WELCOME TO SHENLEY CHURCH END PRESCHOOL
To provide a happy, stimulating and safe environment for children, staff and parents.
To facilitate the development of lively, enquiring minds, encouraging positive attitudes and independence towards learning.
To achieve high standards, enabling each child to develop their full potential and learn through play.
To provide a broad, relevant curriculum reflecting the needs of the individual child and fulfilling the requirements of the pre-school curriculum.
To provide opportunities for fun and friendship in a caring environment.
To support the important role of parents/carers in their young child’s education.
To maintain a happy and purposeful, learning environment which will challenge and motivate the children in our care.
To include and value the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality and diversity.
A curious mind
The educational programs at Shenley Church End Preschool were created with our children’s needs in mind: to mature and develop in a safe yet stimulating environment.
Here For You
Since October 2017 we have been implementing ‘planning in the moment’ in our setting.
This concept involves allowing child-initiated, real time, learning through play based on capturing the interest of a child at the current time. Young children have a natural desire to learn, explore and question and we are able to offer core provisions and an environment that enables this activity in order to capture the moment of engagement for each child.
When a child shows a level of interest and curiosity in one of our ‘environments’, our experienced practitioners seize the ‘teachable moment’ and try to build upon and enhance their experience.
We aim to provide opportunities and environments that stimulate curiosity over a range of activities.
We observe and listen closely so that we can follow the child’s lead
We pick up on the thing/place/person/idea that has sparked the child’s interest
We use open-ended questions that ask for a description, rather than a yes/no or other single word answer – using what/why/how questions
We praise and reinforce positive learning experiences
Broading life expierences
What is Cultural Capital in EYFS? Cultural Capital is all about providing children with experiences and opportunities to help them progress and achieve success. Essentially, it's about giving them everything they need for what comes next in their learning and development.
We love to explore the outdoors ,going on walks , A lot of our surrounding families live in flats so giving our children outdoor opportunities.
Our children love to go to PE on a Tuesday over in the leisure centres astro turf , where children can run and explore experimenting lots of ways of moving.
We love to hold a community food day exploring different cultrul food , exploring different cultrul celebrations getting our parents involved.
ST MARKS MEALS
Help where we can !
Being a charity we also work closely with an amazing charity called St Marks Meals by storing and providing food boxes for any of our families who are of need!
To be hungry as a child means your tummy hurts, which means you can’t focus on your lessons at school, or your body isn’t healthy enough to fight off illness, or you shiver a lot because you are cold, or you feel embarrassed when your friends snack or talk about dinner. And whatever the reason your family is struggling, when you are little , there is not much you can do about it. That’s why the help has to be ready, and in place for the precise moment that someone finds out that you need help.
You can find more information:
Outside is best
Outdoor play is essential for children's health and well-being, even playing with dirt and mud has its benefits.
"Without exposure to everyday germs, which can be found in mud, children miss out on building a stronger, more robust immunity to sickness,” Dr Ryan Harvey from House Call Doctor explains.
We can’t anti-bac nature, washing hands is key!
Let us use a common-sense approach when returning to our classrooms and remember that play is active. Hands-on learning:
“Little hands & fingers are made for touching exploring, prodding & pressing.
Little hands & fingers, poke, feel & caress.
Little hands & fingers stroke, hit, slap and swipe.
Little hands & fingers reach out, hold & point!
Little hands & fingers swop, share & carry!
Little hands & fingers are a child’s connection to their world.
Together to safeguard
Statement of Intent
At Shenley Church End Pre school we intend to create in our pre-school an environment in which children are safe from abuse and in which any suspicion of abuse is promptly and appropriately responded to, in accordance with information and guidance given Working Together to Safeguard Children 2014.
In order to achieve this we will: -
EXCLUDE KNOWN OFFENDERS
We will make it clear to applicants for posts within our pre-school that the position is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.)
All applicants for work within our pre-school whether voluntary or paid will be interviewed before an appointment is made and will be asked to provide at least two references. All such references will be followed up before the applicant is allowed contact with children. In the case of applicants with unexplained gaps in their employment history, or which have moved rapidly from one job to another, explanations will be sought.
All appointments will be subject to a probationary period and will not be confirmed unless the pre-school is very confident that the applicant can be safely entrusted with children.
All volunteers will undergo a comprehensive induction and be given a volunteer handbook which will include our safeguarding policy and robust information.
SEEK AND SUPPLY TRAINING
We will seek out training opportunities for all adults involved in the pre-school to ensure that they recognise the symptoms of possible PHYSICAL ABUSE, NEGLECT, EMOTIONAL ABUSE AND SEXUAL ABUSE.
Training will be updated every 3 years for all staff and every 2 years for our two designated Child Protection Officers, two members of staff and one member of the Committee. To ensure everyone receives training as stated we would keep a record of courses attended and review on an ongoing basis as part of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
PREVENT ABUSE BY MEANS OF GOOD PRACTICE.
Adults will not be left alone for long periods or time with individual children or with small groups. Adults who have not been registered as “suitable ” persons (i.e. full CRB checks undertaken and references received) will not
take children unaccompanied to the toilet, change nappies, clothes etc or be left in sole charge of any child or group of children.
Staff to Child ratios as set out in the governments EYFS statutory guidance 2014 will be adhered to at all times.
1 – 8 over 3 years (Best practice 6)1 – 4 under 3 years (Best practice 3)
Staff will notify another member of staff if they are due to help a child in the toilet, changing nappies or clothing to ensure that another staff member if always aware of a one to one staff child ratio occurring.
Children will be encouraged to develop a sense of self confidence and independence through adult support in making choices and finding ways to express their own feelings in appropriate ways.
All staff will encourage children to express their individual likes and dislikes and build an understanding of themselves as individuals. At all times encouraging the ethos that “it’s ok to be me” (no matter what “me” consists of ). This will enable children to have the self-confidence and the vocabulary to resistinappropriate approaches and/ or behaviours. The layout of the play areas will permit constant supervision of the children.
RESPOND APPROPRIATELY TO SUSPICISIONS OF ABUSE.
The first concern will be the child. Children whose condition or behaviour has given them cause for concern will be listened to, reassured and helped to understand that they themselves are valued and respected and have not been at fault.
Changes in children’s behaviour/appearance will be investigated and recorded.
Parents will normally be the first point of reference, but if they are not in a position to allay any legitimate anxieties, the matter will also be taken up with the Social Services Department. In exceptional circumstances, the Social Services Department may be the first point of reference.
A “pre-existing injury form” will be filled out upon a child’s arrival at setting if and injury has occurred outside of the setting. Parents are made aware of this procedure.
A password system is in place for all children and a record of “who’s taking me home” is made at the point of registration if the main parent/ carer will not be collecting the child. Should a person, unknown to staff, attempt to collect a child they will be challenged and asked for the appropriate
password. If this cannot be provided the setting will seek to make immediate phone contact with the child’s main carer to establish whether the child can be given over into the care of the person on site.
All such suspicions and investigations will be kept confidential, shared only with those who need to know. The people most commonly involved with the child including the Keyworker, the Pre-School Leader, the appointed staff Child Protection Officer and the Child Protection Officer on the Management Committee will be informed.
If an allegation of abuse is received by a member of staff or a parent/carer Ofsted and The Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board must be notified as soon as practically possible, but within 14 days. This applies to all allegations written or verbal proven or unproven, without exception.
If a volunteer or member of staff is accused of any form of child abuse, he/she will be interviewed immediately by the person in charge of the group, accompanied by a member of the Committee. The person accused may choose to attend the interview accompanied by a friend or colleague. The interview will usually be with the Pre-School Leader. However, if the allegation is against the Leader, the appointed Child Protection Officer from the staff may conduct the interview in conjunction with a committee representative. The person against whom the allegation is made will be informed of the allegation and will immediately be suspended on full pay whilst an investigation is made.
If the allegation has been made by the parent/carer, the person in charge should write down the details of the accusation as soon as possible and obtain the parent/carer’s signature.
If at any time, upon collection of a child, a member of staff is concerned that the condition of the attending person could potentially pose a threat to the ongoing safety of the child (i.e. they are obviously under the influence of drugs or alcohol) then the member of staff can suggest that another person be contacted to ensure that safe collection of the child is achieved.
If the allegation has been made by a child then the adult should write the details of the allegation down as soon as possible after listening to the child. The adult needs to listen without leading the child and should not make any promises. It may be appropriate to contact the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Board at this point as the interview has the potential to destroy evidence.
The registering body: Ofsted and the local authority child protection unit will be informed and consulted throughout.
Contact numbers for these bodies are kept alongside this policy and can be found on the last page of the Early Years Development & Childcare Service (EYDCS) document: Child Protection.
Investigations will be done only after instruction from the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) procedures and conducted in conjunction with the (BSCB) Committee. Confidential records will be kept of the allegation and of all subsequent proceedings.
If a parent/ carer/ staff member or other individual is concerned about the welfare of a child, the procedure for reporting these concerns is displayed in the entrance to the setting and inside the setting adjacent to the kitchen door. A handbook is kept in the policy file and a copy can be obtained from the administrator.
Whenever worrying changes are observed in a child’s behaviour, physical condition or appearance, a specific and confidential record will be set up, quite separate from the usual on-going records of children’s progress and development. The record will include, in addition to the name, address and age of the child; timed and dated observations, describing the child’s behaviour/appearance, without comment or interpretation; wherever possible, the exact words spoken by the child will be noted; the dated name and signature of the recorder. This should be countersigned by the parent/carer unless doing so could potentially place the child in danger.
If a member of staff is found or appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol they will be immediately asked to leave the premises. A written warning will be issued and the incident reported to the committee who will decide in conjunction with the setting leader the appropriate course of any further action. In line with our Drugs and Alcohol Policy this action could lead to immediate dismissal.
We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment in our care. This includes prohibiting the use of any personal equipment which could be used to take pictures of children.
In order to achieve this :-
•No persons, including staff members, parents , carers, students , volunteers or visitors are permitted to use a mobile phone, including one used for camera purposes, or any other camera equipment at any time when a child is in attendance. No images relating to the setting should be transferred to any other source using electronic means including mobile phones, smart phones or tablets.
•Parents, volunteers, students and visitors will be asked to leave mobile phones in a secure place for the duration of their time in setting and these will be returned upon leaving.
•All mobile phones are to be securely stored within the staff room which should then be locked to ensure no member of staff can use their phone on site during sessional hours. If a member of staff wishes to use their mobile phone they must do so in the office and at no time in the presence of a child.
•During any outing adults supervising children with medical needs and the outing leader will carry a mobile phone. This is for emergency use only and will be stored in a bag away from the children at all other times.
• Shenley church ends Preschool name or logo, children’s names or parents carers details will not be used or shown on any social networking site (including facebook, twitter etc). This includes the use of images with staff or children wearing a setting uniform baring the Shenley Church End logo (unless prior written permission has been obtained from the setting for the purposes of marketing and/ or website design.
•Staff members are prohibited from discussing in any way children, incidents, parents or carers relating to Shenley Church End Preschool and are responsible for their own security settings within social networking provisions . If a staff member is suspected of discussing a child, parent/ carer or work related incident using a social networking site, the matter will be viewed as gross misconduct and they will immediately receive a warning.The matter will then be refered to the committee who will agree any further course of action which may include immediate dismissal.
•Photographs taken for the purposes of children’s ongoing learning profiles and for displays within the setting, should be deleted from the setting computer within a six week period. No images should be taken away from the setting by means of electronic memory devices or emailed out of the setting by any member of staff, parent/ carer, student or volunteer unless prior written consent has been obtained from the child’s parent/ carer.
•On occasions where photography takes place on site by a pre agreed photographer (for the purposes of fundraising, publishing or marketing and website design). The photographer will be asked to produce proof of identity and CRB checks and will not leave the premises until all images taken have been checked and agreed by a senior staff member. No images will be taken of any child without the prior written permission of the child’s parent/ carer and parents will be notified if an image is used for publishing or marketing purposes.
A separate “Whistle Blowing” policy is available in setting and in the entrance hall (which can be accessed confidentially without fear of reprisal).
LIAISE WITH OTHER BODIES.
The Pre-School operates in accordance with guidelines laid down by the Registering Authority: Ofsted. Confidential records kept on children about whom the pre-school is anxious will be shared with the Social Services Department if the pre-school feels that adequate explanations for changes in the child’s condition have not been provided.
The Pre-School will maintain ongoing contact with the registering authority, together with the names, addresses and telephone numbers of individual social workers, to ensure that it would be easy, in any emergency, for the pre-school and the Social Services Department to work well together.
LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES Information will be sort on who the child resides with and who has legal custody. A copy of all county or magistrate court judgement about the child’s care or custody and these will be kept confidentially within the setting with other information regarding the individual child.
The pre-school will take every step in its power to build up trusting and supportive relationships between families and staff and volunteers in the group.
Where abuse at home is suspected, the pre-school will continue to welcome the child and family while investigations proceed.
With the proviso that the care and safety of the child must always be paramount, the pre-school will do all in its power to support and work with the child’s family.
OUR DESIGNATED MEMBER OF STAFF FOR CHILD PROTECTION IS: Gemma Edwards
OUR DESIGNATED CHILD PROTECTION OFFICER ON THE COMMITTEE IS: Clare Murray
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF DESIGNATED MEMBER OF STAFF
Chid Protection Responsibilities
•First point of contact if there is a concern for a child within the pre-school
•Liaise with Pre-School Manager and follow local authority guidance is a concern is raised
•Inform new staff of pre-school child protection policies and procedures
•Make sure new and existing staff have a full understanding of signs and symptoms of abuse
•Actively promote, at the planning stage, activities which encourage the children to develop a sense of autonomy and independence and find ways of naming their feelings and expressing themselves in an acceptable way.
Please get in touch with any questions. We’re always happy to help.
Innovative & Responsible
At Shenley Church End Preschool, our mission consists of providing a warm and nurturing environment where children feel safe. Our unique Preschool offers various activities that are specifically designed to encourage each child’s growth. Through cooperative play and creative activities, kids reach their social, emotional and physical milestones naturally and with ease.
Mon - Fri: 9am - 3pm Term time only
Below are our term dates for the school year 2022 - 2023.Open at 9.00 am for morning session on :Close at 3 pm at end of afternoon session on:Autumn term 2022 open:Monday 5th September Close: Friday 21st OctoberOpen:Tuesday 1st November Close:Friday 16th DecemberSpring term 2023 Open:Wednesday 4th January Close:Friday10th February Open:Monday 20th February Close:Friday 31st MarchSummer term 2023open:Monday 17th April Close:Friday 26th Open:MayTuesday 6th June Close: Friday 21st July
Pre-School is closed on Monday 1st May 2023 (early May bank holiday)
INSET days (Pre-School closed) on Thursday 1st September 2022, Friday 2nd September 2022, Monday 31st October 2022, Tuesday 3rd January 2023 and Monday 5th June 2023.