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Children’s safety and welfare is our utmost priority at Koru Kids. In addition to a host of training focussed on equipping our Early Educators with a strong awareness of their safeguarding responsibilities, we also have robust internal procedures to ensure this is adhered to.

Vetting applicants

  • Early Educator applicants undergo an enhanced DBS criminal background check and must also register for the update service so that Koru Kids is always able to see any changes to their criminal records.

  • Each Early Educator must also supply proof of identity and address when they apply, and we check with Ofsted and their local authority whether they have any knowledge of the applicant which may indicate an elevated safeguarding risk to children.

Reviewing safeguarding referrals

  • All complaints and safeguarding issues that are referred to Koru Kids by parents or Early Educators are escalated promptly to the relevant team, and where appropriate to outside professionals.

  • We always cooperate quickly and fully with all the relevant authorities to prioritise the welfare of children at our home nurseries.

Regular inspections

  • Our Early Educators are inspected annually by our team of experienced quality assessors to ensure that their knowledge and practice of safeguarding and child welfare is to a suitably high standard.

  • If a quality assessor has any concerns, these will quickly be followed up with additional training, unannounced inspections and a reduced quality grading so that parents can make an informed decision about whether they would like their child to continue attending that setting.

The Koru Kids safeguarding panel

When a safeguarding issue arises in connection with an Early Educator or a child they care for, it is immediately reviewed by our dedicated in-house safeguarding panel.

Laura Hoyland is our Designated Safeguarding Lead

Laura has worked in the Early Years sector for 20 years, both as an Early Years Inspector for Ofsted and a manager of multiple nursery settings. She has delivered extensive safeguarding training and worked with multi-agency teams at case conferences in order to support children and families. Laura has a degree in Early Childhood Studies.

Alan Hopley is our Secondary Designated Safeguarding Lead

Alan has worked in a variety of sectors over the past 20 years including healthcare where he was a Registered Manager with the Care Quality Commission. He also previously acted as a Designated Officer for safeguarding, with substantial experience of cases and multi-agency cooperation, and holds a current Safeguarding Children Level 3 qualification. Alan also has an MBA from Warwick University.

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