Our three settings promote a culture of safeguarding and it underpins everything we do. Children’s welfare is at the heart of all our decision making and we always keep in mind that we work on behalf of the child.
We want children to feel safe and secure, so that they feel confident to explore the world around them and can become engrossed in their play and learning. The safeguarding and welfare requirements for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) state:
“Children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met, and when they have positive relationships with the adults caring for them.”
We have a detailed Safeguarding Policy which sets out how we safeguard all children and how we would respond in a Child Protection situation. We work with families for the benefit of each child.
Our safeguarding training is continuous, varied and ongoing. Staff are aware of their legal duties and our ethos is to keep the child at the heart of all we do. Continuous training and discussions mean that we are always reminded to listen, look and be aware.
We have an annual Safeguarding Walk with BAND (Bristol Association for Neighbourhood Daycare) which gives an opportunity for staff to experience questions about safeguarding which in turn helps them secure their knowledge and enables us to evaluate how we can improve.
Feedback from safeguarding walks:
The Priory “…the team are friendly and I felt really welcomed…the nursery has a welcoming and friendly atmosphere…
…staff gave me insightful and interesting answers around their safeguarding practices and procedures, drawing on their experiences and their ongoing training…
There are clear processes across the whole nursery and the DSL ensures that there is an ongoing commitment to staff’s learning and development in safeguarding which helps ensure that staff know what to do.”
Mornington House “During the visit it was apparent that Room Leads and Nursery Practitioners across the whole setting have a strong and secure knowledge around safeguarding practices.
The knowledge presented to me… was clear and concise…practitioners across the three rooms answered my questioning with ease and confidence.
The nursery team is supportive of one another…the Nursery Manager supports all staff in achieving improved outcomes for children and families.”
The Court House “Staff gave me some insightful answers to the questions and had great knowledge of particular safeguarding topics.
The nursery team have a really good understanding of their duty to protect the welfare of children…
Staff seemed attuned to changes in children’s family’s lives and know the families well. There is an ongoing commitment to safeguarding…”