Policies

Holidays & Extra Session
If your child is not going to be at nursery for any reason, please inform us at least two weeks in advance. This may be done by contacting the nursery manager. These days are then charged at half the normal rate. If we do not receive sufficient notice, the full fees are payable. You may occasionally need some emergency day care in addition to your child’s normal attendance. Contact the nursery manager to see if your child can be accommodated on the days you require. Whilst every effort will be made to meet your requirements, the staffing ratios will dictate whether we can take your child in or not.
Illness
Parents will naturally have an interest in an infection-free Nursery. We therefore ask for your co-operation in achieving this. Children must not be brought to the Nursery when they have tummy upsets, sickness or other signs of ill health. It is also important that childhood illnesses such as measles, mumps, chickenpox etc. are reported to the nursery manager immediately. Children with these illnesses must be kept away during infectious periods, please refer to the exclusion policy for details. Where children are suspected of having diarrhoea, parents will be contacted after two episodes to take their child home. This is because of the potential for cross-infection. We shall certainly look after children if they become ill during the day, but we would expect to contact the parent or emergency contact so that arrangements can be made for the child to be collected as soon as possible. Full fees apply on the occasions that your child does not attend due to illness. If your child needs prescribed medicine to be administered during Nursery hours we will be happy to carry out your written instructions. We do also ask for permission to administer Calpol if your child requires it. We accept no responsibility for any ill effects having administered medicine in accordance with your instructions. If a medical emergency were to arise, we do ask to have the authority to take your child to a hospital or doctor if the parent or emergency carer is not contactable.
Behaviour Management Policy

BBK will not tolerate any form of bullying or unacceptable behaviour. Unacceptable behaviour will be dealt with in a sensitive but firm manner involving the child, parents/carers and nursery staff.

When children are young they are learning about themselves and their environment. It is important at this stage to encourage a positive self-image and to praise and encourage positive behaviour because, after all, much of society sees as desirable – politeness, honesty, consideration etc. needs to be learned.

Bad behaviour often occurs when the fundamental needs of children are frustrated. It is important, therefore, that children are provided with a loving caring and stimulating environment in order to meet these needs.

It is also important that there is consistency in treatment and that there are boundaries or limits to behaviour. To this end children need to know what is expected of them and each other.

In the nursery we seek to be positive by setting clear boundaries and praising good behaviour but we accept that there will be times when sanctions need to be taken. It is important that carers and parents work together at such times in order to have a consistent approach.

If a child’s behaviour is unacceptable there are a number of sanctions that may be taken:

  • Talking to the child about what has happened and why
  • Distracting the child’s attention by trying to involve them in another activity.
  • Taking the child away from the situation e.g. into the office or somewhere quiet to talk and reflect about the situation / incident.

With all of the above it is important to explain in simple terms the reasons why the behaviour is unacceptable and the consequences of that behaviour e.g. they may hurt themselves or others. It is also important to explain to the child that it is their behaviour that is unacceptable and not them.

Parents should be consulted if there are areas of concern e.g. persistent biting and an action plan drawn up. This can be a very difficult time for parents so it is important that they see these plans as a positive step forward to help manage their child’s behaviour.

Children in the nursery are never to be physically punished or shouted at – a firm voice is more than adequate.

It is the aim of the nursery to help children to grow up being capable of self- discipline and of behaving considerately because they want to, not because they are afraid of the consequences if they do not.

The discipline of children can only be understood in the context of understanding normal development – it would be unacceptable for an adult to expect a 3 month old baby not to cry when it is the only way that they can communicate their needs to you.

All children go through difficult phases and these are a normal part of growing up even if these times are frustrating. As adults we need to be able to offer reassurance, guidance and help.

It is important to make up with the child after dealing with difficult behaviour and lay it aside as something of the past. It helps to be able to praise good behaviour as soon as possible after the event.

In the rare occurrence of none of the above working then BBK reserves the right to exclude a child from the nursery.

Katrina Bland is the named member of staff who has the responsibility for behaviour management issues and will support staff. She will also access expert advice if ordinary methods are not effective with any particular child.

Safeguarding Policy
 Building Blocks Kindergarten fully recognises its responsibility for safeguarding children. This policy applies to all staff, management and volunteers working within the setting.

The welfare of the children attending this setting is paramount and concerns about child abuse will be taken seriously. All staff will be required to undertake safeguarding children procedures and will be required to attend safeguarding children training regularly. All staff will be required to undertake safeguarding induction training within their first week of employment.

Recruitment procedures will ensure the suitability of staff and volunteers working with children and will follow EYFS welfare requirements with regard to Disclosure and Barring Service(DBS) registration and references. Procedures will be implemented for identifying and reporting concerns, or suspected cases of abuse. The setting will ensure a safe environment in which children feel valued, can learn and develop, feel secure and are encouraged to talk and be listened to.

We work within the guidelines set out by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board. We have procedures for contacting the local authority on child protection issues. The setting will notify the registration body (Ofsted) of any circumstances affecting the wellbeing of a child and in the event of an allegation being made against a member of staff or volunteer.

A designated staff member will have responsibility for safeguarding issues.

The designated person is Claire Reece-Hamshere – Managing Director

Where an allegation is made against a member of staff we will ensure that we cooperate fully with any investigation. The setting disciplinary procedure may follow depending on the result of the investigation.

Advice and concerns regarding safeguarding children should be directed to:

Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children’s Board Customer Service Centre Office Hours: Tel 01522 782111 Out of Hours: Tel 01522 782333 Lincolnshire Police -101 if non emergency or 999 if a child is immediate danger Ofsted: 0845 6404040

Safeguarding children(child protection) concerns will be confidential and shared only on a need to know basis. This policy will be implemented in conjunction with the safeguarding children procedure.  The welfare of all children is paramount and any suspicion of abuse will be dealt with immediately.

Safeguarding Procedure
Building Blocks Kindergarten is committed to an environment in which children are safe from abuse and where any suspicion of abuse is promptly and appropriately responded to and will work within the guidelines laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children Board and current government guidance ‘What to do if you are worried a child is being abused’ (DCSF publication)

All staff will be aware of their responsibility as early years practitioners to share any concerns they have about a child with the designated named person. If a staff member feels that their concern is not being taken seriously they have every right to share their concerns with the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board customer services unit (Tel: 01522 782111 or out of hours 01522 782333) or the Police without affecting their terms of employment.

All staff will be aware of possible indicators of child abuse and procedures for recording and reporting through staff training both internally and externally.

Records will be kept as appropriate

Whenever concerns are raised or worrying changes are observed in a child’s behaviour, physical condition or appearance, a specific record will be set up. All suspicions will remain confidential and shared on a need to know basis and the guidance set by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board will be followed.

Where a disclosure is made:

  • Reassurance is given to the child
  • The child will be listened to
  • The child will not be questioned
  • Promises will not be made to the child regarding not sharing the information In the disclosure.

Records will be made to include:

  • The child’s name, full address, date of birth
  • Date and time of the disclosure/observation
  • Exact record of disclosure
  • Name of person to whom the disclosure was made
  • Records will be kept separately and securely from the child’s main records with limited access
  • Completion of SA (Single Assessment) form

The designated person with responsibility for safeguarding children will be informed immediately and procedures followed under the guidance of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.

Where an allegation is made against a staff member:

  • The setting will co-operarte fully with any enquiry
  • Detailed records will be taken
  • The setting disciplinary procedure will be followed where necessary
  • Ofsted will be informed

Procedures for dealing with allegations against staff

All organisations must have in place procedures for dealing with allegations made against any adults. This will show your organisation is taking its safeguarding concerns seriously. Procedures for dealing with allegations against staff should comply with Lincolnshire Safeguarding Board Policies.

If an allegation against a staff member is received, who works with children, that causes concern that they have:

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child;
  • Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child; or,
  • Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates she/he is unsuitable to work with children.

You will need to contact the Local Authority Officer for Managing allegations through the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Customer Services Centre (01522 782111 or Out of Hours 01522 782333)

Suspension should not be an automatic response to an allegation, but organisations will need to consider the seriousness and plausibility of the allegation, the risk of harm to children and the possibility of tampering with evidence, as well as the interests of the person concerned and your organisation.

Supporting families:

We acknowledge that parents will be the first point of contact and they will be informed of any suspicions unless this is deemed likely to put a child at risk.

We will follow the guidelines laid down by the area safeguarding children’s board.

The setting, through the safeguarding children policy will inform parents of their role and responsibility regarding safeguarding children.

The setting will continue to welcome children and work with parents throughout any investigation.

Child Safety Policy
Maintaining Children’s Safety – Employers are responsible for making sure the workplace (play setting) and the equipment is in a safe condition that presents no risk to health. Employees and volunteers (play workers) have a parallel responsibility to co-operate with employers to take care of themselves and others.

The Health and Safety Act 1974 protects the health, safety and welfare of workers, children, parents and public. The recent Management of Health and Safety at Work Act 1992 has more specific regulations. It now includes the basic principals of managing risk through a mixture of assessment, training and balanced control measures.

Employers must:

  • Ensure the setting / equipment (handling, storage, transporting) is in a safe condition and presents no risk to health.
  • Provide adequate welfare facilities and a safe working environment to ensure staff and children are not exposed to Health and Safety risks.
  • Entrust tasks to staff taking into account their capabilities as regards health and safety.
  • Appoint people who are competent to carry out specific tasks.
  • Provide information, training and supervision.
  • Assess all risks to the health and safety of employees, visitors and children who may be affected by the activities and the use of their premises by others. Measures must be put in place to remove or adequately control these risks, e.g. children; and young people should not be left alone with people who share the premises.
  • Develop emergency procedures i.e. accident and fire.
  • Provide staff training to recognise hazards, assess the risk and implement the measures for their protection and the protection of others.
  • Monitor and review procedures and practice.

Employees must:

Co-operate with their employer and take care of themselves and others.

Not interfere with or misuse anything provided in the interests of health and safety.

Undertake appropriate health and safety training so that they are fully aware of the relevant issues, regulations and procedures for all play activities with which the children are involved, for example, fire safety, visits, moving and handling equipment etc. Undertake safe guarding children training to ensure awareness of possible risks.

Insurances
The nursery has comprehensive insurances covering Public Liability, Employer’s Liability, group personal accident for children and staff, personal belongings for children and staff, Nursery equipment and Premises.
Equal Opportunities
At Building Blocks Kindergarten, we provide a non-sexist, non-racist environment. We respect all cultures, religions and customs, and treat all children and parents with the same high degree of consideration. Our toys, activities and menus reflect this policy of equal opportunities, and festivals from different cultures are included in our nursery curriculum.
Car Parking
Parents are asked to take note of the potential danger that exists within the car park. It is the responsibility of parents and carers to supervise children at all times when in the car park. Drivers of cars must be particularly vigilant for small and young children that may be less visible and have unpredictable behaviour. Drivers are also asked to strictly adhere to a maximum speed of 5 mph whilst in the car park. We are unable to accept any liability for the safety of children and vehicles whilst in the car park.
Data Protection
The nursery holds computerised information on all children, which is covered by the data protection act.
Registration
The nursery is registered with OFSTED in Nottingham and is inspected to ensure that all legislation is adhered to. This ensures that the highest quality care will be provided at all times.
Suggestions
We are committed to providing the best possible care for your child and we are always pleased to hear any suggestions you have to improve the service we offer. Please feel free to approach any member of staff or management with your comments or suggestions.
Concerns
We take parental concerns very seriously. You should discuss these initially with the team leader in you child’s section. If necessary we can conduct a meeting between the team leader, Building Blocks Kindergarten management and yourselves to ensure that any problems are resolved. Any problems that remain unsolved can be taken up with the Early Years Unit.

OFSTED Early Years 2nd / 3rd Floor, The Frontage Queens Street, Nottingham NG1 2AR

Booking a Space
If you decide you would like to book a place at Building Blocks Kindergarten, you should do the following;

  • Complete the enclosed registration from and return it to us as soon as possible.
  • A one-off registration fee of £50 will be required to secure your childs place. This fee is non-refundable.
  • The nursery manager will contact you to arrange induction sessions with you and a start date for your child.