Policies and Procedures
Policies and procedures are essential to help provide good quality provision that is compliant with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The EYFS outlines the learning and development, assessment, and safeguarding and welfare requirements that all early years providers must meet to ensure children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. There are overarching Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements within the EYFS, some of which are broken down into further headings, as follows:
· Child protection
Be alert to any issues for concern in the child’s life at home or elsewhere. Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy sets out the procedures we follow to safeguard the children in our care.
· Suitable People (Disqualification and Staff Taking Medication/Other Substances)
We follow a strict recruitment procedure to ensure that people looking after children are suitable to fulfil the requirements of their roles.
· Staff Qualifications, Training, Support and Skills
The daily experience of children in early year’s settings and the overall quality of the provision depends on all practitioners having appropriate qualifications, training, skills and knowledge and a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities. All of our staff have relevant qualifications in childcare and regularly complete courses to update their knowledge.
· Key Person
Each child is assigned a key person. The role of the key person is to help ensure that every child’s care is tailored to meet their individual needs, to help the child become familiar with the setting, offer a settled relationship for the child and build a relationship with their parents.
· Staff: Child Ratios
Staffing arrangements must meet the needs of children and ensure their safety. In the Cubs room (2year olds) the ratio is at least 1 staff member to every 4 children and in the Bears room (3-4 year olds) the ratio is at least 1 staff member to every 8 children.
· Health (Medicines, Food and Drink and Accident or Injury)
We promote the good health of children attending the setting. We have a procedure, for responding to children who are ill or infectious and take necessary steps to prevent the spread of infection.
· Managing Behaviour
We manage children’s behaviour as a learning opportunity, promoting mindfulness, kindness and empathy.
· Safety and Suitability of Premises, Environment and Equipment (Safety, Premises, Risk Assessments and Outings)
We ensure that our premises, including outdoor spaces, are fit for purpose. We have, and implement a health and safety policy, and procedures, which cover identifying, reporting and dealing with accidents, hazards and faulty equipment.
· Special educational needs
We have arrangements in place to support children with SEN or disabilities. Our SENDCO, Felicity is responsible for coordinating the support for each child that has additional needs.
Information and Records
We maintain records and obtain and share information (with parents and carers, other professionals working with the child, and the police, social services and Ofsted as appropriate) to ensure the safe and efficient management of the setting, and to help ensure the needs of all children are met.