Safeguarding

Nothing is more important than your child’s safety and welfare. That’s why we have a stringent safeguarding policy in place.

Our safeguarding principles
Tenderlinks has a responsibility to protect all the children in our care, and we will take all reasonable steps to safeguard their rights, health and well-being.

We regularly review our safeguarding policy to ensure it meets current legislation. We aim to involve representatives from across our nursery community – from the children and parents to our staff members – in the policy development and review process.

When developing and delivering all activities within our nursery setting, our top priority will be to consider the safety and welfare of the children.

Our safeguarding policy is non-discriminatory. All children have an equal right to protection, regardless of their age, gender, sexual identity, ability, race, language, culture or religion.

If we have any reason to believe a child is at risk of harm, or if someone discloses something that suggests a child is in danger, our staff members are duty bound to act on this information.

We understand how important it is to make sure our safeguarding procedures are followed correctly, with the full support of the setting manager.

We aim to ensure that all our staff members receive the necessary information to help them meet our statutory safeguarding responsibilities, so that we can maintain good practice across the setting and demonstrate our commitment to keeping children safe at all times.

Our promise to parents
We have agreed on a best practice agreement, which all staff at our nurseries must adhere to. We believe this agreement reassures parents that all children are safe in our care

We promise to:

  • Treat all children with respect
  • Conduct ourselves appropriately at all times and set a good example for others.
  • Be positive role models for children. Our staff members will never engage in rough, physical or sexually provocative games.
  • Maintain appropriate standards of conversation and interaction. We won’t use sexualised or derogatory language in front of children.
  • Ask a child’s permission before doing anything that requires physical contact, such as helping them get dressed or administering First Aid.
  • Involve children in any decision-making that affects them. We will always take their age and ability into consideration when asking them to do this.
  • Encourage positive and safe behaviour among children.
  • Be good listeners.
  • Look out for changes in a child’s behaviour and alert others to this, where appropriate.
  • Recognise circumstances where challenging behaviour may indicate instances of abuse.
  • Be mindful of all children’s personal and family circumstances, and be aware when these may lead to an increased risk of neglect and/or abuse.
  • Raise awareness of child protection issues and equip children with the skills they need to stay safe.
  • Respect privacy and boundaries. We provide staff with guidance documents on wider safeguarding issues such as physical intervention and information sharing.