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ADMISSIONS POLICY Abacus is open to every family in the community. The waiting list is operated according to the criteria and order of priority as agreed by the pre-school staff, assuming there is a place in the relevant age group. Priority will be given to those wishing to stay on for a second year. Places will be allocated in the following order of priority unless there are exceptional circumstances to be considered by the pre-school staff. 1. Children in the group wishing to increase the number of sessions. 2. Siblings of existing members. 3. The oldest child on the waiting list. At times it may be necessary to close the waiting list. BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT POLICY Aims Abacus aims to encourage both children and adults to respect each other , to listen to each other and promote an understanding of the diversity within our community. Personal. social and emotional development is given a high priority as this is the stepping stone to all other areas and we will work closely with parents to support the children’s development. It is important that all adults and children feel safe and secure in their environment. Expectations Staff will praise and reward positive behaviour. Rules are discussed regularly with the children and displayed with pictures to act as reminders. We work closely with parents to share information and encourage consistent positive reinforcement of ways to support behaviour management. We use SEAD to support social and emotional development. ‘Star of the day‘ can be used to celebrate good behaviour and achievement. Consequences Children can behave in ways which are hurtful towards others. Staff will support the children involved in such incidents by calming the children and discussing this at the appropriate level. Children will be encouraged to comfort and make amends where appropriate , for behaviour which has hurt another person. Staff should anticipate and endeavour to remove potential problems. Staff should spend time with an individual child who finds it difficult to adhere to the expected behavioural patterns, explain what is expected, encourage and reinforce positively. Adults should never shout, criticise or compare children, or use inappropriate term’s to describe a child’s behaviour. Corporal punishment is never used. This includes smacking, poking or rough handling. In some cases staff may need to restrain a child to prevent harm either to the child or to others. Parents would be informed and the incident recorded. Staff will explain to the child what will happen if inappropriate behaviour continues. On occasions it may be necessary to remove a child for a short time from an activity. All adults on the premises would be expected to display appropriate behaviour. Partnership with parents Behaviour issues will be monitored by all staff and recorded by the child’s key worker. Discussion will take place with parents at all times and we will work with parents to support their child’s development. Individual education plans may be used to set targets. We request that parents will let us know if they have any concerns relating to their child’s development in the area of personal, social and emotional development. We understand that a child may choose a key person other than their key worker for support. If it is agreed between parents and staff that additional help is needed from outside professionals, we will follow the SEN policy. Communication Rules are discussed regularly with the children and displayed with pictures to act as reminders. Pictures and photographs and stories are also used to help reinforce positive behaviour and help the child understand the daily ‘routine’. New staff and parents are always given copies of all policies. Monitoring All policies are regularly reviewed by the management committee and any input from parents or the wider community is discussed. Staff regularly attend training . CHILD PROTECTION POLICY Staff have guidelines to follow if there is concern for the welfare of the child. In all cases the child's welfare is paramount. Staff will discuss concerns with parents, the group’s child protection officer, the manager and colleagues if appropriate. Staff will keep a written record of their concern. Staff may contact ASKK for advice. ( Advancing Services for Kingston Kids) Staff will inform the Safeguarding Team of any concerns. Parents should advise staff if the child has any bruising. Ofsted will be informed of any serious allegation made against a member of staff, In the event of a serious allegation made against a member of staff, a full investigation would be put into place, during which time it may be necessary to suspend the member of staff. Suspension would not constitute an admission. There is a named member of staff who has received Child Protection Training. The named child protection officer is Seidi Wright. CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY All staff will respect confidential information. Students working with the group will also be advised of the need for confidentiality. All records are kept securely. EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY Abacus welcomes all families equally. We recognise the diverse cultural, social, religious and linguistic backgrounds of our children and understand and respect the wide variation of the modern family. Our admissions policy lists the criteria for offering places. We share, value and celebrate these differences with the aim of promoting understanding and harmony in our community. The group welcomes parents or children with disabilities or additional needs. Support would be offered as appropriate. We provide equal access to all areas of the curriculum, regardless of gender, ability or special educational needs. We encourage children to explore different roles through small world play, dressing up outfits and positive use of non stereo typical images and resources within the setting. The children experience festivals, music and occasionally food from around the world to enrich and extend their learning The group's information is also available in Korean, and staff can assist with other languages including Arabic and Tamil. Staff are sensitive to the needs of children from all backgrounds and abilities and reward good behaviour. Staff receive training to support an inclusive curriculum. Membership of the management committee is open to all parents whose children attend the group. We welcome input from each family to help us promote diversity, equality and non-discriminatory practice. The designated Equal Opportunities representative for Abacus is Seidi Wright. HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY Administering Medicines Policy In some cases it may be necessary to administer prescribed medicine during a session. This can only be done if parents have provided written instructions. All medicines must be handed directly to a member of staff for safe storage. Staff will record details of medicines administered in a duplicate book, a copy of which will be handed to the parent for signing. Illness Parents are required to keep their children at home if they have any infection and to inform the group as to the nature of the infection so that other parents may be alerted if appropriate. Likewise, parents would be notified if a child or member of staff contracted a contagious disease. After a bout of sickness or diarrhoea, parents are requested to keep the child at home for 48 hours after it has ceased. Cuts/open sores will be covered. We assume we may apply plasters unless we have been informed otherwise. If a child becomes ill during a session we will attempt to call a parent immediately. A member of staff will take responsibility for the child to decide the best course of action if a parent cannot be contacted. At least one member of staff holds a First Aid Certificate. Records are kept of the children’s allergies. A first aid box is always available. Head lice Parents are requested to inform the pre-school if the child has head lice. We ask that all parents check their child’s hair regularly. Permission for Emergency Treatment Policy It is assumed that in the event of an emergency staff may contact emergency services rather than to wait for a parent to arrive. Staff will not give permission for emergency treatment. Parents would at all times be kept informed assuming contact can be made. Accidents Any accidents / incidents will be recorded in duplicate. A copy will be given to parents who will be asked to sign both records. Any serious injury or incident will be reported to OFSTED. All children are supervised at all times. Personal Safety Children with pierced ears may only wear studs for safety reasons. The outside door is kept locked during the session but can be opened instantly from the inside by an adult. Records are kept relating to the risk assessment of both the premises and the equipment used by the group. Fire Safety Fire drills are held twice a term. Details are logged. In the event of an emergency requiring the evacuation of the building the manager (or deputy if appropriate) is to ensure the register is taken, once children have been led to a safe area. Outdoor play Sun safety: When appropriate, parents are requested to supply named sun hats and to apply sun protection cream to their children before leaving them in the morning. Drinking water is always available. Winter weather: Parents are asked to leave their children’s coats on the pegs each morning as these may be needed for outdoor play. During periods of ice or snow, staff will check the outdoor surfaces to ensure the children are safe. Should the group have to close due to inclement weather, fees will still be charged for a period of up to 5 days. This would be reviewed for longer closures. LEARNING AND TEACHING POLICY Children learn in a variety of ways but primarily through their play and first hand experiences. Staff plan activities in accordance with Early Years Foundation Stage. The planning is flexible to allow the children to follow their own interests and access resources independently. Staff ensure that their planning is fully inclusive, recognising that girls and boys learn differently and that each child’s individual needs are supported. Staff support the children individually and in both small and large groups. Key workers make written observations enabling them to monitor the child’s development and plan for the child’s next steps. LOST AND NON-COLLECTED CHILDREN POLICY Daily registers are kept to log the arrival and departure times of each child. In the unlikely event of a child thought to be missing, the group leader must be informed immediately. Registers are to be checked while one member of staff searches the premises. Parents and police would be contacted immediately. If a child is not collected on time, two members of staff must remain with the child. Parents will be asked to sign a record of late collection. A charge may be made if staff remain on the premises past normal collection time, waiting for a child to be collected. If parents can’t be contacted, staff would have to notify social services. Parents are requested to respect the collection time. Late collections will be monitored and if necessary referred to the chairman of the committee. Parents must inform the group in advance if someone else is to collect the child. OUTINGS POLICY Parents will be informed well in advance of any proposed outing. Staff may accompany children at a ratio of no more than 1:2 for a visit in the immediate locality. Parents / carers are requested to join the children on whole group outings so that where possible a ratio of 1:1 is observed. With written permission from parents, staff may be available to accompany children whose parents / carers are unable to join an outing. Information will be sought from coach companies re travel safety including the transportation of younger siblings who may join an outing with a parent. Staff will endeavour to ensure the outing is to a place suitable for a visit by young children. PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT We believe that children benefit most from early years education and care when parents and pre-school work together in partnership. All parents are given information on the routines and policies of the group. The group welcomes, encourages and values input from parents/carers. We encourage parents to share information about their child’s learning at home and likewise records of the children’s achievements at pre-school are shared with parents. We encourage parents to talk to their child’s key worker at any time. Should you need a longer time to speak to a member of staff, appointments can be made. Parents and carers are welcome to participate in sessions as long as younger children do not accompany them. We encourage parents to share any skills and interests with the group. We would also encourage parents to share their family celebrations including festivals or religious holidays. We endeavour to provide information in languages used within the group. Some members of staff are able to support parents with English as an additional language. We also ask parents and carers to help us with translations to support other parents. The group will keep parents/carers informed of its activities through newsletters and the notice board Parents are welcome to join the management committee. Parents and carers are welcome to join in other activities, eg outings or coffee mornings. REFRESHMENTS As Abacus only opens for three hours per day, meals are not served. Drinking water is available throughout the session. At snack time a choice of milk, water or orange squash is offered. Abacus will provide fruit at snack time or parents may provide a small healthy snack for their child in a named container (eg some fruit or carrot sticks.) Snack time is an enjoyable time when independence can be encouraged. SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS POLICY. Children with special needs, like all other children, are admitted to the group after consultation between parents and the group leader. The group will endeavour to provide effective learning opportunities for all children in its care. In accordance with the Code of Practice each child’s progress will be monitored and staff will regularly review this with parents. If a child’s key worker has any concerns about a child’s development, the special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) will be informed. The Senco will observe and record behaviour patterns and consult with parents. Individual education plans (IEPs) will be used to set targets, monitor and review. If parents or staff do not feel that the existing arrangements are enabling the child to participate fully, then additional support may be necessary. The parents may be asked to seek help from their health clinic, e.g. speech therapy, health visitor or other external agencies. Full discussion with parents would take place at all times and records kept. With parental permission, the group may seek further advice and support from the local authority. Children with disabilities. Staff will liaise with parents to support the child’s needs. There is a ramp to access the premises. Toilets are accessible on the ground floor. The group’s special educational needs coordinator is: Elsie Jeevaratnam WHISTLE BLOWING POLICY Whistle blowing is a means of supporting staff and volunteers who wish to report malpractice within the setting. Any person with a serious concern should be encouraged to raise this. Abacus is committed to providing a high quality pre-school. This policy provides staff with protection from victimisation where a genuine concern is raised. The policy is underpinned by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 which encourages people to raise concerns about misconduct or malpractice in the workplace, in order to promote good governance and accountability in the public interest. The act covers behaviour which amounts to: A criminal offence Failure to comply with any legal obligation A miscarriage of justice Danger to health and safety of an individual and /or the environment Deliberate concealment of information about any of the above It is not intended that this policy be a substitute for or an alternative to the group’s grievance or complaints procedures. It is designed to promote a culture of openness and transparency within the group. How to raise a concern: In the first instance the concern should be taken to the manager, preferably in writing. If this is not an appropriate line of action, contact should be made with the management committee, the early years advisor or Ofsted. Confidentiality should always be maintained. Concerns should be dealt with as quickly as possible. Anonymous allegations Concerns raised anonymously are much harder to investigate but may be considered. False allegations If an action proves to be malicious, action may be taken against the complainant.
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