Our purpose built nursery has been specifically designed to ensure that all children have access to as many different experiences as possible whilst developing an age appropriate level of independence.
Each piece of equipment has been chosen with care and thought from the scientific and cultural activities to the dinner plates and children’s peg labels.
Each area is designated to create a warm, secure and exciting space for children to explore and learn.
Woodroyd Nursery is an integral part of the Woodroyd Nursery & Children’s Centre, a registered company and charity.
The objectives of the charity are to enhance the development of children, particularly, but not inclusively, below statutory school age and to advance education, relieve poverty, sickness and distress as well as providing leisure time facilities in the interests of social welfare for families in West Bowling and the surrounding area.
A Board of Directors oversees the Charity and this Board is made up of parent and community representatives, members of partner agencies such as health, education and Better Start. The Board is also supported by our finance officer and nursery manager.
Our ethos is to provide high quality, safe and inclusive childcare that has regard for the themes and commitments of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
We are committed to building positive relationships in partnership with parents/carers and working closely with other agencies such as Ofsted, Local Authority, Vision Support and the Speech and Language team to ensure all children in our care are receiving the best possible start to life.
Our aim is to provide an enabling environment,both inside and out, offering a wide variety of experiences and activities to help children develop to their full potential during their time with us.
Woodroyd follows a three stage approach to settling new children in. This is based on three key needs:
Proximity – Young children feel safest when a familiar adult, such as a parent is present when they are getting used to a new carer and new surroundings. In this way they can become confident in engaging with those experiences independently later on.
Secure base – Because the initial need for proximity of the parent has been met, young children gradually begin to feel secure with a key person in new surroundings so that they are able to participate without their parent for small periods of time.
Dependency – Young children are able to separate from parents and main carers when they have formed a secure attachment to their key person who knows and understands them best and on whom they can depend for their needs to be met.
INTRODUCTION AND INDUCTION OF PARENTS/CARERS
Every parent will have an induction meeting with a senior staff member and key person. The parent will be introduced to the staff and shown around the nursery with their child. All the necessary forms will be completed for the child’s file. Key persons will use this time to gain information from parents about their child by completing a care plan, asking questions and watching the parent/child’s interaction.
For a minimum of one session,which should last a maximum of two hours,the parent attends with the child and does not leave her/him for any of the time. On the first day, the key person shows the parent around the room, introduces the parent to other staff, explains how the day is organised and makes the parent and child feel welcome and comfortable.
Where possible, the key person is always the first to greet the parent and child. During the settling in sessions, the key person does not change or feed the child but observes the parent’s handling of the child and how he/she responds.
The key person also uses this time to make observations regarding the child’s abilities and development.
The settling in sessions should be arranged at mutually suitable times and should occur during varying times of the day including over a meal time.
PROMOTING A SECURE BASE
Once the child has experienced different times of the nursery day,it is time to start to fit these together to establish continuity of the day. Once the child responds to the key person, the child is ready for the parent to spend short periods of time away from them. This usually occurs after only a couple of accompanied sessions. If signs of distress are still apparent, the separation needs to be approached more slowly, starting with the parent staying in the room but taking a‘backseat’,while the key person spends time with the child.
Once a relationship with the child’s key person has been established, the child can cope with the longer day. After the initial week, the key person reviews the settling in period with the parent and discusses how well the child has settled. They discuss any problems that may have arisen and plan how these will be approached.
Fees are payable monthly (in advance), preferably by bank standing order although cash and cheques made payable to ‘Woodroyd Nursery & Children’s Centre’ are acceptable if paid directly to the Nursery Manager or admin team.
Invoices are sent out monthly to all parents/carers and payments must be made by the end of the calendar month.
If payment is not received,a telephone call is made and following this,if a payment is not made, a letter of reminder will be issued informing them that their childcare may be revoked if they do not bring their account up-to-date.
Failure to come to an agreement regarding outstanding fees will result in the debt being passed on to our local solicitor to act on our behalf.At any point, an alternative payment method may be discussed and agreed with the Nursery Manager.
Fees are calculated by taking the child’s weekly attendance fee, multiplying by 50 (the number of weeks the nursery is open during the year), and dividing by 12 to provide a regular, equal monthly payment.
Government Early Education Funding (EEF) is available to all children in the term following their 3rd birthday and 2 year eligibility funding available to children whose parents fulfil the required criteria. Our current commitment is to provide a 3 hour session (15 hours per week) which can be taken either in a morning or afternoon session during school term time only. This session may be ‘topped up’ at an additional cost to provide a full morning or afternoon of childcare and education.
We are unable to give refunds or offer another day in lieu when registered or booked extra sessions are not attended for any reason. The nursery does not permit the pro-rata reduction of payment fees if the child is absent from the nursery due to illness or holidays whilst the nursery is open. The parent/carer is therefore obliged to make full payment over 50 weeks.
The nursery reserves the right to increase the fees annually by giving one month’s written notice of the proposed increase.
Parents/carers are required to give four full weeks written notice if their child no longer requires a nursery place or wishes to change the sessions currently allocated. Alternatively, one month’s fees may be paid in lieu of notice.
Key Commitment 1: The nursery is committed to building a culture of safety in which children are protected from abuse and harm in all areas of its service delivery.
The Nursery Manager is the designated person who is responsible for carrying out child protection and safeguarding procedures.
As Named person the Nursery Manager ensures the Nursery has established its practice with statutory and voluntary organisations regard to safeguarding children are maintained. The West Yorkshire and Bradford Safeguarding policies and procedures are actively used to ensure this good practice.
The Nursery Manager will ensure that all staff have received appropriate training in child protection and safeguarding matters. All staff are given copies of the safeguarding policies and procedures through induction. All staff are made aware of any changes and trained on child protection and safeguarding.
The Nursery Manager will ensure that aspects of differences in traditions and culture as well as disability and special educational needs receive full consideration inchild protection related matters.
The Nursery Manager ensures that all policies and procedures are available and explained to parents and carers.
Key Commitment 2. The nursery is committed to responding promptly and appropriately to all incidents and concerns of abuse that may occur and to work with statutory agencies in accordance with the procedures that are set down in ‘what to do if you think a child is being abused’. (Gov.UK 2006)
There are procedures in place to prevent known abusers from coming into the organisation. (Link recruiting staff policy Safeguarding Children Policy and Safeguarding Procedures).
There are procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse against a member of staff reporting to the Local Authority LADO. (Link allegations against staff, carers and volunteers)
There are procedures in place for reporting possible abuse of children within the nursery. (See Nursery safeguarding procedure) Ofsted will be informed as soon as reasonably practicable but no later than 14 days of any allegations of serious harm or abuse by any person working or looking after children or any other abuse which is alleged to have taken place on the premises and of the action taken in respect of these allegations.
There are procedures in place for working in partnership with agencies involving the child protection at risk register.
These procedures take account of working with families with a‘child in need’ or who are affected by issues of vulnerability such as homelessness, asylum, mental ill health, drug/alcohol abuse or domestic violence.
These procedures take account of diversity and inclusion issues to promote equal treatment of families with a ‘child in need’ that take account of differences in values and traditions, as well as issues of disability and special educational needs.
KEY COMMITMENT3: THE NURSERY IS COMMITTED TO PROMOTING AWARENESS OF CHILD ABUSE ISSUES THROUGHOUT ITS TRAINING AND LEARNING PROGRAMMES FOR ADULTS. IT IS ALSO COMMITTED TO EMPOWERING YOUNG CHILDREN, THROUGH ITS EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM, PROMOTING THEIR RIGHT TO BE STRONG, RESILIENT AND LISTENED TO.
All staff must receive adequate training in child protection matters and have access to the nursery policy and procedure for reporting concerns of possible abuse. It is the Nursery Managers responsibility to ensure that this is achieved.
All staff will have be provided with adequate information on issues affecting vulnerability in families such as homelessness, asylum, mental ill health, drug/alcohol abuse or domestic violence, together with training that takes account of differences in values and traditions as well as issues of disability and special educational needs.
The nursery uses all available guidance materials for young children including the Early Years Foundation Stage that support and promote children to be strong, resilient and listened to.
Woodroyd Nursery promotes the wider aspects of children’s safety through adherence to the following procedures:
- Non-collection of children
- Missing child
- Critical incident procedure
- Death of a child within the nursery
The nursery has a legal requirement to inform Ofsted of the following changes:
- Any changes in the address of the premises of which childcare is provided
- Any changes to the address of the premises; to the premises which may affect the space available to them and the quality of the childcare available to them; in the name or address of the provider
- Any proposal to change the hours during which childcare is provided; or to provide overnight care.
- Any significant event which is likely to affect the suitability of the early years provider or any person who cares for, or is in regular contact with, children on the premises to look after children;
- Where the early year’s provision is provided by a company, any change in the name or registered number of the company.
- Where the early year’s provision is provided by a charity, any change in the name or registration number of the charity.
- Where the childcare is provided by a partnership, body corporate or unincorporated association, any change to the ‘nominated individual.
- Where the childcare is provided by a partnership, body corporate or unincorporated association whose sole or main purpose is the provision of childcare, and change to the individuals who are partners in, or a director, secretary or other officer or members of its governing body.
- A member of staff is disqualified by association – If a member of staff lives or works in the same household as someone who is disqualified to work with children, they may become disqualified by association. This requirement “guards against an individual working with young children who may be under the influence of a person who lives with them and where that person may pose a risk to children i.e. ‘by association’.”Providers are required to notify Ofsted about a change of Named person except for managers, as specified.
Providers must give Ofsted the new person’s name, any former names or aliases, date of birth, and home address. If there is a change of manager, providers must notify Ofsted that a new manager has been appointed. Where it is reasonably practicable to do so,notification must be made in advance. In other cases, notification must be made as soon as is reasonably practicable, but always within 14 days. A registered provider who,without reasonable excuse,fails to comply with these requirements commits an offence.
If a parent is unhappy about any aspect of their child’s care or how they feel there child has been treated, they should discuss their concern with their child’s key person.
Many issues can be sorted out at this level and the key person should listen to the parent about what they are unhappy about, offer an explanation and if appropriate, offer an apology. If the parent is not happy with the key person’s response they should be directed to the Nursery Manager. The issue and how it was resolved should be recorded in the child’s file.
If a parent wishes to complain about the key person, another member of staff, finance, hours or any other issue, they should be directed to the Nursery Manager.
Some parents will want to make a written complaint; others will prefer to make a verbal complaint. The Nursery Manager should write down the main issues of the complaint, whether written or verbal and place it in the child’s file.
The Nursery Manager will investigate the complaint and provide time to feed back to the parent. A written response will also be made to parents and a copy kept in the child’s file.
If the parent is still not satisfied, or if the complaint is about the Nursery Manager,the parent is asked to forward their complaint verbally or in writing to the Chair of the Board of Directors.
If the parent is not satisfied it will be explained to them that they are entitled to make a complaint to Ofsted if they wish. The Nursery Manager will assist in any complaint investigation as well as producing documentation that records the steps taken in response to the original complaint.
Additional policies are available. Individual copies can be requested.