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Caring, sharing & learning together

Sharing, Caring and Learning Together

Safeguarding

We are committed to working together as a staff and in partnership with parents, carers and other agencies to support the well-being of all the children. Your child’s welfare is our top priority and we will endeavour to ensure your child feels safe and secure while they are a pupil at our nursery school.

To safeguard and promote the welfare of children we will consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child. If we have reasonable cause to suspect a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, then this will be acted on and appropriately reported. The headteacher is the designated safeguarding lead for the nursery. We have a legal obligation to share information with appropriate people or agencies when we believe that doing so is likely to support the safeguarding and protection of a child. Our obligation includes monitoring and reporting any unexplained or non-accidental injuries and serious concerns about a child’s emotional or physical well-being. This takes precedence over considerations of privacy.

We understand that effective partnerships with parents and carers are about open and honest communication. Discussions should be carried out in a professional, respectful and sensitive manner with yourselves. If a concern arises regarding your child, we will endeavour to discuss this with you first at the earliest appropriate opportunity. Only in very rare and extreme situations would this not be the case, usually if we seriously considered it not to be in the best interests of the child for their own immediate safety.

Working in partnership is a two way process with information being shared both ways. We know that for this to happen people need to develop trust through being respected, listened to and in knowing that their unique situations and circumstances are understood and accepted without judgement. We will handle any information you share with sensitivity, care and discretion. Staff will always maintain an appropriate level of confidentiality and will only share information, if necessary, with people who need to be involved.

Once we hand over your child to you at pick up time at the class door, you are accepting responsibility for your child. This can be a very busy time of day with lots of people crowding in the doorways and in the cloakroom areas collecting belongings. It is helpful if we all help to look out for each other at these times to enable everyone to get where they need to be as smoothly as possible. We ask for your patience at these busy times so we can get children to their parents and carers as quickly and calmly as possible. We operate a flexible pick up at these times to help ease congestion. We also do not allow pushchairs down the corridor because they block the routes through the nursery and can easily become a hazard. At drop off and pick up there is a simple and easy way you can assist us keep all children safe on site. This is by closing doors and gates behind you and not letting children through if they are not accompanied by their adult.

You will have provided us with your special password and approved list of people who can pick up your child from nursery. We will only allow your child to go home with these designated people unless you specifically instruct us otherwise. If your plans change and you need to instruct someone else to pick up your child, who is not on your approved list, you must call the nursery in advance to advise us of who this is and ensure the named person also has the correct password for your child. This will prevent delays and unnecessary worry for your child.