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Policies

All our policies are designed to offer the best possible experience for the children and their families.

Our policies are reviewed on a regular basis and comments and suggestions from parents are always welcome.

The following are a summary of the individual policies:

Health and Hygiene – Policy and Practice

Our Playgroup promotes a healthy lifestyle and a high standard of hygiene in it’s day to day working with children and adults.

Parental Involvement Policy

Parents are the first educators of their children.  The aim of the playgroup is to support this essential work, not to replace the parents.

Behaviour Management Policy

We aim to work towards a situation in which children can develop self-discipline and self-esteem in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement.

Equal Opportunities Policy

We believe that the group’s activities should be open to all children and families, and to all adults committed to their welfare.  We aim to ensure that all who wish to work in, or volunteer to help with our playgroup have an equal right to do so.

Child Protection – Policy and Procedure

We intend to create in our playgroup an environment in which children are safe from abuse and in which any suspicion of abuse will receive a prompt and appropriate response.

Student and Placement Policy

We recognise that the quality and variety of work, which goes on in playgroup makes it an ideal place for students. Placements from school, college, and from childcare courses, as well as students from the Diploma in Pre-school practice or Tutor Fieldworker courses are encouraged.

Admissions Policy

It is our intention to make our playgroup genuinely accessible to children and families from all sections of the local communities.

Confidentiality Policy

The playgroup’s work with children and families will sometimes bring us into contact with confidential information.

To ensure that all those using and working in the playgroup can do so with confidence, we will respect confidentiality at all times.

Settling in Playgroup – Policy and Practice

We want children to feel safe and happy in the absence of their parents, recognising other adults as a source of authority, help and friendship. They should be able to share with their parents afterwards the new learning experiences enjoyed in Playgroup.

Complaints Procedure

We believe children and parents are entitled to expect courtesy and prompt, careful attention to their needs and wishes.  Our intention is to work in partnership with parents and the community.

We welcome suggestions to improve the playgroup at any time.

Special Needs

The Playgroup aims to have regard to the Department for Education and Employment’s Code of Practice, “The Identification and Assessment of Special Needs”, and to provide a welcome, and appropriate learning opportunities, for all children.

Staffing and Employment Policy

A high adult to child ratio is essential in providing good quality playgroup care.

Selecting Equipment / Toys – Policy and Practice

The toys and equipment in playgroup provide opportunities for children to develop new skills and concepts in the course of their play and exploration, with adult help where appropriate.

Safety – Policy and Practice

The safety of young children is of paramount importance.  We will endeavour to ensure the safety of both children and adults at all times.

Policy for Providing Food and Drink
Parents are asked to provide packed lunches for their child in containers that can be easily stored. All containers must be clearly marked with the child’s name.

Children will be provided with regular drinks and food in adequate quantities for their needs.  Dietary needs and allergies will be taken into consideration.

We encourage parents/carers to provide a healthy lunch for their child. Children are encouraged to eat the healthy items in their lunch boxes before any treats.

Fizzy drinks are actively discouraged.

Smoking Policy

The Playgroup has adopted a policy for providing a smoke free environment.

Child Protection Statement 

It may be helpful for parents to know that the Local Education Authority requires staff to report any obvious or suspected cases of child abuse, which includes non-accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse.

This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and schools and playgroups are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry.

This does mean that staff risk upsetting some parents by reporting a case, which on investigation proves unfounded.

In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents, appreciate how difficult it is for staff to carry out this delicate responsibility, will accept that the staff are acting in what are believed to be the best interests of the child.

Copies of all Policies, in full, are available for inspection at the Playgroup