Listed below are summaries of our core policies and procedures. If you would like a full copy of any of our policies and procedures, please speak to your nursery manager who will be happy to provide you with them.
Behaviour Management Policy
At Tommies, we believe in a consistent and positive approach to managing the behaviour of children in our nurseries. We ensure that staff develop effective strategies and use positive methods that are tailored to each child.
Our staff will always take your child’s needs into consideration and will work towards meeting them in the setting. Our nurseries have high expectations of behaviour to ensure that all children develop a sense of right and wrong and care and consideration for other people.
We aim to keep children continuously engaged in activities that contribute to their ongoing learning. We will also regularly create new environments for children that are stimulating, motivating and encourage learning and development.
Equality & Diversity Policy
At Tommies, our staff take great care to ensure that all of our settings are fully inclusive, valuing all children and showing respect to different ethnicities, cultures, racial origins, languages and gender. We encourage all children to develop positive attitudes and thinking towards those from diverse backgrounds.
Discrimination of any kind has no place within our nurseries.
We have designated equal opportunities co-ordinators at each of our nurseries who actively promote equality. Our equal opportunities co-ordinators will ensure that resources and equipment are appropriate for all children. They will also ensure that cultural beliefs and calendar events are celebrated.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Policy
At Tommies, our staff follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. The EYFS enables our staff to underpin our high standards of learning, development and care of children from the age of birth to 5 years.
Our staff use the EYFS to support how and what your child will be learning in order for them to develop further. At Tommies, children will be learning skills acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
All of our staff members are committed to teaching and supporting children by making sure that activities are suited to their unique needs and interests. We actively promote children’s progress and document their learning by completing regular observations, which are used to plan activities around individual children’s interests. These observations are all recorded in children’s learning journals which are available to view at any time. Parents are encouraged to contribute to all aspects of their child’s learning whilst at the nursery.
Health & Safety Policy
At Tommies, the Health and Safety of all children in our care is of paramount importance. Our staff will always strive to go beyond the minimum statutory requirements to ensure that health and safety of your child remains our first priority.
All of our staff are qualified and trained to create safe learning environments for children. At least one member of staff will conduct a safety check at the beginning and end of each day to ensure that the nursery environment is safe and secure.
We have designated Health and Safety co-ordinators at each of our nurseries who are responsible for this area. The co-ordinators will carry out regular checks on first aid kits, ensure that the Health and Safety policy is fully adhered to and complete and monitor risk assessments.
At Tommies, we believe that all nursery staff should be fully trained in paediatric first aid.
All of our nurseries are kept secure and each have locked doors that can only be opened by staff. All visitors to our nurseries are required to sign the visitor’s book on arrival and departure, and we ensure that visitors will not be left unsupervised with children.
At Tommies, a child can only be collected by their parents/carers or by a person that has been given permission. If our staff do not recognise a person that is collecting a child, then the child will remain at nursery until a member of staff can contact the child’s parents/carers.
Healthy Eating Policy
At Tommies, we believe a healthy, balanced diet and regular physical activity are essential for children’s health and well-being.
All of the meals and snacks that we serve at nursery are planned around a healthy and balanced diet.
Our menus are tailor-made for children by our on-site chef. As well as creating a balanced diet for children, the chef will take into account any dietary requirements that parents/carers have mentioned.
At Tommies, we pride ourselves on our high standards of food hygiene, which is why all of our staff who come into contact with food hold a Food Safety Level 2 Certificate.
At Tommies, we understand that there may be times where your child may require medication whilst at nursery. Therefore on those occasions where your child may require medication, you will be asked to complete a medication record detailing the directions to be followed for administering the medication. We must advise you that we are only obliged to take prescribed medication, and the dosage allowance outlined on the prescription label.
The only non-prescribed medication we will administer are those that are given for teething or nappy rash. We also allow Calpol to be administered for high temperatures only.
Safeguarding Children Policy
At Tommies, our prime responsibility is the welfare, safety and protection of all children in our care.
All of our staff are trained in line with the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board’s (LSCB) guidance and procedures. Our staff also use the statutory guidance, “Working Together to Safeguard Children” and “Keeping Children Safe in Education” to underpin our safeguarding procedures. Our staff will work together with parents and outside agencies to ensure all guidelines are followed.
We have a designated Safeguarding Person at each of our nurseries who act as the lead person for any safeguarding concerns. This person will ensure that all safeguarding policies are followed and will lead on any safeguarding concerns.
All staff at Tommies, no matter what role they have, will be fully vetted and must hold a current enhanced DBS.