Policies

The policies contain the rules required for running our pre-school in a way which complies with the requirements of the EYFS and Ofsted registration and must be adhered to.

Download our Child Protection Policy Document

The Garden Montessori must meet all the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and must take all necessary steps to keep children safe and well.

Our policies cover the following:

Child protection

We are alert to any issues for concern in the child’s life at home or elsewhere. We have and implement a policy, and procedures, to safeguard children. We also have regard for our responsibilities under The Prevent Duty to help protect the children we look after from being drawn into extremism and terrorism. We actively promote British Values to help build the children’s resistance to radicalisation.

Suitable People

We ensure that people looking after children are suitable to fulfil the requirements of their roles.

Staff Qualifications, Training, Support and Skills

The daily experience of children in early years settings and the overall quality of the provision depends on all practitioners having appropriate qualifications, training, skills and knowledge and a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities.

Staff:Child Ratios

Staffing arrangements must meet the needs of children and ensure their safety

Key Person

Each child must be assigned a key person. Their role is to help ensure that every child’s care is tailored to meet their individual needs, to help the child become familiar with the setting, offer a settled relationship for the child and build a relationship with their parents.

Health

We promote the good health of children attending the setting. We have procedures, discussed with parents and/or carers, for responding to children who are ill or infectious, take necessary steps to prevent the spread of infection and take appropriate action if children are ill.

We promote healthy eating. Lots of information and advice can be found in the Eat better, Start Better guide. You can find more information on https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Eat-Better-Start-Better1.pdf

Promoting Positive Behaviour

We believe that children flourish best when their personal, social and emotional needs are understood, supported and met and where there are clear, fair and developmentally appropriate expectations for their behaviour. This requires adult guidance to help encourage and model appropriate behaviours and to offer intervention and support when children struggle with conflict and emotional situations.

Equal Opportunities

We have and implement a policy and procedures to promote the equality of opportunity for children in our care, including for children with special educational needs or disabilities.

Special educational needs

We have arrangements in place to support children with SEN or disabilities. We have regard to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice. We support and involve parents (and where relevant children), actively listening to, and acting on their wishes and concerns.

We work in partnership with the local authority and other external agencies to ensure the best outcomes for children with SEN and their families.

We tell parents about the Wiltshire local offer

Safety and Suitability of Premises, Environment and Equipment

We ensure that our premises, including outdoor spaces, are fit for purpose. We have, and implement a health and safety policy, and procedures, which cover identifying, reporting and dealing with accidents, hazards and faulty equipment.

Information and Records

We maintain records and obtain and share information (with parents and carers, other professionals working with the child, and the police, social services and Ofsted as appropriate) to ensure the safe and efficient management of the setting, and to help ensure the needs of all children are met.

Download our Child Protection Policy Document
 

Related legislation and key documents

Children Act 1989 (and 2004 update): The Children Act 1989 gives every child the right to protection from abuse and exploitation and the right to have enquires made to safeguard his or her welfare. The Act place duties on a number of agencies, including schools, to assist Social Services departments acting on behalf of children and young people in need (s17) or enquiring into allegations of child abuse (s47). 

Education Act 2002 - This requires schools to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to have regard to guidance issued by the Secretary of State for Education.

Sexual Offences Act 2003 - This act sets out an offence of 'abuse of trust' - a sexual or otherwise inappropriate relationship between an adult who is responsible for young people and a young person in his/her care.

Information Sharing – Department for Education (DfE) Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers 2018 This advice is for all frontline practitioners and senior managers working with children, young people, parents and carers who have to make decisions about sharing personal information on a case by case basis.

Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (the CTSA 2015), section 26 requires all schools, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006) Section 53(3) and (4) of this applies to schools if they broker student accommodation with host families for which the host family receives a payment from a third party, such as a language school. At a future date, the regulated activity provider will have a duty to carry out a barred list check on any new carer – section 34ZA Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

The Teachers’ Standards (2013) set a clear baseline of expectations for the professional practice and conduct of teachers and define the minimum level of practice expected of teachers in England.

Children Missing Education (2016) Statutory guidance for local authorities and advice for other groups on helping children who are missing education get back into it.