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Policies & Procedures


Staff & Student Employment

We provide a high staffing ratio to ensure that the children have sufficient individual attention and to guarantee care and education of a high quality.  Our staffs are appropriately qualified and are checked for criminal records through the Criminal Records Bureau in accordance with Ofsted’s requirements.

Aims
To ensure that children and their parent/carers are offered high quality nursery school care and education.

Methods

To meet this aim we use the following ratios of adult to child:

children under two years of age: 1 adult : 3 children
children aged two years of age: 1 adult : 4 children
children aged three  -  seven years of age: 1 adult : 8 children

A minimum of two staff, are on duty at any one time.

We use a key person system to ensure that each child and each family has 2 particular members of staff for discussion and consultation.

We hold regular staff meetings to undertake curriculum planning and to discuss children’s progress, their achievements and any difficulties, which may arise from time to time.

We work towards offering equality of opportunity by using non-discriminatory procedures for staff recruitment and selection.

All staffs have job descriptions, which set out their roles and responsibilities.

Our nursery school staffs hold relevant qualifications i.e. NVQ2/3 in Early Years Education & Child Care or an equivalent qualification and BA Honours Degree in Education & Training (Distinction)

We provide regular in-service training to all staff – whether paid staff or volunteers – through the Early Years Child Care and Education Unit.

Our nursery school budget allocates resources to training.

We provide staff induction training in the first week of employment.  This induction includes our Health & Safety Policy and Procedures and Child Protection Policy and Procedures.  Other policies and procedures will be introduced within an induction plan.

We support the work of our staff by holding regular supervision meetings and appraisals.

We are committed to recruiting, appointing and employing staff in accordance with all relevant legislation and best practice.

We use Ofsted guidance on obtaining references and criminal record checks through the Criminal Records Bureau for staff and volunteers who will have substantial access to children.


Students

This Nursery school recognises that qualifications and training make an important contribution to the quality of the care and education provided by Nursery school settings.  As part of our commitment to quality, we offer placements to students undertaking early year’s qualifications and training.

Aim
We aim to provide for students on placement with us, experiences, which contribute to the successful completion of their studies and which examples of quality practice in early years care and education.

Methods

We require students to meet the ‘suitable person’ requirements of Ofsted.

We require schools placing students under the age of 17 years with the pre-school to vouch for their good character.

We require that ‘Trident’ placing students under the age of 17 with the pre-school to vouch for their good character.

We supervise students under the age of 17 years at all times and do not allow them to have unsupervised access to children.

Students who are placed in our pre-school on a short-term basis are not counted in our staffing ratios.  Students who are placed for longer periods – for example, a year – may be counted in our staffing ratios provided we consider them to be competent.

We take out employers’ liability insurance and public liability insurance3, which covers both trainees and voluntary helpers.

We require students to keep to our confidentiality policy.

We co-operate with student’s tutors in order to help students to fulfil the requirements of their course of study.

We provide students, at the first session of their placement, with a short induction on how our nursery school is managed, how our sessions are organised and our policies and procedures.

We communicate positive message to students about the value of qualifications and training.

We make the needs of the children paramount by not admitting students in numbers which hinder the essential work of the nursery school.

We ensure that college students placed with us are engaged in bona fide early year’s training which provides the necessary background understanding of children’s development and activities.

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