Every Child Matters
Safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare forms a large part of our statutory responsibilities and covers most of the requirements of our registration with Ofsted . All children deserve the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We follow the framework of the Every Child Matters government green paper which is structured around five outcomes which are key to a child’s well-being.
The following areas are checked and reported upon:
Stay safe – looking after the children’s welfare and ensuring a safe environment.
Be healthy – safeguarding and promoting children’s health and well-being.
Enjoy and achieve –supporting the children in their learning and development.
Make a positive contribution – working together with parents and encouraging children to play a beneficial part in their nursery and wider community.
Organisation – ensuring all government policies, procedures and practices are strictly followed.
Effective safeguarding of children is essential to Cuddles and Care.
The welfare of every child we look after is paramount and everyone (including all staff, students, volunteers and visitors) has a responsibility to ensure that any areas of concern involving a child who may be at risk of harm, are recognized and dealt with immediately.
As a childcare provider, we have a moral duty of care to ensure that any concerns or incidents of suspected abuse or harm are reported to the relevant Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) without delay.
Parents will be notified of all concerns and referrals unless we are advised differently by the LSCB.
We ensure the safety and security of the premises and equipment by the following means:
> Secure perimeters around the nursery and all exits are controlled.
> Strict entry procedures with secure door entry.
> All equipment used is suitable and safe for the children.
> All toys and equipment are checked regularly for safety.
> All portable appliances are subject to stringent routine safety checks.
> Before opening, the nursery is checked every day by management for potential safety issues.
> A fire risk assessment and safety plan is in place and reviewed annually.
We control the suitability of people within the nursery by adhering to these policies:
> All Cuddles & Care Staff have an enhanced CRB check. This is
currently the highest level of checking available.
> All new staff must have employment references checked before starting at the nursery.
We may ask for an additional education reference where applicable.
> New staff require a current CRB certificate before they are allowed to interact with
children without supervision.
> All adults collecting children from the nursery will have to be nominated and identified beforehand and will need to quote an agreed password.
> Visitors are checked into and out of the nursery.
All documentation relating to policies and procedures can be viewed whenever requested.