Safeguarding of Children
Our pre-school has a duty under the law to help safeguard children against suspected or actual ‘significant harm’. Our employment practices ensure children against the likelihood of abuse in our setting and we have a procedure for managing complaints or allegations against a member of staff.
Our way of working with children and their parents ensures that we are aware of any problems that may emerge and can offer support, including referral to appropriate agencies when necessary, to help families in difficulty.
Our pre-school is regularly inspected by Ofsted and complies with procedures and guidelines set by the Essex Children Safeguarding Board. This together with The Inspection report, insurance policy, etc. are available in the pre-school for your perusal. Parents should be aware of our safeguarding children and child protection policy and procedure (a hard copy is placed on our parent noticeboard).
All accidents are recorded on our Accident forms and signed by the parent/carer upon collection of their child. All incidents are recorded on our incident form; both forms are confidentially held at the pre-school.
The session Supervisor is entitled to request and receive an adequate explanation of any injury that is observed on arrival or any unusual behaviour in session. We have a responsibility to make a referral to Social Care if we have any concerns.
If you, as a parent/carer, have cause for concern about your child’s protection in pre-school due to a member of staff, we would refer any such complaint immediately to our local authority's social care department to investigate. We also report any such alleged incident to Ofsted and what measures we have taken. We are aware that it is an offence not to do this.
For further details please refer to our Safeguarding children and children protection policy.
In the event that a child is not collected by an authorised adult at the end of a pre-school session, Buttsbury Pre-school puts into practice agreed procedures.
A member of staff will:
Check the child’s file for any information about changes to the normal collection routines.
If no information is available, parents/carers are contacted at home or at work. If this is unsuccessful, the adults who are authorised by the parents to collect their child from the pre-school - and whose telephone numbers are recorded on the collection form - are contacted.
All reasonable attempts are made to contact the parents or nominated carers.
The child does not leave the premises with anyone other than those named on the collection form or in their file.
If no-one collects the child after one hour and there is no-one who can be contacted to collect the child, we apply the procedures for uncollected children.
We contact our local authority children’s social services care team: 0345 603 7627 (telephone number)
The child stays at setting in the care of two fully-vetted practitioners until the child is safely collected either by the parents or by a social care worker.
Social Care will aim to find the parent or relative if they are unable to do so, the child will become looked after by the local authority.