Copies of the Nursery’s policies are available for parents to read at any time. The policies are kept in the main play room. The nursery’s policies help us to make sure that the service provided by the nursery is a high quality one and that being a member of the nursery is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and his/her parents. Some policies are also on display on the parents board in the main hall way.

The staff in the nursery work together to adopt the policies and they are reviewed annually.  Parents have the opportunity to read the revised copies.  The annual review helps us to make sure that the policies are enabling the nursery to provide a quality service for its members.

An overview of the Statutory Framework for the EYFS

The Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements 

The safeguarding and welfare requirements cover the steps that staff at Evergreen Early Years at Queens Drive must take to keep children safe and promote their welfare.

Children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met and when they have positive relationships with the adults caring for them. The safeguarding and welfare requirements are designed to help providers create high quality settings which are welcoming, safe and stimulating, and where children can enjoy learning and grow in confidence.

Child Protection                        

Management must be alert to any issues for concern in the child’s life at home or elsewhere. The nursery manager is the designated lead who is responsible for safeguarding children within the setting and will also liaise with local statutory children’s services, and with the LSCB. Safeguarding Officer is: Mrs Heidi Kurjan.

All staff are trained to understand the safeguarding policy and procedures and ensure that all staff have up to date knowledge of safeguarding issues. All staff must be aware and have knowledge on the Government’s statutory guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children.’

Evergreen Early Years would inform Ofsted of any allegations of serious harm or abuse.

Suitable People

All staff at Evergreen Early Years are highly qualified and experienced to fulfil the requirements of their roles. Evergreen Early Years have effective systems in place to ensure all staff are suitable to work with children. All our staff are signed up to annual DBS checks.

Staff Qualifications, Training, Support and Skills

All staff at Evergreen Early Years receive induction training to help them understand their roles and responsibilities.

At least one person who holds a current paediatric first aid certificate must be on the premises at all times when children are present.

Staff to Child Ratios

Staffing arrangements must meet the needs of all children and ensure their safety. Children will never be left on their own and staff must be present at all times.

The ratio and qualification requirements below apply to the total number of staff available to work directly with children.

For children aged two:

  • There must be at least one member of staff for every four children;
  • At least one member of staff must hold a full and relevant level 3 qualification; and
  • At least half of all other staff must hold a full and relevant level 2 qualification.

For children aged three and over

  • There must be at least one member of staff for every eight children;
  • At least one member of staff must hold a full and relevant level 3 qualification; and
  • At least half of all other staff must hold a full and relevant level 2 qualification.

Accidents and Injuries

Evergreen Early Years ensure that there is a first aid box accessible at all times with appropriate content for use with children. All staff keep a written record of accidents or injuries and first aid treatment.

Evergreen Early Years informs parents and/or carers of any accident or injury sustained by the child on the same day, or as soon as reasonably practicable, of any first aid treatment given.

Ofsted would be informed of any serious accident, illness or injury to, or death of, any child while in their care, and of the action taken.

Complaints

Evergreen Early Years have written procedure for dealing with concerns and complaints from parents and/or carers, and must keep a written record of any complaints, and their outcome. Evergreen Early Years will investigate written complaints relating to their fulfilment of the EYFS requirements.

Managing Behaviour

Evergreen Early Years have a behaviour management policy and procedures. A named practitioner is responsible for behaviour management within the setting.

Behaviour Managment Officer

Behaviour Management Officer is Mrs Heidi Kurjan.

Evergreen Early Years keeps a record of any occasion where physical intervention is used, and parents/carers must be informed on the same day, or as soon as is reasonably practicable.

Inclusion

We offer the best possible learning experiences to all our children and we welcome and actively promote inclusive practices and diversity within our setting.

  • We make our setting accessible to all children and families who wish to use it.
  • We provide resources and organise the environment to ensure that children’s individual needs are met in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
  • We observe children regularly and use these observations to inform our planning, purchasing of resources and the organisation of the environment.
  • We have regard for the DfES Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2015 and comply with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995/2005.
  • We provide practitioners to help and support parents and children, including those who have additional needs.
  • We respect all children and parents and respond to their individual needs.
  • We observe and assess all the children and provide support, using the graduated response outlined in the Code of Practice for those children identified as having additional needs.
  • We work in partnership with parents and other agencies in meeting children’s individual needs.
  • We monitor and review our practice and provision and, if necessary make adjustments.

Special Educational Needs

Evergreen Early Years have arrangements in place to support children with SEN or disabilities and follows the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)

Miss Laura Davy is the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)

The role of the SENCO is to:

  • Take responsibility for the day-to day organisation of any matters regarding children with additional needs. It is however, the responsibility of all staff to plan for, work with and support all children whatever their needs.
  • Discuss any concerns in the first instance with parents and together plan a course of action and support that will be closely monitored by the SENCO.
  • Advise and support practitioners in the setting.
  • To co-ordinate liaison between other agencies and professionals and also to work closely with parents.
  • To ensure that all staff are familiar with the inclusive policies and procedures of the setting.
  • We assess and monitor the progress of all children regularly and make any necessary adjustments to our practice.
  • The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator reviews policies annually.

For further information please read Evergreen Early Years’ policy and procedures file.

Information and Records

Evergreen Early Years obtains information and maintains and shares records to ensure the safe and efficient management of the setting, and to help ensure the needs of all children are met.

Evergreen Early Years ensures there is a regular two-way flow of information with parents and/or carers, and between different providers, if a child attends more than one setting.

Confidential information and records about staff and children must be held securely and only accessible and available to those who have a right or professional need to see them.

Evergreen Early Years ensures that all our staff understand the need to protect the privacy of children in our care, as well as their legal requirements to ensure that information relating to the child is handled in a way that ensures confidentiality. We adhere to all rules and regulations set out in the GDPR act 2018.

Policy Documents