Keeping your child safe

As childcare professionals, we have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The nursery has trained members of staff who are responsible for the implementation of our safeguarding policies and procedures. All day care staff are aware of their duties regarding child protection matters and have regular training in our safeguarding policies and procedures. Propps Hall Day Care adheres to the Child Protection Procedures agreeed by the Oldham Local Safeguard Children Board.

All children have the right to be safe and protected from harm. If staff or volunteers have any concern about the welfare of a child within their provision, they have a legal and moral responsibilty to take action. This may mean a referral to the social services department and/or the Police. The well-being of the child is always the most important coonsideration as well as working together with parents/carers and other agencies to protect children in our care.

To ensure our own staff are suitable to care for children they undergo an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check prior to being given unsupervised access to children. These checks are updated every three years. In addition to this a member of staff will not commence employment at our setting until two suitable written references have been obtained.

Collection of children

In the event of a child not being collected from nursery and staff being unable to contact you or your emergency contact within one hour, staff will have to contact the duty social work team. You must notify staff if you are unable to collect your child and give details of the person who will be collecting them. These people must be over 16. Late collection will incur extra costs.

What happens if my child has an accident at nursery?

As children develop physically, particularly in their early walking stages, accidents can occasionally happen. In this event the setting has at least one person (often many more) trained in paediatric first aid on site at all times. If your child has had an accident at nursery you will be informed upon collection and asked to sign an accident form. In the event of a bump to the head, a member of staff will call you to inform you. Your child will be monitored and in most cases will be able to continue with the rest of their day. In the event of a bump to the head causing concern, you will be asked to collect your child and a visit to your GP or local hospital will be recommended. You will be given a copy of the accident form and a head injury advice form.

Should your child have an accident whilst at nursery which requires further medical support, you will be contacted immediatley and the necessary action will be taken. In extreme cases this could involve calling for the support of a paramedic.

If your child has had an accident at home which has resulted in a physical injury, no matter how small, we request that you inform the staff in the room so this can be documented and is not mistaken for an accident at nursery.