Policies and procedures
At Barrowford Nursery we have a comprehensive set of policies and procedures demonstrating our professional approach to processes and practice as well as compliance with the requirements of law. We feel it is essential to have robust and clear policies and procedures which staff can understand, follow and implement to ensure high-quality provision and an enjoyable experience for each and every child and their families.
Policies and procedures enable us to plan and provide evidence that sound practice is taking place, for example our policy on parental partnership demonstrates the nursery’s commitment to working with parents for the benefit of the children’s care, welfare and early learning.
Our nursery team work together to develop our policies and they are reviewed, at least, on an annual basis. We are consistently reflective of our policies and procedures and find that reviewing them enables us to provide the best possible provision for our families and the local community.
We have our own Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, which adopts the Lancashire Early Years Child Protection Policies and Procedures as its core content. We also follow Lancashire County Council Continuum of Need and ensure that all statutory welfare requirements are met.
Our nursery has a duty under the law to help safeguard children against suspected or actual ‘significant harm’. The way we work with, and the relationships we build, with our children and their families ensures we are aware of any problems that may emerge, offering support which could include referral to appropriate agencies. We endeavour to help any of our families who may be in difficulty.
Our own procedures and practices ensure that children are safeguarded from any purposeful harm whilst in our care and we have a robust policy for managing complaints or allegations against a member of staff.
The law requires that we report all suspected instances of abuse. Our two nominated Safeguarding Officers are Karen Ashworth and Elaine Barlow. All our staff have attended Lancashire County Council Safeguarding training and are updated in line with statutory requirement.
Our Local Offer is what we, as a nursery provider, offer for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN).