Policies & Procedures
All adults and children attending will be welcomed into our group and familiarised into our routine.
The aim of our group is to support parents as their children’s first and most important educators by involving them in their children’s education
We encourage children to be kind to each other at all times and would ask for your help in ensuring that your child’s behaviour does not affect the other children’s enjoyment of the group. It is not our position to question individual parenting skills. Every adult and child in this group is entitled to an environment that promotes dignity and respect for all. No form of intimidation, bullying or harassment will be tolerated. If any inappropriate behaviour is observed within this group it will be challenged and support offered, if required.
This group regards snack time as an important part of the group’s session. Eating represents a social time for children and adults and helps children to learn about healthy food. At snack time, we aim to provide nutritious snacks, which meet the children’s individual dietary needs. We encourage the children to sit down to enjoy their drink and snack; this is to ensure the safety of your child and the cleanliness of the equipment.
Parents/carers are asked to clear away their child’s plate and cup when finished
Hot drinks will be provided for adults in a travel mug with a lid. Do not leave hot drinks within reach of children.
Our group believes that children and parents are entitled to expect courtesy and careful attention to their needs and wishes. We welcome suggestions on how to improve our group and will give prompt and serious attention to any concerns about the running of the group. We anticipate that most concerns will be resolved quickly by an informal approach to the people concerned. We aim to bring all concerns about the running of our group to a satisfactory conclusion for all of the parties involved.
We aim to offer a full range of play activities to meet the needs of all babies and toddlers attending the group.
Play Session includes:
Baby Area (play mats, rattles etc)
Construction (building blocks, Stickle Bricks etc)
Small World Play (trains, cars, dinosaurs, happyland)
Fine Motor (lacing cards, threading
Role Play area (kitchen, work bench, shops)
Arts & Crafts (gluing, painting etc)
Puzzles (Large floor Puzzles, Inset Puzzles, threading)
Large Play Equipment (climbing, ride ons, etc)
Book Area & Puppets
Singing, Dancing and Musical Instruments
Messy Play (Mud kitchen, Rice, Foam, Soil etc)
Equipment and resources
We aim to provide children with safe, clean, attractive, developmentally appropriate resources, toys and equipment. We aim to provide the children at our group with resources and equipment that help to consolidate and extend their knowledge, skills and interests. In order to achieve this aim we:
Provide made, natural and recycled materials that are clean, in good condition and safe for the children to use
Provide furniture that is suitable for children and furniture that is suitable for adults
Repair and clean, or replace, any unsafe, worn out, dirty or damaged equipment.
Nappy Changing facilities are located in the disabled toilets in the community building and both toilets in the main church building. Please ensure that nappies are disposed of in the appropriate way and the facilities are kept clean.
We adhere to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR 2016/679), any personal information you give to the group will be kept in our registration folder and will be kept in a locked cupboard. The information you provide will only be made available to the group leaders. The information supplied will not be used for any other purpose than that stated. We will ask your written permission before taking any photographs. Information will be kept for 12 months after it is signed and dated.
We love to share, but if your child is ill, please do not share it here! Parents are asked not to bring any child who has vomiting or diarrhea until 48 hours has lapsed since the last attack. If your child is unwell on arrival or becomes unwell during the session you may be asked to leave the group.
Fire doors must be kept closed (not locked) when access is not required. Fire doors and all exits must be kept clear to enable easy access. (Please see Fire Safety Procedure for more information).
Health and safety
This group believes that the health and safety of children is of greatest importance. We aim to make our group a safe and healthy place for children and parent/carers. We inform children and their parent/carers of health and safety issues to minimise the hazards and risks to enable the children to thrive in a healthy and safe environment. We carry out regular risk assessments and have public liability insurance in place.
We are committed to following government guidelines on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.
We work to a formal safeguarding policy, and this can be seen on request from one of the designated persons shown below.
These designated persons have been appointed to respond to any safeguarding concerns in respect of this group.
Pauline Shepherd & Graham Shepherd
Please speak to one of the designated people if you have any concerns regarding the safety or welfare of a child or vulnerable adult.