The Safeguarding Policy can be found on the home page for each club


Policies:

 

 

 

 

 

1c. Camera, Mobile Phone and Recording Device Use

 

 

EYFS: 2.1 & 3.4

 

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we recognise that photographs and video recordings play a part in the life of the club. We ensure that any photographs or recordings taken of children in our club are only done with prior permission from each child’s parent. We obtain this when each child is registered on the booking website and we update it before each club to ensure that this permission still stands.

 

We ask for individual permissions for photographs and video recordings for a range of purposes including: for display purposes; for promotion materials including our Fun Fest Holiday Club website, brochure and the local press.

 

Staff are not permitted to take any photographs or recordings of a child on their own information storage devices e.g. cameras, mobiles or smartwatches and may only use those provided by the club. The manager will monitor all photographs and recordings to ensure that the parents’ wishes are met and children are safeguarded.

 

Parents are not permitted to use any recording device or camera (including those on mobile phones or smartwatches) on the club premises without the prior consent of the manager.

 

 

 

 

This policy was adopted on

Signed on behalf of the

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Date for review

19th January 2017

 Sarah Beattie

January 2018

 

 

 

 

1d. Mobile Phone, Smartwatches and Social Networking

 

 

EYFS: 3.4

 

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we promote the safety and welfare of all children in our care. We believe our staff should be completely attentive during their hours of working to ensure all children in the club receive good quality care and education. To ensure the safety and well-being of children we do not allow staff to use personal mobile phones or smartwatches during working hours. We use mobile phones supplied by the Fun Fest Holiday Club to provide a means of contact in certain circumstances, such as outings.

 

We require our staff to be responsible and professional in their use of social networking sites in relation to any connection to the club, club staff, parents or children.   We ask parents and visitors to respect and adhere to our policy and display ‘No Mobile Phone” notices on entrance doors.

 

Staff must adhere to the following:

  • Mobile phones/smartwatches are not permitted to be on their person during working hours. 
  • Mobile phones/smartwatches can only be used on a designated break and then this must be away from the children
  • Mobile phones/smartwatches should be stored safely in the staff room area at all times during the hours of your working day
  • During outings, staff will use mobile phones or walkie talkies belonging to the club wherever possible. Photographs must not be taken of the children on any phones, either personal or Fun Fest Holiday Club owned
  • Staff must not post anything on to social networking sites such as Facebook that could be construed to have any impact on the clubs reputation or relate to the club or any children attending the club in any way
  • Staff must not post anything on to social networking sites that could offend any other member of staff or parent using the Fun Fest Holiday Club
  • Staff must not accept friend requests from parents of children at the Fun Fest Holiday Club and must not share information on their social media sites with Fun Fest Holiday Club parents.
  • If any of the above points are not followed then the member of staff involved will face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal.

 

Parents and visitors use of mobile phones, smartwatches and social networking

Whilst we recognise that there may be emergency situations which necessitate the use of a mobile telephone, in order to ensure the safety and welfare of children in our care and share information about the child’s day, parents and visitors are kindly asked to refrain from using their mobile telephones whilst in the Fun Fest Holiday Club or when collecting or dropping off their children.

 

We promote the safety and welfare of all staff and children and therefore ask parents and visitors not to post, publically or privately, information about any child on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. We ask all parents and visitors to follow this policy to ensure that information about children, images and information do not fall into the wrong hands.

 

Parents/visitors are invited to share any concerns regarding inappropriate use of social media through the official procedures (please refer to the partnership with parents policy, complaints procedures and grievance policy).

 

 

 

 

 

This policy was adopted on

Signed on behalf of the

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Date for review

19th January 2017

 Sarah Beattie

January 2018

 

 

 

 2a. Inclusion and Equality

 

 

EYFS: 1.6, 1.7, 2.3, 3.20, 3.27, 3.28, 3.67, 3.73

 

Statement of intent

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we take great care to treat each individual as a person in their own right, with equal rights and responsibilities to any other individual, whether they are an adult or a child. We are committed to providing equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice for all children and families according to their individual needs. Discrimination on the grounds of gender, age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, ethnic or national origin, or political belief has no place within our Fun Fest Holiday Club.

 

A commitment to implementing our inclusion and equality policy will form part of our company ethos.Should anyone believe that this policy is not being upheld, it is their duty to report the matter to the attention of the Manager at the earliest opportunity. Appropriate steps will then be taken to investigate the matter and if such concerns are well-founded, disciplinary action will be invoked under the Fun Fest Holiday Club disciplinary policy.

 

The legal framework for this policy is based on:

  • Special Education Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice 2015
  • Children and Families Act 2014
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Childcare Act 2006
  • Children Act 2004
  • Care Standards Act 2002
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001.

 

The Fun Fest Holiday Club and staff are committed to:

  • Recruiting, selecting, training and promoting individuals on the basis of occupational skills requirements. In this respect, the Fun Fest Holiday Club will ensure that no job applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, sex, gender reassignment, disability, marriage or civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity/paternity which cannot be justified as being necessary for the safe and effective performance of their work or training
  • Providing a childcare place, wherever possible, for children who may have learning difficulties and/or disabilities or are deemed disadvantaged according to their individual circumstances, and the club’s ability to provide the necessary standard of care
  • Making reasonable adjustments for children with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Striving to promote equal access to services and projects by taking practical steps (wherever possible and reasonable), such as ensuring access to people with additional needs and by producing materials in relevant languages and media for all children and their families
  • Providing a secure environment in which all our children can flourish and all contributions are valued
  • Including and valuing the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality, inclusion and diversity
  • Providing positive non-stereotypical information
  • Continually improving our knowledge and understanding of issues of equality, inclusion and diversity
  • Regularly reviewing, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of inclusive practices to ensure they promote and value diversity and difference and that the policy is effective and practices are non-discriminatory
  • Making inclusion a thread, which runs through the entirety of the Fun Fest Holiday Club, for example, by encouraging positive role models through the use of toys, imaginary play and activities, promoting non-stereotypical images and language and challenging all discriminatory behaviour (see dealing with discriminatory behaviour policy).

 

Admissions/service provision

The Fun Fest Holiday Club is accessible to all children and families in the local community and further afield through a comprehensive and inclusive admissions policy. 

 

The Fun Fest Holiday Club will strive to ensure that all services and projects are accessible and relevant to all groups and individuals in the community within targeted age groups.

 

Recruitment

Recruitment, promotion and other selection exercises will be conducted on the basis of merit, against objective criteria that avoid discrimination. Shortlisting should be done by more than one person if possible.

 

All members of the selection group will be committed to the inclusive practice set out in this policy and will have received appropriate training in this regard.

 

Application forms will be sent out along with a copy of the equal opportunities monitoring form. Application forms will not include questions that potentially discriminate on the grounds specified in the statement of intent.

 

Vacancies should generally be advertised to a diverse section of the labour market. Advertisements should avoid stereotyping or using wording that may discourage particular groups from applying.

 

At interview, no questions will be posed which potentially discriminate on the grounds specified in the statement of intent. All candidates will be asked the same questions and members of the selection group will not introduce nor use any personal knowledge of candidates acquired outside the selection process. Candidates will be given the opportunity to receive feedback on the reasons why they were not successful.

 

Although you should no longer ask any health related questions prior to offering someone work in accordance with the Equality Act 2010, the national College for Teaching and Leadership provides further guidance specific to working with children:

 

Providers have a responsibility to ensure that practitioners have the health and physical capacity to teach and will not put children and young people at risk of harm. The activities that a practitioner must be able to perform are set out in the Education (Health Standards England) Regulations 2003. Providers are responsible for ensuring that only practitioners who have the capacity to teach remain on the staff team.

 

People with disabilities or chronic illnesses may have the capacity to teach, just as those without disabilities or medical conditions may be unsuitable to teach. Further information on training to teach with a disability is available from the DfE website.

 

Successful applicants offered a position may be asked to complete a fitness questionnaire prior to commencing the programme.  Providers should not ask all-encompassing health questions but should ensure that they only ask targeted and relevant health-related questions, which are necessary to ensure that a person is able to teach.

 

Staff

It is the policy of Fun Fest Holiday Club not to discriminate in the treatment of individuals. All staff are expected to co-operate with the implementation, monitoring and improvement of this and other policies. All staff are expected to challenge language, actions, behaviours and attitudes which are oppressive or discriminatory on the grounds specified in this policy and recognise and celebrate other cultures and traditions. All staff are expected to participate in equality and inclusion training.

 

Staff will follow the ‘Dealing with Discriminatory Behaviour’ policy where applicable to report any discriminatory behaviours observed.

 

Training

The Fun Fest Holiday Club recognises the importance of training as a key factor in the implementation of an effective inclusion and equality policy. All new staff receive induction training including specific reference to the inclusion and equality policy. The Fun Fest Holiday Club will strive towards the provision of inclusion, equality and diversity training for all staff on an annual basis.

 

Fun Fest Holiday Club encourages children to develop positive attitudes to people who are different from them. It encourages children to empathise with others and to begin to develop the skills of critical thinking.

 

We do this by:

  • Making children feel valued and good about themselves
  • Ensuring that all children have equal access to early learning and play opportunities
  • Reflecting the widest possible range of communities in the choice of resources
  • Avoiding stereotypical or derogatory images in the selection of materials
  • Acknowledging and celebrating a wide range of religions, beliefs and festivals
  • Creating an environment of mutual respect and empathy
  • Helping children to understand that discriminatory behaviour and remarks are unacceptable
  • Ensuring that all early learning opportunities offered are inclusive of children with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and children from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Ensuring that children whose first language is not English have full access to early learning opportunities and are supported in their learning
  • Working in partnership with all families to ensure they understand the policy and challenge any discriminatory comments made
  • Ensuring the medical, cultural and dietary needs of children are met
  • Where a club is registered as an early years provider we will Identify a key person to each child in the early years age group who will continuously observe and support children
  • Helping children to learn about a range of food and cultural approaches to meal times and to respect the differences among them.

 

Information and meetings

Information about the Fun Fest Holiday Club and its activities will be given on our website to ensure that all parents can access the information they need.  At Fun Fest Holiday Club we share information with parents as follows:

 

  • Daily verbal feedback
  • Parents’ news boards and/or social media updates
  • Activity information via the Web site and/or emails prior to start date
  • Information on our special events such as outings, trips to local attractions, specialist visitors to the club
  • Questionnaires for children and parents to contribute to the activities

 

 

 

 

 

This policy was adopted on

Signed on behalf of the

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Date for review

19th January 2017

 Sarah Beattie

January 2018

 

 

 

 


2c. Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

 

 

EYFS: 31.6, 1.7, 2.3, 2.5, 3.20, 3.27, 3.28, 3.67, 3.73

 

Statement of intent

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we are committed to the inclusion of all children. All children have the right to be cared for and educated to develop to their full potential alongside each other through positive experiences, to enable them to share opportunities and experiences and develop and learn from each other. We provide a positive and welcoming environment where children are supported according to their individual needs and we work hard to ensure no children are discriminated against or put at a disadvantage as a consequence of their needs.

 

We believe that all children have a right to experience and develop alongside their peers no matter what their individual needs. Each child’s needs are unique, therefore any attempt to categorise children is inappropriate.

 

We are committed to working alongside parents in the provision for their child’s individual needs to enable us to help the child to develop to their full potential. We are committed to working with any child who has a specific need and/or disability and making reasonable adjustments to enable every child to make full use of the Fun Fest Holiday Club facilities. All children have a right to a broad and well-balanced early learning environment.

 

Where a child has additional needs, we feel it is paramount to find out as much as possible about those needs; any way that this may affect his/her early learning or care needs and any additional help he/she may need by:

  • Liaising with the child’s parents and, where appropriate, the child
  • Liaising with any professional agencies, providing input on request
  • Reading any reports that have been prepared

 

Aims

We will:

  • Recognise each child’s individual needs and ensure all staff are aware of, and have regard for, the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice on the identification and assessment of any needs not being met by the universal service provided by the Fun Fest Holiday Club
  • Include all children and their families in our provision
  • Work in partnership with parents and other agencies in order to meet individual children's needs, including the education, health and care authorities, and seek advice, support and training where required
  • Monitor and review our practice and provision and, if necessary, make adjustments, and seek specialist equipment and services if needed
  • Ensure that all children are treated as individuals/equals and are encouraged to take part in every aspect of the Fun Fest Holiday Club day according to their individual needs and abilities
  • Encourage children to value and respect others
  • Challenge inappropriate attitudes and practices
  • Promote positive images and role models during play experiences of those with additional needs wherever possible
  • Celebrate diversity in all aspects of play and learning.

 

Our Fun Fest Holiday Club Special Education Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENCO) is :

 

 

Methods

We will assess each child’s needs on an individual basis and put appropriate and reasonable provision in place to support them to get the most out of their time with Fun Fest Holiday Club

 

 

Effective assessment of the need for early help

Fun Fest Holiday Club is not able to assess children in their need for early help services.  This should be done in conjunction with their main educational provider.

 

If at any time it is considered that the child may be a child in need as defined in the Children Act 1989, or that the child has suffered significant harm or is likely to do so, a referral should be made immediately to local authority children’s social care. This referral can be made by any professional.

Working together to safeguard children 2015

 

Special Educational Needs and Disability code of practice

The Fun Fest Holiday Club has regard to the statutory guidance set out in the Special Educational Needs and Disability code of practice (DfE 2015) to identify, assess and make provision for children’s special educational needs.

 

 

 

 

 

This policy was adopted on

Signed on behalf of the

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Date for review

19th January 2017

 Sarah Beattie

January 2018

 

 

 

 

3. Health and Safety – General Policy

 

 

 

EYFS: 3.25, 3.28, 3.29, 3.30, 3.44, 3.45, 3.46, 3.47, 3.50, 3.51, 3.54, 3.55, 3.56, 3.57, 3.63, 3.64, 3.65, 3.66

 

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of work for all our employees and a safe  environment in which children learn and are cared for. To develop and promote a strong health and safety culture within the Fun Fest Holiday Club for the benefit of all staff, children and parents we provide information, training and supervision. We also accept our responsibility for the health and safety of other people who may be affected by our activities.

 

The allocation of duties for safety matters and the particular arrangements which we will make to implement our health and safety procedures are set out within this policy and we make sufficient resources available to provide a safe environment.

 

 

Legal framework

We follow all relevant legislation and associated guidance relating to health and safety within the Fun Fest Holiday Club including:

  • The regulations of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and any other relevant legislation such as Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulation (COSHH)
  • Any guidance provided by Public Health England, the local health protection unit, the local authority environmental health department, fire authority or the Health and Safety Executive

 

 

Aims and objectives

The aim of this policy statement is to ensure that all reasonably practical steps are taken to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all persons using the premises.

 

To achieve this we will actively work towards the following objectives:

  • Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment throughout the Fun Fest Holiday Club including outdoor spaces
  • Establish and maintain safe working practices amongst staff and children
  • Make arrangements for ensuring safety and the minimising of risks to health in connection with the use, handling, storage and transport of hazardous articles and substances
  • Ensure the provision of sufficient information, instruction and supervision to enable all people working in or using the Fun Fest Holiday Club to avoid hazards and contribute positively to their own health and safety and to ensure that staff have access to regular health and safety training
  • Maintain a healthy and safe Fun Fest Holiday Club with safe entry and exit routes
  • Formulate effective procedures for use in case of fire and other emergencies and for evacuating the Fun Fest Holiday Club premises. Practice this procedure on a regular basis to enable the safe and speedy evacuation of the club
  • Maintain a safe working environment for pregnant workers or for workers who have recently given birth, including undertaking appropriate risk assessments
  • Maintain a safe environment for those with special educational needs and  disabilities and ensure all areas of the Fun Fest Holiday Club are accessible (wherever practicable)
  • Provide a safe environment for students or trainees to learn in
  • Encourage all staff, visitors and parents to report any unsafe working practices or areas to ensure immediate response by the management.

 

We believe the risks in the Fun Fest Holiday Club environment are low and we will maintain the maximum protection for children, staff and parents. The Fun Fest Holiday Club will:

  • Ensure all entrances and exits from the building, including fire exits are clearly identifiable and remain clear at all times
  • Regularly check the premises room by room for structural defects, worn fixtures and fittings or electrical equipment and take the necessary remedial action
  • Ensure that all staff, visitors, parents and children are aware of the fire procedures and regular fire drills are carried out
  • It is the prime responsibility of the host school to have the appropriate fire detection and control equipment which is checked regularly to make sure it is in working order
  • Ensure that all members of staff are aware of the procedure to follow in case of accidents for staff, visitors and children
  • Ensure that all members of staff take all reasonable action to control the spread of infectious diseases and wear protective gloves and clothing where appropriate
  • Ensure there are suitable hygienic toilet facilities (see infection control policy)
  • Prohibit smoking on the Fun Fest Holiday Club premises
  • Responsibility for contractors rests with the host school but we will liaise with the host school and adapt our working practices to ensure any risks to children are eliminated
  • Encourage children to manage risks safely and prohibit running inside the premises unless in designated areas
  • Risk assess all electrical sockets and take appropriate measures to reduce risks where necessary and ensure no trailing wires are left around the Fun Fest Holiday Club
  • Ensure all cleaning materials are placed out of the reach of children and kept in their original containers
  • Wear protective clothing when cooking or serving food
  • Prohibit certain foods that may relate to children’s allergies, e.g. peanuts are not allowed in the Fun Fest Holiday Club
  • We do not provide food for children to consume on Fun Fest Holiday Club premises. 
  • Any food prepared on site during our cooking activities will be given to the children to be consumed at home and is the responsibility of the parent to supervise
  • Follow the allergies and allergic reactions policy for children who have allergies
  • Ensure risk assessments are undertaken on the storage and preparation of food produced within the Fun Fest Holiday Club
  • Familiarise all staff and visitors with the position of the first aid boxes and ensure all know who the appointed first aiders are
  • Provide appropriately stocked first aid boxes and check their contents regularly
  • Ensure children are supervised at all times
  • Ensure no student or volunteer is left unsupervised at any time.

 

Responsibilities

The manager has overall and final responsibility for this policy being carried out at:

Fun Fest Holiday Club

 

Health and safety training

Health and safety is covered in all induction training for new staff.

 

At present at least one member of staff on duty MUST hold a full paediatric First Aid at Work certificate in the club.

 

All trained first aiders must wear a badge to identify themselves.

 

Health and safety arrangements

  • All staff are responsible for general health and safety in the club
  • Risk assessments will be conducted on all areas of the club, including rooms, activities, outdoor areas, resources and cleaning equipment
  • These are reviewed at regular intervals and when arrangements change
  • All outings away from the club (however short) will include a prior risk assessment – more details are included in our outings policy
  • All equipment, rooms and outdoor areas will be checked thoroughly by staff before children access them or the area. These checks will be recorded and initialled by the staff responsible. Unsafe areas will be made safe/removed from the area by this member of staff to promote the safety of children. If this cannot be achieved the manager will be notified immediately 
  • We provide appropriate facilities for all children, staff, parents and visitors to receive a warm welcome and provide for their basic care needs, e.g. easy to access toilet area and fresh drinking water
  • The club will adhere to the Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulation (COSHH) to ensure all children, staff, parents and visitors are safe in relation to any chemicals we may use on the premises
  • All staff and students will receive reasonable and appropriate training in health and safety which may include risk assessments, manual handling and fire safety. We may also use benefit risk assessments for particular activities and resources for children
  • We have a clear accident and first aid policy to follow in the case of any person in the club suffering injury from an accident or incident
  • We have a clear fire safety policy and procedure which supports the prevention of fire and the safe evacuation of all persons in the club. This is to be shared with all staff, students, parents and visitors to the club
  • We review accident and incident records to identify any patterns/hazardous areas
  • All health and safety matters are reviewed informally on an ongoing basis and formally every six months or when something changes. Staff and parents will receive these updates, as with all policy changes, as and when they happen
  • Staff and parents are able to contribute to any policy through suggestion or via the website.

 

The policy is kept up to date and reviewed especially when the club changes in nature and size. It is revised annually, or as and when required. We therefore welcome any useful comments from members of staff, parents and visitors regarding this policy.

 

 

This policy was adopted on

Signed on behalf of the

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Date for review

19th January 2017

 Sarah Beattie

January 2018

 

 

 

 

4a. Sickness and Illness

 

 

EYFS: 3.44, 3.45, 3.46

 

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we promote the good health of all children attending. To help keep children healthy and minimise infection, we do not expect children to attend Fun Fest Holiday Club if they are unwell. If a child is unwell it is in their best interest to be in a home environment with adults they know well rather than at club with their peers.

 

Our procedures

In order to take appropriate action of children who become ill and to minimise the spread of infection we implement the following procedures:

  • If a child becomes ill during the day, we contact their parent(s) and ask them to pick up their child as soon as possible. During this time we care for the child in a quiet, calm area with their key person, wherever possible
  • · We follow the guidance given to us by Public Health England (formerly the Heath Protection Agency) in Guidance on Infection Control in Schools and other Child Care Settings and advice from our local health protection unit on exclusion times for specific illnesses, e.g. sickness and diarrhoea, measles and chicken pox, to protect other children in the club.
  • Should a child have an infectious disease, such as sickness and diarrhoea, they must not return to club until they have been clear for at least 48 hours. We notify Ofsted as soon as possible and in all cases within 14 days of the incident where we have any child or staff member with food poisoning. We inform all parents if there is a contagious infection identified in the club, to enable them to spot the early signs of this illness. We thoroughly clean and sterilise all equipment and resources that may have come into contact with a contagious child to reduce the spread of infection
  • We exclude all children on antibiotics for the first 48 hours of the course (unless this is part of an ongoing care plan to treat individual medical conditions e.g. asthma and the child is not unwell) This is because it is important that children are not subjected to the rigours of the day, which requires socialising with other children and being part of a group setting, when they have first become ill and require a course of antibiotics
  • We have the right to refuse admission to a child who is unwell. This decision will be taken by the manager on duty and is non-negotiable

 

 

Meningitis procedure

If a parent informs the Fun Fest Holiday Club that their child has meningitis, the manager will contact the Infection Control (IC) Nurse for their area. The IC Nurse will give guidance and support in each individual case. If parents do not inform the club, we will be contacted directly by the IC Nurse and the appropriate support will be given. We will follow all guidance given and notify any of the appropriate authorities including Ofsted if necessary. 

 

Transporting children to hospital procedure

The manager/staff member must:

  • Call for an ambulance immediately if the sickness is severe. DO NOT attempt to transport the sick child in your own vehicle
  • Whilst waiting for the ambulance, contact the parent(s) and arrange to meet them at the hospital
  • Redeploy staff if necessary to ensure there is adequate staff deployment to care for the remaining children. This may mean temporarily grouping the children together
  • Arrange for the most appropriate member of staff to accompany the child taking with them any relevant information such as registration forms, relevant medication sheets, medication and the child’s comforter
  • Inform a member of the management team immediately
  • Remain calm at all times. Children who witness an incident may well be affected by it and may need lots of cuddles and reassurance. Staff may also require additional support following the accident

 

 

This policy was adopted on

Signed on behalf of the

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Date for review

19th January 2017

 Sarah Beattie

January 2018

 

 

 

 

5. Medication

 

 

 

EYFS: 3.19, 3.44, 3.45, 3.46

 

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we promote the good health of children attending Fun Fest Holiday Club and take necessary steps to prevent the spread of infection (see sickness and illness policy). If a child requires medicine we will obtain information about the child’s needs for this, and will ensure this information is kept up to date.

 

We follow strict guidelines when dealing with medication of any kind in the club and these are set out below.

 

Medication prescribed by a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist

(Medicines containing aspirin will only be given if prescribed by a doctor)

  • Prescription medicine will only be given to the person named on the bottle for the dosage stated
  • Medicines must be in their original containers
  • Those with parental responsibility for any child requiring prescription medication should hand over the medication to the most appropriate member of staff who will then note the details of the administration on the appropriate form and another member of staff will check these details
  • Those with parental responsibility must give prior written permission for the administration of each and every medication. However, we will accept written permission once for a whole course of medication or for the ongoing use of a particular medication under the following circumstances:
  1. The written permission is only acceptable for that brand name of medication and cannot be used for similar types of medication, e.g. if the course of antibiotics changes, a new form will need to be completed
  2. The dosage on the written permission is the only dosage that will be administered. We will not give a different dose unless a new form is completed
  3. Parents must notify us IMMEDIATELY if the child’s circumstances change, e.g. a dose has been given at home, or a change in strength/dose needs to be given.
  • The club will not administer a dosage that exceeds the recommended dose on the instructions unless accompanied by written instructions from a relevant health professional such as a letter from a doctor or dentist
  • The parent must be asked when the child has last been given the medication before coming to club; and the staff member must record this information on the medication form. Similarly when the child is picked up, the parent or guardian must be given precise details of the times and dosage given throughout the day. The parent’s signature must be obtained at both times
  • At the time of administering the medicine, a senior member of staff will ask the child to take the medicine, or offer it in a manner acceptable to the child at the prescribed time and in the prescribed form. (It is important to note that staff working with children are not legally obliged to administer medication)
  • If the child refuses to take the appropriate medication then a note will be made on the form
  • Where medication is “essential” or may have side effects, discussion with the parent will take place to establish the appropriate response.

 

Non-prescription medication (these will not usually be administrated)

  • The Fun Fest Holiday Club will not administer any non-prescription medication containing aspirin
  • The Fun Fest Holiday Club will only administer non-prescription medication for a short initial period, dependant on the medication or the condition of the child. After this time medical attention should be sought
  • If the Fun Fest Holiday Club feels the child would benefit from medical attention rather than non-prescription medication, we reserve the right to refuse care until the child is seen by a medical practitioner
  • If a child needs liquid paracetamol or similar medication during their time at club, such medication will be treated as prescription medication with the onus being on the parent to provide the medicine
  • On registration, parents will be asked if they would like to fill out a medication form to consent to their child being given a specific type of liquid paracetamol or anti-histamine in particular circumstances such as an increase in the child’s temperature or a wasp or bee sting. This form will state the dose to be given, the circumstances in which this can be given e.g. the temperature increase of their child, the specific brand name or type of non-prescription medication and a signed statement to say that this may be administered in an emergency if the Fun Fest Holiday Club CANNOT contact the parent
  • If a child does exhibit the symptoms for which consent has been given to give non-prescription medication during the day the Fun Fest Holiday Club will make every attempt to contact the child’s parents. Where parents cannot be contacted then the manager will take the decision as to whether the child is safe to have this medication based on the time the child has been in the club, the circumstances surrounding the need for this medication and the medical history of the child on their registration form. Giving non-prescription medication will be a last resort and the club staff will use other methods first to try and alleviate the symptoms, e.g. for an increase in temperature the club will remove clothing, use fanning, tepid cooling with a wet flannel. The child will be closely monitored until the parents collect the child
  • For any non-prescription cream for skin conditions e.g. Sudocrem, prior written permission must be obtained from the parent and the onus is on the parent to provide the cream which should be clearly labelled with the child’s name
  • If any child is brought to the club in a condition in which he/she may require medication sometime during the day, the manager will decide if the child is fit to be left at the club. If the child is staying, the parent must be asked if any kind of medication has already been given, at what time and in what dosage and this must be stated on the medication form
  • As with any kind of medication, staff will ensure that the parent is informed of any non-prescription medicines given to the child whilst at the club, together with the times and dosage given
  • The Fun Fest Holiday Club DOES NOT administer any medication unless prior written consent is given for each and every medicine.

 

Injections, pessaries, suppositories

As the administration of injections, pessaries and suppositories represents intrusive nursing, we will not administer these at Fun Fest Holiday Clubs.

 

Staff medication

All Fun Fest Holiday Club staff have a responsibility to work with children only where they are fit to do so. Staff must not work with children where they are infectious or too unwell to meet children’s needs. This includes circumstances where any medication taken affects their ability to care for children, for example, where it makes a person drowsy. If any staff member believes that their condition, including any condition caused by taking medication, is affecting their ability they must inform their line manager and seek medical advice. The manager/person’s line manager will decide if a staff member is fit to work, including circumstances where other staff members notice changes in behaviour suggesting a person may be under the influence of medication. This decision will include any medical advice obtained by the individual or from an occupational health assessment.  

 

Where staff may occasionally or regularly need medication, any such medication must be kept in the person’s locker/separate locked container in the staff room where staff may need easy access to the medication such as an asthma inhaler. In all cases it must be stored out of reach of the children. It must not be kept in the first aid box and should be labelled with the name of the member of staff.

 

Storage

All medication for children must have the child’s name clearly written on the original container and kept in a closed box, which is out of reach of all children.

 

Emergency medication, such as inhalers and EpiPens, will be within easy reach of staff in case of an immediate need, but will remain out of children’s reach.

 

Any antibiotics requiring refrigeration must be kept in a fridge inaccessible to children.

 

All medications must be in their original containers, labels must be legible and not tampered with or they will not be given. All prescription medications should have the pharmacist’s details and notes attached to show the dosage needed and the date the prescription was issued. This will all be checked, along with expiry dates, before staff agree to administer medication. 

 

This policy was adopted on

Signed on behalf of the

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Date for review

19th January 2017

 Sarah Beattie

January 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 6. Promoting Positive Behaviour

 

 

EYFS: 3.2, 3.52, 3.53

 

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we believe that children flourish best when they know how they and others are expected to behave. Children gain respect through interaction with caring adults who act as good role models, show them respect and value their individual personalities. The club encourages and praises positive, caring and polite behaviour at all times in and provides an environment where children learn to respect themselves, other people and their surroundings.

 

Children need to have set boundaries of behaviour for their own safety and the safety of their peers. Within the Fun Fest Holiday Club we aim to set these boundaries in a way which helps the child to develop a sense of the significance of their own behaviour, both on their own environment and that of others around them. Restrictions on the child's natural desire to explore and develop their own ideas and concepts are kept to a minimum. 

 

We aim to:

  • Recognise the individuality of all our children and that some behaviours are normal in young children
  • Encourage self-discipline, consideration for each other, our surroundings and property
  • Encourage children to participate in a wide range of group activities to enable them to develop their social skills
  • Ensure that all staff act as positive role models for children
  • Encourage parents and other visitors to be positive role models and challenge any poor behaviour shown
  • Work in partnership with parents by communicating openly
  • Praise children and acknowledge their positive actions and attitudes, therefore ensuring that children see that we value and respect them
  • Encourage all staff working with children to accept their responsibility for implementing the goals in this policy and to be consistent
  • Promote non-violence and encourage children to deal with conflict peacefully
  • Provide a key person system where early years care is provided, enabling staff to build a strong and positive relationship with children and their families
  • Provide activities and stories to help children learn about accepted behaviours, including opportunities for children to contribute to decisions about accepted behaviour where age/stage appropriate
  • The manager has overall responsibility for behaviour management.

 

The Manager:

  • Advise other staff on behaviour issues
  • Will keep up to date with legislation and research
  • Support changes to policies and procedures in the club
  • Access relevant sources of expertise where required and act as a central information source for all involved
  • Attend regular external training events, and ensure all staff attend relevant in-house or external training for behaviour management. Keep a record of staff attendance at this training.

 

Our Fun Fest Holiday Club rules are concerned with safety, care and respect for each other.

 

Children who behave inappropriately, for example by physically abusing another child or adult e.g. biting, or through verbal bullying, are helped to talk through their actions and apologise where appropriate. We make sure that the child who has been upset is comforted and the adult will confirm that the other child's behaviour is not acceptable. We always acknowledge when a child is feeling angry or upset and that it is the behaviour that is not acceptable, not the child.

 

If the child does not moderate their behaviour, parents will be required to collect their child with immediate effect and no refund will be given.  This is done to ensure the ongoing enjoyment of children at our clubs.

 

When children behave in unacceptable ways:

  • We never use or threaten to use physical punishment/corporal punishment such as smacking or shaking
  • We only use physical intervention for the purpose of averting immediate danger or personal injury to any person (including the child) or to manage a child’s behaviour if absolutely necessary. We keep a record of any occasions where physical intervention is used and inform parents on the same day, or as reasonably practicable
  • We do not single out children or humiliate them in any way. Where children use unacceptable behaviour they will, wherever possible, be re-directed to alternative activities. Discussions with children will take place as to why their behaviour was not acceptable, respecting their level of understanding and maturity
  • Staff will not raise their voices (other than to keep children safe)
  • In any case of misbehaviour, we always make it clear to the child or children in question, that it is the behaviour and not the child that is unwelcome
  • We decide how to handle a particular type of behaviour depending on the child’s age, level of development and the circumstances surrounding the behaviour. This may involve asking the child to talk and think about what he/she has done. All staff support children in developing empathy and children will only be asked to apologise if they have developed strong empathy skills and have a good understanding of why saying sorry is appropriate
  • We help staff to reflect on their own responses towards challenging behaviours to ensure that their reactions are appropriate
  • We inform parents if their child’s behaviour is unkind to others or if their child has been upset and what action has been taken.
  • We support children in developing non-aggressive strategies to enable them to express their feelings
  • We keep confidential records on any inappropriate behaviour that has taken place. We inform parents and ask them to read and sign any incidents concerning their child
  • We support all children to develop positive behaviour, and we make every effort to provide for their individual needs

 

Anti-bullying

Bullying takes many forms. It can be physical, verbal or emotional, but it is always a repeated behaviour that makes other people feel uncomfortable or threatened.  We acknowledge that any form of bullying is unacceptable and will be dealt with immediately while recognising that physical aggression is part of children’s development in their early years.

 

We recognise that children need their own time and space and that it is not always appropriate to expect a child to share. We believe it is important to acknowledge each child’s feelings and to help them understand how others might be feeling.

 

We encourage children to recognise that bullying, fighting, hurting and discriminatory comments are not acceptable behaviour. We want children to recognise that certain actions are right and that others are wrong.

 

At our Fun Fest Holiday Club, staff follow the procedure below to enable them to deal with challenging behaviour:

  • Staff are encouraged to ensure that all children feel safe, happy and secure
  • Children are helped to understand that using aggression, to get things, is inappropriate and they will be encouraged to resolve problems in other ways
  • Our staff will intervene when they think a child is being bullied, however mild or harmless it may seem
  • Staff will initiate games and activities with children when they feel play has become aggressive, both indoors or out
  • Staff will sensitively discuss any instance of bullying with the parents of all involved to look for a consistent resolution to the behaviour
  • We will ensure that this policy is available for staff and parents and it will be actively publicised at least once a year to parents and staff.
  • If any parent has a concern about their child, a member of staff will be available to discuss those concerns. It is only through co-operation that we can ensure our children feel confident and secure in their environment, both at home and in the club
  • All concerns will be treated in the strictest confidence.

 

By positively promoting good behaviour, valuing co-operation and a caring attitude, we hope to ensure that children will develop as responsible members of society. 

 

 

This policy was adopted on

Signed on behalf of the

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Date for review

19th January 2017

 Sarah Beattie

January 2018

 

 

 

 

 

8. Complaints and Compliments

 

 

 

EYFS: 3.74, 3.75

 

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we believe that parents are entitled to expect courtesy and prompt, careful attention to their individual needs and wishes. We hope that at all times parents are happy with the service provided and we encourage parents to voice their appreciation to the staff concerned.

 

We record all compliments and share these with staff.

 

We welcome any suggestions from parents on how we can improve our services, and will give prompt and serious attention to any concerns that parents may have. Any concerns will be dealt with professionally and promptly to ensure that any issues arising from them are handled effectively and to ensure the welfare of all children, enable ongoing cooperative partnership with parents and to continually improve the quality of the Fun Fest Holiday Club.

 

We have a formal procedure for dealing with complaints where we are not able to resolve a concern. Where any concern or complaint relates to child protection, we follow our Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy.

 

Internal complaints procedure

 

Stage 1

If any parent should have cause for concern or any queries regarding the care or early learning provided by the Fun Fest Holiday Club, they should in the first instance take it up with the club manager. 

 

Stage 2

If the issue remains unresolved or parents feel they have received an unsatisfactory outcome, then they must present their concerns in writing as a formal complaint to the manager. The manager will then investigate the complaint and report back to the parent within two working days. The manager will document the complaint fully and the actions taken in relation to it in the complaints log book.  

(Most complaints are usually resolved informally at stage 1 or 2.)

 

Stage 3

If the matter is still not resolved, the Fun Fest Holiday Club will hold a formal meeting between the manager, parent and a senior staff member to ensure that it is dealt with comprehensively. The Fun Fest Holiday Club will make a record of the meeting and document any actions. All parties present at the meeting will review the accuracy of the record, and be asked to sign to agree it and receive a copy. This will signify the conclusion of the procedure.

 

 

 

Stage 4

If the matter cannot be resolved to their satisfaction, then parents have the right to raise the matter with Ofsted. Parents are made aware that they can contact Ofsted at any time they have a concern, including at all stages of the complaints procedure, and are given information on how to contact Ofsted. Ofsted is the registering authority for nurseries in England and investigates all complaints that suggest a provider may not be meeting the requirements of the Fun Fest Holiday Club’s registration. It risk assesses all complaints made and may visit the Fun Fest Holiday Club to carry out a full inspection where it believes requirements are not met.

 

A record of complaints will be kept in the Fun Fest Holiday Club. The record will include the name of the complainant, the nature of the complaint, date and time complaint received, action(s) taken, result of any investigations and any information given to the complainant including a dated response.

 

Parents will be able to access this record if they wish to; however, all personal details relating to any complaint will be stored confidentially and will be only accessible by the parties involved. Ofsted inspectors will have access to this record at any time during visits to ensure actions have been met appropriately.

 

Contact details for Ofsted:

 

Email: enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk

Telephone: 0300 123 1231   

 

By post:

Ofsted
Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
Manchester
M1 2WD

 

Parents will also be informed if the Fun Fest Holiday Club becomes aware that they are going to be inspected and after inspection the Fun Fest Holiday Club will provide a copy of the report to parents and/or carers of children attending on a regular basis and have copies available for any new parents.

 

 

This policy was adopted on

19th January 2017

Signed on behalf of the

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Date for review

 

Sarah Beattie

January 2018

 

 

 

 

13. Visits and Outings

 

 

 

EYFS: 3.65, 3.66

 

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we offer children a range of local outings including walks and visits off the premises. We believe that planned outings and visits complement and enhance the learning opportunities inside the club environment and extend children’s experiences.  We always seek parents’ permission for children to be included in such outings.

 

Procedures

Visits and outings are carefully planned using the following guidelines, whatever the length or destination of the visit:

  • A pre-visit checklist, full risk assessment and outings plan will always be carried out by a senior member of staff before the outing to assess the risks or hazards which may arise for the children, and identify steps to be taken to remove, minimise and manage those risks and hazards. We will endeavour to visit the venue prior to the visit. This will ensure that the chosen venue is appropriate for the age, stage and development of the children
  • Parents should be aware at the time of booking that an activity may involve an off-site, eg Great Outdoors and a booking of this activity constitutes an authority to take your child off site.
  • We provide appropriate staffing levels for outings dependent on an assessment of the safety and the individual needs of the children.
  • At least one member of staff will hold a valid and current paediatric first aid certificate and this will be increased where risk assessment of proposed activity deems it necessary.
  • A fully stocked first aid box will always be taken on all outings along with any special medication or equipment required
  • A completed trip register together with all parent and staff contact numbers will be taken on all outings
  • Regular headcounts will be carried out throughout the outing. Timings of headcounts will be discussed in full with the manager prior to the outing
  • All staff will be easily recognisable by other members of the group; they will wear the club uniform and high visibility vests/jackets
  • Children will be easily identified by staff when on a trip by use of a sticker system. The club name, number and mobile number will be displayed
  • A fully charged mobile phone or walkie talkie will be taken as a means of emergency contact
  • In the event of an accident, staff will assess the situation. If required, the group will return to the club immediately and parents will be contacted to collect their child. In the event of a serious accident an ambulance will be called at the scene, as well as parents being contacted. One member of staff will accompany the child to the hospital, and the rest of the group will return to the club.

 

 

When planning a trip or outing that is further than walking distance away, we will use public transport.

 

Lost children

In the event of a child being lost, the Lost Child Procedure will be followed. Any incidents or accidents will be recorded in writing and Ofsted will be contacted and informed of any incidents.

 

There may be opportunities for parents to assist on outings. The manager will speak to parents prior to the visit regarding health and safety and code of conduct.

 

Teen Fest

Teen Fest, by its very nature, encourages and supports children towards independence.  To do this the children are frequently taken off site and are given freedoms, such as time to explore shopping centres. Supervising adults remain in close proximity and are contactable at all times.  Meeting times and places are arranged with the children as appropriate.

 

 

This policy was adopted on

Signed on behalf of the

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Date for review

19th January 2017

Sarah Beattie

January 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

16. No Smoking Policy

 

 

 

EYFS: 3.56

 

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we are committed to promoting children’s health and well-being. This is of the upmost importance for the Fun Fest Holiday Club. Smoking has proved to be a health risk and therefore in accordance with legislation, the Fun Fest Holiday Club operates a strict no smoking policy within its buildings and grounds. It is illegal to smoke in enclosed places.

 

All persons must abstain from smoking while on the premises. This applies to staff, students, parents, carers, contractors and any other visitors to the premises.

 

Staff accompanying children outside the club, are not permitted to smoke. We also request that parents accompanying Fun Fest Holiday Club children on outings refrain from smoking while caring for the children.

 

Staff must not smoke while wearing Fun Fest Holiday Club uniform as it is essential that staff are positive role models to children and promote a healthy lifestyle. If staff choose to smoke during breaks they are asked to change into their own clothing and smoke away from the main entrance.

 

We respect that smoking is a personal choice, although as an organisation we support healthy lifestyles. We aim to help staff and parents to stop smoking by:

  • Providing factsheets and leaflets
  • Providing information of local help groups
  • Providing details of the NHS quit smoking helpline - www.smokefree.nhs.uk
  • Offering information regarding products that are available to help stop smoking
  • Offering in-house support.

 

This policy also applies to electronic cigarettes.

 

 

This policy was adopted on

Signed on behalf of the

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Date for review

19th January 2017

 Sarah Beattie

January 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

19. Critical Incident

 

 

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we understand we need to plan for all eventualities to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all the children we care for. With this in mind we have a critical incident policy in place to ensure our club is able to operate effectively in the case of a critical incident. These include:

  • Flood
  • Fire
  • Burglary
  • Abduction or threatened abduction of a child
  • Bomb threat/terrorism attack 
  • Any other incident that may affect the care of the children in the club

 

If any of these incidents impact on the ability of the club to operate, we will contact parents at the earliest opportunity, e.g. before the start of the club day.

 

Flood

There is always a danger of flooding from adverse weather conditions or through the water/central heating systems. We cannot anticipate adverse weather; however, we can ensure that we take care of all our water and heating systems through regular maintenance and checks to reduce the option of flooding in this way. Our central heating systems are checked and serviced annually by a registered gas engineer and they conform to all appropriate guidelines and legislation.

 

If flooding occurs during the day, the manager will make a decision based on the severity and location of this flooding, and it may be deemed necessary to follow the fire evacuation procedure. In this instance children will be kept safe and parents will be notified in the same way as the fire procedure.

 

Should the club be assessed as unsafe through flooding, fire or any other incident we will follow our operational plan and arrangements will be made to find temporary premises so that Fun Fest Holiday Club can continue to operate with minimal disruption

 

Fire

Please refer to the fire safety policy. 

 

Burglary

The responsibility for the security of the premises lies with the host school. Fun Fest will adhere to the host school requirements and procedures on an individual basis.

 

Abduction or threatened abduction of a child

We have secure safety procedures in place to ensure children are safe while in our care, including safety from abduction. Staff must be vigilant at all times and report any persons lingering on club property immediately. All doors and gates to the club are locked and cannot be accessed unless staff members allow individuals in. Parents are reminded on a regular basis not to allow anyone into the building whether they are known to them or not. Visitors and general security are covered in more detail in the supervision of visitor’s policy.

 

Children will only be released into the care of a designated adult; see the arrivals and departures policy for more details. Parents are requested to inform the club of any potential custody battles or family concerns as soon as they arise so the club is able to support the child. The club will not take sides in relation to any custody battle and will remain neutral for the child. If an absent parent arrives to collect their child, the club will not restrict access unless a court order is in place. Parents are requested to issue the club with a copy of these documents should they be in place. We will consult our solicitors with regards to any concerns over custody and relay any information back to the parties involved.

 

If a member of staff witnesses an actual or potential abduction from Fun Fest Holiday Club we have the following procedures which are followed immediately:

  • The police must be called immediately
  • The staff member will notify management immediately and the manager will take control
  • The parent(s) will be contacted
  • All other children will be kept safe and secure and calmed down where necessary
  • The police will be given as many details as possible including details of the child, description of the abductor, car registration number if used, time and direction of travel if seen and any family situations that may impact on this abduction.

 

Bomb threat/terrorism attack

If a bomb threat is received at the Fun Fest Holiday Club, the person taking the call will record all details given over the phone as soon as possible and raise the alarm as soon as the phone call has ended. The management will follow the fire evacuation procedure to ensure the safety of all on the premises and will provide as much detail to the emergency services as possible.

 

Other incidents

All incidents will be managed by the manager on duty and all staff will co-operate with any emergency services on the scene. Any other incident that requires evacuation will follow the fire plan. Other incidents e.g. no water supply will be dealt with on an individual basis taking into account the effect on the safety, health and welfare of the children and staff in the club.

 

The manager will notify Ofsted in the event of a critical incident.

 

 

This policy was adopted on

Signed on behalf of the

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Date for review

19th January 2017

 Sarah Beattie

January 2018

 

 

 

 

20. Adverse Weather

 

 

 

EYFS: 3.58

 

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we have an adverse weather policy in place to ensure our club is prepared for all weather conditions that might affect the running of the club such as floods, snow and heat waves.

 

The host school will make the decision whether it is safe for the school premises to remain open and Fun Fest Holiday Club to operate.

 

If any of these incidents impact on the ability of the club to open or operate, we will put a message on that club page of the website by 7.30am and on social media where possible.

 

We will not take children outdoors where we judge that weather conditions make it unsafe to do so.

 

Flood

In the case of a flood we will follow our critical incident procedure to enable all children and staff to be safe and continuity of care to be planned for.

 

Snow or other severe weather

If high snowfall, or another severe weather condition such as dense fog, is threatened during a club day then the manager will take the decision as to whether to close the club. This decision will take into account the safety of the children, their parents and the staff team. In the event of a planned closure during the club day, we will contact all parents to arrange for collection of their child.

 

In the event of staff shortages due to snow or other severe weather we will contact all available off duty staff and/or agency staff and group the children differently until they are able to arrive. If we are unable to maintain statutory ratio requirements after all avenues are explored we will contact Ofsted to inform them of this issue, recording all details in our incident file. If we feel the safety, health or welfare of the children is compromised then we will take the decision to close the club.

 

This would be deemed to be a circumstance beyond our control and so we would be unable to offer a refund.

 

Heat wave

Please refer to our sun care policy.

 

This policy was adopted on

Signed on behalf of the

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Date for review

19th January 2017

 Sarah Beattie

January 2018

 

 

 

 

21. Supervision of Children & Visitors

 

 

 

EYFS: 3.28, 3.62

 

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we aim to protect and support the welfare of the children in our care at all times. The manager is responsible for all staff, students and relief staff receiving information on health and safety policies and procedures in the club in order to club are also properly identified and supervised

 

Supervision of Children

We ensure that children are supervised adequately at all times, whether children are in or out of the building through:

  • Making sure that every child is always within the sight and/or hearing of a suitably vetted member of staff. Monitoring staff deployment across the setting regularly to ensure children’s needs are met
  • Taking special care when children are using large apparatus e.g. a climbing frame, and when walking up or down steps/stairs, including having one member of staff supervising large outdoor play equipment at all times
  • Making sure staff recognise and are aware of any dangers relating to bushes, shrubs and plants when on visits/outdoors
  • Supervising children carefully when using scissors or tools, including using knives in cooking activities
  • Increasing staff:child ratios during outings to ensure supervision and safety (please refer to Outings policy)
  • Strictly following any safety guidelines given by other organisations or companies relating to the hire of equipment or services e.g. hire of a bouncy castle and a member of staff MUST supervise the children at all times.

 

Supervision of Visitors

All visitors must sign the visitors’ book on arrival and departure.  Where applicable, visitors’ identity should be checked, e.g. Ofsted inspectors or colleagues attending in a professional capacity such as speech and language therapists. Visitors are informed of any relevant policies including the fire evacuation procedure and mobile phone policy, camera and other recording devices policy including use of smartwatches where applicable.     

 

All visitors are given and should wear a visitor’s badge to identify themselves to staff and parents within the club. A member of staff must accompany visitors in the club at all times while in the building; at no time should a visitor be left alone with a child unless under specific circumstances arranged previously with the manager.

 

Security

  • Staff must check the identity of any visitors they do not recognise before allowing them into the main club rooms. Visitors to the club must be recorded in the Visitors’ Book and accompanied by a member of staff at all times while in the building
  • All external doors must be kept locked at all times and external gates closed. All internal doors and gates must be kept closed to ensure children are not able to wander
  • Parents, visitors and students are reminded not to hold doors open or allow entry to any person, whether they know this person or not. Staff within the club should be the only people allowing external visitors and parents entry to the club
  • The club will under no circumstances tolerate any form of harassment from third parties, including visitors, towards others, including children, staff members and parents. The police may be called in these circumstances.

 

 

 

This policy was adopted on

Signed on behalf of the

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Date for review

19th January 2017

 Sarah Beattie

January 2018

 

 

 

 

 

24. Confidentiality

 

 

 

EYFS: 3.69, 3.70

 

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we recognise that we hold sensitive/confidential information about children and their families and the staff we employ. This information is used to meet children’s needs, for registers, invoices and emergency contacts. We store all records in a locked cabinet or on the office computer with files that are password protected in line with data protection principles.  Any information shared with the staff team is done on a ‘need to know’ basis and treated in confidence.

 

Legal requirements

  • We follow the requirements of the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 with regard to the storage of data and access to it.

 

Procedures

It is our intention to respect the privacy of children and their families and we do so by:

  • Storing confidential records in a locked filing cabinet or on the office computer with files that are password protected
  • Many of our customer records are held on the website and our systems comply with data protection regulation
  • Ensuring staff, student and volunteer inductions include an awareness of the importance of confidentiality and that information about the child and family is not shared outside of the club other than with relevant professionals who need to know that information. It is not shared with friends and family, discussions on the bus or at the local bar. If staff breach any confidentiality provisions, this may result in disciplinary action and, in serious cases, dismissal. Students on placement in the club are advised of our confidentiality policy and required to respect it
  • Ensuring that all staff, volunteers and students are aware that this information is confidential and only for use within the club and to support the child’s best interests with parental permission
  • Ensuring that parents have access to files and records of their own children but not to those of any other child, other than where relevant professionals such as the police or local authority children’s social care team decide this is not in the child’s best interest
  • Ensuring all staff are aware that this information is confidential and only for use within the club setting. If any of this information is requested for whatever reason, the parent’s permission will always be sought other than in the circumstances above
  • Ensuring staff do not discuss personal information given by parents with other members of staff, except where it affects planning for the child's needs
  • Ensuring staff, students and volunteers are aware of and follow our social networking policy in relation to confidentiality
  • Ensuring issues concerning the employment of staff remain confidential to the people directly involved with making personnel decisions
  • Ensuring any concerns/evidence relating to a child's personal safety are kept in a secure, confidential file and are shared with as few people as possible on a ‘need-to-know’ basis. If, however, a child is considered at risk, our safeguarding/child protection policy will override confidentiality.

 

All the undertakings above are subject to the paramount commitment of the club, which is to the safety and well-being of the child.

 

Staff and volunteer information

  • All information and records relating to staff will be kept confidentially in a locked cabinet
  • Individual staff may request to see their own personal file at any time

 

The clubs Data Protection certificate is located in the main office.

The club is registered with the ICO under the Data Protection Act 1998.

 

 

 

This policy was adopted on

Signed on behalf of the

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Date for review

19th January 2017

 Sarah Beattie

January 2018

 

 

 

 

 

25. Safe Recruitment of Staff

 

 

 

EYFS: 3.9 – 3.20, 3.29

 

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we are vigilant in our recruitment procedures aiming to ensure all people working with children are suitable to do so. We follow this procedure each and every time we recruit a new member to join our team.

 

Legal requirements

  • We follow any requirements or guidance given by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in relation to carrying out checks; and abide by the employer’s responsibilities relating to informing the DBS of any changes to the suitability of their staff, whether this member of staff has left the club or is still under investigation. Please refer to the child protection/safeguarding policy for further information. 

 

Advertising

  • We use reputable newspapers, websites and the local job centre to advertise for any vacancies
  • We ensure that all recruitment literature includes details of our equal opportunities policy and our safe recruitment procedures; including an enhanced DBS check and at least two independent references for every new employee.

 

Interview stage

  • All shortlisted candidates will receive a job description, a person specification, an equal opportunities monitoring form and a request for identification prior to the interview
  • The manager will decide the most appropriate people for the interview panel. There will be at least two people involved are both are involved in the overall decision making
  • At the start of each interview all candidates’ identities will be checked using, for example, their passport and/or photocard driving licence. All candidates will be required to prove they are eligible to work in the UK. The interview will also cover any gaps in the candidate’s employment history
  • All candidates reaching the interview stage are questioned using the same set criteria and questions. These cover specific areas of childcare, including safeguarding the children in their care, planning suitable activities to enhance the child’s development and their understanding of the legal frameworks applied to childcare and used in the club. The questions will be value based and will ensure the candidate has the same values as the club with regards to the safety and welfare of the children in their care
  • Candidates will be given a score for their answers including a score for their individual experience and qualifications
  • Every shortlisted candidate will be asked to take part in a supervised trial session which will involve spending time in a particular age group in the club interacting with the children and staff
  • The manager and deputy will then select the most suitable person for this position based on these scores and their suitability against the needs of the club
  • Every candidate will receive communication from the club stating whether they have been successful or not. Unsuccessful candidates are offered feedback.

 

Starting work

  • The successful candidate will be offered the position subject to at least two references from previous employment or, in the case of a newly qualified student, their tutor and a personal or professional reference. These references will be taken up BEFORE employment commences. This may be verbal initially and then followed up with a written reference which will form part of their personnel file
  • The successful candidate will be asked to provide proof of their qualifications, where applicable. All qualifications will be checked and copies taken for their personnel files
  • All new starters, other than those who have registered for the continuous updating service (see below), will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This will be initiated before the member of staff commences work in the club and they will not have unsupervised access to any child or their records before this check comes back clear.
  • The club will record and retain details about the individual including staff qualifications, identity checks carried out and the vetting process completed. This will include the disclosure and barring service reference number, the date the disclosure was obtained and details of who obtained it. The club will not retain copies of the disclosure itself once the employment decision is taken
  • If the individual has registered on the DBS system since 17 July 2013 managers may use the update service with the candidate’s permission instead of carrying out an enhanced DBS check
  • New starters are required to sign (either application form, contract or separate form) to state that they have no criminal convictions, court orders or any other reasons that disqualify them from working with children or unsuitable to do so; and that, to the best of their knowledge, no-one living in their household has been disqualified from working with children
  • All new members of staff will undergo an induction period during which time they will read and discuss the clubs policies and procedures and be assigned a ‘mentor/ buddy’ who will introduce them to the way in which the club operates
  • During their induction period all new staff will receive training on how to safeguard children in their care and follow the Safeguarding Children/Child Protection policy and procedure, emergency evacuation procedures, equality policy and health and safety issues

 

 

 

This policy was adopted on

Signed on behalf of the

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Date for review

19th January 2017

 Sarah Beattie

January 2018

 

 

 

 

 

31. Accidents and First Aid

 

 

 

EYFS: 3.25, 3.50, 3.51

 

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we aim to protect children at all times. We recognise that accidents or incidents may sometimes occur. We follow this policy and procedure to ensure all parties are supported and cared for when accidents or incidents happen; and that the circumstances of the accident or incident are reviewed with a view to minimising any future risks.

 

Accidents

Location of accident files: Club Office

 

  • The person responsible for reporting accidents, incidents or near misses is the member of staff who saw the incident or was first to find the child where there are no witnesses. They must record it on an Accident Form and report it to the manager. Other staff who have witnessed the accident may also countersign the form and, in more serious cases, provide a statement. This should be done as soon as the accident is dealt with, whilst the details are still clearly remembered. Parents must be shown the Accident Report, informed of any first aid treatment given and asked to sign it as soon as they collect their child
  • The manager reviews the accident forms quarterly for patterns, e.g. one child having a repeated number of accidents, a particular area in the club or a particular time of the day when most accidents happen. Any patterns will be investigated by the manager and all necessary steps to reduce risks are put in place
  • The manager will report serious accidents to the registered person for investigation for further action to be taken (i.e. a full risk assessment or report under Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR))
  • The Accident File will be kept for at least 21 years and three months
  • Where medical attention is required, a senior member of staff will notify the parent(s) as soon as possible whilst caring for the child appropriately
  • Where medical treatment is required the club manager will follow the insurance company procedures, which may involve informing them in writing of the accident
  • The manager/registered provider will report any accidents of a serious nature to Ofsted and the local authority children’s social care team (as the local child protection agency), where necessary. Where relevant such accidents will also be reported to the local authority environmental health department or the Health and Safety Executive and their advice followed. Notification must be made as soon as is reasonably practical, but in any event within 14 days of the incident occurring.

 

 

 

Organisation

Contact

Ofsted

0300 1234666

Local  authority children’s social care team

Solihull: 0121 788 4333

Sutton Coldfield: 0121 464 2612

Alderley Edge & Cheadle: 0300 123 5012

Local authority environmental health department

0121 704 8000

Health and Safety Executive

0845 300 9923

RIDDOR report form

http://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/report.htm

 

 

Transporting children to hospital procedure

The manager/staff member must:

  • Call for an ambulance immediately if the injury is severe. DO NOT attempt to transport the sick child in your own vehicle
  • Whilst waiting for the ambulance, contact the parent(s) and arrange to meet them at the hospital
  • Arrange for the most appropriate member of staff to accompany the child taking with them any relevant information such as registration forms, relevant medication sheets, medication and the child’s comforter.
  • Redeploy staff if necessary to ensure there is adequate staff deployment to care for the remaining children. This may mean temporarily grouping the children together
  • Inform a member of the management team immediately
  • Remain calm at all times. Children who witness an incident may well be affected by it and may need lots of cuddles and reassurance. Staff may also require additional support following the accident.

 

First aid

The first aid boxes are located in : Refer to individual site

 

These are accessible at all times with appropriate content for use with children.

 

The appointed person responsible for first aid checks the contents of the boxes regularly and replaces items that have been used or are out of date.

 

First aid boxes should only contain items permitted by the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations Act 1981, such as sterile dressings, bandages and eye pads. No other medical items, such as paracetamol should be kept in them.

 

The appointed person(s) responsible for first aid is :   Club Manager

 

At least one member of staff on site is trained in paediatric first aid and this training is updated every three years.

 

All first aid trained have this highlighted on their name badges. When children are taken on an outing away from our club, we will always ensure they are accompanied by at least one member of staff who is trained in first aid. A first aid box is taken on all outings.

 

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

The club provides staff with PPE according to the need of the task or activity. Staff must wear PPE to protect themselves and the children during tasks that involve contact with bodily fluids. PPE is also provided for domestic tasks. Staff are consulted when choosing PPE to ensure all allergies and individual needs are supported and this is evaluated on an ongoing basis.

 

Dealing with blood

We may not be aware that any child attending the club has a condition that may be transmitted via blood.  Any staff member dealing with blood must:

  • Always take precautions when cleaning wounds as some conditions such as hepatitis or the HIV virus can be transmitted via blood.
  • Wear disposable gloves and wipe up any blood spillage with disposable cloths, neat sterilising fluid or freshly diluted bleach (one part diluted with 10 parts water). Such solutions must be carefully disposed of immediately after use.

 

Needle punctures and sharps injury

We recognise that injuries from needles, broken glass and so on may result in blood-borne infections and that staff must take great care in the collection and disposal of this type of material. For the safety and well-being of the employees, any staff member dealing with needles, broken glass etc. must treat them as contaminated waste. If a needle is found the local authority must be contacted to deal with its disposal.

 

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we treat our responsibilities and obligations in respect of health and safety as a priority and we provide ongoing training to all members of staff which reflects best practice and is in line with current health and safety legislation.

 

 

This policy was adopted on

Signed on behalf of the

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Date for review

19th January 2017

 Sarah Beattie

January 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 32. Allergies and Allergic Reactions

 

 

EYFS: 3.47, 3.45

 

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we are aware that children may have or develop an allergy resulting in an allergic reaction. Our aims are to ensure allergic reactions are minimised or, where possible, prevented and that staff are fully aware of how to support a child who may be having an allergic reaction.

 

Our procedures

  • Our staff are made aware of the signs and symptoms of a possible allergic reaction in case of an unknown or first reaction in a child. These may include a rash or hives, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhoea, itchy skin, runny eyes, shortness of breath, chest pain, swelling of the mouth or tongue, swelling to the airways to the lungs, wheezing and anaphylaxis
  • We ask parents to share all information about allergic reactions and allergies on child’s registration form and to inform staff of any allergies discovered after registration
  • We share all information with all staff and keep an allergy register in the main office.
  • Where a child has a known allergy, the manager will carry out a full Allergy Risk Assessment Procedure with the parent prior to the child starting the club and shares this assessment with all staff
  • All food prepared for a child with a specific allergy is prepared in an area where there is no chance of contamination and served on equipment that has not been in contact with this specific food type, e.g. nuts
  • The manager, kitchen staff and parents will work together to ensure a child with specific food allergies receives no food at club that may harm them. This may include designing an appropriate menu or substituting specific meals on the current club menu
  • Seating will be monitored for children with allergies. Where deemed appropriate staff will sit with children who have allergies and where age/stage appropriate staff will discuss food allergies and the potential risks
  • If a child has an allergic reaction to food, a bee or wasp sting, plant etc. a first-aid trained member of staff will act quickly and administer the appropriate treatment, where necessary. We will inform parents and record the information in the incident book and on the allergy register
  • If an allergic reaction requires specialist treatment, e.g. an EpiPen, then at least two members of staff working directly with the child and the manager will receive specific medical training to be able to administer the treatment to each individual child.

 

Food Information Regulations 2014

From 13 December 2014, we will incorporate additional procedures in line with the Food Information Regulations 2014 (FIR).

 

  • We will display our weekly menus on the Parent Information Board and will identify when the 14 allergens are used as ingredients in any of our dishes.

 

Transporting children to hospital procedures

The manager/staff member must:

  • Call for an ambulance immediately if the allergic reaction is severe. DO NOT attempt to transport the sick child in your own vehicle
  • Whilst waiting for the ambulance, contact the parent(s) and arrange to meet them at the hospital
  • Arrange for the most appropriate member of staff to accompany the child taking with them any relevant information such as registration forms, relevant medication sheets, medication and the child’s comforter.
  • Redeploy staff if necessary to ensure there is adequate staff deployment to care for the remaining children. This may mean temporarily grouping the children together
  • Inform a member of the management team immediately
  • Remain calm at all times. Children who witness an incident may well be affected by it and may need lots of cuddles and reassurance. Staff may also require additional support following the accident.

 

 

This policy was adopted on

Signed on behalf of the

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Date for review

19th January 2017

 Sarah Beattie

January 2018

 

 

 

 

33. Sun Care

 

 

 

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we are committed to ensuring that all children are fully protected from the dangers of too much sun/UV rays. Severe sunburn in childhood can lead to the development of malignant melanoma (the most dangerous type of skin cancer) in later life.

 

Parents must ensure that their children are dressed appropriately for the weather conditions.  In order to protect them from the sun’s rays they should:

  • Apply an all day/long lasting sun cream to their child’s skin at home before they arrive at the club.  The child can top up their sun cream themselves during the day.  The parents must provide their child with a labelled cream.
  • Provide the child with a sun hat This hat will preferably be of legionnaires design (i.e. with an extended back and side to shield children’s neck and ears from the sun) to provide additional protection

 

Fun Fest Holiday Club responsibilities:

  • Staff will make day-to-day decisions about the length of time spent outside depending on the strength of the sun
  • Children are encouraged to drink cooled water more frequently throughout sunny or warm days and this will be accessible both indoors and out
  • Children are made aware of the need for sun hats, sun cream and the need to drink more fluids during their time in the sun
  • Shade will be provided to ensure children are able to still go out in hot weather, cool down or escape the sun should they wish or need to.

 

 

This policy was adopted on

Signed on behalf of the

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Date for review

19th January 2017

 Sarah Beattie

January 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

39. Late Collection and Non-Collection

 

 

 

EYFS: 3.73

 

At Fun Fest Holiday Club we expect all parents to agree an approximate time to collect their child from the club. We give parents information about the procedures to follow if they expect to be late. These include:

  • Agreeing a safety password with the club in advance to be used by anyone collecting a child who is not the parent (designated adult)
  • Calling the club as soon as possible to advise of their situation
  • Asking a designated adult to collect their child wherever possible
  • Informing the club of this person’s identity so the club can talk to the child if appropriate. This will help to reduce or eliminate any distress caused by this situation
  • If the designated person is not known to the club staff, the parent must provide a detailed description of this person, including their date of birth where known. This designated person must know the individual child’s safety password in order for the club to release the child into their care. This is the responsibility of the parent.

 

If a child has not been collected from the club after a reasonable amount of time i.e. 15 minutes late, to allow for lateness, we initiate the following procedure:

  • The manager will be informed that a child has not been collected
  • The manager will check for any information regarding changes to normal routines, parents’ work patterns or general information. If there is no information recorded, the manager will try to contact the parents on the telephone numbers provided for their mobile, home or work. If this fails the manager will try the emergency contacts shown on the child’s records
  • The manager/staff member in charge and one other member of staff must stay behind with the child (if outside normal operating hours). During normal operating times, the club will plan to meet required staff ratios. If the parents have still not collected the child, the manager will telephone all contact numbers available every 10 minutes until contact is made. These calls will be logged on a full incident record
  • In the event of no contact being made after one hour has lapsed, the person in charge will ring the local authority children’s social services emergency duty team
  • The club will inform Ofsted as soon as convenient
  • The two members of staff will remain in the building until suitable arrangements have been made for the collection of the child
  • The child’s welfare and needs will be met at all times and to minimise distress staff will distract, comfort and reassure the child during the process
  • In order to provide this additional care a late fee of £20 will be charged to parents. This will pay for any additional operational costs that caring for a child outside their normal club hours may incur.

 

 

Contact numbers:

Name:

Contact No: Out of Hours team:

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub ( Solihull & Sutton Coldfield)

Cheshire East Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (Cheadle & Alderley Edge)

0121 675 4806 / 0121 605 6060

0300 123 5022

Ofsted

0300 123 4666

 

 

 

 

 

This policy was adopted on

Signed on behalf of the

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Date for review

19th January 2017

 Sarah Beattie

January 2018