recognise that an employee needs to feel that his or her grievance has been fully investigated and has received a fair hearing. The employee also needs to understand the reasons for the decision made by the manager who heard their grievance. The employee should then be given the opportunity to appeal against the decision. Their appeal should be submitted in writing and should be investigated and heard by someone more senior to the person who heard the initial grievance. The person allocated to hear the employee’s appeal should be able to take a fresh and independent look at the issue. In our organisation the individual’s immediate line manager deals with the grievance initially separately before being passed on to the owner, manager or officer in charge of the nursery. ACAS advocates the use of mediation to resolve grievances, in an attempt to maintain a good working relationship and resolve issues within the workplace. We may decide to use such mediation where appropriate using ACAS support and guidance. Our grievance procedure does not form part of any employees’ contract of employment. It may be amended at any time and we may depart from it depending on the circumstances of any case. This procedure applies to all employees regardless of length of service. Our nursery believes that all employees should be treated fairly and with respect. We encourage all employees to try to resolve any grievance with the individual concerned on an informal basis, as most grievances can be resolved quickly through discussion. Your line manager will assist you with this if you feel this is the best route for you. If this does not resolve the problem you should initiate the formal process below. Grievance process Stage 1 Making your grievance • You should put your grievance in writing and forward it to your line manager • This written statement will form the basis of any investigations and the subsequent hearing, so it is important that you set out clearly the nature of your grievance and any dates and names of individuals involved. You should also indicate the outcome that you are seeking. If your grievance is unclear, you may be asked to clarify your complaint before any meeting takes place • If your complaint relates to an issue with your line manager, the grievance may be sent to [another nominated manager] • Before proceeding to a full grievance hearing, it may be necessary to carry out investigations of any allegations made by you. If any evidence is gathered in the course of these investigations, you will be given a copy long enough in advance of the hearing for you to consider your response. In exceptional circumstances, the evidence given by individuals may have to remain confidential. Where confidentiality is necessary, this will be explained to you and an appropriate summary of the evidence gathered will be given to you. Stage 2 The grievance hearing The hearing will be held as soon as is reasonably possible following any investigations, and within five days working days of the receipt of your written complaint. It will be conducted by your line manager. You are entitled to bring a companion to the grievance meeting if you make a reasonable request to do so. This request must be in advance of the meeting and you should tell us the name of your chosen companion. The companion may either be a trade union representative or a work colleague. You should ensure that you attend the meeting where possible. If you are unable to attend because of circumstances beyond your control, you should inform your line manager as soon as possible and a further meeting will be re-arranged as soon as possible. If you fail to attend without explanation, or if it appears that you have not made sufficient attempts to attend, the hearing may take place in your absence. During the hearing you will be given the opportunity to explain your complaint. Your explanations should focus on the complaint and not on irrelevant issues. The manager conducting the hearing will inform you if they believe the key issues are not being focused on. They may also set a reasonable timeframe for the meeting; this will be determined by the nature and complexity of your complaint. The hearing may be adjourned to allow further investigations to take place. Following the meeting, you will be informed in writing of the outcome within five working days, where reasonably practicable, and told of any action that the nursery proposes to take as a result of your complaint, if applicable. If it is anticipated that further investigation is required and therefore the outcome cannot be provided within this timeframe, we will inform you as to when you can expect to receive the outcome. If you are dissatisfied with the outcome, you may make a formal appeal in writing to nursery owner, stating your full grounds of appeal, within five working days of the date on which the decision was sent or given to you. Stage 3 We will hold an appeal meeting within 14 working days of receiving the appeal, where reasonably practicable. This will be dealt with impartially by a more senior manager who has not previously been involved in the case. You will have the right to bring a companion, as explained above. We will confirm our final decision in writing, usually within seven working days of the appeal hearing, where reasonably practicable. There is no further right of appeal. Grievances linked to disciplinary matters Complaints that you may have about any disciplinary action taken against you should be dealt with as an appeal under the disciplinary procedure. Grievances raised while you are subject to disciplinary proceedings will usually be heard when the disciplinary process has been completed. If a grievance has any bearing on the disciplinary proceedings, it will be dealt with as part of the disciplinary hearing or disciplinary appeal, as appropriate.

Mini Me’s nursery have health and safety support from Citation. EYFS: 3.25, 3.28, 3.29, 3.30, to their own health and safety and to ensure that staff have access to regular health and safety training • Maintain a healthy and safe nursery with safe entry and exit routes • Formulate effective procedures for use in case of fire and other emergencies and for evacuating the nursery premises. Practice this procedure on a regular basis to enable the safe and speedy evacuation of the nursery • Maintain a safe working environment for pregnant workers or for workers who have recently given birth, including undertaking appropriate risk assessments • Maintain a safe environment for those with special educational needs and disabilities and ensure all areas of the nursery are accessible (wherever practicable) • Provide a safe environment for students or trainees to learn in • Encourage all staff, visitors and parents to report any unsafe working practices or areas to ensure immediate response by the management. We believe the risks in the nursery environment are low and we will maintain the maximum protection for children, staff and parents. The nursery will: • Ensure all entrances and exits from the building, including fire exits are clearly identifiable and remain clear at all times • Regularly check the premises room by room for structural defects, worn fixtures and fittings or electrical equipment and take the necessary remedial action • Ensure that all staff, visitors, parents and children are aware of the fire procedures and regular fire drills are carried out • Have the appropriate fire detection and control equipment which is checked regularly to make sure it is in working order • Ensure that all members of staff are aware of the procedure to follow in case of accidents for staff, visitors and children • Ensure that all members of staff take all reasonable action to control the spread of infectious diseases and wear protective gloves and clothing where appropriate • Ensure there are suitable hygienic changing facilities (see infection control policy) • Prohibit smoking on the nursery premises • Prohibit any contractor from working on the premises without prior discussion with the officer in charge • Encourage children to manage risks safely and prohibit running inside the premises unless in designated areas • Risk assess all electrical sockets and take appropriate measures to reduce risks where necessary and ensure no trailing wires are left around the nursery • Ensure all cleaning materials are placed out of the reach of children and kept in their original containers • Wear protective clothing when cooking or serving food • Prohibit certain foods that may relate to children’s allergies, e.g. peanuts are not allowed in the nursery • We follow the EU Food Information for Food Consumers Regulations (EU FIC). These rules are enforced in the UK by the Food Information Regulations 2014 (FIR). We identify the 14 allergens listed by EU Law that we use as ingredients in any of the dishes we provide to children and ensure that all parents are informed • Follow the allergies and allergic reactions policy for children who have allergies • Ensure risk assessments are undertaken on the storage and preparation of food produce within the nursery • Familiarise all staff and visitors with the position of the first aid boxes and ensure all know who the appointed first aiders are • Provide appropriately stocked first aid boxes and check their contents regularly • Ensure children are supervised at all times • Ensure no student or volunteer is left unsupervised at any time • Ensure staff paediatric first aid certificates are on display (or made available to parents). Responsibilities The designated Health and Safety Officer in the nursery is Danielle Glover The employer has overall and final responsibility for this policy being carried out at: Mini Me’s Nursery Melbourne Avenue, Fleetwood FY7 8AY The nursery manager/deputy nursery manager will be responsible in his/her absence. All employees have the responsibility to cooperate with senior staff and the manager to achieve a healthy and safe nursery and to take reasonable care of themselves and others. Neglect of health and safety regulations/duties will be regarded as a disciplinary matter (see separate policy on disciplinary procedures). Whenever a member of staff notices a health or safety problem which they are not able to rectify, they must immediately report it to the appropriate person named above. Parents and visitors are requested to report any concerns they may have to the senior member of staff in the area/deputy manager/manager. Daily contact, monthly staff meetings and health and safety meetings provide consultation between management and employees. This will include health and safety matters. Health and safety training Person responsible for monitoring staff training is Danielle Glover Health and safety is covered in all induction training for new staff. At present at least one member of staff on duty MUST hold a full paediatric First Aid certificate in the nursery and when on outings. In addition to this, all newly qualified entrants to the early years workforce who have completed a level 2 and/or level 3 qualification on or after 30 June 2016, must also have either a full PFA or an emergency PFA certificate within three months of starting work in order to be included in the required staff: child ratios at level 2 or level 3 in an early years setting All trained first aiders must be listed in the first aid policy. Health and safety arrangements • All staff are responsible for general health and safety in the nursery • Risk assessments will be conducted on all areas of the nursery, including rooms, activities, outdoor areas, resources and cleaning equipment • These are reviewed at regular intervals and when arrangements change • All outings away from the nursery (however short) will include a prior risk assessment – more details are included in our outings policy • All equipment, rooms and outdoor areas will be checked thoroughly by staff before children access them or the area. These checks will be recorded and initialled by the staff responsible. Unsafe areas will be made safe/removed from the area by this member of staff to promote the safety of children. If this cannot be achieved the manager will be notified immediately • We provide appropriate facilities for all children, staff, parents and visitors to receive a warm welcome and provide for their basic care needs, e.g. easy to access toilet area and fresh drinking water • The nursery will adhere to the Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulation (COSHH) to ensure all children, staff, parents and visitors are safe in relation to any chemicals we may use on the premises • All staff and students will receive appropriate training in all areas of health and safety which will include risk assessments, manual handling and fire safety. We may also use benefit risk assessments for particular activities and resources for children • We have a clear accident and first aid policy to follow in the case of any person in the nursery suffering injury from an accident or incident • We have a clear fire safety policy and procedure which supports the prevention of fire and the safe evacuation of all persons in the nursery. This is to be shared with all staff, students, parents and visitors to the nursery • We review accident and incident records to identify any patterns/hazardous areas • All health and safety matters are reviewed informally on an ongoing basis and formally every six months or when something changes. Staff and parents will receive these updates, as with all policy changes, as and when they happen • Staff and parents are able to contribute to any policy through the suggestion scheme and during the regular meetings held at nursery. The policy is kept up to date and reviewed especially when the nursery changes in nature and size. It is revised annually, or as and when required. We therefore welcome any useful comments from members of staff, parents and visitors regarding this policy.

At Mini Me’s Nursery we are committed to providing a workplace which supports and encourages a healthy staff team Kitchen Staff are made aware of the basic food hygiene standards through appropriate training and this is reviewed every three years. • Fridges to be cleaned out weekly • Microwave to be cleaned after every use • Oven to be cleaned out regularly and recorded • Freezers to be cleaned out every three months and recorded • All cupboards to be cleaned out monthly • Fridge and freezer temperatures must be recorded first thing in the morning by the cook and last thing at night • All food to be covered at all times in and out of the fridge and dated to show when each product was opened • Care must be taken to ensure that food is correctly stored in fridges • When re-heating food, it should be over 75°C, checked with the probe thermometer and recorded, then cooled down before serving. Food prepared on the premises must be checked with the probe thermometer before serving • Food served but not used immediately should be appropriately covered and placed in the fridge/freezer within 60 minutes. If this is not followed, food should be discarded immediately • All opened packets to be dated when opened and placed in an airtight container e.g. baby food, raisins, cereal etc. • Blended food should be placed in suitable airtight containers, named and dated • Surfaces to be cleaned with anti-bacterial spray • Only appropriate coloured kitchen cloths to be used (please follow the chart on the wall). These must be washed daily on a hot wash • Windows protected by fly guards to be opened as often as possible along with the vents • All plugs to be pulled out of their sockets at the end of each day and switches switched off where practicable (with the exception of the fridge and freezer) • Children must NOT enter the kitchen • Doors/gates to the kitchen to be kept closed/locked at all times. Baby room • Bottles of formula milk will only be made up as and when the child needs them. These should be cooled to body temperature (37°C) and tested with a sterilised thermometer to ensure they are an appropriate temperature for the child to drink safely • Following the Department of Health guidelines, we will only use recently boiled water to make formula bottles (left for no longer than 30 minutes to cool). We will not use cooled boiled water and reheat • Bottles and teats will be thoroughly cleaned with hot soapy water and sterilised after use (they will not be washed in the dishwasher) • Content of bottles will be disposed of after two hours • A designated area is available for mothers who wish to breastfeed their babies or who wish to express milk • Labelled mother’s breast milk will be stored in the fridge • If dummies are used they will be cleaned and sterilised. This also applies to dummies which have been dropped • All dummies will be stored in separate labelled containers to ensure no crosscontamination occurs • Sterilisers will be washed out daily. Nursery • Staff must be aware of general hygiene in the nursery and ensure that high standards are kept at all times • Regular toy washing rotas must be established in all rooms and recorded. Toys should be washed with sanitising fluid • Floors should be cleaned during the day when necessary. Vacuum cleaner bags (where used) should be changed frequently • Staff are requested to use the appropriate coloured mop for the task or area (see chart on wall) and mop heads should be washed in a separate wash at least weekly • Face cloths should be washed on a hot wash after every use and not shared between children • Low/high chairs must be cleaned thoroughly after every use. Straps and reins must be washed weekly or as required • Every child should have its own cot sheet which should be washed at the end of every week or whenever necessary • All surfaces should be kept clean and clutter free • Children must always be reminded to wash their hands after using the bathroom and before meals. Staff should always encourage good hygiene standards, for example, not eating food that has fallen on the floor • Children should learn about good hygiene routines and why they need to wash their hands, wipe their noses and cover their mouths when coughing. Staff rooms • It is the responsibility of every member of staff to ensure that their staff room is kept clean and tidy • Fridges must be cleaned out weekly • Microwave to be cleaned after every use • Surfaces to be wiped down daily • All implements used for lunch or break to be washed and tidied away.

At Mini Me’s Nursery we promote the good health of all children attending through maintaining high hygiene standards and reducing the chances of infection being spread. We follow the Health protection in schools and other childcare facilities guidance which sets out when and how long children need to be excluded from settings, when treatment/medication is required and where to get further advice from. Viruses and infections can be easily passed from person to person by breathing in air containing the virus which is produced when an infected person talks, coughs or sneezes. It can also spread through hand/face contact after touching a person or surface contaminated with viruses. We follow the guidance below to prevent a virus or infection from moving around the nursery. Our staff: • Encourage all children to use tissues when coughing and sneezing to catch germs • Ensure all tissues are disposed of in a hygienic way and all children and staff wash their hands once the tissue is disposed of • Develop children’s understanding of the above and the need for good hygiene procedures in helping them to stay healthy • Wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when changing nappies, toileting children and dealing with any other bodily fluids. Staff are requested to dispose of these in the appropriate manner and wash hands immediately • Clean and sterilise all potties and changing mats before and after each use • Clean toilets at least daily and check them throughout the day • Remind children to wash their hands before eating, after visiting the toilet, playing outside or being in contact with any animal and explain the reasons for this • Clean all toys, equipment and resources on a regular basis by following a comprehensive cleaning rota and using antibacterial cleanser or through washing in the washing machine • Wash or clean all equipment used by babies and toddlers as and when needed including when the children have placed it in their mouth • Store dummies in individual hygienic dummy boxes labelled with the child’s name to prevent cross-contamination with other children • Store toothbrushes (where applicable) hygienically to prevent cross-contamination • Immediately clean and sterilise (where necessary) any dummy or bottle that falls on the floor or is picked up by another child • Provide labelled individual bedding for children that is not used by any other child and wash this at least once a week • Ask parents and visitors to remove all outdoor footwear or use shoe covers when entering rooms where children may be crawling or sitting on the floor • Where applicable wear specific indoor shoes or slippers whilst inside the rooms and make sure that children wear them as well • Follow the sickness and illness policy when children are ill to prevent the spread of any infection in the nursery. Staff are also requested to stay at home if they are contagious. In addition: • The nursery manager retains the right of refusal of all children, parents, staff and visitors who are deemed contagious and may impact on the welfare of the rest of the nursery • Parents will be made aware of the need for these procedures in order for them to follow these guidelines whilst in the nursery • Periodically each room in the nursery will be deep cleaned including carpets and soft furnishings to ensure the spread of infection is limited. This will be implemented earlier if the need arises • The nursery will ensure stocks of tissues, hand washing equipment, cleaning materials and sterilising fluid are maintained at all times and increased during the winter months or when flu and cold germs are circulating.


At Mini Me’s Nursery we believe that all children need contact with familiar, consistent carers to ensure they can grow and develop socially and emotionally. At times children need to be cuddled, encouraged, held and offered physical reassurance. Intimate care routines are essential throughout the day to meet children’s basic needs. This may include nappy changing, supporting children with toileting, changing clothes, and giving first aid treatment and specialist medical support, where required. In order to maintain the child’s privacy, we will carry out the majority of these actions on a one-to-one basis, wherever possible, by the child’s key person with the exception of first aid treatment which must be carried out by a qualified first aider. We wish to ensure the safety and welfare of children during intimate care routines and safeguard them against any potential harm as well as ensuring the staff member involved is fully supported and able to perform their duties safely and confidently. We aim to support all parties through the following actions: • Promoting consistent and caring relationships through the key person system in the nursery and ensuring all parents understand how this works • Ensuring all staff undertaking intimate care routines have suitable enhanced DBS checks • Training all staff in the appropriate methods for intimate care routines and arranging specialist training where required, i.e. first aid training, specialist medical support • Ensuring children are afforded privacy during intimate care routines whilst balancing this with the need to safeguard children and staff. No nappies will be changed or intimate routines take place behind closed doors • Conducting thorough inductions for all new staff to ensure they are fully aware of all nursery procedures relating to intimate care routines • Following up procedures through supervision meetings and appraisals to identify any areas for development or further training • Working closely with parents on all aspects of the child’s care and education as laid out in the Parent and Carers as Partners Policy. This is essential for intimate care routines which require specialist training or support. If a child requires specific support the nursery will arrange a meeting with the parent to discover all the relevant information relating to this to enable the staff to care for the child fully and meet their individual needs • Ensuring all staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding/child protection and how to protect children from harm. This will include identifying signs and symptoms of abuse and how to raise these concerns as set out in the safeguarding/child protection policy • Operating a whistleblowing policy to help staff raise any concerns about their peers or managers; and helping staff develop confidence in raising worries as they arise in order to safeguard the children in the nursery • Conducting working practice observations on all aspects of nursery operations to ensure that procedures are working in practice and all children are supported fully by the staff. This includes intimate care routines • Conducting regular risk assessments on all aspects of the nursery operation including intimate care and reviewing the safeguards in place. The nursery has assessed all the risks relating to intimate care routines and has placed appropriate safeguards in place to ensure the safety of all involved. If any parent or member of staff has concerns or questions about intimate care procedures or individual routines, please see the manager at the earliest opportunity.


At Mini Me’s Nursery we expect that children are vaccinated in accordance with the government’s health policy and their age. We ask that parents inform us if their children are not vaccinated so that we can manage any risks to their own child or other children/staff/parents in the best way possible. The nursery manager must be aware of any children who are not vaccinated within the nursery in accordance with their age. We make all parents aware that some children in the nursery may not be vaccinated, due to their age, medical reasons or parental choice. Our nursery does not discriminate against children who have not received their immunisations and will not disclose individual details to other parents. However, we will share the risks of infection if children have not had immunisations and ask parents to sign a disclaimer. We record, or encourage parents to record, information about immunisations on children’s registration documents and we update this information as and when necessary, including when the child reaches the age for the appropriate immunisations. Staff vaccinations policy It is the responsibility of all staff to ensure they keep up-to-date with their vaccinations, as recommended by the NHS vaccination schedule and keep the nursery informed. If a member of staff is unsure as to whether they are up-to-date, then we recommend that they visit their GP or practice nurse for their own good health. Emergency information We keep emergency information for every child and ask parents to check their details on the Famly app and update it every six months with regular reminders to parents on the Famly App Newsfeed, in newsletters, at parents’ evenings and a reminder notice on the Parent Information Board.


Statement of intent At Mini Me’s Nursery we take great care to treat each individual as a person in their own right, with equal rights and responsibilities to any other individual, whether they are an adult or a child. We are committed to providing equality of opportunity and antidiscriminatory practice for all children and families according to their individual needs. Discrimination on the grounds of gender, age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, ethnic or national origin, or political belief has no place within our nursery. A commitment to implementing our inclusion and equality policy will form part of each employee’s job description. Should anyone believe that this policy is not being upheld, it is their duty to report the matter to the attention of the a manager at the earliest opportunity. Appropriate steps will then be taken to investigate the matter and if such concerns are well-founded, disciplinary action will be invoked under the nursery’s disciplinary policy. The legal framework for this policy is based on: • Special Education Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice 2015 • Children and Families Act 2014 • Equality Act 2010 • Childcare Act 2006 • Children Act 2004 • Care Standards Act 2002 • Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001. The nursery and staff are committed to: • Recruiting, selecting, training and promoting individuals on the basis of occupational skills requirements. In this respect, the nursery will ensure that no job applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, sex, gender reassignment, disability, marriage or civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity/paternity • Providing a childcare place, wherever possible, for children who may have learning difficulties and/or disabilities or are deemed disadvantaged according to their individual circumstances, and the nursery’s ability to provide the necessary standard of care • Making reasonable adjustments for children with special educational needs and disabilities • Striving to promote equal access to services and projects by taking practical steps (wherever possible and reasonable), such as ensuring access to people with additional needs and by producing materials in relevant languages and media for all children and their families • Providing a secure environment in which all our children can flourish and all contributions are valued • Including and valuing the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality, inclusion and diversity • Providing positive non-stereotypical information • Continually improving our knowledge and understanding of issues of equality, inclusion and diversity • Regularly reviewing, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of inclusive practices to ensure they promote and value diversity and difference and that the policy is effective and practices are non-discriminatory • Making inclusion a thread which runs through the entirety of the nursery, for example, by encouraging positive role models through the use of toys, imaginary play and activities, promoting non-stereotypical images and language and challenging all discriminatory behaviour (see dealing with discriminatory behaviour policy). Admissions/service provision The nursery is accessible to all children and families in the local community and further afield through a comprehensive and inclusive admissions policy. The nursery will strive to ensure that all services and projects are accessible and relevant to all groups and individuals in the community within targeted age groups. Recruitment Recruitment, promotion and other selection exercises such as redundancy selection will be conducted on the basis of merit, against objective criteria that avoid discrimination. Shortlisting should be done by more than one person if possible. All members of the selection group will be committed to the inclusive practice set out in this policy and will have received appropriate training in this regard. Application forms will be sent out along with a copy of the equal opportunities monitoring form. Application forms will not include questions that potentially discriminate on the grounds specified in the statement of intent. Vacancies should generally be advertised to a diverse section of the labour market. Advertisements should avoid stereotyping or using wording that may discourage particular groups from applying. At interview, no questions will be posed which potentially discriminate on the grounds specified in the statement of intent. All candidates will be asked the same questions and members of the selection group will not introduce nor use any personal knowledge of candidates acquired outside the selection process. Candidates will be given the opportunity to receive feedback on the reasons why they were not successful. Under the Equality Act 2010 you can only ask questions prior to offering someone employment in the following circumstances: • You need to establish whether the applicant will be able to comply with a requirement to undergo an assessment (i.e. an interview or selection test) • You need to establish whether the applicant will be able to carry out a function that is intrinsic to the work concerned • You want to monitor diversity in the range of people applying for work • You want to take positive action towards a particular group – for example offering a guaranteed interview scheme • You require someone with a particular disability because of an occupational requirement for the job. The national College for Teaching and Leadership provides further guidance specific to working with children: Providers have a responsibility to ensure that practitioners have the health and physical capacity to teach and will not put children and young people at risk of harm. The activities that a practitioner must be able to perform are set out in the Education (Health Standards England) Regulations 2003. Providers are responsible for ensuring that only practitioners who have the capacity to teach remain on the staff team. People with disabilities or chronic illnesses may have the capacity to teach, just as those without disabilities or medical conditions may be unsuitable to teach. Further information on training to teach with a disability is available from the DfE website. Successful applicants offered a position may be asked to complete a fitness questionnaire prior to commencing the programme. Providers should not ask allencompassing health questions, but should ensure that they only ask targeted and relevant health-related questions, which are necessary to ensure that a person is able to teach. Staff It is the policy of Mini Me’s Nursery not to discriminate in the treatment of individuals. All staff are expected to co-operate with the implementation, monitoring and improvement of this and other policies. All staff are expected to challenge language, actions, behaviours and attitudes which are oppressive or discriminatory on the grounds specified in this policy and recognise and celebrate other cultures and traditions. All staff are expected to participate in equality and inclusion training. Staff will follow the ‘Dealing with Discriminatory Behaviour’ policy where applicable to report any discriminatory behaviours observed. Training The nursery recognises the importance of training as a key factor in the implementation of an effective inclusion and equality policy. All new staff receive induction training including specific reference to the inclusion and equality policy. The nursery will strive towards the provision of inclusion, equality and diversity training for all staff on an annual basis. Early learning framework Early learning opportunities offered in the nursery encourage children to develop positive attitudes to people who are different from them. It encourages children to empathise with others and to begin to develop the skills of critical thinking. We do this by: • Making children feel valued and good about themselves • Ensuring that all children have equal access to early learning and play opportunities • Reflecting the widest possible range of communities in the choice of resources • Avoiding stereotypical or derogatory images in the selection of materials • Acknowledging and celebrating a wide range of religions, beliefs and festivals • Creating an environment of mutual respect and empathy • Helping children to understand that discriminatory behaviour and remarks are unacceptable • Ensuring that all early learning opportunities offered are inclusive of children with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and children from disadvantaged backgrounds • Ensuring that children whose first language is not English have full access to early learning opportunities and are supported in their learning • Working in partnership with all families to ensure they understand the policy and challenge any discriminatory comments made • Ensuring the medical, cultural and dietary needs of children are met • Identifying a key person to each child who will continuously observe, assess and plan for children’s learning and development • Helping children to learn about a range of food and cultural approaches to meal times and to respect the differences among them. Information and meetings Information about the nursery, its activities and their children’s development will be given in a variety of ways according to individual needs (written, verbal and translated), to ensure that all parents can access the information they need. Wherever possible, meetings will be arranged to give all families options to attend and contribute their ideas about the running of the nursery.

At Mini Me’s Nursery we are committed to promoting children’s safety and welfare. In the unlikely event of a child going missing within/from the nursery, we have the following procedure which will be implemented immediately: • All staff will be aware of the procedure when a child goes missing and supply information to support the search, e.g. a recent photograph and a detailed description of clothing • The nursery manager will be informed immediately and all staff present will be informed. Some staff will be deployed to start an immediate thorough search of the nursery, followed by a search of the surrounding area, whilst ensuring that some staff remain with the other children so they remain supervised, calm and supported throughout • The manager will call the police as soon as they believe the child is missing and follow police guidance. The parents of the missing child will also be contacted • A second search of the area will be carried out • During this period, available staff will be continually searching for the missing child, whilst other staff maintain as near to normal routine as possible for the rest of the children in the nursery • The manager will meet the police and parents • The manager will then await instructions from the police • In the unlikely event that the child is not found the nursery will follow the local authority and police procedure • Any incidents must be recorded in writing as soon as practicably possible including the outcome, who was lost, time identified, notification to police and findings • Ofsted must be contacted and informed of any incidents • With incidents of this nature parents, carers, children and staff may require support and reassurance following the traumatic experience. Management will provide this or seek further support where necessary • In any cases with media attention staff will not speak to any media representatives • Post-incident risk assessments will be conducted following any incident of this nature to enable the chance of this reoccurring being reduced • Internal use only.

At Mini Me’s Nursery we are committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive quality environment for all children and families. Definition and legal framework The description ‘looked after’ is generally used to describe a child who is looked after by the local authority. This includes children who are subject to a care order or temporarily classed as looked after on a planned basis for short breaks or respite care. Most looked after children will be cared for by foster carers with a small minority in children’s homes, looked after by family members or even placed back within the family home. The term 'looked after child' denotes a child's current legal status. The nursery never uses this term to categorise a child as standing out from others or refers to a child using acronyms such as LAC. The legal framework for this policy is underpinned by or supported through: • Childcare Act 2006 • Children Act (1989 and 2004) • Adoption and Children Act (2002) • Children and Young Persons Act (2008) • Children and Families Act (2014) • Children and Social Work Act (2017). Our policy Our nursery treats each child as an individual. We recognise that for young children to get the most out of educational opportunities they need to be settled appropriately with their carer. We will discuss with the child’s carer, and social worker where applicable, the length of time the child has been with the carer before they start nursery to establish how secure the child feels and whether they are ready to be able to cope with further separation, a new environment and new expectations made upon them. We are aware that there are a number of reasons why a child may go into care and these reasons may or may not include traumatic experiences or abuse. All our practitioners are committed to doing all they can to support all children to achieve their full potential. The nursery staff team are all trained to understand our safeguarding policy and procedures. Additional training to support children’s individual needs will be planned for where appropriate. Practitioners are supported by management at all times and we have an open door policy if they need to discuss any sensitive issues regarding the child. Where applicable, we contribute to any assessment about the child, such as those carried out under local authorities’ assessment frameworks or Early Help Assessment (EHA) and to any multi-agency meetings, case conferences or strategy meetings in relation to the child’s learning and development. The designated person for looked after children and/or the child’s key person will attend meetings as appropriate. The designated person for ‘looked after children’ is Victoria Webster Each child is allocated a key person. The key person will support the child initially with transition and settling in and then continue to support and build up a relationship with the child, carers and any other agencies involved. Regular contact will be maintained with the carers throughout the child’s time at the nursery and with the social worker or other professionals (where applicable). The key person will carry out regular ongoing practice such as observations to build up a picture of the child’s interests, and plan activities accordingly to support the child’s stage of learning and development and interests. This information will be shared with carers and other professionals as appropriate as well as any concerns surrounding their developmental stages. Where necessary we will develop a care plan with carers and professionals. This will include: • The child's emotional needs and how they are to be met • How any emotional issues and problems that affect behaviour are to be managed • The child's sense of self, culture, language/s and identity - how this is to be supported • The child's need for sociability and friendship • The child's interests and abilities and possible learning journey pathway • How any special needs will be supported. In addition, the care plan may also consider: • How information will be shared with the foster carer and local authority (as the 'corporate parent') as well as what information is shared with any other organisation or professionals and how it will be recorded and stored • What contact the child has with his/her birth parent(s) and what arrangements will be in place for supervised contact. If this is to be in the setting, when, where and what form the contact will take will be discussed and agreed • Who may collect the child from nursery and who may receive information about the child • What written reporting is required • Wherever possible, and where the plan is for the child to return to their home, the birth parent(s) should be involved in planning • With the social worker's agreement, and as part of the plan, whether the birth parent(s) should be involved in the setting's activities that include parents, such as outings, fun days etc. alongside the foster carer. Where applicable, we will complete a Personal Education Plan (PEP) for any children aged three to five in partnership with the social worker and/or care manager and carers. We will also attend all appropriate meetings and contribute to reviews. The key person and designated ‘looked after’ person Victoria Webster will work together to ensure any onward transition to school or another nursery is handled sensitively to ensure that this is as smooth as possible and all necessary information is shared. The child’s individual file, including observations, photographs and pieces of art work and mark making will be passed on to the carer at this stage. Key contact details: Organisation Contact Number Local authority 03001236722 Children’s social care team 03001236720 Named social worker 03001236720 Private Fostering Private fostering is an arrangement made between the parent and the private foster carer, who then becomes responsible for caring for the child in such a way as to safeguard and promote their welfare. A privately fostered child is a child under the age of 16 (18 if a disabled child) who is cared for and provided with accommodation etc. for more than 28 days and where the care is intended to continue by someone other than: • The parents • A person who is not a parent but has parental responsibility • A close relative • The Local Authority. It is a statutory duty for us to inform the local authority where we are made aware of a child who may be subject to private fostering arrangements. We will do this by contacting the local authority children’s social care team.

At Mini Me’s Nursery we are committed to promoting children’s safety and welfare. This includes where children are on outings and visits. We carry out regular head counts of children throughout any outing or visit. In the unlikely event of a child going missing whilst on an outing we have the following procedure which we implement immediately: • All staff will be aware of the procedure when a child goes missing and supply information to support the search, e.g. a recent photograph and a detailed description of clothing • The organiser will be informed immediately and all staff present will be informed. Some staff will be deployed to start an immediate thorough search of the area, ensuring that all other children remain supervised, calm and supported throughout • If appropriate, on-site security will also be informed and a description given • The designated person in charge will immediately inform the police • The designated person in charge will then inform the nursery who will contact the child’s parents giving details of what has happened. If the whole nursery is on an outing, all contact details will be taken on the trip by the person in charge • During this period, staff will be continually searching for the missing child, whilst other staff maintain the safety and welfare of the remaining children • It will be the designated person in charge or the manager’s responsibility to ensure that there are adequate staff to care for the children and get them back safe, a member of staff to meet the police and someone to continue the search (this may mean contacting relief staff) • Any incidents must be recorded in writing as soon as practicably possible including the outcome, who was lost, time identified, notification to police and findings • In the unlikely event that the child is not found, the nursery will follow the local authority and police procedure • Ofsted must be contacted and informed of any incidents • With incidents of this nature parents, carers, children and staff may require support and reassurance following the traumatic experience. Management will provide this or seek further support where necessary • In any cases with media attention staff will not speak to any media representatives • Post-incident risk assessments will be conducted following any incident of this nature to enable the chance of this reoccurring being reduced.


Our nursery is aware of the growth of internet use and the advantages this can bring. However, it is also aware of the dangers and strives to support children, staff and families in using the internet safely. Keeping Children Safe in Education states “The breadth of issues classified within online safety is considerable, but can be categorised into three areas of risk: ✓ content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material; ✓ contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users; and ✓ conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm” Within the nursery we aim to keep children (and staff) safe online by: • Ensuring we have appropriate antivirus and anti-spyware software on all devices and update them regularly • Ensuring content blockers and filters are on all our devices, e.g. computers, laptops and any mobile devices • Keeping passwords safe and secure, not sharing or writing these down. These will be changed at least every term to keep the devices secure • Ensure management monitor all internet activities in the setting • Locking away all nursery devices at the end of the day • Ensuring no social media or messaging apps are installed on nursery devices • Management reviewing all apps or games downloaded to tablets to ensure all are age appropriate for children and safeguard the children and staff • Using approved devices to record/photograph in the setting • Never emailing personal or financial information • Reporting emails with inappropriate content to the internet watch foundation (IWF www.iwf.org.uk) • Ensuring children are supervised when using internet devices • Using tracking software to monitor suitability of internet usage (for older children) • Not permitting staff or visitors access to the nursery Wi-Fi • Integrating online safety into nursery daily practice by discussing computer usage ‘rules’ deciding together what is safe and what is not safe to do online • Talking to children about ‘stranger danger’ and deciding who is a stranger and who is not, comparing people in real life situations to online ‘friends’ • When using Skype and FaceTime (where applicable) discussing with the children what they would do if someone they did not know tried to contact them • Provide training for staff who need this to keep children safe online. We encourage staff to complete a online safety course which can be found at https://moodle.ndna.org.uk • We abide by an acceptable use policy, ensuring staff only use the work IT equipment for matters relating to the children and their education and care. No personal use will be tolerated • Children’s screen time is monitored to ensure they remain safe online and have access to material that promotes their development. We will ensure that their screen time is within an acceptable level and is integrated within their programme of learning.

At Mini Me’s Nursery we are committed to the importance of daily outdoor play and the physical development of all children regardless of their age and stage of development. We provide outdoor play in all weathers. Where possible and appropriate, we make outdoor activities accessible to children with learning difficulties and disabilities to ensure inclusive use of the outdoor area. We recognise that children need regular access to outdoor play in order to keep fit and healthy, develop their large and fine motor skills, experience learning in a natural environment and access sunlight in order to absorb vitamin D more effectively. We also refer to The Chief Medical Office guidance on physical activity. 1 The outdoor areas, both within the nursery grounds and in the local community have a wealth of experiences and resources which help children to develop in a variety of ways, including independence, exploration and investigative skills, risk taking and self-esteem, all of which support children to develop skills now and for the future. We ensure all areas are safe and secure through close supervision and the use of robust risk assessments and safety checks. Where possible and appropriate, we plan and encourage play that helps children understand and manage risks. This type of play allows children to explore and find their own boundaries in a safe environment with supportive practitioners. Staff are informed of the importance of safety procedures and are trained appropriately to ensure these procedures are followed effectively. We obtain parental permission before any child leaves the nursery during the day. This includes short outings into the local community. There is more information in the outings policy. We plan all outdoor play opportunities and outings to complement the indoor activities and provide children with purposeful activities that support and follow individual children’s interests. There is a balance of both adult-led and child-initiated opportunities to enable children to learn and practice new skills, knowledge and behaviours. Where activities take place away from the setting (e.g. in the local wood) then a mobile phone and first aid kit will be taken to ensure the safety of children at all times. A trained paediatric first aider will be present when away from the main setting. We use this policy alongside the following policies to ensure the safety and welfare of children throughout their time outside: • Health and Safety • Sun Care 1 www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-physical-activity-guidelines • Caring for Babies and Toddlers • Lost Child Policy • Parents and Carers as Partners • Supervision of Children • Safeguarding and Child Protection • Outings.

At Mini Me’s Nursery we promote the safety of children, parents, staff and visitors by reviewing and reducing any risks. Risk assessments Risk assessments document the hazards/aspects of the environment that needs to be checked on a regular basis, who could be harmed, existing controls, the seriousness of the risk/injury, any further action needed to control the risk, who is responsible for what action, when/how often will the action be undertaken, and how this will be monitored and checked and by whom. The nursery carries out written risk assessments regularly (at least annually). These are regularly reviewed and cover potential risks to children, staff and visitors at the nursery. When circumstances change in the nursery, e.g. a significant piece of equipment is introduced; we review our current risk assessment or conduct a new risk assessment dependent on the nature of this change. All staff are trained in the risk assessment process to ensure understanding and compliance. All outings away from the nursery are individually risk assessed and adequately staffed with paediatric first aid trained practitioners. For more details refer to the visits and outings policy. Hints and tips Please refer to the Health and Safety Executive’s ‘Five Steps to Risk Assessment’ www.hse.gov.uk/risk/fivesteps.htm for further support with the risk assessment process. The Five Steps to Risk Assessment publication and risk assessment templates can be downloaded from the Health and Safety Executive’s website at www.hse.gov.uk Citation Plc can also offer further support with risk assessments at www.citation.co.uk


At Mini Me’s Nursery we believe that parents and staff need to work together in a close partnership in order for children to receive the quality of care and early learning to meet their individual needs. We welcome parents as partners and support a two-way sharing of information that helps establish trust and understanding. We are committed to supporting parents in an open and sensitive manner to include them as an integral part of the care and early learning team within the nursery. The key person system supports engagement with all parents and will use strategies to ensure that all parents can contribute to their child’s learning and development. Parents contribute to initial assessments of children’s starting points on entry and they are kept well informed about their children’s progress. Parents are encouraged to support and share information about their children’s learning and development at home. The key person system ensures all practitioners use effective, targeted strategies and interventions to support learning that match most children’s individual needs. Our policy is to: • Recognise and support parents as their child’s first and most important educators and to welcome them into the life of the nursery • Generate confidence and encourage parents to trust their own instincts and judgement regarding their own child • Welcome all parents into the nursery at any time and provide an area where parents can speak confidentially with us as required • Welcome nursing mothers. The nursery will make available a private area whenever needed to offer space and privacy to nursing mothers • Ensure nursery documentation and communications are provided in different formats to suit each parent’s needs, e.g. Braille, multi-lingual, electronic communications • Ensure that all parents are aware of the nursery’s policies and procedures. A detailed parent prospectus will be provided and our full policy documents will be available to parents at all times in the nursery entrance, on the nursery website and on the family app • Maintain regular contact with parents to help us to build a secure and beneficial working relationship for their children • Support parents in their own continuing education and personal development including helping them to develop their parenting skills and inform them of relevant conferences, workshops and training • Create opportunities for parents to talk to other adults in a secure and supportive environment through such activities as open days, parents’ evenings and a parents’ forum • Inform parents about the range and type of activities and experiences provided for children, the daily routines of the setting, the types of food and drinks provided for children and events through regularly distributed newsletters, the Famly app, the nursery website • Operate a key person system to enable parents to establish a close working relationship with a named practitioner and to support two-way information sharing about each child’s individual needs both in nursery and at home. Parents are given the name of the key person of their child and their role when the child starts • Inform parents on a regular basis about their child’s progress and involve them in shared record keeping. Parents’ evenings will be held at least twice a year. The nursery will consult with parents about the times of meetings to avoid excluding anyone • Actively encourage parents to contribute to children’s learning through sharing observations, interests and experiences from home. This may be verbally, sharing photographs or in written form • Agree the best communication method with parents e.g. Famly app, email, faceto-face, telephone and share information about the child’s day, e.g. food eaten, activities, sleep times etc. • Consider and discuss all suggestions from parents concerning the care and early learning of their child and nursery operation • Provide opportunities and support for all parents to contribute their own skills, knowledge and interests to the activities of the nursery including signposting to relevant services, agencies and training opportunities • Inform all parents of the systems for registering queries, compliments, complaints or suggestions, and to check that these systems are understood by parents • Make sure all parents have access to our written complaints procedure • Share information about the Early Years Foundation Stage, young children's learning in the nursery, how parents can further support learning at home and where they can access further information • Provide a written contract between the parent(s) and the nursery regarding conditions of acceptance and arrangements for payment • Respect the family’s religious and cultural backgrounds and beliefs and accommodate any special requirements wherever possible and practical to do so • Inform parents how the nursery supports children with special educational needs and disabilities • Find out the needs and expectations of parents. We will do this through regular feedback via questionnaires, suggestion system and encouraging parents to review working practices. We will evaluate any responses and publish these for parents with an action plan to inform future, policy and staff development.

At Mini Me’s Nursery we aim to have a high quality staff team that act at all times in the best interests of children’s safety and welfare. To achieve this we have a range of policies to support the recruitment, development and retention of staff. The nursery’s policies in respect of personnel are governed by the following: • The best interests of the children, their welfare, safety, care and development • The requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage • The needs of the children, including maintaining continuity of care • Compatibility between all members of staff and the building of a good team spirit • Consideration of the advancement of each member of staff both by internal and external training to help them achieve their maximum potential • Equal pay for work of equal value • Compliance with the current legislation including the principles of the Equality Act 2010 and all current legislation governing discrimination. We will ensure: • The provision of a person specification and job description for every member of staff prior to an interview • All interviews will follow our recruitment procedures to ensure safe and fair and non-discriminatory recruitment occurs • The provision of a statement of terms and conditions and contract for every member of staff in employment (contract to be received by new employee within two months of commencement of employment) • Prior to commencement of employment, the successful applicant shall be provided with an offer letter (conditional on an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance) with the induction procedure and any details of other information relevant for their first day of work • New members of staff will be provided with copies of all the policies and procedures and we will ensure their understanding and adherence to these over an induction period • Discrimination or harassment of any member of staff relating to sex, race, sexual orientation, gender, gender reassignment, age, religion or belief and disability will not be acceptable. This includes unwanted verbal or physical third party harassment by those not employed by the nursery.


At Mini Me’s Nursery we work with children, parents, external agencies and the community to ensure the welfare and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life. Children have the right to be treated with respect, be helped to thrive and to be safe from any abuse in whatever form. We support the children within our care, protect them from maltreatment and have robust procedures in place to prevent the impairment of children’s health and development. In our setting we strive to protect children from the risk of radicalisation and we promote acceptance and tolerance of other beliefs and cultures (please refer to our inclusion and equality policy for further information). Safeguarding is a much wider subject than the elements covered within this single policy, therefore this document should be used in conjunction with the nursery’s other policies and procedures. This policy works alongside these other specific policies to cover all aspects of child protection: • Online safety • Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery • Prevent Duty and Radicalisation • Domestic Violence, Honour Based Violence (HBV) and Forced Marriages • Looked After Children Legal framework and definition of safeguarding • Children Act 1989 and 2004 • Childcare Act 2006 • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 • Children and Social Work Act 2017 • The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2017 • Working together to safeguard children 2018 • Keeping children safe in education 2018 • Data Protection Act 2018 • What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused 2015 • Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, in relation to this policy is defined as: • Protecting children from maltreatment • Preventing the impairment of children’s health or development • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes. (Definition taken from the HM Government document ‘Working together to safeguard children 2018). Policy intention To safeguard children and promote their welfare we will: • Create an environment to encourage children to develop a positive self-image • Provide positive role models and develop a safe culture where staff are confident to raise concerns about professional conduct • Support staff to notice the softer signs of abuse and know what action to take • Encourage children to develop a sense of independence and autonomy in a way that is appropriate to their age and stage of development • Provide a safe and secure environment for all children • Promote tolerance and acceptance of different beliefs, cultures and communities • Help children to understand how they can influence and participate in decisionmaking and how to promote British values through play, discussion and role modelling • Always listen to children • Provide an environment where practitioners are confident to identify where children and families may need intervention and seek the help they need • Share information with other agencies as appropriate. The nursery is aware that abuse does occur in our society and we are vigilant in identifying signs of abuse and reporting concerns. Our practitioners have a duty to protect and promote the welfare of children. Due to the many hours of care we are providing, staff may often be the first people to identify that there may be a problem. They may well be the first people in whom children confide information that may suggest abuse or to spot changes in a child’s behaviour which may indicate abuse. Our prime responsibility is the welfare and well-being of each child in our care. As such we believe we have a duty to the children, parents and staff to act quickly and responsibly in any instance that may come to our attention. This includes sharing information with any relevant agencies such as local authority services for children’s social care, health professionals or the police. All staff will work with other agencies in the best interest of the child, including as part of a multi-agency team, where needed. The nursery aims to: • Keep the child at the centre of all we do • Ensure staff are trained right from induction to understand the child protection and safeguarding policy and procedures, are alert to identify possible signs of abuse (including the signs known as softer signs of abuse), understand what is meant by child protection and are aware of the different ways in which children can be harmed, including by other children through bullying or discriminatory behaviour • Be aware of the increased vulnerability of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and other vulnerable or isolated families and children • Ensure that all staff feel confident and supported to act in the best interest of the child, share information and seek the help that the child may need • Ensure that all staff are familiar and updated regularly with child protection training and procedures and kept informed of changes to local/national procedures, including thorough annual safeguarding newsletters and updates • Make any child protection referrals in a timely way, sharing relevant information as necessary in line with procedures set out by the Lancashire County Council (LCC) • Ensure that information is shared only with those people who need to know in order to protect the child and act in their best interest • Keep the setting safe online using appropriate filters, checks and safeguards, monitoring access at all times • Ensure that children are never placed at risk while in the charge of nursery staff • Identify changes in staff behaviour and act on these as per the Staff Behaviour Policy • Take any appropriate action relating to allegations of serious harm or abuse against any person working with children or living or working on the nursery premises including reporting such allegations to Ofsted and other relevant authorities • Ensure parents are fully aware of child protection policies and procedures when they register with the nursery and are kept informed of all updates when they occur • Regularly review and update this policy with staff and parents where appropriate and make sure it complies with any legal requirements and any guidance or procedures issued by the Lancashire local authority. We will support children by offering reassurance, comfort and sensitive interactions. We will devise activities according to individual circumstances to enable children to develop confidence and self-esteem within their peer group and support them to learn how to keep themselves safe. Contact telephone numbers Local authority children’s social care team 03001236720 Local authority Designated Officer (LADO) 01772536694/07826902522 Local Authority referral team 03001236720 Ofsted 0300 123 1231 Non-emergency police 101 Government helpline for extremism concerns 020 7340 7264 Types of abuse and particular procedures followed Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by harming them or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused within a family, institution or community setting by those known to them or a stranger. This could be an adult or adults, another child or children. What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused (advice for practitioners) 2015. The signs and indicators listed below may not necessarily indicate that a child has been abused, but will help us to recognise that something may be wrong, especially if a child shows a number of these symptoms or any of them to a marked degree. Indicators of child abuse • Failure to thrive and meet developmental milestones • Fearful or withdrawn tendencies • Unexplained injuries to a child or conflicting reports from parents or staff • Repeated injuries • Unaddressed illnesses or injuries • Significant changes to behaviour patterns. Softer signs of abuse as defined by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) include: • Low self-esteem • Wetting and soiling • Recurrent nightmares • Aggressive behaviour • Withdrawing communication • Habitual body rocking • Indiscriminate contact or affection seeking • Over-friendliness towards strangers • Excessive clinginess • Persistently seeking attention. Peer on peer abuse We are aware that peer on peer abuse does take place, so we include children in our policies when we talk about potential abusers. This may take the form of bullying, physically hurting another child, emotional abuse, or sexual abuse. We will report this in the same way as we do for adults abusing children and will take advice from the appropriate bodies on this area. Physical abuse Action needs to be taken if staff have reason to believe that there has been a physical injury to a child, including deliberate poisoning, where there is definite knowledge or reasonable suspicion that the injury was inflicted or knowingly not prevented. These symptoms may include bruising or injuries in an area that is not usual for a child, e.g. fleshy parts of the arms and legs, back, wrists, ankles and face. Many children will have cuts and grazes from normal childhood injuries. These should also be logged and discussed with the nursery manager or room leader. Children and babies may be abused physically through shaking or throwing. Other injuries may include burns or scalds. These are not usual childhood injuries and should always be logged and discussed with the designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and/or nursery manager. Female genital mutilation This type of physical abuse is practised as a cultural ritual by certain ethnic groups and there is now more awareness of its prevalence in some communities in England including its effect on the child and any other siblings involved. This procedure may be carried out shortly after birth and during childhood as well as adolescence, just before marriage or during a woman’s first pregnancy and varies widely according to the community1 . Symptoms may include bleeding, painful areas, acute urinary retention, urinary infection, wound infection, septicaemia, incontinence, vaginal and pelvic infections with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder as well as physiological concerns. If you have concerns about a child relating to this area, you should contact children’s social care team in the same way as other types of physical abuse. There is a mandatory duty to report to police any case where an act of female genital mutilation appears to have been carried out on a girl under the age of 18, we will ensure this is followed in our setting. Breast Ironing Breast ironing also known as "breast flattening" is the process where young girls' breasts are ironed, massaged and/or pounded down through the use of hard or heated objects in order for the breasts to disappear or delay the development of the breasts entirely. It is believed that by carrying out this act, young girls will be protected from harassment, rape, abduction and early forced marriage. Although this is unlikely to happen to children in the nursery due to their age, we will ensure any signs of this in young adults or older children are followed up using the usual safeguarding referral process. Fabricated illness This is also a type of physical abuse. This is where a child is presented with an illness that is fabricated by the adult carer. The carer may seek out unnecessary medical treatment or investigation. The signs may include a carer exaggerating a real illness or symptoms, complete fabrication of symptoms or inducing physical illness, e.g. through poisoning, starvation, inappropriate diet. This may also be presented through false allegations of abuse or encouraging the child to appear disabled or ill to obtain unnecessary treatment or specialist support. 1 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/512906/M ulti_Agency_Statutory_Guidance_on_FGM__-_FINAL.pdf Sexual abuse Action needs be taken if the staff member has witnessed an occasion(s) where a child indicated sexual activity through words, play, drawing, had an excessive preoccupation with sexual matters or had an inappropriate knowledge of adult sexual behaviour or language. This may include acting out sexual activity on dolls/toys or in the role play area with their peers, drawing pictures that are inappropriate for a child, talking about sexual activities or using sexual language or words. The child may become worried when their clothes are removed, e.g. for nappy changes. The physical symptoms may include genital trauma, discharge and bruises between the legs or signs of a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Emotional symptoms could include a distinct change in a child’s behaviour. They may be withdrawn or overly extroverted and outgoing. They may withdraw away from a particular adult and become distressed if they reach out for them, but they may also be particularly clingy to a potential abuser so all symptoms and signs should be looked at together and assessed as a whole. If a child starts to talk openly to an adult about abuse they may be experiencing the procedure below will be followed: Procedure: • The adult should reassure the child and listen without interrupting if the child wishes to talk • The observed instances will be detailed in a confidential report • The observed instances will be reported to the nursery manager or DSL • The matter will be referred to the local authority children’s social care team (see reporting procedures). Child sexual exploitation (CSE) Working Together to Safeguard Children defines CSE as “…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.” We will be aware of the possibility of CSE and the signs and symptoms this may manifest as. If we have concerns we will follow the same procedures as for other concerns and we will record and refer as appropriate. Emotional abuse Action should be taken if the staff member has reason to believe that there is a severe, adverse effect on the behaviour and emotional development of a child, caused by persistent or severe ill treatment or rejection. This may include extremes of discipline where a child is shouted at or put down on a consistent basis, lack of emotional attachment by a parent, or it may include parents or carers placing inappropriate age or developmental expectations upon them. Emotional abuse may also be imposed through the child witnessing domestic abuse and alcohol and drug misuse by adults caring for them. The child is likely to show extremes of emotion with this type of abuse. This may include shying away from an adult who is abusing them, becoming withdrawn, aggressive or clingy in order to receive their love and attention. This type of abuse is harder to identify as the child is not likely to show any physical signs. Neglect Action should be taken if the staff member has reason to believe that there has been any type of neglect of a child (for example, by exposure to any kind of danger, including cold, starvation or failure to seek medical treatment, when required, on behalf of the child), which results in serious impairment of the child's health or development, including failure to thrive. Signs may include a child persistently arriving at nursery unwashed or unkempt, wearing clothes that are too small (especially shoes that may restrict the child’s growth or hurt them), arriving at nursery in the same nappy they went home in or a child having an illness or identified special educational need or disability that is not being addressed by the parent. A child may also be persistently hungry if a parent is withholding food or not providing enough for a child’s needs. Neglect may also be shown through emotional signs, e.g. a child may not be receiving the attention they need at home and may crave love and support at nursery. They may be clingy and emotional. In addition, neglect may occur through pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse. Domestic Abuse / Honour Based Violence / Forced Marriages We look at these areas as a child protection concern. Please refer to the separate policy for further details on this. Reporting Procedures All staff have a responsibility to report safeguarding concerns and suspicions of abuse. These concerns will be discussed with the designated safeguarding lead (DSL) as soon as possible. • Staff will report their concerns to the DSL (in the absence of the DSL they will be reported to the Deputy DSL) • Any signs of marks/injuries to a child or information a child has given will be recorded and stored securely • If appropriate, the incident will be discussed with the parent/carer, such discussions will be recorded and the parent will have access to these records on request • If there are queries/concerns regarding the injury/information given then the following procedures will take place: The designated safeguarding lead will: • Contact the local authority children’s social care team to report concerns and seek advice (if it is believed a child is in immediate danger we will contact the police) • Inform Ofsted • Record the information and action taken relating to the concern raised • Speak to the parents (unless advised not do so by LA children’s social care team) • The designated safeguarding lead will follow up with the Local Authority children’s social care team if they have not contacted the setting within the timeframe set out in Working Together to Safeguarding Children (2018). We will never assume that action has been taken, Keeping children safe is our highest priority and if, for whatever reason, staff do not feel able to report concerns to the DSL or deputy DSL they should call the Local Authority children’s social care team or the NSPCC and report their concerns anonymously. These contact numbers are displayed on the staff notice board Recording Suspicions of Abuse and Disclosures Staff should make an objective record of any observation or disclosure, supported by the nursery manager or designated safeguarding lead (DSL). This record should include: • Child's name • Child's address • Age of the child and date of birth • Date and time of the observation or the disclosure • Exact words spoken by the child • Exact position and type of any injuries or marks seen • Exact observation of any incident including any concern was reported, with date and time; and the names of any other person present at the time • Any discussion held with the parent(s) (where deemed appropriate). These records should be signed by the person reporting this and the manager or DSL, dated and kept in a separate confidential file. If a child starts to talk to an adult about potential abuse it is important not to promise the child complete confidentiality. This promise cannot be kept. It is vital that the child is allowed to talk openly and disclosure is not forced or words put into the child’s mouth. As soon as possible after the disclosure details must be logged accurately. It may be thought necessary that through discussion with all concerned the matter needs to be raised with the local authority children’s social care team and Ofsted. Staff involved may be asked to supply details of any information/concerns they have with regard to a child. The nursery expects all members of staff to co-operate with the local authority children’s social care, police, and Ofsted in any way necessary to ensure the safety of the children. Staff must not make any comments either publicly or in private about the supposed or actual behaviour of a parent or member of staff. Informing parents Parents are normally the first point of contact. If a suspicion of abuse is recorded, parents are informed at the same time as the report is made, except where the guidance of the local authority children’s social care team/police does not allow this. This will usually be the case where the parent or family member is the likely abuser or where a child may be endangered by this disclosure. In these cases the investigating officers will inform parents. Confidentiality All suspicions, enquiries and external investigations are kept confidential and shared only with those who need to know. Any information is shared in line with guidance from the local authority. Support to families The nursery takes every step in its power to build up trusting and supportive relations among families, staff, students and volunteers within the nursery. The nursery continues to welcome the child and the family whilst enquiries are being made in relation to abuse in the home situation. Parents and families will be treated with respect in a non-judgmental manner whilst any external investigations are carried out in the best interest of the child. Confidential records kept on a child are shared with the child's parents or those who have parental responsibility for the child, only if appropriate in line with guidance of the local authority with the proviso that the care and safety of the child is paramount. We will do all in our power to support and work with the child's family. Allegations against adults working or volunteering with children If an allegation is made against a member of staff, student or volunteer or any other person who lives or works on the nursery premises regardless of whether the allegation relates to the nursery premises or elsewhere, we will follow the procedure below. The allegation should be reported to the senior manager on duty. If this person is the subject of the allegation then this should be reported to the owner/registered person/DSL/ or business manager instead. The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and Ofsted will then be informed immediately in order for this to be investigated by the appropriate bodies promptly: • The LADO will be informed immediately for advice and guidance • If as an individual you feel this will not be taken seriously or are worried about the allegation getting back to the person in question then it is your duty to inform the LADO yourself directly • A full investigation will be carried out by the appropriate professionals (LADO, Ofsted) to determine how this will be handled • The nursery will follow all instructions from the LADO and Ofsted and ask all staff members to do the same and co-operate where required • Support will be provided to all those involved in an allegation throughout the external investigation in line with LADO support and advice • The nursery reserves the right to suspend any member of staff during an investigation • All enquiries/external investigations/interviews will be documented and kept in a locked file for access by the relevant authorities • Unfounded allegations will result in all rights being reinstated • Founded allegations will be passed on to the relevant organisations including the local authority children’s social care team and where an offence is believed to have been committed, the police, and will result in the termination of employment. Ofsted will be notified immediately of this decision. The nursery will also notify the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to ensure their records are updated • All records will be kept until the person reaches normal retirement age or for 21 years and 3 months years if that is longer. This will ensure accurate information is available for references and future DBS checks and avoids any unnecessary reinvestigation • The nursery retains the right to dismiss any member of staff in connection with founded allegations following an inquiry • Counselling will be available for any member of the nursery who is affected by an allegation, their colleagues in the nursery and the parents. Monitoring children’s attendance As part of our requirements under the statutory framework and guidance documents we are required to monitor children’s attendance patterns to ensure they are consistent and no cause for concern. Parents should please inform the nursery prior to their children taking holidays or days off, and all sickness should be called into the nursery on the day so the nursery management are able to account for a child’s absence. If a child has not arrived at nursery within one hour of their normal start time the parents will be called to ensure the child is safe and healthy. If the parents are not contactable then the further emergency contacts will be used to ensure all parties are safe. Where a child is part of a child protection plan, or during a referral process, any absences will immediately be reported to the local authority children’s social care team to ensure the child remains safeguarded. This should not stop parents taking precious time with their children, but enables children’s attendance to be logged so we know the child is safe. Looked after children As part of our safeguarding practice we will ensure our staff are aware of how to keep looked after children safe. In order to do this we ask that we are informed of: • The legal status of the child (e.g. whether the child is being looked after under voluntary arrangements with consent of parents or on an interim or full care order) • Contact arrangements for the biological parents (or those with parental responsibility) • The child’s care arrangements and the levels of authority delegated to the carer by the authority looking after him/her • The details of the child’s social worker and any other support agencies involved • Any child protection plan or care plan in place for the child in question. Please refer to the Looked After Children policy for further details. Staffing and volunteering Our policy is to provide a secure and safe environment for all children. We only allow an adult who is employed by the nursery to care for children and who has an enhanced clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to be left alone with children. We will obtain enhanced criminal records checks (DBS) for all volunteers and do not allow any volunteers to be unsupervised with children. All staff will attend child protection training and receive initial basic child protection training during their induction period. This will include the procedures for spotting signs and behaviours of abuse and abusers/potential abusers, recording and reporting concerns and creating a safe and secure environment for the children in the nursery. During induction staff will be given contact details for the LADO (local authority designated officer), the local authority children’s social care team and Ofsted to enable them to report any safeguarding concerns, independently, if they feel it necessary to do so. We have named persons within the nursery who take lead responsibility for safeguarding and co-ordinate child protection and welfare issues, known as the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL), there is always at least one designated person on duty during all opening hours of the setting. These designated persons will receive comprehensive training at least every two years and update their knowledge on an ongoing basis, but at least once a year. The nursery DSL’s liaise with the local authority children’s social care team, undertakes specific training, including a child protection training course, and receives regular updates to developments within this field. They in turn support the ongoing development and knowledge update of all staff on the team. Although, under the EYFS, we are only required to have one designated lead for safeguarding, for best practice and to ensure cover at all times, we have all managers and team leaders as designated leads in place. This enables safeguarding to stay high on our priorities at all times. There will always be at least one designated lead on duty at all times our provision is open. This will ensure that prompt action can be taken if concerns are raised. The Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) at the nursery are: Victoria Webster and Lauren Johnson all other managers and team leaders have undertaken a minimum level two safeguarding training • We provide adequate and appropriate staffing resources to meet the needs of all children • Applicants for posts within the nursery are clearly informed that the positions are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Candidates are informed of the need to carry out checks before posts can be confirmed. Where applications are rejected because of information that has been disclosed, applicants have the right to know and to challenge incorrect information • We give staff members, volunteers and students regular opportunities to declare changes that may affect their suitability to care for the children. This includes information about their health, medication or about changes in their home life such as child protection plans for their own children • This information is also stated within every member of staff’s contract • We request DBS checks on appointment and on an annual basis by the staff completing a declaration form or we use the DBS update service (with staff consent) to re-check staff’s criminal history and suitability to work with children • We abide by the requirements of the EYFS and any Ofsted guidance in respect to obtaining references and suitability checks for staff, students and volunteers, to ensure that all staff, students and volunteers working in the setting are suitable to do so • We ensure we receive at least two written references BEFORE a new member of staff commences employment with us • All students will have enhanced DBS checks conducted on them before their placement starts • Volunteers, including students, do not work unsupervised • We abide by the requirements of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and the Childcare Act 2006 in respect of any person who is disqualified from providing childcare, is dismissed from our employment, or resigns in circumstances that would otherwise have led to dismissal for reasons of child protection concern • We have procedures for recording the details of visitors to the nursery and take security steps to ensure that we have control over who comes into the nursery so that no unauthorised person has unsupervised access to the children • All visitors/contractors will be supervised whilst on the premises, especially when in the areas the children use • As a staff team we will be fully aware of how to safeguard the whole nursery environment and be aware of potential dangers on the nursery boundaries such as drones or strangers lingering. We will ensure the children remain safe at all times • The Staff Behaviour Policy sits alongside this policy to enable us to monitor changes in behaviours that may cause concern. All staff sign up to this policy too to ensure any changes are reported to management, so we are able to support the individual staff member and ensure the safety and care of the children is not compromised • All staff have access to and comply with the whistleblowing policy which will enable them to share any concerns that may arise about their colleagues in an appropriate manner • Signs of inappropriate staff behaviour may include inappropriate sexual comments; excessive one-to-one attention beyond the requirements of their usual role and responsibilities; or inappropriate sharing of images. This is not an exhaustive list, any changes in behaviour must be reported and acted upon immediately • All staff will receive regular supervision meetings where opportunities will be made available to discuss any issues relating to individual children, child protection training and any needs for further support • We use peer on peer and manager observations in the setting to ensure that the care we provide for children is at the highest level and any areas for staff development are quickly highlighted. Peer observations allow us to share constructive feedback, develop practice and build trust so that staff are able to share any concerns they may have. Any concerns are raised with the designated lead and dealt with in an appropriate and timely manner • The deployment of staff within the nursery allows for constant supervision and support. Where children need to spend time away from the rest of the group, the door will be left ajar or other safeguards will be put into action to ensure the safety of the child and the adult. We also operate a Phones and Other Electronic Devices and Social Media policy which states how we will keep children safe from these devices whilst at nursery. This also links to our Online Safety policy. Extremism – the Prevent Duty Under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 we have a duty to refer any concerns of extremism to the police (In Prevent priority areas the local authority will have a Prevent lead who can also provide support). This may be a cause for concern relating to a change in behaviour of a child or family member, comments causing concern made to a member of the team (or other persons in the setting) or actions that lead staff to be worried about the safety of a child in their care. We have a Prevent Duty and Radicalisation policy in place. Please refer to this for specific details. Online Safety. We take the safety of our children very seriously and this includes their online safety. Please refer to the Online Safety policy for details on this. Human Trafficking and Slavery Please refer to our Human Trafficking and Slavery policy for detail on how we keep children safe in this area. Our nursery has a clear commitment to protecting children and promoting welfare. Should anyone believe that this policy is not being upheld, it is their duty to report the matter to the attention of the *nursery manager/*owner/DSL/*registered person at the earliest opportunity.

At Mini Me’s Nursery we are vigilant in our recruitment procedures aiming to ensure all people working with children are suitable to do so. We fol child’s development and their understanding of the legal frameworks applied to childcare and used in the nursery. The questions will be value based and will ensure the candidate has the same values as the nursery with regards to the safety and welfare of the children in their care • Candidates will be given a score for their answers including a score for their individual experience and qualifications • Every shortlisted candidate will be asked to take part in a supervised practical exercise which will involve spending time in a particular age group in the nursery interacting with the children, staff and where appropriate parents • The manager and deputy will then select the most suitable person for this position based on these scores and their knowledge and understanding of the early years framework as well as the needs of the nursery • Every candidate will receive communication from the nursery stating whether they have been successful or not. Unsuccessful candidates are offered feedback. Starting work • The successful candidate will be offered the position subject to at least two references from previous employment or, in the case of a newly qualified student, their tutor and a personal or professional reference. These references will be taken up BEFORE employment commences. This may be verbal initially and then followed up with a written reference which will form part of their personnel file • The successful candidate will be asked to provide proof of their qualifications, where applicable. All qualifications will be checked and copies taken for their personnel files where applicable • Prior to employment but after the job has been offered a health check questionnaire will be given to the employee and its results will be taken into account in making an overall decision about suitability. The nursery reserves the right to take any further advice necessary in relation to a person’s physical and mental fitness to carry out their role. Please see the absence management policy for more details about how the nursery manages health problems including access to medical records • All new starters, other than those who have registered for the continuous updating service (see below), will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This will be initiated before the member of staff commences work in the nursery and they will not have unsupervised access to any child or their records before this check comes back clear. Further to this, the new starter will not be allowed to take photographs of any child, look at their learning and development log or change the nappy of any child without an up-to-date enhanced DBS check (whether supervised or not) • An additional criminals records check (or checks if more than one country) should also be made for anyone who has lived or worked abroad • The nursery will record and retain details about the individual including staff qualifications, identity checks carried out and the vetting process completed. This will include the disclosure and barring service reference number, the date the disclosure was obtained and details of who obtained it. The nursery will not retain copies of the disclosure itself once the employment decision is taken • There may be occasions when a DBS check is not clear but the individual is still suitable to work with children. This will be treated on an individual case basis and at the manager’s/owner’s discretion taking into account the following: o seriousness of the offence or other information o accuracy of the person’s self-disclosure on the application form o nature of the appointment including levels of supervision o age of the individual at the time of the offence or other information o the length of time that has elapsed since the offence or other information o relevance of the offence or information to working or being in regular contact with children. • If the individual has registered on the DBS system since 17 July 2013, managers may use the update service with the candidate’s permission instead of carrying out an enhanced DBS check • New starters are required to sign (either application form, contract or separate form) to state that they have no criminal convictions, court orders or any other reasons that disqualify them from working with children or unsuitable to do so • All new members of staff will undergo an intensive induction period during which time they will read and discuss the nursery policies and procedures and be assigned a ‘mentor/ buddy’ who will introduce them to the way in which the nursery operates • During their induction period all new staff will receive training on how to safeguard children in their care and follow the Safeguarding Children/Child Protection policy and procedure, emergency evacuation procedures, equality policy and health and safety issues • The new member of staff will have regular meetings with the manager and their mentor during their induction period to discuss their progress. Ongoing support and checks • All staff are responsible for notifying the manager in person if any there are any changes to their circumstances that may affect their suitability to work with children (staff suitability status will also be checked through an annual ‘staff suitability questionnaire’). This includes any incidents occurring outside the nursery. Staff will face disciplinary action should they fail to notify the manager immediately • All members of staff will update a health questionnaire on an annual basis to ensure management have a good knowledge of any changes that may require support or additional resources to aid them to carry out their day-to-day duties. This will also be discussed at staff supervisions/review meetings. Management may require this more regularly where health circumstances change. There are more details about how the nursery deals with any health problems in the absence management policy • The nursery manager will review any significant changes to an individual’s circumstances that may suggest they are no longer suitable to work with children and take appropriate action to ensure any unsuitable or potentially unsuitable employee does not have unsupervised contact with children until the matter is resolved. Please see the Disciplinary Policy for further details • Every member of staff will have two meetings a year with the manager: a formal appraisal and a more informal review. This will provide an opportunity for the manager and member of staff to discuss training needs for the following six months as well as evaluate and discuss their performance in the previous six months • The manager, deputy and room leaders will be responsible for any support the staff team may have between these reviews. This includes mentor support, oneto-one training sessions, ongoing supervision, work-based observations and constructive feedback • The nursery will provide appropriate opportunities for all staff to undertake professional development and training to help improve the quality of experiences provided for children.

At Mini Me’s Nursery we make sure the nursery is a safe environment for children, parents, staff and visitors by carrying out safety checks on a regular basis in accordance with the timescales set out in the nursery checklists. These include daily checks of the premises, indoors and outdoors, and all equipment and resources before the children access any of the areas. The checks are recorded to show any issues and solutions. This policy should be read in conjunction with the fire safety, risk assessments, visits and outings and the equipment and resources policies. All staff should be aware of potential hazards in the nursery environment and monitor safety at all times. Risk assessments Risk assessments document the hazard, who could be harmed, existing controls, the seriousness of the risk/injury, any further action needed to control the risk, who is responsible for what action, when/how often will the action be undertaken, and External contractor Annually Most recent on plug of electrical equipment • All electrical cables are kept out of the reach of children wherever possible and shielded by furniture where they need to be at floor level • Electrical sockets are all risk assessed and any appropriate safety measures are in place to ensure the safety of the children. Mains information Locations of: • Water stop tap: • Oil : tap in boiler room • Fuse box: [main entrance, dining room, deputy manager’s office and old wash room • Main electricity box: entrance/corridor Dangerous substances All dangerous substances including chemicals MUST be kept in locked areas out of children’s reach. All substances must be kept in their original containers with their original labels attached. Safety Data Sheets (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)) and risk assessments must be kept for all substances and the appropriate personal protection taken and used e.g. gloves, apron and goggles. Hot drinks and food Hot drinks must only be consumed in the staff room. No canned drinks, sweets or crisps are to be kept or consumed in the nursery rooms. Transport and outings The nursery has a comprehensive documented policy relating to outings, which incorporates all aspects of health and safety procedures including the arrangements for transporting and the supervision of children when away from the nursery. Room temperatures • Staff should be aware of room temperatures in the nursery and should ensure that they are suitable at all times and recorded on the appropriate sheet. There is a thermometer in each room to ensure this is monitored • Staff must always be aware of the dangers of babies and young children being too warm or too cold • Temperatures should not fall below 18C in the baby rooms and 16C in all other areas • Where fans are being used to cool rooms, great care must be taken with regard to their positioning. Water supplies • A fresh drinking supply is available and accessible to all children, staff and visitors • All hot water taps accessible to children are thermostatically controlled to ensure that the temperature of the water does not exceed 40C. Gas appliances • All gas appliances are checked annually by a registered Gas Safety Register engineer • Carbon monoxide detectors are fitted.


At Mini Me’s Nursery we recognise that when parents separate it can be a difficult situation for all concerned. We understand that emotions may run high and this policy sets out how we will support the all parties in within the nursery including our staff team. The key person will work closely with the parents to build close relationships which will support the child’s/children’s emotional wellbeing and report any significant changes in behaviour to the parent. Parents will be signposted to relevant services and organisation for support for the whole family. Parental responsibility While the law does not define in detail what parental responsibility is, the following list sets out some of the key features of someone holding parental responsibility. These include: • Providing a home for the child • Having contact with and living with the child • Protecting and maintaining the child • Disciplining the child • Choosing and providing for the child's education • Determining the religion of the child • Agreeing to the child's medical treatment • Naming the child and agreeing to any change of the child's name • Accompanying the child outside the UK and agreeing to the child's emigration, should the issue arise • Being responsible for the child's property • Appointing a guardian for the child, if necessary • Allowing confidential information about the child to be disclosed. England If the parents of a child are married to each other at the time of the birth, or if they have jointly adopted a child, then they both have parental responsibility. Parents do not lose parental responsibility if they divorce, and this applies to both the resident and the nonresident parent. This is not automatically the case for unmarried parents. According to current law, a mother always has parental responsibility for her child. However, a father has this responsibility only if he is married to the mother when the child is born or has acquired legal responsibility for his child through one of these three routes: • By jointly registering the birth of the child with the mother (From 1 December 2003) • By a parental responsibility agreement with the mother • By a parental responsibility order, made by a court. Nursery registration During the registration process we collect details about both parents including who has parental responsibility, as this will avoid any future difficult situations. We request these details on the child registration form. If a parent does not have parental responsibility, or has a court order in place to prevent this, we must have a copy of this documentation for the child’s records. If a child is registered by one parent of a separated family, we request disclosure of all relevant details relating to the child and other parent such as court orders or injunctions. This will make sure we can support the child and family fully in accordance with the policy set out below. We will: • Ensure the child’s welfare is paramount at all times they are in the nursery • Comply with any details of a court order where applicable to the child’s attendance at the nursery where we have seen a copy/have a copy attached to the child’s file • Provide information on the child’s progress, e.g. learning journeys, progress checks within the nursery, to both parents where both hold parental responsibility • Invite both parents to nursery events, including parental consultations and social events where both hold parental responsibility • Ensure any incident or accident within the nursery relating to the child is reported to the person collecting the child • Ensure that all matters known by the staff pertaining to the family and the parent’s separation remain confidential • Ensure that no member of staff takes sides regarding the separation and treats both parents equally and with due respect • Not restrict access to any parent with parental responsibility unless a formal court order is in place. We respectfully ask that parents do not put us in this position. We ask parents to: • Provide us with all information relating to parental responsibilities, court orders and injunctions • Update information that changes any of the above as soon as practicably possible • Work with us to ensure continuity of care and support for your child • Not involve nursery staff in any family disputes, unless this directly impacts on the care we provide for the child • Talk to the manager/key person away from the child when this relates to family separation in order to avoid the child becoming upset. This can be arranged as a more formal meeting or as an informal chat • Not ask the nursery to take sides in any dispute. We will only take the side of your child and this will require us to be neutral at all times.


At Mini Me’s Nursery we aim to support parents and other carers to help their children settle quickly and easily by giving consideration to the individual needs and circumstances of every child and their families. Our aim is for children to feel safe, stimulated and happy in the nursery and to feel secure and comfortable with all staff. We also want parents to have confidence in both their children's continued well-being and their role as active partners, with the child being able to benefit from what the nursery has to offer. All our staff know about the importance of building strong attachments with children. They are trained to recognise the different stages of attachment and use this knowledge to support children and families settling in to the nursery. Our nursery will work in partnership with parents to settle their child into the nursery environment by: • Allocating a key person to each child and his/her family, before he/she starts to attend. The key person welcomes and looks after the child, ensuring that their care is tailored to meet their individual needs. He/she offers a settled relationship for the child and builds a relationship with his/her parents during the settling in period and throughout his/her time at the nursery, to ensure the family has a familiar contact person to assist with the settling in process • Reviewing the nominated key person if the child is bonding with another member of staff to ensure the child’s needs are supported • Providing parents with relevant information about the policies and procedures of the nursery • Encouraging parents and children to visit the nursery during the weeks before an admission is planned and arranging home visits where applicable • Planning settling in visits and introductory sessions (lasting approximately 1-2 hours). These will be provided free of charge over a one or two week period, dependent on individual needs, age and stage of development • Welcoming parents to stay with their child during the first few weeks until the child feels settled and the parents feel comfortable about leaving their child. Settling in visits and introductory sessions are key to a smooth transition and to ensure good communication and information sharing between staff and parents • Reassuring parents whose children seem to be taking a long time settling in to the nursery and developing a plan with them • Encouraging parents, where appropriate, to separate themselves from their children for brief periods at first, gradually building up to longer absences • Assigning a buddy/back-up key person to each child in case the key person is not available. Parents will be made aware of this to support the settling process and attachment • Respecting the circumstances of all families, including those who are unable to stay for long periods of time in the nursery and reassure them of their child’s progress towards settling in • Not taking a child on an outing from the nursery until he/she is completely settled.


At Mini Me’s Nursery we promote the good health of all children attending. To help keep children healthy and minimise infection, we do not expect children to attend nursery if they are unwell. If a child is unwell it is in their best interest to be in a home environment with adults they know well rather than at nursery with their peers. Our procedures In order to take appropriate action of children who become ill and to minimise the spread of infection we implement the following procedures: • If a child becomes ill during the nursery day, we contact their parent(s) and ask them to pick up their child as soon as possible. During this time we care for the child in a quiet, calm area with their key person, wherever possible • We follow the guidance given to us by Public Health England (Health Protection In Schools and other childcare facilities) and advice from our local health protection unit on exclusion times for specific illnesses, e.g. sickness and diarrhoea, measles and chicken pox, to protect other children in the nursery • Should a child have an infectious disease, such as sickness and diarrhoea, they must not return to nursery until they have been clear for at least 48 hours. We inform all parents if there is a contagious infection identified in the nursery, to enable them to spot the early signs of this illness. We thoroughly clean and sterilise all equipment and resources that may have come into contact with a contagious child to reduce the spread of infection • We notify Ofsted as soon as possible and in all cases within 14 days of the incident where we have any child or staff member with food poisoning. • We exclude all children on antibiotics for the first 48 hours of the course (unless this is part of an ongoing care plan to treat individual medical conditions e.g. asthma and the child is not unwell) This is because it is important that children are not subjected to the rigours of the nursery day, which requires socialising with other children and being part of a group setting, when they have first become ill and require a course of antibiotics • We have the right to refuse admission to a child who is unwell. This decision will be taken by the manager on duty and is non-negotiable • We make information/posters about head lice readily available and all parents are requested to regularly check their children’s hair. If a parent finds that their child has head lice we would be grateful if they could inform the nursery so that other parents can be alerted to check their child’s hair. Meningitis procedure If a parent informs the nursery that their child has meningitis, the nursery manager will contact the Local Area Infection Control (IC) Nurse. The IC Nurse will give guidance and support in each individual case. If parents do not inform the nursery, we will be contacted directly by the IC Nurse and the appropriate support will be given. We will follow all guidance given and notify any of the appropriate authorities including Ofsted if necessary. Transporting children to hospital procedure The nursery manager/staff member must: • Call for an ambulance immediately if the sickness is severe. DO NOT attempt to transport the sick child in your own vehicle • Whilst waiting for the ambulance, contact the parent(s) and arrange to meet them at the hospital • Redeploy staff if necessary to ensure there is adequate staff deployment to care for the remaining children. This may mean temporarily grouping the children together • Arrange for the most appropriate member of staff to accompany the child taking with them any relevant information such as registration forms, relevant medication sheets, medication and the child’s comforter • Inform a member of the management team immediately • Remain calm at all times. Children who witness an incident may well be affected by it and may need lots of cuddles and reassurance. Staff may also require additional support following the accident.