Student Policy

Students are welcomed into our setting as more than just an extra pair of hands, to safeguard everyone concerned we accept students if: –

  • All students will need to complete an induction
  • They have written confirmation from their course provider that they are a student and need a placement.
  • They attend an induction session informing them of our policies especially regarding Health and Safety, Child Protection, Discipline and Confidentiality. After reading said policies they sign to say they understand them.
  • The needs of the children are paramount.
  • They will not be allowed unsupervised access to children, and will only be involved in the day-to-day activities of the room.
  • They will not make the number of adults present too great for the safety and benefit of children’s learning.
  • There will be a named staff member who will mentor the student during their placement and liaise with the school/college on their progress.
  • Students need to be aware that their role is to learn about childcare in a short time scale, and the staff will endeavour to meet the needs of the student, however, the needs of the children in their care must come first.
  • The student will be expected to conform to the policies in the nursery and interact with the children in their care.
  • Students on long-term placements and volunteers aged 17 or over may be included in ratios if the provider is satisfied that they are competent and responsible.
  • Students must be on site by 9.00am and will be allocated a one-hour lunch break.
  • All students must sign in and out of the nursery.
  • Students are asked to wear college uniform or dress smartly. NO jeans or trainers.
  • If any student should have a problem with any aspect of their placement they should in the first instance speak to student mentor or in the case of the situation not being resolved the student should speak to the manager.
  • Mobile telephones are not allowed in the nursery area and must be stored in the student lockers.
  • Long hair, must be tied back and facial piercing must be removed. Jewellery must be kept to a minimum, watch wedding ring and stud pierced earrings.

Whistleblowing Policy

The purpose of this policy is to encourage staff that have any concerns about breaches of law, codes of practice, ethics or any other perceived wrongdoing to make known their concerns to the Company promptly and properly. The Company is committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity, honesty and professionalism in the workplace. The policy applies to employees and workers [extend to contractors and volunteers if desired] at all levels of the Company.

The policy sets out a procedure which it encourages staff to follow if they wish to report any matter. The Company understands that staff may not always feel comfortable discussing their concerns internally but reassures all members of staff that any matter raised will be treated with proper consideration. Staff should be reassured that no person who makes a bona fide report in good faith by following this procedure will be subjected to any detriment as a result of doing so. Should any person believe they have suffered any detriment by invoking the procedure they should inform ACAS immediately.

The policy and procedure comply with the requirements under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (‘PIDA’, incorporated into the Employment Rights Act 1996). Members of staff are particularly encouraged to follow the procedure set out below in order to ensure protection for themselves under PIDA if they have a concern about any wrongdoing at work, including the following:

  • A criminal offence
  • A failure to comply with legal obligations
  • A miscarriage of justice
  • A health and safety danger
  • An environmental risk
  • Concealment of any of the above

There may be other matters of concern that a member of staff wishes to raise and they can use the procedure for this purpose. It is not, however, appropriate to use the procedure for personal complaints which are more appropriately dealt with by way of a grievance. If a member of staff is unsure which procedure to use, they should discuss the matter first with the Nursery Manager. Allegations which are made in bad faith may render the individual making the allegation liable to disciplinary action.

Procedure

The Company encourages you to raise any concern in the first instance with your line manager, either orally or in writing.

If the line manager feels unable to deal with your concern he/she may refer it to the nursery manager.  If your line manager is the subject of your complaint or you feel unable to discuss it with them for any other reason (perhaps because the matter is too serious), you should raise the issue with the nursery manager.

A meeting will be arranged as soon as is reasonably possible to discuss your concern with you. Where appropriate, you may be asked to provide information and evidence substantiating your concern. You are entitled to bring a colleague or union representative to any meeting in connection with this policy. Both you and your colleague must respect the confidentiality of your disclosure and any matter in relation to it under this policy.

You will be provided with a copy of any formal note taken of the meeting and you will be advised how the Company intends to proceed. You will also be advised of the likely timescale of any further investigation which may be necessary.

The Company understands the desire, in some cases, for anonymity. However, where a person making a disclosure wishes to remain anonymous, this is likely to impede any investigation. It is, of course, preferable to disclose a concern anonymously than not to disclose it at all but members of staff are encouraged to disclose matters openly. The Company will endeavour to ensure that your identity is kept secret, save where it is necessary to disclose this (for example to the regulator).

If you have any further worries about this, you may wish to discuss it with Public Concern at Work, an independent whistleblowing charity.

You will be advised of the outcome of the meeting and any investigation, although it may be necessary to keep some matters confidential from you (for example, where any disciplinary action has been taken against another member of staff).

In the event that you feel the matter has not been resolved satisfactorily, you may pursue the concern with ACAS.

 The Company recognises there may be matters that cannot be addressed internally and which should be referred to external authorities. Where this becomes necessary the Company may make such a referral without your express consent.

Save in exceptional circumstances you should not disclose your concerns outside the Company unless you have first provided the Company with the opportunity to address the problem.

Disclosure outside [the Company should be to [the appropriate authority from the list below/specify regulator]. However, the Company hopes that most concerns raised on an internal basis will be fully resolved.

  • OFSTED
  • ACAS
  • UNISON
  • Social Services
  • Northampton County Council – Early Years

The Use of Mobile Phones Policy

Safeguarding of children within the setting is paramount and we recognise that mobile phones have potential to be used inappropriately.

In order to ensure children’s safety, the following will apply:

• The use of mobile phones and cameras is strictly prohibited on nursery premises. There are signs displayed on the entry doors to remind staff, parents and visitors.
• Staff mobile phones/cameras should be stored in staff lockers and only used whilst staff are on breaks or outside of their working hours.
• In circumstances such as outings, staff will use the nursery mobile phone which has no camera and no internet access.
• All parents sign consent forms regarding the usage of photographic evidence.
• It is the responsibility of all members of staff to be vigilant and report any concerns to the management.

Healthy Eating Policy

Footsteps Daycare regards snack and mealtimes as an important part of the child’s day. Eating represents a social time for children and adults and helps children learn about healthy eating. At snack and mealtimes, we aim to provide healthy, balanced and nutritious food, which meets the children’s individual dietary needs. (Statutory framework section 3.47 for EYFS)

Procedures

We follow these procedures to promote healthy eating in our setting.

  •  Before a child starts to attend the setting, we find out from the parent/carer their children’s dietary needs and preferences, including any allergies.
  • We record information about each child’s dietary needs in his/her registration record and parents sign the record to signify that it is correct.
  • We regularly consult with the parent/carer to ensure our records of their child’s dietary needs including any allergies – are up to date.
  • We display current information about individual children’s dietary needs so that all staff and volunteers are fully informed.
  • We implement systems to ensure that children receive only food and drink that is consistent with their dietary needs and preferences as well as their parent/carer’s wishes.
  • We display the menus of meals/snacks for the information of parent/carers.
  • We provide nutritious food for all meals and snacks, avoiding large quantities of saturated fats, sugars, salt and artificial additives, preservatives and colourings.
  • We include a variety of foods from the four main food groups;
  • Meat, fish and protein alternatives.
  • Dairy foods.
  • Grains, cereals and starch.
  • Fruit and vegetables.
  • We include foods from the diet of each of the children’s cultural backgrounds, providing children with familiar foods and introducing new ones.
  • We take care not to provide food containing nuts or nut products and are especially vigilant where we have a child who has a known allergy to nuts.
  • We provide a vegetarian alternative on days when meat or fish are offered.
  • We require staff to show sensitivity in providing for children’s diets and allergies.
  • We organise meal and snack times so that they are social occasions in which children and staff participate.
  • We use meal and snack times to help children to develop independence through making choices, serving food and drink and feeding themselves.
  • We provide children with utensils that are appropriate for their ages and stages of development and that take into account the eating practices in their cultures.
  • We have fresh drinking water constantly available for the children. We inform the children where they can obtain water and they can ask for water at any time of the day.
  • In accordance with parent/carers wishes we offer children arriving early in the morning – and/or stay late an appropriate meal or snack.
  • For children who drink milk, we provide whole pasteurised milk.
  • For each child under one we provide parent/carers with daily written information about feeding routines, intake and preferences.
  • Cooking is carried out weekly in the rooms. The cooking is usually based around the country of the month to ensure a variety of cultural foods are experienced. The practitioners always carry out correct food and hygiene procedures.
  • Children are not allowed to bring in their own food or refreshments into the setting. This is to ensure the safety of children with dietary requirements’.
  • All staff involved in preparing and handling food must receive training in food hygiene.
  • Any food poisoning affecting two or more children looked after on premises must be reported to Ofsted as soon as it is reasonably practicable but not later than within 14 days of the incident. (Statutory framework section 3.49 for EYFS)

Behaviour Management Policy

Our nursery believes that children flourish best when they know how they are expected to behave. Children gain respect through interaction with caring adults who show them respect and value their individual personalities. Positive, caring and polite behaviour will be encouraged and praised at all times in an environment where children learn to respect themselves, other people and their surroundings.

Children need to have set boundaries of behaviour for their own safety and the safety of their peers. Within the nursery we aim to set these boundaries in a way, which helps the child to develop a sense of the significance of their own behaviour, both on their own environment and those around them. Restrictions on the child’s natural desire to explore and develop their own ideas and concepts are kept to a minimum.

We aim to:

  • Recognise the individuality of all our children.
  • Encourage children to participate in a wide range of group activities to enable them to develop their social skills.
  • Work in partnership with parents and carers by communicating openly.
  • By praising children and acknowledging their positive actions and attitudes, we hope to ensure that children see that we value and respect them.
  • Encourage all staff working with the children to accept their responsibility for implementing the goals in the policy.
  • Promote non-violence and encourage the children to deal with conflict peaceably.
  • Provide a key person and buddy system enabling staff to build a strong and positive relationship with children and their families.
  • Have a named person who has overall responsibility for issues concerning behaviour. As outlined in EYFS: “They must have the necessary skills to advise other staff on behaviour issues and to access expert advice if necessary” (see section 3,3.50 The Safeguarding and welfare requirements, Statutory Framework for EYFS)
  • The named person: Clairee Wright will keep up to date with legislation and research; access relevant sources of expertise on handling children’s behaviour; attend regular external training events, and check that all staff relevant in-service training on handling children. A record will be kept of staff attendance at this training.
  • We recognise that codes for interacting with other people vary between cultures and staff are required to be aware of this and respect those used by members of the nursery.
  • Nursery rules are concerned with safety and care and respect for each other. Children who behave inappropriately by physically abusing another child or adult or by verbal bullying may be removed from the group. The child who has been upset will be comforted and the adult will confirm that the other child’s behaviour is not acceptable. It is important to acknowledge that a child is feeling angry or upset and that it is the behaviour we are rejecting, not the child.

When children behave in unacceptable ways:

  • Physical punishment will be neither threatened nor used; we understand that provider who fails to meet those requirements commits an offence. “A person will not be taken to have used corporal punishment (and therefore will not have committed an offence), where physical intervention was taken for the purposes of averting immediate danger of personal injury to any person (including the child) or to manage a child’s behaviour if absolutely necessary. Providers must keep a record of any occasion where physical intervention is used, and parents and/or carers must be informed on the same day, or as soon as reasonably practicable.” See section 3.52, Statutory Framework for EYFS.
  • Children will not be singled out or humiliated in any way. Staff within the nursery will redirect the children towards alternative activities. Discussions with children will take place respecting their level of understanding and maturity.
  • Staff will not raise their voices in a threatening way.
  • In any case of misbehaviour, it will always be made clear to the child or children in question, that it is the behaviour and not the child that is unwelcome.
  • How a particular type of behaviour is handled will depend on the child and the circumstances. It may involve the child being asked to talk and think about what he or she has done. It may be that the child will not be allowed to make his or her own choice of activities for a limited period of time.
  • Parents will be informed if their child is persistently unkind to others or if their child has been upset. In all cases inappropriate behaviour will be dealt with in the nursery at the time. Parents may be asked to meet with staff to discuss their child behaviour, so that if there are any difficulties, we can work together to ensure consistency between home and nursery. In some cases, we may request additional advice and support from other professionals, such as an educational psychologist or child guidance counsellor.
  • Children need to develop non-aggressive strategies to enable them to stand up for themselves so that adults and children listen to them. They need to be given opportunities to release their feelings more creatively.
  • Confidential records will be kept on any negative behaviour that has taken place. Parents/carers will be informed and asked to read and sign any entries concerning their child.
  • If a child requires help to develop positive behaviour, every effort will be made to provide for their needs.
  • Through partnership with parents/carers and formal observation such as ABC charts, staff will make every effort to identify the unwanted behaviour and the causes of that behaviour.
  • Staff use positive reinforcement to empathise what behaviour is expected of them. In conclusion staff ask the children what they should be doing rather than what they shouldn’t.
  • From these observations and discussions an individual behaviour modification plan will be implemented
    children will be distracted from the negative situation and supported in a different activity or environment, if necessary, for their own well-being and that of others in the group.

Anti-bullying
Children need their own time and space. It is not always appropriate to expect a child to share and it is important to acknowledge children’s feelings and to help them understand how others might be feeling.
Children must be encouraged to recognise that bullying, fighting, hurting and racist comments are not acceptable behaviour. We want children to recognise that certain actions are right and that others are wrong.
Bullying takes many forms. It can be physical, verbal or emotional, but it is always a repeated behaviour that makes other people feel uncomfortable or threatened.
Any form of bullying is unacceptable and will be dealt with immediately.

At our nursery, staff follow the guidelines below to enable them to deal with challenging behaviour:

  • Staff are encouraged to ensure that all children feel safe, happy and secure
  • Staff are encouraged to recognise that active physical aggression in the early years is part of the child’s development and that it should be channelled in a positive way
  • Children need to be helped to understand that using aggression to get things is wrong and will be encouraged to resolve problems in other ways
  • Our staff are encouraged to adopt a policy of intervention when they think a child is being bullied, however mild or “harmless” it may seem
  • The staff are ready to initiate games and activities with children, when they feel play has become aggressive, both indoors or out
  • Any instance of bullying will be discussed fully with the parents of all involved, to look for a consistent resolution to the behaviour
  • If any parent has a concern about their child, a member of staff will be available to discuss those concerns. It is only by co-operation that we can ensure our children feel confident and secure in their environment, both at home and in the nursery.
    By positively promoting good behaviour, valuing co-operation and a caring attitude we hope to ensure that children will develop as responsible members of society.

The Use Of Cameras Policy

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

·         Only the designated nursery camera is to be used to take any photo within the setting or on outings.

·         Images taken on the camera must be deemed suitable without putting the child/children in any compromising positions that could cause embarrassment or distress.

·         All staff are responsible for the location of the camera; this should be placed in the office when not in use.

·         The camera must be locked away in the office at the end of every session.

·         Images taken and stored on the camera must be downloaded as soon as possible, ideally daily or a minimum of once a week.

·         Key people or nursery admin staff are responsible for downloading and printing photographs. These must be downloaded onto the nursery data key, which MUST stay on the nursery site.

·         Under no circumstances must cameras of any kind be taken into the bathrooms without prior consultation with the manager or leader. If photographs need to be taken in a bathroom i.e. photographs of the children washing their hands, then the manger or leader must be asked first and staff be supervised whilst carrying out this kind of activity. At all times the camera must be placed in a prominent place where it can be seen.

·         Failure to adhere to the contents of this policy will lead to disciplinary procedures being followed.

In the event of the camera or tablet being lost, it must be reported to the police immediately.

Sun Protection Policy

At Footsteps we acknowledge the importance of sun protection and want children to enjoy the sun safely. We will work with staff and parents to achieve this through:

  • The nursery garden roof is a UV protection Polycarbonate which filters 80% of the harmful UV rays, which allows the children to explore the garden at all times throughout the day.
  • Fresh water is available and drinks taken outside must be stored in the shade.

On Outings…

  • Parents are asked to supply their own clearly labelled bottle of sun cream to keep at nursery, or if parents have given consent the nursery supplied sun cream can be applied.
  • Children are required to wear hats when on outings. “No hat no play” policy is implemented. There is a supply of nursery hats to give to children who forgot their own.
  • Activities are to be placed in shaded areas. Additional shade can be provided by the parasol and gazebo and moved according to need.
  • Babies (non-mobile) must always be placed in the shade.

Social Media Policy

It is important when using any social networking sites that staff maintain confidentiality and ensure proper practice at all times.

This is to protect the children, parents and families of the setting along with the staff. It is also to guard the nursery reputation and the staff’s own reputation.

Staff guidelines when using social media sites include but not limited to:
• Staff must not mention any of the children from the nursery on their online profiles.
• Staff must not write direct or indirect suggestive comments about work on their online profiles.
• Staff must not use mobile phones to take photos in the nursery or to access social networking sites during their working hours; this does not apply to staff breaks.
• In order to maintain professional boundaries staff should not accept personal invitations to be friends from parents of the nursery regardless if they know them personally.
• Staff are responsible for adhering to the terms of service of each site they use.
• Staff will not have the nursery name anywhere in their personal profile.
• Any breaches of the Facebook and social networking policy could result in disciplinary action.
• Staff must not mention their place of work on their online profiles.
Footsteps nursery has a Facebook page available. This is a communication tool for the setting. We will use it to:
• Promote certain events such as parent’s consultations, trips, social events and visitors.
• Update parents on staff training and development.
• Give hints and tips for activities the children have enjoyed and home learning ideas.
• To give news.
• To show photos of activities, trips or special events.

We also want to invite your thought and comments.
The nursery manager (including deputies) is the page administrators and will update the page on a regular basis.

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

We will remove any postings that:
• Name specific individuals in a negative way.
• Are abusive or contain inappropriate language or statements.
• Use defamatory, abusive or generally negative terms about any individual.
• Breach copyright or fair use laws.
• Contain any photos of children without necessary parental consent.
Other policies that relate to this are: mobile phone usage policy, safeguarding policy and confidentiality policy.

Sickness Policy

It is Footsteps Daycare policy for staff to reserve the right to exclude any child from the Nursery should they be considered not well enough to attend or if they are suffering from a contagious illness. Whilst we have a realistic attitude towards the needs of the parents we do request that parents refrain from bringing their children to the nursery should they be deemed not well enough.

Sickness and Diarrhoea
Symptoms can consist of a sudden bout of sickness and Diarrhoea with occasional stomach cramps. One symptom or the other may follow, not all persons will experience the same symptoms. Children can return to their setting 24 hours after the last bout of illness.

Bronchiolitis
Bronchiolitis is caused by a virus and is the most common respiratory illness in infants. The incubation period is approximately 2-8 days.
The child can return once he or she feels better.

Chickenpox and Shingles
Chickenpox and shingles are caused by the same virus and are characterised by spots. Following infection, the virus remains hidden in nerve cells of the body and may appear later in life as shingles. The illness may appear between 13 and 17 days after contact with an infected person. A person should stay away for at least 5 days after the appearance of the last crop of spots and vesicles are crusted over and until they feel well.
A person with shingles can return once all the spots have dried and crusted over and they feel well again.

Common Cold
It’s a virus affecting the upper respiratory tract.
The incubation period is between 12 and 72 hours usually 48 hours. A person may remain in their setting if the symptoms are not severe.

Conjunctivitis
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the thin, clear membrane (conjunctiva) that covers the white of the eye and the inside of the eyelid. It can be caused by bacteria, virus or an allergy (as in hay fever). The incubation period is between 12 hours and 3 days. The infected person should remain absent for 24 hours or until at least 3 doses of eye drops or ointment has been administered.

Gastroenteritis
Gastroenteritis is an infection, which causes stomach upset. Eating infected food can cause some cases. The incubation period varies from a few hours to a few days, depending on the bug and how much food has been eaten. In general, people should stay off nursery until they are free from symptoms for 48 hours.

Fifth Disease ‘Slapped cheek’
A virus (human parvovirus) causes Fifth Disease. The illness may occur 4 – 20 days after contact with an infected person. The Infected person may return once they are physically well as they do not have to stay off nursery.

Glandular Fever
A virus (Epstein-Barr virus) causes Glandular Fever. The incubation period is usually between 4 – 6 weeks. Often the illness is caught from someone who has no symptoms. The infected person may return to nursery when they feel better.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
A virus causes Hand, Foot and Mouth. The illness usually appears 3 to 5 days after a person has been in close contact with an infected person. Keep your child away from nursery whilst they are feeling unwell. Official government advice is that if your child has hand, foot and mouth but is feeling well, they do not need to stay away from the nursery.

Impetigo
Impetigo is an antibacterial skin infection. The incubation period is usually between 4 to 10 days. The child can return 48 hours after starting to use the medication prescribed by the GP or once the spots have crusted or healed and the child is feeling well again if you do not get treatment.

Influenza (Flu)
Influenza is an acute viral Disease of the respiratory tract. There are several types of influenza virus, which keep changing to overcome the immunity in the population. The incubation period is usually 24- 72 hours. People are thought to be infectious for about 3 days from the onset of illness. Ability to attend school/work will depend on the severity of symptoms.

Measles
Measles is caused by a virus. The incubation period is about 10 days (varying from 7-14 days) from exposure to measles to the onset of fever. The child should stay away from their setting at least until 5 days after the rash first appeared and until the person feels well.

Mumps
Mumps is caused by a virus. The incubation period is normally 18 days but can be 12-25 days. The child should not return until they feel well again but no sooner than 5 days from the onset of swollen glands.

Ringworm
Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin. The incubation period is 4 to 10 days. Children can return to their setting once treatment has started. Children should avoid swimming pools etc while treatment is underway.

Rubella (German Measles)
A virus causes Rubella (or German measles). The incubation period is 16-18 days but may between 14 and 23 days. A child with Measles can return to their set when they feel well enough, but no sooner than four days after the rash first appeared.

Scabies
Scabies is a skin infection due to a mite. Scabies symptoms may start from several days to about 6 weeks after contact with infected person. Children can return back to their setting 24hrs after the first treatment.

Scarlet Fever
Scarlet Fever is caused by bacteria and is characterised by a rash. The incubation period is usually 1-3 days. The child can return to their setting once they feel well enough to do so and 24hrs after starting antibiotic treatment.

Threadworms
Threadworms are white tiny worms that live in the bowl. The incubation period is between 2-6 weeks after contact with a source of infection before the life cycle is completed and eggs are laid in the newly infected person. Children can return to their setting once they have received treatment (after their first treatment dose). Bathing, trimming and scrubbing of nails are encouraged.

Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a Bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The incubation period is usually between 4-12 weeks. You must keep your child off until advised by GP.

Whooping Cough
A whooping Cough (Pertussis) is a chest infection caused by bacteria. The incubation period is usually between 7-10 days. Children can return to their setting as soon as they feel well. No sooner 48hrs after starting antibiotic treatment.

Swine Flu
Swine flu is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus.
Expected course: like regular flu, the fever lasts 2-3 days, the runny/congested nose 1-2 weeks and the cough 2-3 weeks. With some flu viruses, the fever lasts 4 or 5 days.

Contagious period: A person is contagious for 1 day prior to and for 7 days after the onset of symptoms (e.g., the fever and cough).

Incubation period: After exposure, a person will come down with swine flu symptoms in 4 to 6 days (5 days on the average). An outer limit rarely could be 7 days. This virus has a longer incubation period than seasonal flu (1 to 3 days).

If your child becomes ill during the day, the nursery seniors will contact the parent/guardian. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure any changes of contact are communicated to the setting.

This information is only intended to ensure that Footsteps Daycare remains a safe and healthy environment for our children. This information must not be used for a non-health professional to make a diagnosis or to be a substitute for advice from your GP. If your child is suffering from any of the above or is showing symptoms then please seek medical advice.

This information has been supplied from Infections in Children Fact sheets and the NHS website.

Settling In Policy

At Footsteps we want children to feel safe, stimulated, and happy and to feel secure and comfortable with staff. We also want parents to have confidence in both their children well- being and their role as active parents with the Nursery. We aim to make the Nursery a welcome place where children settle quickly and easily because consideration has been given to the individual needs and circumstances of children and their families.

  • Before a child starts to attend the Nursery, we use a variety of ways to provide his/her parents with information. These include written information (including our prospectus and policies) a visit to the Nursery and displays about Nursery activities.
  • Pre- start visits: all children will be given the opportunity to attend three settling in sessions. Settling session one, will allow for the parent/carer to attend the setting with their child for an hour to go over all the appropriate paperwork which they will have received when signing up and must have completed before their first settling in session, during this settling in session both parent/carer and child will be able to get to know the nursery and staff. Settling in session two and three will give the child the opportunity to attend a session for two hours whilst being left by the main carer for the majority of the session.
  • More settling in visits will be available if needed.
  • For children under 2, parents can bring photos of special people that are important to their child in, so practitioners can make family tins. This helps support the children’s emotional wellbeing.
  • Parents may wish to bring along comforters to help support their children with the settling procedure.
  • We allocate a key person to each child and his/her family before she starts to attend. Their role is to help the child become familiar with the setting, offer a settled relationship for the child and build a relationship with their parents.
  • Following information will be collected for each child prior to them starting to attend out setting: full name, date of birth, name and addresses of every parent who is known to the provider, which parent the child normally lives with, and emergency contact details for parents. (See section 3.72, Statutory Framework for EYFS)