We intend to create in our pre-school an environment in which children are safe from abuse and in which any suspicion of abuse is promptly and appropriately responded to.
Before accepting potential workers at the Cottage Pre-school, whether paid or voluntary they must provide 2 references, attend an interview, have proof of identification i.e. birth certificate, marriage licence, or driving licence. They will also be asked to complete the requirements to obtain a DBS certificate and to work for a probationary period and until the DBS has been received staff members will not be left unsupervised with any child.
- The pre-school will do everything possible to build up trusting and supportive relationships between families and staff in the group.
- Where abuse at home is suspected, the pre-school will continue to welcome the child and family while investigations proceed.
- Confidential records kept on a child will be shared with parents. With the proviso that the care and safety of the child must always be paramount.
Safeguarding PREVENT DUTY
As part of Cottage Pre-school’s ongoing Safeguarding and Child Protection duties, we are fully behind the governments Prevent Duty
All childcare providers have a duty under section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
At Cottage we build resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British Values. Ongoing training of staff will raise awareness of the Prevent Duty and how to deal with any issues they may see inside or outside the pre-school.
The Pre-school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.
- Staff will ensure that a check is made of all external doors and gates in the play area before the session starts.
- Assistant will supervise the safe arrival and departure of the children.
- Register will be taken each day on their arrival.
- Headcount will be carried out if it is thought a child is missing.