For Our Parents
For Our Parents
Your Children’s security and safety is at the forefront of everything we do at Blossoms. We take every step to ensure children are safeguarded at all times. Entrusting us with the care and learning of your child is a responsibility we take with the utmost importance throughout your time with us at Blossoms.
The nursery has strict policies and procedures in place for the daily running of the setting to ensure children's safety is paramount to everything we do. We undertake regular reviews of all security. This includes:
- Daily Risk Assessments
- Daily Health and Safety Checks
- Fire Evacuation Drills
- Regular Checking of Equipment and Building
- Staff DBS checks and Suitability Declarations
All parents will be asked to provide us with contact details and emergency contacts upon registration. On entering the building this will be checked to verify identity. We also have a password system in place.
You are required to let us know if anyone other than those stated on registration forms wishes to collect your child so appropriate arrangements can be made. Failure to do so will mean we will not release your child until consent.
All visitors to the nursery will be accompanied by a member of our team whilst on site.
We have robust systems in place to ensure identification is checked and all team members understand the procedure for accepting visitors. Those without identification will be refused entry to the setting.
Visitors will be asked to sign in and out of the visitors log, Visitors are required to wear a visitor's lanyard whilst in the setting as clear identification to staff, children and families of an authorised visitor.
All visitors are required to leave their mobile phones in the nursery office within a locked box.
All staff at Blossoms undergo a rigorous recruitment procedure when they start with us. All staff undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check regardless of their position within the setting. This highlights any cautions, reprimands, final warnings or convictions they have on record, plus any additional information on their Police record considered relevant to their post. We ask for a minimum of two references, one must be from their most recent employment. Any gaps in work history must be accounted for.
We check applicants right to work in the UK, and they undertake a six month induction with us, where we work alongside them to ensure they fully adopt our ethos, policies and procedures. All staff undertake Pediatric First Aid, Food Safety and Safeguarding Training.
During outings we maintain above the recommended adult child ratios to ensure children's safety and well being is well cared for.
We ensure there is a first aider present on every outing and emergency contacts, mobile phone and outings bag is taken. Children wear wristbands and high visibility vests at all times.
Health and Well being
At Blossoms Childcare we provide fresh nutritional home cooked meals. Children are encouraged to eat vegetables and fresh fruit every day which are locally sourced. Our Mealtimes are a social, interactive time of the day, where our team sit down to eat with the children to provide support, encouragement and role model healthy eating.
Children help to cook and prepare meals and snack where possible, and older children help to set the table, serve themselves and help tidy away- all valuable life lessons which encourage independence and promote our values.
Our included varied snacks offer each child a healthy choice of food option and drink during the nursery day which they prepare at the table guided by a member for team. This encourages every child to speak with confidence and choose for themselves, promoting independence. All children have unlimited access to water throughout the day.
We cater for all special dietary requirements and this is discussed with each individual family during our registration process
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The EYFS is how the Government and Early Years describe the time in your child’s life between birth and the age of 5 years. This is a crucial time in your child’s life as it starts to set the seeds for later learning and provides the foundations for building future skills and learning. This stage also begins to get your child ready for school.
We believe this this stage of learning should be happy, child led, fun, stimulating and rich in varied activities to help children develop their own sense of self and gain confidence to try and experience new things.
The EYFS sets out the following:
The Statutory Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements set out the legal framework which everyone registered to look after children must follow in order to keep your child safe and promote their welfare:
- Child Protection
- Suitable People
- Staff Qualifications, Training, Support and Skills
- Key Person
- Staff: Child Ratios
- Managing Behaviour
- Safety and Suitability of Premises, Environment and Equipment
- Special Educational Needs
- Information and Records
Our nursery policies set out how we exceed all of the legal requirements and detail our procedures for our team to follow throughout their practice. A copy of our nursery policies can found in the information tab.
The 7 Areas of Learning and Development guide us as professionals’ in our engagement with your child’s play and guides how they learn new skills and knowledge. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS. The expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year; these expectations are called the “Early Learning Goals (ELGs)”
Your key person will update you about your child’s learning regularly and provide feedback regarding your child’s learning and development. We hold regular meetings and provide written updates on their progress throughout each term.
After your child turns 2, we will provide a written summary of how your child is progressing against the 3 prime areas of learning: communication and language; physical development; and personal, social and emotional development. This is called the progress check at age 2. This check will highlight areas where your child is progressing well and anywhere they might need some extra help or support – and how we can support family members or carers to work with the key person to help. You might find it useful to share the information from the check with other professionals such as health visitors (who can use it as part of the health and development review).
Keeping You Informed
At Blossoms Childcare we strongly believe that working in partnership with our parents and families is the best way to help children develop. We will work with you to ensure we keep you updated with your child’s progress on every step of their journey with us, and ask that you would do the same.
On starting at Blossoms your child will be allocated a key person, this role is to help ensure that every child’s care is tailored to their individual needs and interests to help them develop the best that they can. To help your child become familiar with the nursery, routine and develop a settled relationship for your child and you. They will provide feedback to you each day and offer support in your child’s development and offer ideas for supporting learning at home.
At Blossoms Childcare we use an online Learning Journey system (Tapestry); this allows staff and parents to access the information from any computer via a personal, password-protected login. This can be downloaded as an app, and you will receive notifications when new observations, photographs and assessments are added- you can also add media and messages creating a two way partnership of information, helping us to plan activities and learned based on your child’s interests from home and what they have been up to.
All of our Policies will be explained during the Registration Process, and will include:
- Accident, Incident and First Aid Policy
- Achieving Positive Behaviour and Promoting British Values
- Admissions and Charging Policy
- Adverse Weather Policy
- Arrivals and Departures Policy
- Allergy and Allergic Reaction Policy
- Employment Staffing Policy
- Complaints Policy
- Confidentiality, Data Protection and Information Sharing Policy
- E- Safety Policy
- The Early Years Foundation Stage Policy
- Fire Safety, Critical Incidents and Emergency Evacuation Policy
- Inclusion, Equality and Diversity Policy
- Health and Safety Policy
- Food and Drink Policy
- Late Collection and Uncollected Child Policy
- Looked after Children Policy
- Medication, Illness and Infection Control Policy
- Missing Child Policy
- Nappy Changing, Toileting and Intimate Care Policy
- Outdoor Play and Protection from the Weather Policy
- Outings Policy
- Partnership with Parents Policy
- Safeguarding Children Policy
- Sleep Policy
- Supervision of Visitors Policy
- Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy
- Tapestry Policy
- Transition Policy
- Use of Dummies, Bottles and Cups Policy
- Whistleblowing Policy