Listed below are summaries of Park School Nursery core policies and procedures. If you would like a full copy of any of our policies and procedures please view digital copies here or speak to Miss Hallen (Operations and Admissions Manager) who will be happy to provide you with them.
At Park School Nursery, our paramount responsibility is the welfare, safety and protection of all children in our care. The Nursery is part of Park School’s Safeguarding Policy and Procedures, which are implemented by the Headteacher and management team.
The Headteacher is the Designated Safeguarding Lead, supported by the Nursery Manager. They ensure that all safeguarding policies are followed with any safeguarding concern.
All of our staff are trained in line with the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) guidance and procedures.
Our staff also use the statutory guidance, ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ to underpin our safeguarding procedures. Our staff work together with parents and outside agencies to ensure all guidelines are followed.
All staff at Park School and Park School Nursery, no matter what role they have, are fully vetted and must hold a current enhanced DBS.
At Park School Nursery, our staff follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. The EYFS enables our staff to underpin our high standards of learning, development and care of children from 2 to 5 years. This EYFS policy continues into the Reception class at Park School, enabling a smooth and supported transition into School.
Our staff use the EYFS to support how and what your child will be learning in order for them to develop further. At Park School Nursery, children will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through the seven areas of learning and development.
Through play, inside and outside, our children explore, develop and take ownership of their learning experiences, which help them make sense of the world. They practice and build up ideas. They have the opportunity to think creatively alongside other children as well as on their own. They communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems. They express likes and dislikes and are encouraged to participate in role play activities. The Nursery uses child-initiated learning and follows a child-initiated planning system that emphasises flexibility and extending children’s interests.
All of our staff members are committed to teaching and supporting children by making sure that activities are suited to their unique needs and interests. We actively promote children’s progress and document their learning by completing regular observations, which are used to plan activities around individual children’s interests.
These observations are all recorded in children’s learning journals which are available to view at any time. Parents are encouraged to contribute to all aspects of their child’s learning whilst at the nursery.
Behaviour Management Policy
At Park School Nursery we believe in a consistent and positive approach to managing the behaviour of children. We ensure that staff develop effective strategies and use positive methods that are tailored to each child.
Our staff will always take your child’s individual needs into consideration and will work towards meeting them in the setting. Our Nursery has high expectations of behaviour to ensure that all children develop a sense of right and wrong and care and consideration for other people.
We aim to keep children continuously engaged in activities that contribute to their ongoing learning. We will also regularly create new environments for children that are stimulating, motivating and encourage learning and development.
Equality and Diversity Policy
Our staff take great care to ensure that we are fully inclusive, valuing all children and showing respect to different ethnicities, cultures, racial origins, languages and gender. We encourage all children to develop positive attitudes and thinking towards those from diverse backgrounds. Discrimination of any kind has no place with us.
Health and Safety
At Park School Nursery, the health and safety of all children in our care is of utmost importance. Our staff will always ensure that health and safety of your child remains our first priority.
All of our staff are paediatric first aid qualified and trained to create safe learning environments for children. Safety checks are carried out constantly to ensure that the nursery environments, both indoors and outdoors, are safe and secure.
We have designated Health and Safety duties which include carrying out regular risk assessments and ensuring that the Health and Safety policy is fully adhered to.
Our Nursery is kept secure and has locked doors that can only be opened by staff. All visitors to our Nursery are required to sign the visitors book on arrival and departure and are never left unsupervised.
A child can only be collected by their parents or carers, or by a named person that has been given permission. If our staff do not recognise a person who is collecting a child, then the child will remain at Nursery until a member of staff can contact the child’s parents or carers.
Healthy Eating Policy
We believe a healthy, balanced diet and regular physical activity is essential for children’s health and well-being. All of the meals and snacks that we serve at Park School Nursery are planned around a healthy and balanced diet.
At Park School Nursery, we understand that there may be times where your child may require medication whilst at nursery. On these occasions you will be asked to complete a medication record detailing the directions to be followed for administering the medication.
We must advise you that we are only obliged to take prescribed medication, and the dosage allowance outlined on the prescription label.
Terms and Conditions
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Staff Inset (Nursery Closed): Tuesday, 24 December 2019
Nursery Closed for Christmas: Wednesday, 25 December 2019 to Wednesday, 1 December 2020 inclusive
Nursery Reopens: Thursday, 2 January 2020