Please find here our parent contract, as well as our guidelines and policies for you to download:

At Dazzling Stars we understand how difficult it is for parents to leave their child in the setting and return to work.  We will all therefore work with you to ensure your child is settled and that you are happy with the care that we provide.

We organise settling in sessions for the parents and child to enable smooth transition from home to the setting.  This gives you the opportunity to provide us with lots of information about your child i.e. likes, and dislikes, routines, favourite activities, how to comfort them if they become upset and how they have reacted when left in the past. These give us opportunity to start to build relationship with you and your child and to understand both needs and wishes.

We are happy for parents to stay until they feel that their child is settled.  Some children do take longer than others to settle and some settle quickly.  We will work with you to support your child through this transition period and make it as easy as possible.  It is important to us that your child is happy, relaxed and settled.

Practitioners at Dazzling stars are happy for you to telephone during the day to find out how your child is doing especially the first week of transition.  We are happy to take your calls, but sometimes we might not be able to talk for long, or even to answer the telephone if we are attending to child’s personal needs, for example changing a nappy or during activities. Do not panic if you call and there is no answer.  You can leave a message and we will return your call.

If you have any concern regarding this policy please discuss them with me.

Thanks
Dazzling Stars Management

The safety of your child is paramount though most children will have occasional falls and minor accidents at some point. Whilst we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that hazards to children both indoors and outdoors are kept to a minimum, we recognise that children need to explore and test their own developing physical abilities and will therefore occasionally have an injury. When such an accident occurs we will:

  • Comfort the Child and provide any necessary first aid treatment that we have all been trained to do.
  • Record details of what happened in the accident book including any treatment given.
  • Sign the accident book and ensure that whoever collects the child is made aware of it.
  • Consider any changes which need to be made to our home, equipment or routines etc. in order to prevent the same accident happening again to your child or another child.

In the extremely rare event that a child needs hospital treatment we will contact the child’s guardian immediately and arrange to meet them at the hospital. The injured child will be transported by ambulance or taxi at our expense and one of the practitioners will travel with them. The other one of us will stay with the remaining children and we will do our best at all times to make sure the children in our care are safe, reassured and kept calm. We will notify Ofsted and the local child protection agency of any serious accident or injury to, or serious illness of any child whilst in our care and act on any advice given. We would then inform our Insurance Company and contact our Community Development Officer for additional advice or support.

Our premises have been checked and they meet the national standards for childcare outlined by Ofsted. We also regularly assess, review, update and practice safety routines.

The manager and Deputy Manager have First-aid training and certificate. They can administer basic first-aid treatment.  Dazzling Stars First Aid Box is situated in a safe area. It is clearly labelled and easily accessible.

Management

The Medicines Act 1968 specifies the way that medicines are prescribed, supplied and administered within the UK and places restrictions on dealings with medicinal products, including their administration. Anyone may administer a prescribed medicine, with consent, to a third party, so long as it is in accordance with the prescriber’s instructions. This indicates that a medicine may only be administered to the person for whom it has been prescribed, labelled and supplied; and that no-one other than the prescriber may vary the dose and directions for administration.

Parental Agreement for Dazzling stars to administer Prescribed medicine. 

We will not give your child medicine unless you complete and sign this form.  The setting has a policy that staff can administer medicine

Name of setting: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Name of Child…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Date of birth……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Class/form……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Medical condition/illness………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Medicine

Name/type of medicine ……………………    ……………………………………………………………………………………………..

As described on the container

Date dispersed …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Expiry Date……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Dosage and method………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Timing …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Special precautions …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Are there any side effects that the

Setting needs to know about …………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Contact Details

Name …………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Day time telephone …………………………………………………………………………………………

Relationship to child ………………………………………………………………………………………..

Address ———————————————————————————————-

I understand that I must deliver the medicine personally to agreed member of staff ) and accept that this is a service that the setting is not obliged to undertake.

Date ………………………………………………………………..

Signature………………………………………………………..

Relationship to ……………………………………………….

The child

Dazzling stars is committed to environment being safe and inclusive place where children are nurtured and encouraged in a happy, caring and fun environment.  We want   our setting to be a happy place where good behaviour is expected and all children enjoy their educational journey

Dazzling stars is designed to support the way in which staff and children work together in a supportive way. It aims to promote an environment where everyone feels happy and secure within a spirit of mutual respect. This policy is designed to promote good behaviour, rather than merely deter anti-social behaviour. At Dazzling stars we expect the highest standards of behaviour and we make a point of acknowledging, praising and rewarding behaviour that is good. In order for our children to learn effectively, feel respected, safe and secure we accept that time must be invested in establishing and reinforcing our expectations of good behaviour.

Aims:

We endeavour to: – value each child and aim to promote self esteem and encourage respect for one another. We treat all children fairly and apply this policy in a consistent way by providing a caring, happy and welcoming environment with a sense of community and a feeling of pride for all those involved with our setting

We demonstrate and develop tolerance, kindness and consideration for one another including the children we educate and look after.

Good behaviour is a vital part of Dazzling stars.  Practitioners work together to achieve high standards of behaviour.  We have high expectations of them. Good behaviour will develop through good examples and positive encouragement at home and at Setting.

In our setting we have Good manners matter board: these themed set is to remind children of appropriate daily etiquette and behaviour.  This include “say please and thank you”, “Listen”, “share”, “cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough” , take turns, help others, wash your hands etc.

We value: – self-respect and self-discipline – respect and concern for others and for the environment – care and consideration – tolerance and understanding – courtesy and politeness.

Partnership with Parents:  We seek the full support of this policy from all parents and rely on them to work in partnership with us to encourage good behaviour. We encourage the sharing of concerns at an early stage.

What we do to support positive behaviour:

  • Adults modelling positive behaviour
  • Praising and rewarding positive behaviour
  • We teach routines for certain activities e.g. Story time, meal time, tyding up, getting ready to go out, sharing toys etc.
  • Prompting children to follow expectations and gradually reducing prompts
  • Using stories and songs as a strategy for encouraging/supporting positive behaviour

At Dazzling stars we:

  • Encourage high standard of behaviour at all times
  • We support children in following instructions and the routines of the setting
  • We praise and encourage children when appropriate
  • We consistently remind children of the setting’s guidelines on behaviour management
  • We encourage children to work collaboratively with each other
  • We also encourage children to pay attention and stay on task

Parents are encourage to discuss child’s behavioural difficulties if there is any concern. We understand that some of our children have had a difficult start to life and some may have significant social and emotional difficulties.  Dazzling stars is prepared to work collaboratively with parents to achieve desired results.

At Dazzling stars we encourage positive behaviour with praise.  We give praise to children who are excelling. We also encourage those who are trying, but struggling. We give them verbal praise to reinforce positive effort.

Methods of Praise Includes: A smile or clap, verbal praise like well done, good try and very good. Outstanding and good works are display within the setting, on notice boards and around environment.  Stickers like star, smiles etc. are given out for outstanding behaviour

Dazzling stars Staff are capable of supporting challenging behaviour through de-escalation, mediation, behaviour and support.  We have a duty of care to all children in our care, and rules are necessary to minimise health and safety risks and ensure there is no concern for the wellbeing of everybody.  Dazzling stars Behaviour policy is not simply a system for enforcing rules but means of promoting good relationships, so that people can work together with the common purpose of ensuring all children can learn in a good atmosphere

Setting rules are displayed in the play area. When rules are broken it is made clear to the child that it is the behaviour that is at fault and they are still valued as individuals. When there is a need to remind children of how they should behave we do so calmly and clearly, using the language they can understand and relate to.  We celebrate achievement of every kind at Dazzling Stars and aim to develop self-discipline and self esteem through praise and encouragement.

The following are regarded as serious – Bullying, slapping, biting, spitting, Pushing and vandalism in any form, fighting and theft.  Retaliation will not be accepted. The school has an Anti-Bullying Policy. All staff use a variety of rewards for good behaviour and a variety of sanctions are used to discourage unacceptable behaviour.

However, pupils feel more secure if they know the boundaries of acceptable behaviour and what sanction will be applied if they exhibit negative behaviour. Sanctions are applied fairly, calmly and consistently. Children should see a clear distinction between serious and minor misdemeanours. Sanctions if applied should maintain self-respect.

We respond to children’s inappropriate Behaviour through:

  • Verbal reprimand by childcare practitioner
  • Behaviour reported to a senior member of staff leading to informal discussion and reprimand
  • Offending items removed from the incident/tidying, clearing equipment
  • Parents contacted
  • Removal of privileges
  • Fine or payment for loss or damaged property

Monitoring and Evaluation of the Policy and Procedure For Positive Behaviour

Dazzling Stars will keep its policy and procedures under review and will amend or change them in the light of reflection or any feedback through monitoring and evaluation.

Family details

Child’s full name:

________________________________________________________________________

Preferred name:

_______________________________                Date of birth:  ___________________

Parent/ carer 1 details (who we will record as the bill payer)

Name:

_______________________________________________________________________

Address:

________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

Contact numbers

Home:

________________________________________________________________________

Mobile:

________________________________________________________________________

Workplace:

________________________________________________________________________

Email:

________________________________________________________________________

Parent/ carer 2 details

Name:

________________________________________________________________________

Address (if different):

________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

Contact numbers

Home:

________________________________________________________________________

Mobile:

________________________________________________________________________

Workplace:

________________________________________________________________________

Email:

________________________________________________________________________

Emergency contacts

Individuals to be contacted in the event of emergency if the parent/carer cannot be reached.

Name:

________________________________  Relationship to child:  ___________________

Address:

________________________________________________________________________

Contact numbers:

________________________________________________________________________

Name:

________________________________  Relationship to child:  ___________________

Address:

________________________________________________________________________

Contact numbers:

________________________________________________________________________

Collection of your child

Anyone who has your permission to collect your child from the preschool without prior notice to preschool

OR anyone else who will be collecting your child on a regular basis.

Name:

________________________________  Relationship to child:  __________________

Address:

________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

Contact numbers:

________________________________________________________________________

Name:

________________________________  Relationship to child:  __________________

Address:

________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

Contact Number:

________________________________________________________

Password for collection: ________________________________________________________

Please  ensure  that the contact information  on  this  form  is  kept  up  to  date any changes.

Please tell us how you heard about our Preschool

________________________________________________________________________

Attendance

Preferred starting date:

_____________________________________________________________________

Please indicate the days you require:

Monday           Tuesday           Wednesday     Thursday         Friday

Health Information

Doctor’s name, address and telephone no:
Health Visitor’s name and telephone no:
Does your child have any special health requirements?
Any Known allergies? i.e. food, animals, plasters, medication etc
Does your child have any special dietary requirements, preference or food allergies?
Are all childhood vaccinations up to date?

Consent information

Please sign that you are willing to give your consent for Signature
Holding personal information ( paper & computer based  
Sharing information with other professionals e.g. Health visitor, speech Therapist  
Photography to be used in-house only,  e.g. photo observations for child’s folder  
Photography to be used in Pre School publicity material, including website (children names will not be used on any website or in any publicity)  
Use of Plasters

First aid and emergency medical treatment, including the administration of Calpol  should your child’s temperature rise suddenly above 39oC

 
Use of child’s own provided sun cream or a named brand supplied by Pre School  

 

Other Information

Other languages used at home:
Ethnic origins:
Festival celebrated at home:
Details of any other settings or childcare attended:
Details of any other agencies or professionals working with your child and their role:
Any other details or information that may be useful for us to know? e.g. What your child likes, what their fears may, any special words, what comfort they may need and when

 

I have read and understood the terms and conditions set out herein and agree to abide by them and the more detailed policies and procedures of the preschool/ nursery.

Parent / carer signature:

________________________________                    Date:_______________________

Terms & conditions

We endeavour to provide the very best standards of childcare at all times.  Children are at the centre of every  decision  we  make,  ensuring  their  safety,  happiness  and  well  being  is  what  motivates  every  single member of our team.  However we do need to set out some of the important terms and conditions of the preschool and these are listed below.

Starting information

We  will  try  our  best  to  accommodate  your  preferred  start  date  and booking  pattern.

You will not be required to make any payments to preschool until we can guarantee a place, at which point we will ask you for a non-refundable registration fee ( £20 )

(Non funded children), together with the equivalent of one week’s fees in order to reserve your child’s place.

Deposit

Before  your  child  starts,  we  require a  deposit  equivalent  to two  weeks  fees  to  be  paid (non funded). You  will  be presented  with  an  invoice  detailing  this  deposit,  together  with  your  first  month’s fees on your child’s first session.

Payment of preschool/ fees

We offer a significant discount for parents who pay by Direct Debit.  If you choose to pay fees other than by Direct Debit, your fees will be at the higher  rate. You will receive an invoice  detailing  the  amount  to  be  taken  ten  working  days  beforehand. If your Direct Debit  is  returned due to insufficient funds, we will charge a £25 administration fee for the collection of that month’s fees.  If this happens on repeated occasions, we will ask that you pay your fees other than by Direct Debit (and therefore at the higher rate).

If  you  intend  to  pay  your preschool  fees  other  than  by  Direct  Debit,  you  will  receive  an  invoice  on  the  first working  day  of  the  month  detailing  your  fees  for  that  month.   Cash,  cheque  or  debit/ credit card weekly payments must  be  paid  on the  first  day  of  attendance in  that  week

Childcare vouchers must have been received into Dazzling Stars bank account no later than the 10th of each month in order to count towards the following month’s fees.

As acceptance of a place prevents the place being taken by another child, fees are payable whether or not your child attends e.g. holidays, sickness.

Fees must always be paid in advance and not in arrears. If your fees become overdue, we will ensure that we communicate with you about it in order to resolve any issue. However, if your child’s fees are persistently in arrears, we would have no choice but to stop the service we provide for you.

Funded Hours for 2 – 4 year olds

Dazzling Stars Preschool is open term time only for 38 weeks a year, from 9am to 3pm. We have morning section from 9am to 12noon and afternoon section starting at 12noon to 3.00pm.

Change in attendance/notice period

We require a minimum of four weeks’ notice to reduce your child’s days of attendance or to terminate your child’s place at the preschool

Increase in attendance will be allowed as soon as possible. Changes  to  booking  patterns must  take  place  at  the  beginning  of  a  week  of  attendance. Please complete a ‘Change of Attendance Form’ and hand it to a member of our management team who will process it for you.  These forms are available from the office.

Preschool Opening hours

The  Dazzling Stars  is  open  from  9.00am  until  3.00pm,  Monday  to  Friday.  We do not charge when Pre School is closed (i.e. bank holidays or the period between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). There is Breakfast Club from 8.00am until 9.00am and after School club from 3.30pm until 6.30pm available if required at an additional charge.  Parents/ carers will be charged an addition fee of £10 for any late collection.

 

 

Preschool fee review

Our fees are reviewed annually in September. Any increase reflects our commitment to rewarding and retaining our staff and reinvesting in the preschool building and equipments

Policies and procedures

The Pre School policies and procedures are available for inspection in the office.

Exclusions

In accordance with our policies and procedures, we reserve the right to temporarily exclude a child in the event of illness or threat of infection to other children, during  which period fees will continue to be payable. We also reserve the right to refuse admission and/or terminate a child’s attendance in accordance with our policies and procedures.

FOR OFFICE USE ONLY

Date enrolment form received: ___________________________________________

Manager’s name: ______________________________________________________

Date reserve payment received: __________________________________________

Reserve payment (type of payment): ______________________________________

Confirmed starting date: ________________________________________________

Further contact with parents: ____________________________________________

_____________________________________________

I aim to provide a safe, secure and happy environment for children to prosper and develop.  It is also our intention to give a high standard of care and Education.

We appreciate there may be occasions when you feel we have not offer you and your child(ren) the service that you require. We hope that you will feel free and discuss any concern or issues that you may have with us directly.

Should you have any compliments or have experience moments when you feel a particular member of the team has performed really well and therefore deserve praise.  Please share with Dazzling Stars team

All written complaints will be acknowledged, and once a full investigation has been carried out, we will provide you with a detailed response within 28 days.

If you feel that you are unable to talk to us or that after talking the matter remains unresolved then you can talk in confidence to:

Our Early Years Development Officer on: 0203 0454263

or

The Early Years Team on : 028 3752 2262

If you wish to make a formal complaint then you can contact the Ofsted Complaints and Investigation Unit on

If child protection issues are raised, the manager will refer the situation to the Club’s Child Protection Officer, who will then contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and follow the procedures of the Safeguarding Children Policy. If a criminal act may have been committed, the manager will contact the police.

Making a complaint to Ofsted Any parent or carer can submit a complaint to Ofsted about Play in Dore at any time. Ofsted will consider and investigate all complaints. Ofsted’s address is: Ofsted, Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester M1 2WD

Telephone: 0300 123 1231
(General enquiries) 0300 123 4666 (complaints)

This policy was adopted by:

Abosede  Bolaji

Date:
To be Reviewed: Signed:            Abosede  Bolaji

Written in accordance with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017): Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements: Complaints [3.74-3.75

Dazzling stars pre-school, is aware of the importance of establishing healthy eating habits.  Food hygiene, preparation and procedures are a key focus to Dazzling Stars. This policy applies to all children, parents, staff, volunteers and students during their attendance within the setting.  (EYFS Statutory Framework 3.45 – 3.47)

Children will be encouraged to try new tastes, textures and flavours and to experience food from other cultures whilst considering dietary options and allergic reaction.

Foods provided at Dazzling stars is healthy, nutritious and is balanced diet.. The setting promotes a positive attitude to healthy eating through daily routines, planned curriculum activities and general discussions.

Fresh drinking water will be supplied and made available to all children throughout the day.  Children will be fully supervised at all meal times and staffs will role model good table manners and hygiene practices according to children’s individual age ranges.  Children will be encouraged to be as independent as possible during meal times with support from Key person according to their age and stage of development.

Areas of the provision will be suitably equipped to provide a safe and hygienic place for snacks and meals to be enjoyed.  All equipment will be fully sterilised and all good practice hygiene routines adhered to.

Menus will be displayed on the parent notice board and also detailed on the Children’s individual dietary requirements and/or preferences will be detailed at the time of enrolment including any allergies a child may have or special health requirements.

Dazzling Stars will notify the local authority environmental health department and Ofsted in relation to two or more cases of food poisoning. This should be done as soon as possible and/or within 14 days of the outbreak.  Parents are also asked to inform the setting regarding any signs or symptoms of food poisoning that a child may have at home.  The infection control procedure must be followed if the need arises.

At Dazzling Stars:   

  • Children are encouraged to develop good eating habits and table manners.
  • All children are given plenty of time to eat.
  • Where appropriate, children are involved in planning and preparing food and snacks.
  • Fresh drinking water is available at all times.
  • Fresh fruit is available at all sessions.
  • Withholding food is never used as a form of punishment.
  • Staff discuss with children the importance of a balanced diet where appropriate.
  • The setting does not provide sweets for children.
  • We limit access to fatty or sugary foods.
  • Children are never forced to eat or drink anything against their will.

Dazzling Stars Management

 

Dazzling Stars is committed to the importance of outdoor play and physical development in all children regardless of their age and stage of development.   Different activities will be made appropriately to all children.  Children need regular access to outdoor play in order to develop their large and small muscles, to experience an environment that is different to the inside of the setting and more importantly access sunlight in order to absorb vitamin D. The outdoor areas, both within the outside play ground and in the local community have a wealth of resources which help children to develop in a variety of ways. Outdoor play enhances children independence, exploration and investigative skills; it promotes risk taking and self esteem. Our Setting will ensure all areas are safe and secure through close supervision and the use of robust risk assessments.

Practitioners have being trained appropriately to ensure these procedures are followed effectively. Parents’ permission will be sought before any child leaves setting during the day; this includes short outings to local community i.e. visit to the library, Post Office or grocery shops.  Please refer to the visits and outings policy for further information on this process. All outdoor play opportunities and outings will complement the indoor activities and provide children with both adult-led and child-initiated opportunities to enable children to learn and practice new skills, knowledge and behaviours.

The setting will use this policy alongside the following policies to ensure the safety and welfare of children throughout their time outside.

  • Health and Safety
  • Staff Ratio
  • Sun Care
  • Lost Child Policy Parents and carers as partners

Signed on behalf of Dazzling Stars

Date issued to staff Date for review

It is our policy to keep children in our care safe whilst on outings

In order to do this we will ensure that:

The ratio of adults to children on any outing will never be less than prescribed in EYFS

We carry out a trial run and full risk assessment of the proposed outing, noting opening times, timetables for public transport/car parking arrangements and toilets/nappy changing facilities etc.

We obtain written parental permission for children to take part in regular, local outings whilst in my care and specific written permission for a longer outing.

We take essential records and equipment for each child on outings as necessary, including contact telephone numbers for parents, a first-aid kit and a mobile telephone.

We keep records of our own and any other vehicles in which children are transported, including insurance details and a list of named drivers, and we make these available to parents.

We ensure that driver transporting children in their own vehicle have adequate business insurance cover and age appropriate car safety seats. This also applies to the use of mini cabs.

We make sure parents aware of what we will do in the event of a lost child (please refer to Dazzling Stars Lost Child policy).

At Dazzling stars we are committed to work alongside Parents/Carers to support all aspects of your child’s care and learning. We aim to provide high quality childcare in a safe, caring and stimulating environment.

We want all our children to enjoy learning through play in all areas of the curriculum. We want to help them develop their skills, knowledge and attitudes which will enable them to learn and succeed throughout their life. Parents and carers are the child’s first educator; we believe that only by working in partnership with them can we best support their child in reaching their full potential.

We operate an Open Door policy, so if mothers/fathers/carers want to discuss anything with a member of the Management Team, we can be found on childcare.co.uk, and alternatively we can be contacted on the Childcare mobile lines 07988330086 or via email suziebolaji@yahoo.co.uk

Through working with Parents/carers we aim to:

  1. Deliver inclusive practice that promotes and values diversity and equality of opportunity
  2. Ensure each individual child’s basic and additional needs are met on a day-to-day basis.
  3. Encourage Parents/carer’s participation in their child’s development and learning both at home and at the setting
  4. Support Parents/carers in gaining knowledge in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage, how children learn and develop and the role of play within their learning.
  5. Develop a shared understanding of our ethos, aims, values, policies and practices.
  6. Create a relationship based on shared responsibility and mutual respect where parents/carers feel welcome within the setting and their contributions are valued.
  7. Encourage Parents/carers participation in the reviewing/updating and implementing of all policies and procedures.
  8. Seek feedback from questionnaires which helps us to evaluate and develop practice.
  9. Work together for the benefit of the setting, for example organising and participating in fundraising events.
  10. Achieve the Themes and Commitments established within the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, these include the themes of ‘Positive Relationships’ and ‘Parents as Partners’.
  11. Ensure that Parents/carers are provided with support and guidance, when required.
  12. Ensure that we recognise, identify and respond to a child’s additional or special educational needs.
  13. Promote an ethos of information sharing which may require us to seek and share information with other providers that the child attends or professionals that they see outside of the setting such as Speech and Language Therapists or other services from Local Authority.

Review date: __________________________

Signed: _______________________________

The safety of your child is paramount to us.  We have therefore put together the following procedures regarding the transportation of children in our car.

We have a full, clean driving license, which is available for you to see on request

We will ensure Pre School car is in road worthy condition by having it regularly serviced by a reputable garage

We will ensure it complies with all legislation, MOT, Car Tax etc

We will ensure it is covered by Business Use, Car Insurance and the Certificate is available for you to see

We will avoid where possible taking your child to a petrol station, by filling up my car before or after my Pre School hours

We will ensure all car seats are correctly fitted, age and stage appropriate for the children using them and that they are correctly strapped into them

We will ensure that child safety locks are in use at all times

We will always carry a mobile phone with us in case of an emergency but will not answer it whilst driving. We will return calls on our return

We will always carry a First Aid kit in the car in case of an emergency

We will never leave a child unattended in a car.

We will teach your child about the dangers of cars and roads usage, in an age appropriate way.

We will let you know in advance if we are making any special trips or long trips in the car.

If your child suffers from travel sickness please let us know immediately.

If you have any concerns regarding this policy please do not hesitate to contact Dazzling Stars.

Dazzling Stars

We welcome you and your child to Dazzling Stars. We will work in partnership with you to help your child become a confident and happy member of Dazzling Stars.

We put a lot of emphasis on helping children to settle into the setting, making friends and forming good relationships.  We are not only dedicated to our work but caring supportive, friendly and show interest in your child’s learning, development  and achievements.

our aim is to help your child to reach his/her learning unique stage through physical development, personal social and emotional development, language development, literacy, mathematics, creative & art and knowledge of the world.

Our staff:

We encourage all children to have equal access to curriculum and play areas to achieve their potentials irrespective of gender, race, social class, special needs or religion.

Our staffs value every child’s contribution to the setting. We acknowledge respect and promote every child’s cultural and social diversities.

Behaviour which takes away self-esteem of any individual on the ground of gender, race, social class, religion beliefs or language is unacceptable at the setting

Staffs has duty to report concerns, injuries, signs or inappropriate behaviour which may indicate that a child is suffering, or likely to suffer ‘significant harm’ from neglect, physical injury, sexual abuse or emotional abuse

If a child is specifically identified as in need of physical, or educational need. The centre will make appropriate signpost either to social services, health visitors, Psychologists or speech and language therapist

Our staffs are dedicated, professional and caring individual who are always ready to help your child to achieve their potentials.

Parents/Carers Partnership:

Dazzling Stars Practitioners appreciates the significance parents/carers have on their children’s lives. This is the reason why we try our best to work hand in hand with parents for effective learning for the children.

We welcome parent helpers into the setting to read, share relevant experiences and help with the children. We also welcome parent’s suggestions, compliments and complaints

We want parents to inform us about their child’s health, worries, interests, strength and difficulties so we can plan appropriate learning for your child.

Children Centre

Children centre runs by Bexley Council Council is available for parents and children.  They offer parenting classes and other courses i.e. childcare. For more information please contact Bexley Council on 0208 3037777 or children and families information services on 0203 0454263 or out of hours service 0208 3037171

Our Principles

We believe children have rights and responsibilities in our setting i.e. children have the right to be treated in a manner which is appropriate for their stage of development

All children have the right to be cared for in an environment which is free of fear and intimidation. We also fully support an environment which is free from discrimination or fear of physical abuse regardless of race or gender.

At Dazzling Stars, we treat all the children with respect and are encourage to show respect for each other.  Children are helped to develop control over their lives and have right to be heard and their ideas been valued.

Aggressive behaviour is not tolerated in our setting.  We do not tolerate name calling of any nature.  If there is any cause for concern over your child’s behaviour, the Pre-school will discuss it with you fully.

 

 

 

Equality & Diversity

Our setting work in compliance with government regulations in regards to inclusion and anti discriminatory practice:

We believe all children should have equal access to appropriate care as we provide a friendly, caring environment in which all children are encouraged to develop irrespective of gender, race, social, class, special needs or religion

We value each child’s heritage and background and positively encourage respect and understanding for cultural and social diversities.

We operate a zero tolerance policy towards discrimination of all forms at Dazzling stars either direct, indirect, segregation or victimisation.

Thanks

The Management

We work in accordance with all relevant legislation. We believe in promoting equal opportunities for everyone and value diversity in children, parents, carers, and visitors. We believe that every child is entitled to equal access to a broad balanced, EYFS curriculum tailored to their learning style, development and interest. At Dazzling Stars, we ensure all children develop self-confidence and high esteem whilst recognising and valuing differences between themselves and others.

The diversity of individuals and communities is valued and respected. No child or family will ever be intentionally discriminated against. we encourage children to recognise their own unique qualities and the characteristics they share with other children.

We work with families and ensure that individual information for every child about family customs and beliefs, home language; dietary requirements are collected, so we can cater for each child’s individuality.

We provide broad and balanced resources and activities to ensure children understand and respect the multicultural diversity of the society and community they reside. Resources includes dual language books, home corner equipmenst which reflects a range of home cultures, stories which reflect the diversity of our society.

We promote anti-bias activities to actively challenge negative feelings towards and stereotyping of others. This will be partly through using dolls, puppets and books to tell stories which help children to question their own feelings and views and to promote a sense of justice and fairness.

We celebrate a wide range of cultural festivals using food, and stories.

All children, irrespective of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties or disabilities, gender or ability will have the opportunity to experience a challenging and enjoyable programme of learning and development.

It is recognised that children who attend Dazzling Stars setting may require medication from time to time. We have therefore set out guidelines which will inform Parents and Carers of our procedures when administering medication. We have also provided information about how we can deliver first aid treatment to children whilst they are in our care.

Dazzling Stars Childcare Meeting the EYFS Requirements

Safeguarding and Promoting Children’s Welfare

“We promote the good health of children, take necessary steps to prevent the spread of infection, and take appropriate action when they are ill.”

  • Medicines
  • Illnesses and Injuries
  • Suitable Premises, Environment and Equipment

“Outdoor and indoor spaces, furniture, equipment and toys must be safe and suitable for their purpose.”

  • Risk Assessment

First Aid Procedure

  • Setting Manager Abosede Bolaji holds a Paediatric First Aid Certificate. She is a qualified first aider.
  • First Aid Box is located downstairs in the play area (Conservatory ). A special burns first aid kit is stored in the kitchen
  • Setting Manager is responsible for and ensure all first aid boxes are replenished as necessary
  • Parents and Carers are asked whether or not they would like their child to receive emergency medical treatment on the registration form. A copy of their response is kept in the office and in the child’s room to refer to when necessary.
  • Parents and Carers are informed of any accident involving their child and are asked to sign an accident form to acknowledge that they have been informed. On some occasions parents and Carers may be informed by telephone prior to coming to collect their child so they have advanced notice.
  • Accidents and incidents are reviewed monthly to help identify any potential trends or re-occurring causes of injury which may be contributing to accidents within the Centre.

Any issue is logged and amended immediately to prevent any further accidents from happening.

Emergency Treatment

  • Should a child require emergency hospital treatment, A designated practitioner will accompany the child to hospital.
  • Parent/carer will be informed immediately by the setting manager.
  • Once the child has been treated and is in the care of his/her Parent/Carer the incident will be recorded at the setting and a report will be made to OFSTED in line with current legislation.
  • A review will be held to help identify if there is anything that could be done to (A, prevent a similar incident occurring and b) improve the emergency treatment procedure.
  • If an incident involves a member of staff, a member of the management team will accompany the member of staff to the hospital and the same procedure will be followed. (Reference for future when assistant is employed)

Medicines

  • Should any child require medication, Dazzling stars’s medication form must be completed by the Parent/Carer before leaving the child in our care. This form will outline the name of the medication to be given, times and doses to be given.
  • Medication will only be given to children if it has been prescribed by the doctor and has the name of the child on the label. The exact dosage will be followed as prescribed on the label.

Calpol or other paracetamol products will only be administered to children with a temperature

Providing that the Parent/Carer has signed the consent form prior to administration. Consent is included in Dazzling Stars registration form. Calpol will only be administered in the dose set out in the guidelines on the bottle with the maximum dosage being 7.5ml for up to 4 years of age. Once Calpol has been administered parents are asked to collect their child as soon as possible. Dazzling Stars will not administer more than one dose of calpol to any child after realising the child has high temperature.

  • Cough medicines and other medication which has not been prescribed by the doctor will not be administered in the Setting.
  • All medication administered by practitioner is recorded in the medication sheet and witnessed and signed by the Manager or Deputy Manager.
  • All medication is stored in accordance with the label on the container. Where refrigeration is required medication is stored in the kitchen fridge.
  • Staff who require medication whilst at work must keep medicines in their personal locker or if no locker is available, in the centre office. Medication must not be taken into the rooms or other areas where children are present.
  • Children who receive regular medication i.e. asthma inhalers or epilepsy medication are supported accordingly through partnership with parents/carers
  • Children with additional needs are provided with an individual box which contains the medication and a procedure sheet outlining when the medication is needed and what care they require.
  • If training is required to administer medication this is done by setting manager
  • There will always be a member of staff in the building who is trained in the

Administration of medication

Dazzling Stars

Management

Staff at Dazzling Stars provides intimate care and do so in a professional manner.  We ensure child’s safety; dignity and privacy are maintained at all times. ‘Intimate care’ covers any task that involves the washing, touching or carrying out a procedure to intimate personal areas and is associated with bodily functions and personal hygiene, including, toileting, washing, dressing, and personal care. Staff are aware of safeguarding issues and will have relevant training (e.g. health and safety, child protection, manual handling) before providing intimate care. No child should suffer distress or pain as a result of receiving intimate care. Staff will work in partnership with parents or carers to provide care appropriate to the needs of the individual child.

When intimate care is given, the member of staff will explain to the child each task that is carried out and the reasons for it. Staff will encourage children to do as much for themselves. If a child requires intimate care on a regular basis, it is good practice for two members of staff to share the care between them. In this way the child is less likely to become overly dependent on a single member of staff, and to become distressed if their usual carer is occasionally unavailable. However, parents’ views on the number of staff providing personal care to their child must also be taken into consideration – some children may simply be unable to cope with more than one practitioner. We have policies in place that promote safe recruitment, as well as having sound staff supervision, safeguarding and intimate care procedures; together these ensure that, should a child need consistent care from one member of staff, the child’s safety and well-being will not be compromised. Protecting children Staff are familiar with guidance from the Local Safeguarding Children Board. The setting procedures reflect the guidance in Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) and staff are familiar with the What ‘To Do If You’re Worried’ A Child Is Being Abused.

If a member of staff is concerned about any physical changes to a child, such as marks, bruises, soreness etc, they will inform the manager or the Pre School designated child protection officer immediately. The procedures set out in the Safeguarding Children policy will be implemented. Should a child become unhappy about being cared for by a particular member of staff, the manager will investigate and record any findings? These will be discussed with the child’s parents or carers. If a child makes an allegation against a member of staff, the procedure set out in the Safeguarding Children policy will be followed.

It is essential that we have the setting mobile phone with us at all times as this is the best way to contact you in an emergency. For this reason we will ensure the setting mobile phone is fully charged and accessible at all times in case of emergencies.

We will use setting mobile phone to store parents / emergency contact numbers so they are available when we go on outings, Dazzling Stars will do everything possible to keep setting mobile phone safe and the information stored on it secure so your data are not misused.

The use of mobile phones or cameras by parents or visitors is prohibited in at my setting. This is to prevent unauthorised photographs, videos and recordings being taken.

We will seek your permission to take any photographs of your child record activities and share their progress with you.

Photographs will only be taken by Dazzling Stars Practitioners

Any photographs taken can only be used for the following to ensure children are safeguarded:

  • Your child’s learning journal
  • Your child’s daily diary
  • Your child’s records
  • My observations, assessment and planning on your child’s development to share with parents to show evidence of their learning and development.
  • As requested and agreed on individual written permission forms.

Digital photographs will be deleted as soon as possible after getting a paper copy of them and are password protected on my computer.

Photos of children at the setting will not be published or shared without permission, unless required by law. This may include sharing them with Ofsted, local authority development workers, the child’s parent /carer or Local Safeguarding Children Board if there is a safeguarding concern.

Dazzling Stars will ensure your child is appropriately dressed for any learning activity before taking any photographs.

Dazzling Stars operates a no smoking policy in line with current legislation.  Smoking has proved to be a health risk, therefore the setting operates a strict no smoking policy within its premises and grounds.

Procedure

  • No smoking signs are displayed both inside and outside of the premises.
  • You are respectfully required to abstain from smoking whilst on the premises. This rule also applies to staff, students, parents, carers, visitors, contractors etc.
  • In order to prevent smoking from the setting we ensure all staff, students, volunteers, parents/carers are made aware of the no smoking policy upon first entry to the setting.
  • Staff accompanying children outside setting are not permitted to smoke.
  • We also request that parents accompanying children on outings refrain from smoking whilst caring for the children.
  • Staff who smoke do not do so during working hours. Unless on a break, off the premises.
  • Staff who smoke during their break make every effort to reduce the effect of the odour and lingering effects of passive smoking for children and colleagues.
  • Dazzling Star setting will take enforcement action against any person who is non-compliant and this may take the form of disciplinary action for employees, or possible fixed penalty fine or criminal prosecution for other individuals.
  • To support smokers who would like to give up, contact NHS helpline on 0800 0224 332 or access information online smokefree.nhs.uk

 

Date to be reviewed   ______________________

Signed on behalf of the management Committee  _______________

 Dazzling Stars  ______________________

 

Thank you for choosing us to look after your child, we appreciate your trust and we will endeavour to make your child’s experiences with us pleasurable and rewarding.

  • We provide opportunities for children to learn through play. Our environment is fully equipped with resources to make and ensure your child enjoys our sessions of activities.  We require that you bring your children at agreed times and pick them up at agreed times
  • Sessions are expected to be paid for weekly and monthly in advance so that your child is prepared for. You must keep the pre-planned attendance agreements made for your child.  If your child cannot attend a pre-paid session, we will not grant a refund.
  • We plan and prepare healthy food and drinks for your children. Payment for food is included in your child’s charges.  If you require any special diet for your child or if your child is allergic to any food, please do not hesitate to notify us.  We do encourage children to eat to have the same healthy lunch and snacks at the setting but you are welcome to prepare your child’s meal and bring it well packed with feeding instructions and child’s name on the pack if there is a need.
  • Please feel free to notify us of any special or learning need of your child
  • We do not give medication to children except prescribed by a doctor. First aid will be given to child if necessary
  • Please do not send your child to Day Care if your child is unwell because germs and diseases spread easily among children
  • We will inform you immediately your child feels unwell and advice you accordingly
  • If you wish to withdraw your child from day care please inform us in writing at least one month in advance

I have agreed to the following arrangements for my child……………………………….

Signed……………………………………( parent/Carer )

  • Please complete the following

Child’s name …………………………………………………………

I consent to my child visiting :

Signed …………………………………………………………

Name …………………………………………………………

In the event of an accident or emergency on this educational visit, I agree to the person in charge of the party giving consent on my behalf for anaesthetic to be administered, or for any other urgent medical treatment to be given.

Signed …………………………………………… Date ……………………………………………

                                      Emergency Information

Please Provide the following information in case of emergency 

Child’s date of Birth …………………………………………………………

Home Address …………………………………………………………

  • Doctor’s name and address…………………………………………………………

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Allergies to medication – if yes, please specify

Yes/No …………………………………………………………

Yes/No…………………………………………………………

Contact name and telephone number …………………………………………………………

Alternative name and contact number …………………………………………………………

playing, learning and growing together

At Dazzling Stars we are committed to the highest standards of health and safety for children, parents, visitors and ourselves. In order to ensure this, we Conduct a risk assessment daily and review it regularly – at least once a year or more frequently when need arise. The risk assessment will cover outdoor and indoor spaces, furniture, equipment and toys. A record will be maintained of areas which have been checked.

The following areas will be considered when a risk assessment takes place:

  • Boundaries and gates keep closed and locked at all times.
  • Water hazards, e.g. drains and pools daily safety checks to make sure it is safe before children arrive.
  • Hazardous substances and equipment to be kept out of children’s reach.
  • Electricity securely sealed.
  • Regular gas checks.
  • Floors and stairs safe to use.
  • Safety gate in place at the bottom of the stairs whenever children under 1year old in the setting
  • Stack furniture safely such as chairs only up to three.
  • Kitchen and food preparation hygienic and safe from fire with no access to the kitchen.
  • Maintain hygiene, cleanliness and minimise the risk of infection.
  • Outings and trips will be prepared for with assessments and checks beforehand
  • All toys are checked and cleaned regularly to ensure they are safe to use. Children will only be offered appropriate toys for their age and development
  • Sandpits are protected from contamination.
  • Ensure fire regulations are adhered to including regular fire drills.
  • We check outdoor space daily before children are allowed to go outside.
  • We ensure that all children are supervised by adults at all times according to the child/adult ratio.
  • We maintain a system for children’s arrivals and departures to ensure children’s safety and make sure all who collect children are aware of this system.
  • Ensure adults do not have hot drinks in the rooms where children are present.
  • Maintain a correctly stocked first aid box.
  • Ensure that sleeping children are always within sight of an adult.
  • Ensure that materials offered to children are developmentally appropriate, as equipment suitable for older children may pose a risk to less mature or younger children.
  • Teach children hand-washing routines and other health related issues in a developmentally appropriate way.
  • Ensure insurance policies are relevant and up to date.
  • Use appropriate harnesses for buggies, high chairs, walking.
  • My car is regularly serviced with current MOT. There is child safety locks on the door. My care insurance is for Business use
  • Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the premises
  • Ensure plants in our garden within children’s reach shouldn’t be poisonous or prickly.
  • Children are encouraged to wash hands before eating and after using toilet, touching pets, playing in garden etc.
  • Baby changing mat is cleaned after each use and checked for cracks.
  • Children use paper towels for drying their hands.
  • Work surfaces in the kitchen are cleaned daily.
  • Foods covered and stored according to manufactures recommendation
  • Raw meat is stored below cooked foods in the fridge.
  • All areas accessible to children (including toys and equipment) are cleaned regularly.
  • We ensure that the children do not have access to any waste, the bins are emptied daily and any used nappies are double wrapped and placed in the outdoor rubbish bin.
  • We follow strict hygiene guidelines to prevent contamination.
  • We have emergency contact details of all parents on our database
  • We teach children about safety issues like crossing the road.
  • We work with the children about making healthy food choices and physical exercise.
  • We will restrain a child if they are putting themselves or others in danger, for example running into a road.
  • We take travel first aid kits with us on every outing.
  • I go on Health and Safety periodical training for update and development

If you have any concerns regarding the health and safety of your child please discuss them with us

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Management

Dazzling Stars

Early years Transition Expectations

Baseline Assessment: Activities of their needs, interests, abilities and age appropriate

Overview of the child before they starts attending setting

  • Child’s routine
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Developmental milestones
  • Stage of development
  • Emotion
  • Behaviour

Assessing children’s communication and language

  • Listening skills
  • Speaking mes
  • Reading

Through communicating, modelling language, showing, and explaining, demonstrating, questioning, encouraging, facilitating and stimulating children at all times.

Practitioner would introduce new vocabulary, extend their knowledge, understanding and vocabulary through complex discussions

Practitioner to play a range of sound and listening games.  Practitioner retelling and recalling stories.  Practitioner to increase level of challenge and frequency of adult focused activities as children get older or as they showed indications that their individual needs are met.  Provider: to provide children with purposeful and interesting activities that children could independently access to continue to learn and develop.

  • Good partnership with parents
  • Multiagency working
  • Staff to sought out training that would support the needs of the children
  • Outside play makes children happier, healthier, and smarter

Integrated Review Process includes

  • Health visitor
  • Practitioner
  • Key person
  • Child
  • Parents

Dazzling Stars will comply with all the legal requirements set out in the ‘Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’ – April 3 2017

Our priority and responsibility is to ensure children in our care are safe and well. If we have any cause for concern we will report it, following the local Safeguarding Children Board procedures in England. We understand that child abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, neglect or a mixture of these.

We are registered with OFSTED, have completed Child Protection training, we have qualified First Aider at the setting. All our staff are DBS checked

We encourage independence as much as the child’s ability allows.

All children are appropriately supervised at all times.

Written parental permission will be obtained before children are taken on outings.

Dazzling Stars will follow ‘working Together to safeguard children’ procedure. We will inform Ofsted without delay, of any allegations of serious harm or abuse by any person living, working, or looking after children in the premises (whether that allegation related to harm or abuse committed on the premises or elsewhere), or any other abuse which is alleged to have taken place.

If we have a concern about a child we will talk to the parents or legal guardian if it is safe to do so. If we still feel justifiably concerned we will contact Social Services and Ofsted.  If necessary, the police, and take advice. Where we suspect sexual abuse has occurred we will contact Social Services without first speaking to parents.

A record will be kept of any concerns. Any concerns regarding children will be kept confidential and only shared with people who need to know this information.

I keep up to date with child protection issues and relevant legislation by taking regular training courses and by reading relevant publications. This helps us be aware of the signs of abuse or neglect and what to do if there is a concern.

We encourage parents to notify us of any concern they have about their child/children and any accidents, incidents or injuries affecting the child/children, which will be recorded.

We work together with parents to make sure the care of their child is consistent.

I will have one to one talk with parent if I have any concern i.e.

  • Significant changes in behaviour.
  • Unexpected bruising or marks.
  • Any comments made which give us cause for concern.
  • Deterioration in general wellbeing which causes concern.

We will keep a factual record of the concern, and will ask the parents for an explanation, providing it would not put the child at risk.

We will implement the local Safeguarding Children Board procedures without delay to minimise any risk to the child.

Terrorism

The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on early years providers “to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” (The Prevent duty)

Dazzling stars staff will continually educate themselves to ensure we are aware of such activities amongst our children and family.

Safeguarding child from Sex Exploitation

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) and trafficking – CSE is illegal activity by people who have some form of power and control over children and use it to sexually abuse them. It involves forcing or enticing a child (under the age of 18) to take part in sexual activities whether or not the child is aware of what is happening, including exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where children (or a third person or persons) receive ‘something’ (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of performing, and/or others performing on them, sexual activities. CSE can be a form of organised or complex abuse, involving a number of abusers and/ or a number of children. CSE can occur through use of technology without the child’s immediate recognition, for example the persuasion to post sexual images on the internet/ mobile phones with no immediate payment or gain. In all cases those exploiting the child/young person have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources. At Dazzling  Stars , our first responsibility and priority is towards the children in our care. If we have any cause for concern we will report it to Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and Ofsted.  I must notify Ofsted of any allegations of abuse, which are alleged to have taken place while the child is in my care.

  • We offer reassurance to the child
  • Listens to the child
  • We give reassurance that action will be taken
  • We will not question the child

Recording :

  • The child’s name
  • The child’s address
  • The age of the child
  • The date and time of the observation or the disclosure
  • An objective record of the observation or disclosure
  • The exact words spoken by the child
  • The name of the person to whom the concern was reported, date and time
  • The name of other person present

Dazzling Stars setting Procedures for Reporting Suspected Abuse

  1. Staff member talks to child
  2. Staff member shares concerns with Childminding setting’s leader
  3. Staff member speaks to Parents
  4. Staff member carries out observations to see if other unexpected injuries/incidents occur and keeps confidential records
  5. Staff member agrees with setting’s leader that Social Services and parents be contacted

The fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs are already implicitly embedded in the 2017 EYFS framework. I will ensure that I promote good manners and respect for other people’s cultures and beliefs; as well as teaching children right from wrong at an early age. I will celebrate relevant festivals throughout the year that celebrate our similarities and differences. Democracy can be demonstrated in action by children sharing views on what they want with a show of hands.  I teach about decision making and about respecting each other’s views and values; talking about feelings and learning.   Dazzling stars promote the importance of having rules and boundaries in place and the importance of these rules.

We teach the children to have a positive sense of themselves, and to believe in their own abilities and to challenge themselves.  We celebrate diversity, embracing different cultures and introducing children wherever possible to different ways of life.  We use resources and create activities that challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping.

We make sure children have access to the wider community and resources promoting this.  We will encourage children to not stereotype and to be considerate and accepting of others, despite their differences and to respect each other.  Any unwanted or behavior showing otherwise will be monitored and with parental involvement, procedures will be put in place.

It is important that you arrive at the contracted time to collect your child.  Even very young children learn our routine and know when their parents are due.  They can become distressed if you are late.  I know sometimes delays are unavoidable, especially if you are relying on public transport.  If you are delayed, for whatever reason please contact me and let me know when you expect to arrive.  I will normally be able to accommodate the additional care; however, if I am unable, I will contact other adults from the authorised list and arrange for them to collect your child.  I will reassure your child that you are on the way and if necessary organise additional activities.

If a child is not collected within 15 minutes and I have not heard from the parents, I will try contacting them, I will then try the emergency contact numbers.  During this time, I will continue to look after the child.  After 30 minutes from the original agreed collection time, if I have not heard from the parents or emergency contact, I will contact the Local Authority duty social worker and follow their advice.

Dazzling stars will ask parents for personal data about themselves and their child/ren to deliver a childcare service. We are required to hold and use this personal data to comply with the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, Ofsted, Department for Education and the Local Authority.

We take families’ privacy seriously, and in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), I will process any personal data according to the seven principles below:

We will be clear about what data I am collecting, and why.

We will only use the data for the reason it is initially obtained. This means that I may not use a person’s data to market a product or service to them that is unconnected to the reasons for which they shared the data with us.

We will only collect the data we need to hold in order to do the job.

We will ensure that the data is accurate

We will not keep data any longer than needed.

We will protect personal data securely

Subject access

Parents have the right to inspect records about their child at any time. This will be provided without delay and no later than one month after the request, which should be made in writing.

We will ask parents to regularly check that the data is correct and update it where necessary.

Storage

We will keep all paper-based records about children and their families securely locked away.

Dazzling Stars will store the information securely in a password-protected computer which is accessed only by other practitioners

Information sharing

We are expected to share information with other childcare providers if a child also attends another setting.

We are also required to share information with the Local Authority regarding the childcare and early  year  entitlements.

I will not share any information with anyone without parents’ consent, unless there is a child protection concern.

Ofsted may require access to my records at any time.

At Dazzling Stars the care and safety of your child/children is paramount to us.  We conduct a full risk assessment of any outings, trips or event attended to ensure the safety of all children. As a child care provider, Dazzling Stars work hard to ensure all children are kept safe, including whilst on outings and during outdoor play. However in the unlikely events of any child going missing in our care, the police will be contacted immediately, as well as parents/carers or emergency person if parent is not contactable. OFSTED will also be informed and all necessary paperwork will be completed. Whilst on any outing, all parent/carer contact details will be on us at all times, in case such an emergency should arise.

Children will always be encouraged to explore and gain an understanding of the world around them, however during outing, children will be provided with a wrist strap with Dazzling Stars telephone number on it.  Children in our care will be taught to stay close, not to stray away from the adult caring for them. We will teach children the dangers of wandering off and of talking to strangers. There will be an allocated meeting point designated and shown to all children at the start of the outing, and we will ensure all children are aware of what they should do if they got lost.

Written Procedure to follow in the unlikely event of this happening i.e. outing

  • We will immediately raise the alarm to all around us that we are looking for a child and enlist the help of everyone to look for child
  • If it is a secure area such as a shopping centre, we will quickly alert the security staff so they can seal off exits and monitor the situation on any CCTV
  • We will provide everyone involved in the search with a description of the child.
  • We will reassure the other children with me, as they may be distressed
  • We will then alert the police and provide a full description
  • We will then alert the parents of the situation
  • We will inform Ofsted

A written account of any such incidents and the confidentiality aspect will be kept. This will always remain filed away out of sight, not discussed with others unless it is in the best interest of the children and with the appropriate professionals/agencies.

Parent carers name _________________________________________

Parents/carers signature ___________________Date________________

Dazzling stars is up to date with all legislation involved with safeguarding the children.

Most recent documentation includes the new Prevent Duty Guidance which all providers must comply with as of July 2015.  The document can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/445977/3799_Revised_Prevent_Duty_Guidance__England_Wales_V2-Interactive.pdf

The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on Early Years settings to ‘have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’ (The Prevent Duty).

The new documentation will be used and referred to alongside other safeguarding documents such as ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ and information referring to British

I am aware of the Department for Education telephone helpline (020 7340 7264) to raise any concerns relating to extremism directly. Concerns can also be raised by email to: counter.extremism@education.gsi.gov.uk.

I am aware of the signs and indicators of extremism or radicalisation and have completed e-learning via Channel. If I had any concerns about extremism or radicalisation regarding a child or any member of their family, I would report my concerns to the relevant Prevent Officer at the Local Authority

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