Child Protection Policy
Safeguarding Children Policy
Tiny Town Nurseries believe that the welfare of the child is paramount. Staff are trained to identify changes in behaviour or physical signs which may indicate abuse.
All staff are required to provide full information about previous employments, medical history and references when recruited. All staff hold an enhanced CRB disclosure and anyone who has yet to be cleared is not permitted to be left with the children.
We have a strict collections policy and ensure the safety of children at all times through risk assessment, correct supervision and maintained ratios.
All visitors are asked for ID and accompanied by staff when in the nursery.
Children’s records are kept confidential and locked in the office. Staff do not discuss information and are trained to adhere to the confidentiality policy at all times.
Records are kept of accidents and external injuries to ensure children’s welfare is monitored.
If a staff member suspects a child is at risk they will immediately report to a member of management and record their concerns to be put in the child’s file. If a member of management is not available, the staff member can contact the nursery manager at the other site or the nursery owner.
If a child discloses abuse to a staff member, they must listen and re-assure the child. Do not question the child and explain that they must share the information with the manager to ensure the child’s safety. All conversations must be recorded.
If the manager feels there is a concern about a child’s welfare, the parent will be involved unless we feel this would put the child at further risk. They will contact the local social services office following Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Guidelines.
Children at the nurseries are encouraged to learn about safety. They are encouraged to be independent when toileting and staff talk to them about privacy. Children are encouraged to respect personal space and staff do not initiate physical contact.
Nappy changing and toileting is carried out in secure facilities and no visitors are permitted in the area when a child is being changed.
Children’s safety on outings is detailed in the outings policy and he nursery staff encourage the children to be aware of issues such as stranger danger and use external agencies such as the police and local crossing guards to support their learning.
Parents are required to inform nursery of any special dietary requirements, allergies or other medical conditions and nursery management must ensure appropriate risk assessments are in place to protect the child.