Safeguarding

At Batford Nursery School and Day Care, we never take for granted the faith you place in us when you entrust your child to our care. We understand it is not always easy to wave your child off to nursery for the first time and we want you to be assured that safeguarding of the children in our care is our highest priority and we aim to care for them the way you look after them yourself at home. Beyond keeping children safe and happy in our setting, wider safeguarding of children is paramount and is our statutory duty.

Recruitment

Our recruitment procedures ensure that all staff are suitable to work with children.

All adults working in the nursery school and day care have undergone an enhanced DBS check.

Training

Staff and governors complete safeguarding training as part of their induction and every three years thereafter; staff have refresher training annually.

Staff have undergone Prevent training, to be on guard for signs of radicalisation in children and families, and we will actively challenge extremist views that undermine core British values.

We are trained to be alert to signs of harm or abuse and will act on any issues brought to our attention. Occasionally, this may mean we have to have uncomfortable conversations with parents in order to establish facts and allay concerns. We do not shirk from this and know that you would not expect us to – at all times, the children and their wellbeing come first.

Designated Safeguarding Person

We have appointed a Designated Safeguarding Person (DSP) in both the nursery school and the day care. These are:

 Batford Nursery School
Batford Day Care
DSP Sarah Hedges DSP Jo Hobbs
Deputy DSPs

Gemma Bacon
Laura Butler
(Jenni Voskanian -
mat leave)

Deputy DSPs

Rosemary Quint and Lauren Harvey
(Nicola Mainwaring  - mat. leave)

There is also a linked governor for Safeguarding on the governing body of the Nursery School: Stephanie Lane.

Procedures

We use an online child protection management system (CPOMS) to record all incidents in school, however small, so that we have a full history and can identify any patterns in behaviour.

We follow the statutory guidance for schools and also the procedures established by the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board.

Curriculum

The school and day care settings have effective arrangements in place to address a range of issues such as child protection, pupil health and safety, bullying (including cyberbullying), provision of first aid and school security.  We also take seriously our duty to protect pupil privacy in accordance with Data Protection legislation.

We use the curriculum to start to develop children’s understanding, awareness and resilience: the curriculum for Personal, Social and Educational Development provides opportunities for children to learn about keeping safe.  Although our children are very young we are aware that web enabled technology and social media is reaching ever younger children and we want our children to know how to be eSafe.