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SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

Responsible for the Special Needs Policy

The Childcare Manager.
SENCO

  • The SENCO will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the policy and co-ordinating provision for the children.
  • The SENCO will be responsible for liaison with parents, staff and other agencies.
  • All staff will be responsible for observations, record-keeping and Individual Educational Plan} (I.E.P) 
  • SENCO will have overview of each child.
  • Outside agencies to respect the setting policies when they visit.
  • To be aware of the setting’s policies. 
  • To be introduced to all children in the group.  

Aims

  • To offer a broad and balanced curriculum with as much access to the Foundation Stage as possible.
  • To ensure that all children with SEN engage in all activities and are fully included.
  • To develop a support system and strategies that enable the SENCO to work with the whole settling team to deal effectively with children and their parents.
  • To have a positive approach, building on children’s strengths and taking into account their wishes in the light of their age and understanding.
  • To involve parents in a working relationship. 
  • To work in partnership with outside agencies.
  • To monitor and review individual needs of children, enabling early identification and to facilitate early intervention.
Definition of the term “having a special educational need”
 
A child has special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.
 
A child has a learning difficulty if they:
 
(a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age;  or
 
(b) have a disability which prevents or hinders the child from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in nurseries within the area of the local education authority.
 
(c) is under five and falls within the definition at (a) or (b) above or would so do if special educational provision was not made for the child.
 
A child must not be regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because the language or medium of communication of the home is different from the language in which he or she is or will be taught.

Special educational provision means:
 
(a) for a child of two or over, educational provision which is additional to, or otherwise different from, the educational provision made generally for children of the child’s age. 
 
(b) for a child under two, educational provision of any kind.
 
[Education Act 1996, Section 312]

The setting recognises the Equalities Act 2010
 
Since September 2010 the Equalities Act 2010 has applied to all providers of early years services.   The Act states that it is unlawful to discriminate against a disabled child in the provision of any service.   There are two main duties set out in the Act:
  • Not to treat a disabled child less favourably
  • To make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for disabled children
We aim to enable all the children to have equal access to the curriculum in an environment where every child is equally valued and respected.  If any parents have any queries or concerns about our policy or practice they are welcome to arrange a meeting with management Team / Owner.
 
The Disability Rights Commission (tel:  08457 622 633) provides a range of information and guidance on the Disability Discrimination Act.   This organisation would be able to advise if the concern relates to an issue of the possible discrimination of a disabled child, which cannot be resolved within the setting.

Descriptions of EYA + EYA ACTION PLUS and IEP’s.   Initial concerns.
 
Identification and Assessment
  • This will be the responsibility of all staff.   
  • The key worker for the child will make observations.   
  • SENCO will help and consult other agencies.   
  • The setting Manager will have the overall view and speak to the parents.   
  • Observations will be made throughout the day.
  • We treat all children as individuals and we involve them all in small group work appropriate to their needs and development.
  • It is the parents’ responsibility to tell staff of any issues that may affect their child.
Identifying Needs
  • Staff will raise concerns they may have with the SENCO and setting Manager.
  • Discussions may take place in staff meetings.
  • Parents may approach staff with their concerns.
  • The children themselves, identify they have a need through difficulties they may have.
  • An outside agency who will liaise with the SENCO.
  • If a child transfers from another setting the SENCO will check records for information concerning a child’s special educational needs.
EYA = Early Years Action:
 
When setting staff who work day to day with the children or the SENCO identify that a child has SEN.   Together they provide interventions that are additional to or different from those provided as part of the setting’s usual curriculum offer and strategies.   An IEP will usually be devised.
 
EYA+ = Early Years Action Plus:

If insufficient progress made a new IEP will usually be devised.   The setting staff who work day to day with the children and the SENCO are provided with advice or support from outside specialists. Alternative interventions additional or different strategies to those provided for the child through EYA+ are put in place.   
 
IEP = Individual Education Plans:

A IEP is a working document for all setting staff.   It provides planning for the individual child with SEN.   It must be accessible and understandable to all concerned.
 
Confidentiality:

All information and IEP’s on each individual child will be kept strictly confidential within the setting.
 
Complaints Procedure:

Childcare Manager, refer to setting Complaints Policy.
 
Planning and Resourcing
  • If extra funding is necessary the Manager will approach the Local Authority 
  • Identification can be made at any time.
  • Six weekly reviews of the child and the I.E.P.s. (including education plan)
  • SENCO’s time will be variable depending on the needs of the child.
  • Keyworkers will have time when necessary to discuss concerns.
  • Parents will be involved as much as possible.  If the need to talk to the keyworker/SENCO time should be given.
  • I.E.P.s to be signed by the parents, when the action is decided and at each update.
  • Funding should be available for training.
 
On-going Monitoring
  • Monitoring of children review ½ termly.
  • Discuss regularly at staff meetings.
 
Support offered to children, staffing, resources, etc.:
 
Staff Development Courses:
 
The SENCO at the setting will attend the SENCO training.
 
Partnership with Parents:
 
Parents should play an active and valued role in their child’s education.   Parents should have access to information, advice and support during the assessment of their child.   Setting staff should be sensitive to the parents’ feelings, and should present a positive attitude.
 
Links with other settings, schools and outside agencies:
 
The setting ’s AREA SENCO will provide advice and support to the setting staff and the SENCO, when liaising with outside agencies.
 
SENCO   - Josephine Showers   (Pre-school)
SENCO   - Hasina Monir   (Baby Unit + Out-Of-School)
SENCO   - Andrene Sergeon (Out-Of-School)
 

INCLUSION
 
At Lily’s Kids Klub every child has the right to quality care and education.
 
Our goal is to welcome all children and where necessary, seek to provide additional support and resources to enable the inclusion of all children.  We believe that all children have the right to high quality care and education.  We aim to achieve this by:
  • identifying individual children’s need and requirement
  • working in partnership with Parents / carers
  • identifying and providing additional resources and support {we will, whenever possible, help Parents / Carer find various routes to achieve this}.
We aim within these criteria to meet a range of needs and admit Children with a range of abilities and disabilities. We aim to work in full partnership with Parents and professionals.  We recognise expertises and skills that all parties bring and put into practice to enable a child to reach their full potential.
 
When starting at Lily’s each child is appointed a key worker whose responsibility is to;
  • link with Parents
  • observe the Children
  • identify needs
  • record the child’s progress
This information is sheared with Parents at regular progress meetings.  Additionally staff will endeavour to build good working relationship with parents and carer to enable regular sharing of information aside from a formal meeting.
 
Information will also be shared with other relevant professional involved in the care of the child.
 
We acknowledge that children learn at different rate and will need varying degree of support from time to time.  We plan to ensure that all children have access to a wide range of resources to develop their learning in all areas of the curriculum and will endeavour to take into account each individual child’s need and interest.
 
All physical resources take into account young children’s height and physical needs.  We therefore offer;
  • child sized toilets and sinks
  • tables and chairs
  • nappy changing area
Lily’s Kids Klub has a complaints procedure, which is accessible to all users of our service.  A copy of this is issued to each client upon starting at Lily’s Klub Klub.
 
We are committed to constantly updating and refreshing staff’s knowledge and skills by regular staff training programmes.  We implements by;
  • identifying individual training needs and providing access to relevant training
  • Providing three in-service training days per year 
  • Accessing free or subsided training offered by various bodies i.e. Lambeth Early Years
The Manager and a member of the staffing team will be the persons responsible with regard to SENCO.

 
MEDICATION
 
This Policy defines the arrangements for handling, storing and administering medication to children within the setting:
  1. It is setting policy that the written permission of the parent or guardian must be obtained before medication may be administered to a child. Medication is received, stored and handled on the setting premises under this strict understanding. The parent or guardian is asked to sign a general Declaration of Consent Form.
  2. When a child is admitted to the setting, details of any medication that the child is currently receiving are required to be disclosed to the setting staff by the parent or guardian. Where it is necessary to medicate during a setting session the parent or guardian is requested to complete and sign a specific Authorisation for Special Medication Form.
  3. Medication may be oral (tablets, linctus, syrups etc), topical (creams & ointments), or nasal-pharyngeal (pre-filled inhalers). Where antibiotics have been prescribed for chronic conditions it will be requested that the child be excluded from the setting until the condition is cured to prevent undue cross-infections.
  4.  Nursery staff WILL ONLY administer medication to the child under the following conditions:

      4.1 Where medication is prescribed by a GP as part of a treatment regime. Over-the-counter medicines or homeopathic remedies will NOT be administered.
       
      4.2 Where administering medication does not require a level of medical or technical knowledge for which setting staff are not qualified.  Where child has complex needs, the setting Manager and her deputy would seek advice or training from a health care professional.
       
      4.3 Where each item of medicine is packaged in its original container from the pharmacy, and clearly labelled by the pharmacist with the child's name, description of medicine, quantity of medicine, and instructions for administration. Medication in any other type of container will NOT be accepted by setting staff.
       
  5. All medication received into the setting is logged onto our Medication form. This Form provides for recording medicines received, and those returned to the parent or guardian.  This form provides a complete record of all medicines handled in the setting.
  6. All medicines are stored in accordance with the instructions of the pharmacist or the medicine manufacturer (refers to container or package label as appropriate):
     
    6.1 Except where low temperature storage is required all medicines are kept in a locked cupboard in the setting’s Manager's office.
     
    6.2 Medicines requiring low temperature storage are kept in a locked container which is kept in the domestic refrigerator. The temperature of this refrigerator is checked weekly with a calibrated thermometer; readings in excess of 7°C are reported to the Manager for appropriate action.

     

    6.3 The setting Manager is responsible for the safe keeping of the keys to the Medicines Cupboard and refrigerator storage containers.
     
  7. Medication may only be given to a child by a qualified staff member. Each instance of administering medication is recorded in a Medication form. The following details are recorded:
    o date
    o name of child
    o type of medicine
    o dosage given
    o time given
    o signature of qualified staff member
    o signature of second staff member (as witness)
     
  8. Unused medication is returned to the parent or guardian and logged onto our medication form. Where all medicines have been used up the empty medicine container is returned to the parent or guardian.  The records contained in the Medication form will confirm medication given.
  9. Details provided by the parent or guardian on the original Registration Form will include provision of an emergency contact number and any other information relevant to emergency medical treatment of the child. Where a child requires emergency medical treatment the parent or guardian will be notified immediately. 

FOOD
 
Lily’s Kids Klub’s ethos in relation to food is to provide a verified diet containing healthy whole food as much as possible.
 
We cater to individual children’s dietary needs, which are identified of cultures and actively encourage parents and carers completes the initial Personal Record for their child.
 
We believe in providing a wide range of foods a variety of cultures and actively encourage parents and carers to share recipe ideas with us.
 
We do not use red meat 
We do not use pork
We use soya as an alternative for those who do not eat dairy products.
We also use Quorn, soya, pulse and vegetables instead of meat.
Puddings are usually;
  • mousse
  • fruit cocktail
  • Yoghurt
  • custard & cake 
  • fruit jelly
  • ice-cream 
  • or other desserts served after all main meals.
Foods for the weaning babies will be blended / pureed.  Parents also provide meals for the younger babies.
 
The setting provides the following on a daily basis;
 
Breakfast – toast / a selection of cereal and milk [with no nut contents]
Milk / water and biscuits
Lunch cooked meal and desert
Tea light meal with fresh fruits, milk or water
 
Please note that tea is only a small meal to sustain your child until they get home after setting.

HEALTH & SAFETY
 
Lily’s Kids Klub will comply with The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and their associated Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) and guidance will be complied with at all times.
 
The following steps should be followed:
  • Create an environment that is safe and without risk to health.
  • Prevent accidents and cases of work-related ill health.
  • Use, maintain and store equipment safely.
  • Ensure that all staff are competent in the work in which they are engaged.
The manager and Health & Safety Officer is responsible for the day to day implementation, management and monitoring of the health and safety policy. The manager deputy and Health & Safety Officer is required to report any matter of concern regarding the health and safety policy to the Registered Person.
 
A Health and Safety Poster is displayed in the setting and staff must be made fully aware of their health and safety responsibilities.
 
Risk Assessment
The setting conduct a risk assessment and review it regularly, at least once a year or more frequently where the need arises. The risk assessment identify high, medium, and low risks to adults and children.
The risk assessment identify aspects of the environment that need to be checked on a regular basis. The setting maintain record of these particular aspects and when and by whom they have been checked.  
 
The nursery will take all reasonable steps to ensure that hazards to children both indoors and outdoors are kept to a minimum.

Role of Health and Safety Officer

The Health and Safety Officer, Deputy and/or the manager are responsible for:

  • Carrying out regular safety checks and accurately logging reports
  • Taking any action required as a result of a health and safety inspection is taken as rapidly as possible
  • Distributing information received on health and safety matters is distributed to the deputy, manager, Registered Person and all members of staff (including volunteers)
  • Adequately training staff to fulfil their role within the Health and Safety policy
  • Ensuring that there are adequate First Aid arrangements including a qualified first aider

Role of Staff

Staff and any volunteers are responsible for ensuring that the provisions of the Health and Safety policy are adhered to at all times. As such, they are required to:

  • Have regard for any health and safety guidance issued by the manager / deputy or the designated member of staff, and act upon it whenever appropriate
  • Take reasonable care for their own health and safety as well as that of other persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work
  • Take all reasonable care to see that the equipment and premises that are used by children, and the activities that are carried out on the premises, are safe
  • Report any accidents, incidents or dangerous occurrences that have led to, or may in the future be likely to lead to, injury or damage, and assist in the investigation of any such events
  • Undergo relevant health and safety training when instructed to do so by the manager / deputy / registered person
  • Inform parent/carers of safety issues For example, through discussion, leaflets, brochures, newsletters, notice boards etc 
  • Increase children’s awareness of safety issues. For example through discussion, planned activities, routines etc

Both the manager and one other designated member of staff are responsible for assessing risks to health and safety arising out of the setting’s activities and introducing suitable steps to eliminate or control any such risk identified.

The Registered Person / manager / deputy will ensure that adequate arrangements exist for the following:

  • Monitoring of the effectiveness of the health and safety policy and authorising any necessary revisions to its provisions
  • Provision of adequate resources, including financial, as is necessary to meet the setting’s health and safety responsibilities
  • Provision of  adequate health and safety training for all staff.  Ensuring that all accidents, incidents and dangerous occurrences are adequately reported and recorded (including informing the Health and Safety Executive, and Ofsted, where appropriate)
  • Investigate any reported accidents, incidents and dangerous occurrences
  • Review all reported accidents, incidents and dangerous occurrences, and the Provider’s response, to enable corrective measures to be implemented
Insurance
The Children Act 1989, 2004 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, place a number of legal responsibilities on the Provider. Therefore, the Provider must have insurance cover appropriate to its duties under this legislation, including Employer’s Liability Insurance. Responsibility will, in most cases, rest with the Provider, but staff should take reasonable care, both for themselves and other people who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work. If the Provider is held responsible for any incident that may occur, public liability insurance will cover compensation.
 
Liability
Under provisions contained in the Occupiers Liability Act 1957, the Provider has a duty to ensure that both children and any visitors are kept reasonably safe. The parties named in this regard in the wording of the premises contract are responsible for this duty.
 
Standard Health and Safety Guidance
Settings must comply with the following requirements as a minimum:
  • The rooms used in the setting should be free of stacked chairs and tables (or anything on shelves) which can be pulled over by young children
  • Ensure that any trailing flex is made safe
  • radiators and hot pipes are protected with a guard 
  • Check for everyday hazards on the floor. Young children will put small items in their mouths, e.g. drawing pins, used staples, safety pins, pen lids etc
  • Ensure that windows at the children’s height have safety locks. Otherwise ensure that children do not have access to them
  • Ensure that the room is well ventilated, warm, draught free and cleaned each evening
  • If a room has a door without a window panel, it is important to have a note on the outside of the door advising people to “please open the door gently, as children may be behind it”
  • Where a door is a glass panel it is protected with either shatterproof glass or protective covering
  • All electric sockets at children’s height must be covered with protective caps.
  • Hot water taps must be made inaccessible to children. If necessary use a bowl of water and paper towels at the child’s height
  • Where only adult toilets are provided then a non-slip child step will be required with adult supervision
  • Toilet area should be frequently checked for cleanliness and separate cloths provided to clean seats, handles etc
  • Cleaning equipment must be kept out of the reach of children
  • Bins must be emptied daily and have a secure lid on them
  • Have separate washing up bowls for hands, dishes etc must be provided
  • Disposable gloves, aprons and baby wipes must be provided
  • Potties should be washed after each use and sprayed with an antiseptic spray, or use a portable potty where the bag can be thrown away after each use. This needs to be disposed of in the nappy bin.
  • The parent/carer should provide spare clothes when accidents occur
  • All spillages must be cleaned up immediately
  • Hot drinks should not be taken into areas where children are based
  • All fire doors and exits must remain free of toys and clutter
  • All gas and electric appliances and fittings must conform to safety requirements
 
Sleeping Children
Ensure that sleeping children are safe and keep a record of checks for sleeping babies.  Fire Safety Officer will check the sleeping area.
 
Staffing arrangements for supervising sleeping children should also be adhered to.

Storage/COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations 2002.
  • Ensure you stack/store equipment/resources safely and securely
  • Cleaning products must be stored in a lockable cupboard
  • You must comply with COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) regulations 2002
Animals
The setting will ensure that any animals on the premises are safe to be in the proximity of children and do not pose a health risk.

A system is in place to report all actual or potential injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences.
 
Supervision
 
Children must not be left unsupervised at any time during activity sessions. In the event of staff shortages, available space will be restricted to ensure that children are adequately supervised, in accordance with the staff ratio provisions set out in the Staffing policy.
 
The manager must allocate responsibility to individual members of staff for observing and supervising the main entrance and exit points at the beginning and end of the session.
 
Additional health and safety for babies
Ensure that:
  • Any soiled nappies are immediately placed in a bag and disposed of in a separate lidded bin. Gloves must always be worn when dealing with bodily fluids
  • Changing mats need to be as close as possible to hand-washing facilities. Have a paper roll available to cover the mat for each change or use a sterilising spray. Torn mats must be promptly thrown away
  • There is a space for babies to play away from mobile children
  • Baby chairs have safety harnesses provided
  • Toys and equipment are checked for safety daily
  • Sleeping babies are constantly supervised
  • Children are  placed on their back to sleep unless directed otherwise by the parent/carer
  • No pillows or duvets are used for children under 1 year (Baby Unit – Only)
  • Feeds provided by the parent/carer are kept in correct storage conditions
  • Bottles are clearly labelled with the child’s name. The amount taken by the baby should be noted for the parent/carer, together with toileting routine that day
  • Babies being bottle-fed should have the same carer where practical

Pre-school
EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROCEDURES
This could be a result of a fire, flooding, gas leak etc..

First consideration must be the safety of the children.
 
Close all doors and windows and try to get the children out of the premises by normal routes.
 
Do not leave the children unattended.
 
Do not stop to put out fire (unless very small).
Take attendance record of the day contact number, mobile phones and keys.

CALL THE FIRE BRIGADE BY EXCHANGE TELEPHONE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS FOLLOWS: -
  1. LIFT THE RECEIVER AND DIAL 999
  2. GIVE THE OPERATOR OUR PHONE NUMBER 0208 674 8678 AND ASK FOR FIRE
  3. WHEN THE BRIGADE REPLIES GIVE THE CALL DISTINCTLY
FIRE AT: -
LILY’S KIDS KLUB
BRIXTON HILL METHODIST CHURCH, ELM PARK
BRIXTON HIL, London, SW2 2TX
 
DO NOT REPLACE THE RECEIVER UNTIL ADDRESS HAS BEEN REPEATED BY THE BRIGADE
 
THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR ATTENDANCE OF THE BRIGADE TO A FIRE OR AN ALARM OF FIRE.

Fire assembly point is at – the Church fencing facing Brixton Hill.  DO NOT RETURN TO THE BUILDING UNTIL THE EMERGENCY

Baby Unit  EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROCEDURES
This could be a result of a fire, flooding, gas leak etc..
First consideration must be the safety of the children.  Close all doors and windows and try to get the children out of the premises by the evacuation procedures below;

First Floor: Normally housed 3 staff and 9 children. In case of emergency, one staff from the ground floor and, at least, two additional staff (cleaner and student) will join this team to help evacuate its children. Assemble all the children in the upstairs landing. Staff should evacuate the children by forming a human chain on the stairs, ensuring that all the children are safe and secure in the evacuation trolleys and ride them out of the premises immediately to the assembly point.
Ground Floor: Normally housed 5 staff and 15 children. In case of emergency, one of these staff will reinforce the first floor team. The remaining four staff, one should open the evacuation trolleys, whilst the other three staff transfers the children into the trolleys and ride them out of the premises immediately to the assembly point.

Do not leave the children unattended.

Do not stop to put out fire (unless very small).  Take attendance record of the day contact number, mobile phones and keys.

CALL THE FIRE BRIGADE BY EXCHANGE TELEPHONE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS FOLLOWS
  1. LIFT THE RECEIVER AND DIAL 999
  2. GIVE THE OPERATOR OUR PHONE NUMBER 0208 674 8678 AND ASK FOR FIRE
  3. WHEN THE BRIGADE REPLIES GIVE THE CALL DISTINCTLY
FIRE AT:  
LILY’S KIDS KLUB, REAR OF 131 BRIXTON HILL,  ELM PARK, LONDON SW2 1AF

Fire Assembly Point
The Wall Outside The Play Area – Elm Park
DO NOT RETURN TO THE BUILDING UNTIL THE EMERGENCY SERVICES HAVE DECLARED IT SAFE TO DO SO.
 
Note:  The evacuation trolley should be equipped with first aid box, nappies, baby wipes, etc.
 
When a child in our care has been admitted to hospital with suspected meningitis during the early stages, the progress and condition of the child would be monitored by the Manager via Parents and Hospital.
 
Other Parents would not normally be informed of this so not to cause alarm and panic.  If and when the Meningitis is confirmed Parents would then be informed and advised to signs and symptoms to look for and informed of any precautionary visit to be made i.e to G.P or hospital.
 
Until a firm diagnosis has been made, should child fall ill during that time with similar symptoms then individuals Parents would be informed of the suspected case.
 
Should a case be confirmed we would immediately seek advice from the public health department regarding procedures to follow and would then inform the Parents. 
 

OUTINGS
 
For all the following procedures must be followed:
  • Written permission is obtained from all parents prior to the outings.
  • Staffing ratios is maintained at the same level as in force in the setting. Additionally, where possible parents are encouraged to join in as they can be responsible for the safety of their own child or children and allow staff to concentrate on the other children.

    - Correct ration of staff to children are :
    - 1:1 Swimming
    - 1:4 if visit is in  a confined area e.g. theatre
    - 2:3 if outing to coast or using public transport.

  • All the staff is responsible for the care and safety of children on outing and children should never be left unattended.
  • If possible students / volunteers can be allocated 1 child. Responsibility for 2 children may be given subject to approval of the nursery manager. Members of staff will be responsible for the supervision of any students and volunteers who have control of a child.
  • The youngest of the children will be placed with members of staff, not volunteers or students.
  • No member of staff is to take their child away from group without giving an explanation to the organiser.
  • A first aider must be present and suitably equip first aid box must be taken. Copies of registration sheets containing contact numbers, allergies, etc must also be taken.
  • The children will be counted before setting off (on the coach if used) and counting must be ongoing at regular intervals through out the outing. If the group is broken up into separate groups a designated person in charge will be assigned and that person is responsible for counting the children at regular intervals.
  • Labels must be attached to all children showing the name and telephone number of one of the staff, members on the outing. This label must be displayed on the child in a manner which is visible and is not easily removed by the child.
  • Toilet facilities must be provided at regular intervals.
  • Food and drinks must be provided at similar times to those in the setting. Additional drinks should be offered if weather is warm or energetic exercise is part of the day.
  • Meeting points must be pre- designated and times arranged when all the party should assemble. These must be strictly adhered to.
  • Transport must be fully insured, drivers; details satisfactory and all capacity of the vehicle must not be exceeded.
  • All children should have spare clothing.
  • At the conclusion of each outing the staff in charge of the outing will complete a review of the outing, noting the following.
  • Any particular problems with transport (e.g. coach arriving late, no seatbelts etc)
  • Any particular problems with the venue ( e.g. no where to shelter during rain)
  • Any particular problems with specific children (illness, distress, etc}
  • Educational benefits of the visit 
  • Comments from parents
  • Recommendation for future visits
Prior to each outing the staff in charge of the outing will refer back to the reviews and take accounts of comments when preparing for the next outing.


SWIMMING
  1. There should be nominated organiser of the party
  2. Children should always be supervised on a one-to-one basis; this may include parents, students and volunteers.
  3. There must be a public lifeguard on duty and present throughout the swimming sessions.
  4. Please ensure supervision is constant both in the pool and changing rooms.
  5. Where small children are unable to stand in the water, armbands should be worn.
  6. Members of staff must take relevant information with them on all outings, e.g. emergency numbers.
  7. Should an accident occur, the Manager or Deputy Manager must be informed immediately and report written as son as possible.

CARE OF SICK CHILDREN
 
It is our policy to encourage and promote good health and hygiene for all the children in our care.
 
This specifically includes monitoring the children for signs and symptoms of communicable diseases such as chicken pox, Measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, hepatitis, diarrhoea, vomiting and fevers of 101 o/F, 38 o/C or above.
 
With the welfare of the sick child in mind and in the interests of the remaining children, if in the opinion of the staff a child is ill, then the Parents / Carer will be contacted and requested to collect him / her as soon as possible.
 
The staff must be convinced that the child has returned to good health before readmitting them.
 
In the case of the serious accident or illness occurring then the Parent / carer will be contacted immediately along with the medical 
 
In the case of serious accident or illness occurring then the Parent / Carer will be contacted immediately along with the medical professional and the appropriate action taken.  In the unlikely event of the Parent not being able the senior staff member will assume charge and if necessary take the child to hospital along with all relevant details.
 
When the child returns to the nursery the child’s key person will liaise with parents to ensure the child has returned to good heath so is well enough to return to the return. 
 
Minimum exclusion periods for illness and disease
The following recommended exclusion guidelines apply to children and staff in your setting. However, it is recommended that you consult the Health Protection Agency for an up to date list of exclusions as advice does change.
 
DISEASE                                                         PERIOD OF EXCLUSION
Antibiotics prescribed First                               24 hours
Chicken Pox                                                      7 days from when the rash first appeared
Diarrhoea                                                         24 hours
Diphtheria                                                        2-5 days
Gastro-enteritis, food poisoning
Salmonella and Dysentery                               24 hours or until advised by the doctor
Glandular Fever                                               Until certified well
Hand, Foot and Mouth disease                       During acute phase and while rash and ulcers are present     
                                                                                           
Hepatitis A                                                       7 days from onset of jaundice and when  recovered
Hepatitis B                                                       Until clinically well
High temperature                                            24 hours
Impetigo                                                          Until the skin has healed
Infective hepatitis                                            7 days from the onset
Measles                                                            7 days from when the rash first appeared
Meningitis                                                         Until certified well
Mumps                                                             7 days minimum or until the swelling has subsided
Pediculosis (lice)                                               until treatment has been given
Pertussis (Whooping cough)                            21 days from the onset
Plantar warts                                                   Should be treated and covered
Poliomyelitis                                                     Until certified well
Ringworm of scalp                                           Until cured
Ringworm of the body                                     Until treatment has been given
Rubella (German Measles)                               4 days from onset of rash
Scabies                                                            Until treatment has been given
Scarlet fever and streptococcal infection         3 days from the start of the treatment of the throat
Tuberculosis                                                     Until declared free from infection by a doctor
Typhoid fever                                                   Until declared free from infection by a doctor
Warts (including Verrucae)                              Exclusion not necessary. Sufferer should keep feet covered. 


ACCIDENT PROCEDURES
 
Staff members witnessing accident MUST INFORM THE MANAGER OR DEPUTY OF EACH AND EVERY ACCIDENT
 
CHILDCARE Manager or deputy to assess severity of the accident
 
Serious Accident requiring hospital treatment
  • Ring for an ambulance or taxi - depending of the severity of the accident (company car not to be used)
  • Collect child’s nursery records and take with child to hospital 
  • Ring parent at work or home and him/her to meet you at the hospital
  • Record  accident in the Accident Book (Health & Safety)
  • Fill in accident form and ensure that this is signed by the Parent / carer ON THAT SAME DAY
Accident not requiring hospital treatment:
  • Carefully assess the wound or bump to confirm that no hospital action is necessary
  • Plenty of cuddles
  • Action as necessary, e.g. cold compress
  • Parent or carer informed immediately
  • Fill in accident form and ensure THAT this is signed by Parent or carer, ON THAT SAME DAY

CROSSING THE ROAD

THE ROLE OF THE ADULT WHEN CROSSING THE ROAD
  • Explain to the children why they need to stop, look and listen when crossing the road.
  • Help the children to learn the names of the different crossings, such as zebras, puffins, pelicans and footbridges.
Follow these steps with the children every time you cross the road. The named Person-In-Charge of the trip must always be at the back of the group.
  1. Talk about safer places to cross and how it's harder to see where there are parked cars, junctions, bends or the brow of a hill.
  2. First explain that they must stop at the kerb and not step into the road as traffic might be coming very fast.
  3. The named Person-In-Charge of the trip then goes to the front and enters the road as soon as it is safe to do so.  Stop on the middle of the road with one hand open wide and the other inviting the adults and children to cross the road in pairs. When it is safe, walk straight across (not diagonally) and keep looking and listening.  Tell the children they must do this in case there is any traffic they did not see, or in case traffic appears suddenly.
  4. Younger children will hold hand with friend and the other hand to the practitioner.   The Trip Leader will finally be the last person to cross the road.
  5. Once everyone has safely crossed the road, the journey will continue again with the named Person-In-Charge of the trip at the back.
Crossing between parked cars
Try not to cross between parked vehicles,
but if there is nowhere else to cross:
  • Choose a place where there is a space between two cars and make sure that it is easy to get to the pavement on the other side of the road.
  • Make sure neither car is about to move off - look for drivers in the cars, lights and listen for engines.
  • Don't cross near large vehicles. You could be standing in a blind spot, where the driver cannot see you.
  • Walk to the outside edge of the cars and stop. Here you can be seen by drivers and you can look all around for traffic.
  • Follow the steps above.  When the road is clear, cross, still looking and listening as you go.
  • About to move off - look for drivers in the cars, lights and listen for engines.
  • Don't cross near large vehicles. You could be standing in a blind spot, where the driver cannot see you.
  • Walk to the outside edge of the cars and stop. Here you can be seen by drivers and you can look all around for traffic.

DISCUSSION POINTS
  1. Talk about safest places to cross and how it's harder to see where there are parked cars, junctions, bends or near the brow of a hill. 
  2. Explain that drivers and riders won't be able to see you either - therefore, we too also watch out for them.
  3. Holding hands with a child and get everyone to hold hands so that you stay together as a group.
  4. Look all around and listen for traffic before crossing the road. We must look all around because traffic could come from any direction and they should listen because sometimes you can hear traffic before you see it. 
 





 

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