Copies of our policies and procedures are available for you to see at Playschool on the windowsill, just ask a member of staff. Playschool’s policies help us to make sure that the service provided by Chalke Valley Playschool is a high-quality one and that being a member of Chalke Valley Playschool is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and his/her parents.
The staff and parents of Chalke Valley Playschool work together to adopt the policies and they all have the opportunity to take part in the annual review of policies. This review helps us to make sure that the policies are enabling Chalke Valley Playschool to provide a quality service for its members and the local community
Our setting has a duty under the law to help safeguard children against suspected or actual ‘significant harm’. Our duty of care statement, OFSTED contact details, complaint procedure and other safeguarding documentation can be found on the parents’ noticeboard at Playschool to the right and left of the entrance. Our employment practices ensure children against the likelihood of abuse in our setting and we have a procedure for managing complaints and allegations against a member of staff
If a child is suffering from an illness or infection, parents are asked to keep the child at home. Parents should inform the preschool that the child will be absent as soon as possible providing information as to the nature of the illness or infection.
If necessary, Playschool staff should present details of the illness or infection to other parents in a confidential manner and carefully observe the other children in their care for potential casualties of the illness/infection
It is our policy that parents are not allowed to bring into Playschool, any child who has been vomiting, has a temperature or suffered from diarrhea until at least 48 hours has elapsed since the last attack (or since a formed stool is passed) and medication is no longer being used to lower a temperature.
Where children have been prescribed antibiotics, parents are asked to keep them at home for 48 hours before returning to the setting in case the child suffers a reaction to their medication.
Playschool staff have the right to turn away children that they believe are not well enough to attend Playschool
- If a child becomes ill during a session, every attempt will be made to contact one of the people listed on the registration form, to arrange collection of the sick child. The child will be cared for until collected.
- If a child of staff member has a communicable disease, (other than HIV or Hepatitis B) they should not attend the setting until they are no longer infectious.
- OFSTED is notified of any infectious diseases that are qualified medical person considers notifiable
- Parents are notified if there is an infectious disease, such as chickenpox at Playschool
- Children and families are not excluded because of HIV
- Good hygiene practice concerning the clearing of any spilled bodily fluid is carried out at all times
- If a member of staff becomes ill during a session, adequate staff cover will be organized enabling the staff member to go home. If they require assistance, contact will be made with the necessary person (relative or other staff contacts) who will be able to assist the staff member to travel home
The setting has a list of excludable diseases and current exclusion times. The full list is obtainable here and it includes common childhood illnesses such as measles and chickenpox.
Head lice and Nits
Children with head lice are not excluded but must be treated to remedy the condition, although in exceptional cases a parent may be asked to keep the child away until the infestation has cleared.
On identifying cases of head lice, all parents are informed and asked to treat their child and all the family if they are found to have head lice. The Playschool recognises National Bug Busting Day and this is communicated to parents in the termly newsletter
Special Educational Needs
As part of the Playschool’s policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have. The Playschool works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and the Special Needs code of practice (2001). Our special needs co-ordinator is Rachel Plate.
Our setting believes that children flourish best when their personal, social and emotional needs are met and where there are clear and developmentally appropriate expectations for their behaviour. Children need to learn to consider the views and feelings, needs and rights of others and the impact that their behaviour has on people, places and objects. This is a developmental task that requires support, encouragement, teaching and setting the correct example.
Positive behaviour is celebrated through lots of praise, encouragement and visual stickers.