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Policies & Procedures


Adverse Weather

At Buttercups Nursery School we have an adverse weather policy in place to ensure our nursery is prepared for all adverse weather such as wind, snow / icy conditions and heat waves.

If any of these incidents impact on the ability for the nursery to operate, we will contact parents via *phone/*parent mail/*face book site.  

Where possible, we aim to keep the nursery school open in all conditions.  To support this we will:

•    Have on-going risk assessments throughout the day of the safety of the outside areas etc., so that areas can be closed / cordoned off if necessary.
•    Work with community centre management to ensure areas of danger are gritted / entrances and exits (including fire exits) to the community centre are cleared and safe to use.

Snow / Icy Conditions

If snowfall is forecast the nursery will endeavour to open as usual.

The decision to stay open will take into account:

•    The safety of the children, their parents/carers and the staff team.  
•    If it is safe to make the journey safely to and from nursery due to local road conditions.
•    Management of the community centre have made all entrances / exits safe.
•    Heating / running water are not affected.

If it is deemed unsafe for pupils / staff to access to the nursery school time may be needed to clear access routed and make the site safe.

In the event of a planned closure we will contact all parents to inform them of our decision.

If high snowfall is threatened during a nursery day then the manager will take the decision as to whether to close the nursery.  

This decision will take into account:

•    The safety of the children, their parents/carers and the staff team.  
•    If it is safe to make the journey safely to and from nursery due to local road conditions.
•    Management of the community centre have made all entrances / exits safe.
•    Heating / running water are not affected.

In the event of a planned closure during the nursery day we will contact all parents to arrange for collection of their child.

In the event of staff shortages due to snow we will contact all available off duty staff and group the children differently until they are able to arrive.  

If we are unable to maintain statutory ratio requirements after all avenues are explored we will contact Ofsted to inform them of this issue, recording all details in our incident file.  If we feel the safety, health or welfare of the children is compromised then we will take the decision to close the nursery.

It is good for children to evaluate their safety, therefore, with help from an adult, they will risk assess their own safety while being out in the snow / icy conditions.

If it is deemed unsafe for pupils / staff to access to the nursery school time may be needed to clear access routed and make the site safe.
Severe Wind

If severe windy conditions have made the nursery area unsafe, we will assess the damage and make a decision based on our findings whether we remain open.

If it is deemed unsafe for pupils / staff to access to the nursery school time may be needed to clear access routed and make the site safe.

Please refer to our Sun Screen Policy and Procedure for matters pertaining to heat.  

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