Kids Co Nursery has an operational plan as required by Ofsted. Within this plan we hold our policies and procedures by which the Nursery is run. This is available for all parents to view if they wish.
Below are a few extracts from some of our policies.
INCLUSION & EQUALITY
Kids Co takes 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. The nursery is committed to providing equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory 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 this nursery.
EARLY LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES STATEMENT
We set out to support all children attending the nursery to attain their maximum potential within their individual capabilities. A personalised record of each child's development is maintained, showing their abilities, progress, interests and areas needing further staff or parental assistance. We acknowledge that children learn in different ways and at different rates and plan for this accordingly.
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.
Once you have decided to place your child within our care, we request that the following are followed before your child is left: Completion of Contract and Parental consent form.
Payment of first invoice, thereafter invoices will be presented to you between 7-10 days prior to the end of the month for payment of the month that follows. Ensure that you have left nappies where applicable and a change of clothes, along with any other items needed by your child whilst he/she is with us. Any items brought into Nursery should be clearly labelled with nametags or indelible pen. We cannot be held responsible for mislaid items and operate a No Personal Toys policy.
SICKNESS & ILLNESS
Children should not be left at nursery if they are unwell. If a child is unwell then they will prefer to be at home with their parent(s) rather than at nursery with their peers.The nursery has 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. If a child becomes ill during the nursery day, their parent(s) will be contacted and asked to pick their child up as soon as possible. Should a child have an infectious disease, such as an eye/ear infection or sickness and diarrhoea, they should not return to nursery until they have been clear for at least 48 hours.
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.
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.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
The nursery is committed to working alongside parents in the provision for their child's individual needs to enable us to help the child to develop to their full potential.
Kids Co is committed to working with any child who has a specific need and/or disability to enable every child to make full use of the nursery's facilities. All children have a right to a broad and well-balanced early learning environment.
CHILD PROTECTION / SAFEGUARDING
Kids Co will 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 and to be safe from any abuse in whatever form.
Our prime responsibility is the welfare and well-being of all children 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. All staff will work as part of a multi-agency team where needed in the best interests of the child.
Mealtimes should be a happy, social occasion for children and staff alike. Positive interactions should be shared at these times and enjoyed. Kids Co is committed to offering children healthy, nutritious, balanced meals and snacks which meet individual needs and requirements.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Our policy is to provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of work for all our employees, and a safe early learning environment in which the children are cared for, and learn in. We provide information, training and supervision to meet this purpose. We wish to develop and promote a strong health and safety culture within the nursery for the benefit of all staff, children and parents. We also accept our responsibility for the health and safety of other people who may be affected by our activities.
Early Help Offer
Early Help for Children & Families
At Kids Community Nursery we strive to meet the needs of all learners. We understand that life often presents many challenges and we strongly believe in working in partnership with families to overcome barriers to pupils’ well-being; we know that stress and anxiety often created by an unsettled environment can affect a child’s capacity to achieve their full potential. Our most powerful tool is our strong relationship and ability to work closely with our families. Our team is always ready to listen and acts quickly to identify the best help available, as we believe that providing early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of our children than reacting later. Knowing our children really well, means that we can spot changes in behaviour which may be indicative of problems.
Our Manager, Cally Moulder, leads the safeguarding team alongside our Senco, Louise Chance and Senior staff members Natalie Whittington and Alisha West and work closely with staff to understand concerns raised and sign post help. External professionals may also be part of this. If you cannot find what you are looking for in within this information, please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to help.
Cally Moulder: Manager/Designated Safeguarding Lead
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Louise Chance: Deputy Manager/Senco/Deputy DSL
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Natalie Whittington: Deputy DSL
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Alisha West: Deputy DSL
Effective early help relies upon local agencies working together to:
• identify children and families who would benefit from early help;
• undertake an assessment of the need for early help; and
• provide targeted early help services to address the assessed needs of a child and their family which focuses on activity to significantly improve the outcomes for the child.
• All staff know precisely how to identify and report concerns, via staff training on induction and our regular updates on safeguarding.
• Child protection files are kept by the DSL
• Attendance monitoring in place
In Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 it makes it clear that ALL staff should be aware of their local Early help process and understand their role in it. In addition, this statutory document makes it clear that any child may benefit from Early Help, but all Nursery staff should be particularly alert to the potential need for Early Help for a child (or their families) who:
- Has a disability and / or has specific additional needs;
- Has special educational needs (whether or not they have a statutory education, health care plan);
- Is a young carer;
- Is showing signs of being drawn into anti-social or criminal behaviour, including gang involvement and association with organised crime groups;
- Is frequently missing/goes missing from care or from home; - Is misusing drugs or alcohol themselves;
- Is at risk of modern slavery, trafficking or exploitation;
- Is in a family circumstance present challenges for the child; such as substance abuse, adult mental health problems or domestic abuse;
- Has returned home to their family from care;
- Is showing early signs of abuse and/or neglect;
- Is at risk of being radicalised or exploited;
- Is a privately fostered child
Interventions currently used to support children & their families:
• Enhanced language support for All children in Nursery
• Clothing exchange
• Help with lunches
• Support in form filling and applying for school
• Redditch, Early Help Family Support Team contact number: 01905 846783
Team email address: FamilySupportRedditch@worcschildrenfirst.org.uk
https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help range of support for parents including Covid 19 info
http://www.startingwellworcs.nhs.uk/ range of support for parents
https://www.onside-advocacy.org.uk/ provides services for vulnerable, disadvantaged or potentially discriminated adults.
https://www.hacw.nhs.uk/reach4wellbeing/ provides help for mental well being in children and adolescents
http://www.worcestershire.nhs.uk/sp/ Social prescribing info
https://www.hacw.nhs.uk/download.cfm?doc=docm93jijm4n7368.pdf&ver=13059 Occupational therapy for children advice line
https://www.hacw.nhs.uk/slcn-pathway/ Support with your child/ren’s speech, language & communication needs
https://www.home-start.org.uk/home-start-south-worcestershire Every Home-Start volunteer is trained to help them work alongside you to overcome the challenges you are facing. We work with you to build on your strengths and give you the support that you tell us that you need
https://www.hwsendiass.co.uk/ advice and support directly for children & families with SEND
help to resolve Parental Conflict