children in our care must be fully supervised at all times by experienced
members of staff. Staff must be aware of
how many children they have in their charge at all times and exactly where
these children are. All activities must
be supervised appropriately bearing in mind the ages and abilities of the
children and the complexities of the activity i.e. water play, cutting etc. Staff are allocated an area of responsibility
in the room and it is their duty to supervise the children that visit this
must place themselves in the best position to achieve optimum visual
supervision when they are both indoors and out.
Particular areas may require dedicated supervision e.g. the sandpit and
climbing frame. Staff should always be
within sight and/or hearing of the children.
nursery policy to ensure that staff interact with the children without
disturbing the flow of free and creative play.
Staff should remember that free play in the garden is a social
experience for the children and not the staff.
Inappropriate behaviour should be addressed as soon as possible using
strategies from the nursery’s behaviour policy.
members of staff working in the nursery are required to complete a DBS check on
acceptance of their post. Until
clearance has been received, new staff must be supervised at all times and not
left alone with the children. The same
applies to all students and visitors to the nursery.
staff will not be allowed unsupervised access to the children until the senior
member of staff in the room considers it appropriate (following at least one
week under supervision).
member of staff witnesses inappropriate behaviour by another staff member, it
should be challenged if appropriate and the correct procedure explained,
otherwise it should be reported to the manager or senior member of staff. If a member of staff has any concerns about
another member of staff regarding a safeguarding children issue, they should
complete a staff incident record as soon as possible, which should be passed to
the manager. If the concern is about the
manager, the staff member has a responsibility to report the concern to Multi-Agency
Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0845 0507666.
policy was reviewed and amended in May 2017.