Tenderlinks Day Nursery recognises it is our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in our care. We endeavour and strive to provide a safe and welcoming environment where our children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
Our core safeguarding principles are:
- It is the nursery’s responsibility to take all reasonable steps to safeguard and protect the rights, health and well-being of all children who are in our care.
- Representatives of the whole early years setting including children, parents and staff, will be involved in policy development and review.
- The policy will be reviewed annually, unless an incident or new legislation or guidance suggests the need for an earlier review date.
- The setting will ensure that the welfare of children is given paramount consideration when developing and delivering all activities.
- All children, regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection.
- All staff have an equal responsibility to act on any suspicion or disclosure that may suggest a child is at risk of harm in accordance with this policy.
- All children and staff involved in child protection issues will receive appropriate support from the manager of the setting who will follow the procedures set out in this policy.
The nursery aims are to:
- To provide staff with the necessary information to enable us to meet our statutory responsibilities to promote and safeguard the well-being of children.
- To ensure consistent good practice across the setting.
- To demonstrate the setting’s commitment to safeguarding children.
To meet and maintain our responsibilities towards the children, our setting agrees to the following standards of good practice:
- To treat all children with respect.
- To set a good example by conducting ourselves appropriately.
- To ensure staff are positive role models to children and other members of the team and never engage in rough physical or sexually provocative games.
- To involve children in decision-making which affects them (taking their age and development into account).
- To encourage positive and safe behaviour among children.
- To be a good listener.
- To be alert to changes in a child’s behaviour.
- To recognise that challenging behaviour may be an indicator of abuse.
- To read and understand all of the setting’s safeguarding and guidance documents on wider safeguarding issues, for example, physical intervention and information sharing.
- To ask the child’s permission before doing anything for them, which is of a physical nature, such as assisting with dressing or administering first aid.
- To maintain appropriate standards of conversation and interaction with and between children and avoid the use of sexualised or derogatory language.
- To be aware that the personal and family circumstances and lifestyles of some children lead to an increased risk of neglect and or abuse.
- To raise awareness of child protection issues and equip children with the skills they need to keep themselves safe.