Our safeguarding policy
This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers, family who live above nursery, paid staff, volunteers and sessional workers, agency staff, students or anyone working on behalf of Cranford Nursery.
The purpose of this policy is:
• To protect children and young people who receive Cranford Nursery services. This includes the children of adults who use our services;
• To provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding.
Cranford Nursery believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:
• Children Act 1989
• United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991
• Data Protection Act 1998
• Sexual Offences Act 2003
• Children Act 2004
• Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
• Relevant government guidance on safeguarding children & IOM Safeguarding Children Board.
We recognise that:
• The welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989
all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
• Some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
• working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:
• valuing them, listening to and respecting them
• adopting child protection practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
• developing and implementing an effective e-safety policy and related procedures
• providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training
• recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
• sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers
• sharing concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately.
We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.
This policy was last reviewed on: ___September 2016_____
Fiona Harcourt proprietor, manager and safeguarding officer
Cranford Nursery is a small friendly, family run nursery school which has been successfully established for over 30 years, and has built a fine reputation. We are unique in offering our pupils small class sizes of 8 children and less, ensuring the highest levels of individual attention and promoting confident learners. Our curriculum offers fun filled topics full of new and exciting experiences.
Our nursery and staff have been continually praised by our parents to the Best Business Guide as being "kind and understanding, homely, flexible and professional" A typical day will include arts and crafts, sand and water play, dressing up, imaginative play, music, singing and dance. We also have a large enclosed garden for outdoor play.
We are open from 8.00am to 6.00pm fifty one weeks of the year. Provision is available for part time sessions, school day, full day, term time and flexible sessions. We also provide an after school club and holiday club with daily trips out, so our children can stay with us from 2 to 11 years.