Safeguarding children

Security of the building

Parents and visitors may enter the nursery foyer but cannot go inside the nursery until a member of staff admits them through the secure door, using the video entry system.

Nursery staff use a secure card swipe entry system to enter the nursery.

Wellbeing and health promotion

Staff talk to the children about the importance of eating healthily and being active. The nursery provides healthy snacks for the children at morning snack time (fruit, vegetables, cheese, breadsticks, crackers and toast) and milk or water to drink. With parental permission, the older children participate in supervised toothbrushing after lunch. The nursery provides toothbrushes and toothpaste, free of charge, in collaboration with the University Dental Academy.

The children have lots of opportunities to play outside and be active. There are two separate outdoor play areas; one for the children aged under two and one for children aged two to four. The children use the creative room on the mezzanine floor for creative play, cooking activities and ‘Boogie Mites’ music workshops. If a child becomes distressed or unwell at nursery, the staff contact parents by phone, without delay.

Safer recruitment

All staff are qualified to a minimum of level 3 in Early Years and Childcare. There is a wide range of experience in the current staff. The nursery has robust procedures in place for recruitment of staff, including references, interviews, interactions with children and checks through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formerly known as CRB. Staff mobiles phones are not permitted in the children’s areas.

Risk assessments

Daily assessments are made of the toys, equipment, indoors and outdoors play areas to check for safety. Action is taken immediately, if required, to maintain a safe environment. Ratios of children to adults is strictly adhered to at all times, including lunch times.

Child protection

Nursery staff are kept up-to-date with relevant child protection training. Nursery staff know the children well and notice any changes in the children’s behaviour or appearance. Staff have a duty to report any concerns to a nursery manager who will then discuss this with parents, if appropriate. The safety of the children may include a duty to share confidential information with others involved in protecting children. Parents’ and visitors’ mobile phones and other similar devices are not permitted in the nursery.