ST MICHAEL’S PRE-SCHOOL
St Michael’s Pre-school is open to every family in the community. The waiting list is not operated on a first come first served basis. The waiting list gives first priority to children resident in St Michael’s, their age and then if they have any siblings already at pre-school.
If spaces are available, children can be accepted as soon as they attain the age of two and a half years old. The waiting list takes into account the date of birth rather than the date of enrolment and everything will be done to accommodate late comers.
A member of staff will help with the separation by initiating a relationship with you and your child and using activities that interest them. Positive conversation and lots of reassurance supports these first times and the keyperson relationship begins to establish itself.
To achieve this
To support this approach we endeavour to make sure another member of staff will also be familiar with the child, accommodating for illness and absences.
We like to execute a rolling snack time, each day with
a different member of staff. This enables key people to eat with their
key children and to enhance the relationships they are making with their
peers. It is also a good opportunity to engage in conversations, getting
to know our children better.
The key person will liaise with the parents/carers to
support the child’s play and development, exchanging information.
The key person will work with the group SENCO to support any SEN and AEN of their key children.
Health, Hygiene and Safety Policy
Michael’s pre-school aims to provide a safe and secure environment
for the child and conforms with the Food Safety Act 1990 and with the
Pre-school Learning Alliance guidelines for health, hygiene and safety.
The pre-school ensures that all food preparation areas are thoroughly cleaned and that all children and adults wash their hands before handling food. One member of staff has obtained the RIPHH (Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene) qualification. At our snack times we aim to provide nutritious options to meet the children’s individual needs. P lease refer to our ‘snack policy’ for details of our procedure.
Care Plans and Administering medicines
Accidents and Incidents
We advise the use of sun creams in the summer months to protect the children during outside play and encourage you to apply this before arriving at the setting. In the event that you run out of time or have forgotten we have a bottle of sun screen in the foyer of the hall for you to use. We would ask you to contribute to the replacement by way of a donation of 50p. I am sure you will understand the cost to the pre-school if parents use this on a regular basis.
The incident book has many uses for us
During your child’s session at pre-school we endeavour to provide a safe environment enabling easy access to activities inside and outside and to the toilet facilities.
Each day, staff will carry out risk assessments as they set up in the morning. Floors and surfaces are inspected to make sure rubbish and items are removed from the area. Doors are propped open to ensure the children can go in and out to the toilet area without risk to the doors closing on them. The toilet doors are fitted with bolts out of reach of the children so that they cannot accidentally shut themselves in. Also we hang towels over the tops of doors so that fingers are safe from being pinched as the children push the door too, for privacy. The kitchen area is safe from chemicals which are kept out of reach and the door closed as staff go in and out.
The tables and chairs are of a suitable height for the children. Sometimes activities are set up on a floor area to make playing with them safe. Staff are vigilant in their monitoring of activities containing small objects. We actively discourage the children from putting things in their mouths.
Tools such as scissors and our wood work tools are only available with adult supervision, showing by example how these should be held and used.
We have visual reminders of the children who have particular allergies so that any member of staff delivering snack time can always refer to when unsure about foods that are on offer.
Staff access paediatric first aid training every three
years. At least 2 members of trained paediatric first aiders are in attendance
at each session.
We hold public liability insurance and employers
liability insurance, which can be seen displayed in the foyer of the hall.
Behaviour and Discipline Policy
Michael’s pre-school aims to give a good secure grounding to the
child’s future and accepts that all children are individuals. We
have an Inclusion and Equal Opportunities policy to support this ethos
and work to meet the personal, social and emotional needs of the children.
We will always endeavour to work with parents to ensure consistent expectations of children’s behaviour.
Such behaviour as biting, kicking, throwing objects, swearing and discriminating behaviour and remarks are unacceptable. The pre-school will treat all such behaviour with understanding and will be positive in it’s praise and encouragement of good acceptable behaviour.
Our incident book is used to record what has happened, including dates, times and names to see if there is a pattern to such behaviour. We endeavour to look at areas and activities making sure they are presented in a way that encourages positive play. We also look at the grouping of children to ensure suitability of numbers at the different activities. All staff are aware that during rough and tumble play the children can sometimes become hurt. In these situations the children are supported with positive words and take opportunities to explore concepts of right and wrong.
There will be no corporal punishment and no labeling.
The pre-school will ensure that children are removed quickly from any
difficult situations to ‘cool off’. The children will be invited
to rejoin activities when a simple word of ‘sorry’ to the
injured party is heard. No child will be excluded from the general area.
Usually children do not like to see others upset
and these situations are resolved quickly and gently.
Collection of Child Policy
We ask for prompt pick up at the end of the session. We fully understand sometimes events may mean that you are running late.
Named people who can collect children are recorded on the children’s contract and without prior notice from the parents/carers, no one else can pick the children up.
If a person unknown, and the pre school has not been
notified, comes to collect a child we would make stringent checks to whom
the person was, including phoning the parents and asking questions.
In the event that a child has not been collected we take
care of the child ensuring that they do not become distressed. There will
always be two qualified staff on the premises until the child is collected.
Please refer to our policy regarding uncollected
Uncollected Child Policy
This procedure is discussed when talking to new parents
on their introductory visit and child’s entry to the preschool.
We assure parents/carers that their child will be properly cared for by
two fully vetted members of staff in the event that they are unavoidably
Staff do not leave the premises to look for parents/carers, nor do they agree to take a child home with them under any circumstances. Parents/carers should be aware that there is no insurance cover outside the opening hours of the pre-school.
Should a relative or friend try to collect a child without prior notice to the pre-school we would not be releasing the child until we have contacted the parent/carer to verify the situation.
On occasions when people unknown to the pre-school staff, arrive to collect a child, we would have agreed a ‘password’ with the parent/carer in advance. This password will be recorded on the child’s records so that all staff would have access to this information.
With an enormous emphasis on our ‘partnership with parents’ we encourage family members and friends to accompany the parents/carers as they drop off or collect their child. This is extremely useful for the staff to meet and become familiar with the names and faces of people who will be called on to pick up children known to them.
Please be assured that unless you have told us
of a change in the person picking up your child, we will not be releasing
them to anyone until we have spoken to you.
Security / Lost Child Policy
maintain the highest possible level of security of our premises to ensure
complete safety of your child whilst at pre-school.
At St. Michael’s Pre-School in the unlikely event
of a child leaving the premises without parent or carer, the following
procedures will be followed.
As we have an outside play area, please be assured that the correct staff/child ratio is adhered to and at no time do the children have access to outside play with out members of staff.
Please rest assured we have no current worries
about security, but the vulnerable moments are at dropping off and picking
up times. A gate on the internal door is used to discourage children from
running in and out at pick up and drop off times. Children accessing the
toilets at these times do so with parents/carers or a member of staff.
Safe Guarding Children
Michael’s Pre-school follows the policies set out by The Children’s
What happens if an allegation of abuse is made against a member of staff in the Setting?
Always remember, -The welfare of the child is Paramount.
On induction new staff members are given a copy of the group’s policies, which include the policy for refreshments. They are made aware of the importance of introducing foods to the children for a variety of needs.
Fresh water is available throughout the session, this is to meet the need for a drink as well as encouraging independence and promoting equal opportunity for all children to choose when they would like to have a drink. Staff deployment within the setting ensures that there is adult support when needed.
Our ‘rolling’ snack time between 10.15am and 11.15am enables the children to initiate their own access to refreshment. Water and milk are available alongside something to eat. The staff have a sound knowledge of healthy eating and balanced diets, they are able to encourage the children with enthusiasm to try new and different foods. We use celebrations and observe a variety of cultures to look at foods and the diets in a variety of countries. We use activities to discuss the weather conditions and climates that influence the success of crops and animal farming in different parts of the world thus forming their diet. During snack time we take opportunity to talk about our enjoyment of foods as well as the nutritious content and how our bodies keep healthy, grow and develop strength.
The children are encouraged to cook and prepare foods
on a regular basis. This gives the children an understanding of the amounts
needed for a portion of food per child. The children are able to make
choices and whilst observing the children’s likes and dislikes they
can help us plan to repeat foods and to try others.
The staff have daily access to information regarding
individuals, ie. Allergies, intolerance’s, medical and cultural
needs, this is updated on a regular basis and all staff are aware of the
importance of keeping abreast of this area.
Fire Evacuation Policy
In the event of a fire, as with the fire drill:
Regular fire drills are practised
through out the term and recorded in the register.
St Michael’s pre-school aims to give complete confidentiality on records and conversations held between;
Staff and volunteers are aware of confidentiality and
those issues, which must be kept confidential, and those, which must be
disclosed eg. Social Services.
Management to Staff
Non Smoking Policy
St Michael’s Pre-School we have a no smoking policy set out in the
Health and Safety regulations of the Welfare Requirements. This applies
to any member of staff and any visitor to the inside or outside premises
of the pre-school during any of our sessions. The hall management committee
is having receptacles fitted on the outside of the hall to accommodate
safe disposal of cigarettes on entry to the building.
As the hall is used for social occasions and clubs as well as the pre-school we are aware that sometimes the hall will have a lingering smell from people’s clothes from the previous evening. In these instances we ventilate the hall before the children arrive.
Currently we have no members of staff who smoke. Therefore the need to leave the building during breaks for a cigarette does not apply.
Part of our risk assessment involves an inspection
of the outside area to make sure that any lighters, cigarettes and or
packets are disposed of before the children access the area.
St Michaels Pre-School Special Educational Needs Policy
At St Michaels Pre-School our admission
policy offers places to all children from the age of 2.5 years onwards
including children with additional and special educational needs.
Early identification of needs can be found through our observations and records. Any information that you as parents/carers can give also supports us in gaining the ‘whole’ picture. Here we aim to adapt or change any physical or emotional barriers to your child accessing the curriculum and enjoying achievements of their potential.
Our ‘SENCO’, (Special Educational Needs Coordinator);
..assists in identifying any difficulties or barriers that your child may have in accessing the curriculum in full.
..helps to plan approaches and strategies.
..keeps parents/carers informed of progress.
..reviews the SEN policy each year -in consultation with the staff of the pre- school.
..liaises with the outside agencies who are there to help.
..is able to liaise with the Early Years Area SENCO (Carol Rowe).
Contacting outside help only occurs with full parental/carers consent and assurances of confidentiality between parent/carer, key worker and SENCO of the setting.
When using the Records of Transfer we pass on relevant
information to the next school or setting ensuring a smooth transition
to support you and your child.
Making Concerns Known Policy
A parent who is uneasy about any aspect of the groups provision should first of all talk it over with the pre-school leader or make use of the complaints record book in the foyer of the premises. If this does not have a satisfactory outcome in a couple of weeks, or if the problem recurs, the parent should put the concern or complaints in writing and request a meeting with the pre-school supervisor. Both parents and supervisor should have a friend or partner present if required and an agreed written record of the discussion should be made, signed also including a witness signature.
Most complaints should be resolved informally at this initial stage.
If the matter is still not sorted out to the parent’s satisfaction, the parent should again contact the owner.
If the parent and group cannot reach agreement, it might
be helpful to invite an external mediator, one who is acceptable to both
parties, to listen to both sides and to offer advice. A mediator has no
legal powers but can help clarify the situation. The mediator will help
define the problem, review the action so far and suggest further ways
in which it might be resolved.
Ultimately if all parties reach an impasse it may be necessary to contact OFSTED
0845 6 404040
Complaints Procedure Policy 28 days
St Michael’s Pre-school will handle complaints promptly, confidentially and fairly, when brought to the attention of the Pre-school Supervisor or manager. Each incident will be thoroughly investigated and the conclusions discussed with the person bringing the complaint. We would hope to be able to resolve any complaints at managerial level.
There is a book for a record of complaints in the foyer each day for parents/carers to write in or read.
All prospective and new families who join the group are given the group policies to read and made aware of the daily availability of the complaints record in the foyer to the hall. There is also a book for suggestions. This may be regarding a policy query or any ideas you might like to see included in our pre school. Please follow up any suggestions verbally with any of the staff.