This help centre article has been written for Koru Kids' Home Nursery service
We take the health and safety of your children incredibly seriously. The lengths we go to would run into many, many articles. This is just an overview of the key points to give you a digestible overview. If you would like any more detail of any aspects, that is totally understandable and we urge you to contact us for a discussion - reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org
All of our Early Educators must take safeguarding training as part of their mandatory training with Koru Kids, and this is taught by an experienced early years practitioner.
Early Educators must regularly re-take their safeguarding training to ensure they are familiar with what is such an important topic.
First and foremost, our Early Educators are taught to recognise signs of neglect, harm and abuse in children and to understand the appropriate way to monitor and report their concerns to promote the welfare of the child.
Key safeguarding responsibilities include:
Working within Ofsted-mandated ratios to ensure that each child gets adequate supervision
Maintaining accurate and detailed records of any injuries or incidents as well as children’s attendance in their setting
Ensuring their home and any learning spaces are safe environments
Dealing with any complaints professionally
Handling sensitive information in a secure way
Safe photography and how to appropriately share photos with families
Notifying Koru Kids when any family members pass their 16th birthday so we can run and maintain a DBS check on that individual
Early Educators regularly undertake risk assessments of their home nursery and daily activities to make sure your child is kept safe. Amongst lots of other things, they will ensure that:
Toys and resources are always age-appropriate, and battery compartments are kept securely closed.
Each home nursery will have a smoke detector and either a fire blanket or a fire extinguisher.
Alcohol will never be consumed during childcare hours and smoking/vaping will not happen on the premises, or in the garden.
All people aged over 16 living at the property will be DBS checked.
Any pets will be safe for children, and parents will be consulted before any new pets are adopted.
Early Educators think carefully about their walking or travel routes and their means of travel - ensuring children are kept safe in a buggy, sling or with hands held.
They, naturally, pay particular attention to child safety near roads.
Early Educators are trained to thoroughly risk asses outdoor learning locations for hazards - from heights, water, proximity to roads, harmful plants - amongst many other things.
Early Educators have specialist paediatric first aid training before they begin working with children. This training is regularly renewed.
Each home nursery will contain a fully stocked first aid kit.
Parental permission is required to administer medicines.
If you give consent in your contract, your Early Educator may administer paracetamol suspension (Calpol) and notify you after the event.
In all other circumstances, your explicit written consent will be required before any medication is administered.
When medication is administered, you will be required to sign a medication form confirming the details of the medication and when it was given to your child.
Any prescription medication for your child must contain their name on the bottle or box.
In the event of a serious emergency where your Early Educator is suddenly unable to care for your child, they will attempt to call you and the other people listed as your emergency contacts to arrange immediate collection.
In the extremely unlikely scenario, of neither, you nor your emergency contacts being reached, another fully registered Koru Kids Early Educator may take care of your child until it can be arranged for you to collect.
Our Early Educators have undertaken detailed food safety training to ensure they can safely and hygienically prepare fresh, healthy food in their home nursery.
Our Early Educators are also aware of the risks posed by various allergens and will work closely with you to manage any allergies your child may have.
If children have an infectious illness, they should stay away from your home nursery in line with the guidelines from Public Health England here.
Our Early Educators have had specialist training in safe sleep methods for children.