Safeguarding and Child Protection

Safeguarding the children is our top priority at Nursery. We have a duty of care for all the children at the setting to make sure they are safe, secure and have a high well-being so that they can relax and enjoy their play and learning.

We all have a duty to care for the children and vulnerable young people and adults. If you ever feel anxious about a child’s well-being or safety please come and talk to us or call someone who can help.

Here is our Safeguarding Commitment:

Policy statement

Lake Street Nursery and Pre-School CIO will work with children, parents and the community to ensure the rights and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life. Our Safeguarding Policy is based on the three key commitments of the Early Years Alliance Safeguarding Children Policy.

Key commitment 1

Nursery is committed to building a ‘culture of safety’ in which children, young people and vulnerable adults are protected from abuse and harm in all areas of its service delivery.

Key commitment 2

Nursery is committed to responding promptly and appropriately to all incidents or concerns of abuse that may occur and to work with statutory agencies in accordance with the procedures that are set down in ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused’ (HMG 2015) and the Care Act 2014.

Key commitment 3

Nursery is committed to promoting awareness of child abuse issues throughout its training and learning programmes for adults. It is also committed to empowering young children, through its early childhood curriculum, promoting their right to be strong, resilient and listened to.

Our Safeguarding Lead at Nursery is Catherine Morey with Ben Haydon also trained as Deputy and all staff have received training in Safeguarding children. We work in partnership with Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board and other professionals when necessary. We have a duty of care to report concerns we may have or become aware of and will always to our utmost to work in partnership with parents, forming professional and caring relationships.

We also have a process in place for any concerns over the way staff are working with the children. Contact numbers for support are available on our notice boards and from the office. These will be made available on our web-site.

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