Northfield Under 5's Day Nursery complies with Health and Safety Regulations and has been approved by the Department of Environmental Health and registered by OFSTED. A range of our policies and procedures can be seen in the Nursery Reception 'Policies and Procedures' file. Any of these can be copied or emailed out to parents on request.
The Nursery is inspected by Ofsted and has written policies and procedures which have been read and approved by the relevant authorities.
Some of our mandatory policies include:
At Northfield Under 5's we work with children, parents, external agencies and the community to ensure the welfare and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life. Children have the right to be treated with respect, be helped to thrive and to be safe from any abuse in whatever form.
Our prime responsibility is the welfare and well-being of each child in our care. As such we believe we have a duty to the children, parents and staff to act quickly and responsibly in any instance that may come to our attention. This includes sharing information with any relevant agencies such as local authority services for children’s social care, health professionals or the police. All staff will work with other agencies in the best interest of the child, including as part of a multi-agency team, where needed.
Health and Safety Policy
Our comprehensive Health and Safety Policy details risk assessment procedure, how we ensure we are all working in a safe environment, guidance for staff, COSHH, RIDDOR, Electricity, Fire Safety, Accidents, Food and Hygiene and Child Safety.
Inclusion and Equality Policy
Our Inclusion and Equality Policy is written based on seven legal frameworks, detailing Nursery and Staff commitments, our Admissions Policy, Working with families and children, Early Learning Framework, Special Educational Needs, Recruitment, Discrimination and Grievances, Information and Meetings.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Policy
We have a team of seven Special Educational Needs Coordinator's (SENCO'S) in setting, including two SEND Champions, having more in depth knowledge and understanding of SEND children.
New statutory duties on Local Authorities to develop and publish their Local Offer set out the support they expect to be available to local children.
The Local Offer has 2 key purposes:
• To provide clear, comprehensive, accessible and up-to-date information about the available provision and how to access it
• To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by involving children with SEND, their parents and service providers, in its development and review.
Our SEND Policy details our procedure for monitoring special needs and disabilities and ensures that all children have the same entitlement to a broad based curriculum.
Positive Behaviour Management
This policy outlines how we encourage positive behaviour and how we may deal with any challenging behaviour. It also provides guidance for staff and parents.
The numbers and ages of children admitted to the nursery comply with the legal space requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
We take the following matters into account when prioritising and deciding on admissions:
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