This policy shows how we value all children, parents and staff in our nursery regardless of race, gender, religion or disability. Our nursery is open to all members of the community and we ensure that the nursery promotes this in our practice and information provided.
We ensure the nursery is a safe environment for your child. We risk assess all furniture, rooms and resources to ensure the nursery is safe for children and adults at all times. We ensure all activities are safe for the children and that the indoor and outdoor environments are checked for any risks before opening and closing the nursery.
We make sure that all medicines are kept in a locked cabinet or a fridge should be having them in nursery. We only give children medicine which has been PRESCRIBED by a Doctor. Parents will need to sign a permission form giving clear information about the medicine, times and dosage. Every dosage is accounted for and dated and signed by the person administering it and a witness on the child’s permission slip.
The nursery have no nuts or nut related food groups in the nursery. When serving food we ensure that constant VIGILANCE is portrayed at all times to ensure a child with an allergy does not share another child’s food. Each child has an individual placemat with any dietary requirements written on it and there are special dietary lists in all rooms and the kitchen so all staff is aware of children’s particular dietary needs.
We believe in promoting positive behaviour at Zebedees and we encourage this through using golden rules, special helpers and praise. We ensure our staff are role models to the children and value each child as an individual.
Our cook has a food hygiene certificate and is fully trained in food handling and health and safety. We ensure all rooms are cleaned throughout the day and at the end of the nursery day children’s toys are cleaned. Staffs wear disposable gloves and aprons to change nappies and we have a nappy changing procedure in place. We encourage children to wash their hands before eating or after being outside. Children with contagious illnesses must not return to nursery before the time stated in our policy attached to this welcome pack. The nursery has a secure door entry system in place with the use of key fobs. Our fire safety procedures are clearly displayed throughout the nursery and all fire equipment is checked and replaced regularly.
There has been a lot of influence in schools and nurseries as a result of the Jamie Oliver campaign to improve the standard of food offered to our children. We have an advantage over many maintained settings where we can directly choose what to feed our children and do not need to rely on long-term contracts with big suppliers.
We believe that good-eating habits in the early years are extremely important. All food is freshly prepared in the nursery by our own qualified cook. We provide well-balanced meals including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, all bought from local small suppliers. We use organic produce where possible, including our milk; our aim is to promote healthy growth and bone structure by offering a balanced menu containing protein, complex carbohydrates and vitamins. We try to cover two thirds of a child’s daily requirement in vitamins and nutrition.
We recognize our influence on children’s food intake and eating behaviour and we encourage our children to try new foods and to sit down at the table and share food together. We supply fresh fruit (organic where possible) for both snacks and puddings, two fresh vegetables (organic where possible) each day and good quality meat.
Children are given fresh drinking water (available in classrooms throughout the day) and organic milk at snack and tea times.
In order to maintain a healthy environment children should be kept at home if unwell. Minor coughs and colds will not exclude attendance at nursery, as long as the child is well enough to cope with the nursery day.
Nursery will administer prescribed medicines under certain conditions. The appropriate forms must be completed and signed by the parent/carer and the medicine must have the prescription attached.
If a child has diarrhoea and/or is vomiting, then they must be kept out of the nursery for 48 hours AFTER the last episode.
Unfortunately accidents do sometimes happen at nursery even though you try to prevent them. All accidents are recorded on an accident form which tells you what has happened, where it happened and how the child was. You will be asked to sign this form when you collect your child as well as the person who dealt with the accident and the Manager in charge that day. In the event of a serious accident taking place we will contact you immediately or your emergency contact to advise you of the event and what action has been taken in regard to what might be a hospital attendance.