Child Protection and Safeguarding Children Policy

St Nicholas Nursery is committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

We expect all staff, parents, carers, students and volunteers to share this commitment.

St. Nicholas Nursery accepts that the internet and social media are inherent to people’s lives and important for sharing information as well as a learning tool. However we are also aware that this global network comes with its own risks and dangers. We therefore set out the following guidelines to protect the children, staff and parents who use the setting. 

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Key Personnel

  • St. Nicholas Children’s Centre setting SENDCO:  Karen Olley

  • St. Nicholas Children’s Centre SENDCO Support Officer:  Jessica Hutchinson

E Safety Policy

The aim of this policy is:

  • To ensure that children are not harmed, placed at risk or bullied through the use of the internet and social media networking sites.
  • All staff working in the setting have a clear understanding on how to protect children and themselves
  • To ensure that parents and carers have a clear understanding of the legal responsibilities relating to e-safety.
  • E-safety is a safeguarding issue.  This policy will be reviewed annually and revised in light of latest advice.

Full Policy:

Key Personnel

  • Nursery Child Protection Officer :  Sally Phillips

  • Trained Lead Practitioners: Jessica Hutchinson, Sally Phillips and Karen Olley 

Equal Opportunities Policy and Procedures

“The EYFS seeks to provide equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.”

Staff at St. Nicholas Children’s Centre are committed to provide equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring every child is included and supported. Our ethos is to ensure positive attitudes to diversity and difference, so that every child/adult is included and not disadvantaged because of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, special educational needs, disability, gender or ability.   We will provide learning opportunities for the children so that they can explore their own identity and build his/her self esteem free from attitudes which would limit their development.

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Useful Resources

  • Equality Named Co-ordinator (ENCO):   Laura Murkin

SEN Policy

St. Nicholas Children’s Centre works in accordance with national legislation as set out in the “Special Educational Needs-Code Of Practice and disability” and the EYFS Statutory Framework, to inform our policies and procedures which ensure all children in our care have appropriate opportunities to learn through play and that all families feel welcome.

We believe Early Intervention ensures that children who have difficulties learning receive the help they need as soon as possible and that parents of children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities have access to suitable services and support.

“Supporting children with SEND or other vulnerabilities is the responsibility of all practitioners, supported by an effective SENDCO”.

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Key Personnel

  • St. Nicholas Children’s Centre setting SENDCO:  Karen Olley

  • St. Nicholas Children’s Centre SENDCO Support Officer:  Jessica Hutchinson

Duty of Care

“St. Nicholas Children’s Centre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.  We expect all staff, parents, carers, students and visitors to share this commitment.”

Working in partnership with parents/carers:

Safeguarding responsibilities in an early years and childcare setting

* To promote positive outcomes for all children, early years and childcare settings are committed to building open and supportive professional relationships with families.

* Everyone working with children has a “duty of care” to keep children safe and protect them from harm. This means that adults have a duty to report any child protection or welfare concerns to Children’s Services/the police.

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Useful Resources

  • Safeguarding Lead Practitioner (SLP): Sally Phillips

  • Deputy Safeguarding Lead Practitioner (DSLP): Karen Olley

  • Safeguarding Lead Practitioner (SLP): Jessica Hutchinson 

English As An Additional Language Policy

“Children for whom English is not a first language bring their own cultures, traditions and experiences to the setting.  This cultural and linguistic diversity can enrich the quality of nursery life for everyone.”

When children with English as an additional language start at a setting many enter an unfamiliar world where they encounter a set of languages and cultural practices that may be very different from the practices they are used to.  

Staff at St. Nicholas Children’s Centre have put various procedures into place to ensure that every child is supported as far as possible for a smooth transition into the nursery environment. 

Full Policy:

Key Personnel

  • EAL Officer: Shannen Starkey

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