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School policies

Hard copies of all our school policies can be requested from the office. You can also view them by clicking the links below.
Please do contact us if you have any questions or need clarification.

Anti bullying and Anti-discrimination

Anti bullying and Anti-discrimination policy 2016-2017

All children, staff and parents have the right to feel welcome, secure and happy at the nursery. Bullying or discrimination of any sort can prevent equality of opportunity and inclusion and we all have a responsibility to prevent this. We recognise, respect and value difference and strive to remove barriers or disadvantages that people may face.

We strongly believe that diversity is one our strongest assets, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach, work and visit us.

Behaviour Policy

Behaviour Policy 2016-2017

We know that most children need time to become aware of others and their needs and may need support to learn how to take turns, share toys and an adult’s attention. As children are great “people watchers”, our staff provide good role models and, for example, always behave as well as we think the children should, show consistency in dealing with all the children and display a respectful attitude.

We encourage children to be kind and caring, but also to have the confidence to be assertive if they feel hurt, supporting them to use “Please stop it, I don’t like it”. We will separate the deed from the person so that children can develop a feeling of self worth. Our approach to behaviour management is positive in that we encourage children who have hurt their peers, either purposefully or by accident, to care for them.

Charging and Remissions

Charging and Remissions Policy 2016

There is no charge for the education we provide during nursery hours, including the supply of resources, books, instruments or other equipment. Currently, we do not foresee that any non-voluntary charges would be applied.

We may occasionally ask for voluntary contributions in order to offer a wide variety of experiences to the children, but these will always be voluntary and parents are under absolutely no obligation. Any extra activities or visits will be enjoyed by all the children.

Complaints Policy

Complaints Policy 2016-2017

We do recognise that from time to time parents/carers might feel they have not received the best possible provision from us.

The continued confidence and support of parents/carers is crucial to BNSCC and that is why we are asking you to let us know if you are not completely satisfied with us.

We have a firm commitment to work in partnership with parents/carers and hope that any concerns you may have can be resolved informally by speaking with the relevant Key Person or Class Teacher. If initial attempts are unsuccessful or you remain dissatisfied and wish to take the matter further, this policy sets out the procedure and timescales for a formal complaint.

Equality Objective

Equality Objective 2015-2016

We welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. The general duties are to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations across our school community. Each year we have a specific duty to publish an equality objectives which show how we plan to improve our practice over the coming year.

We will continuously strive to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

Health and Safety

Health and Safety Policy 2016

We are responsible for looking after very precious little people as well as special bigger people. With that in mind, we are fully aware of our legal obligations and responsibilities to maintain a safe environment for all. We have a clear set of procedures in place to ensure that risks are kept to a minimum and that any issues are dealt with promptly by the appropriate members of our team.

Accidents do sometimes happen, but one of our many qualified First Aiders will be quick to administer whatever is needed to sooth and reassure.

Pupils in School with Medical Conditions

Policy for Supporting Children at School with Medical Conditions

We are committed to ensuring that children who have any type of medical condition are fully supported in all aspects of school life. We will always consult and work in partnership with parents and health or social care professionals to ensure that each child’s needs are effectively met. If required, we will arrange appropriate training for our staff so that we are able to provide whatever support is needed.

We ensure that there is a focus on the needs of each individual child so that they can play an active role in the nursery, remain healthy and achieve their full potential.

Safeguarding and Child Protection

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2016

Ensuring children are safeguarded and their welfare promoted is of paramount importance to us. All our staff receive training annually and if any legislative changes are introduced during the year - e.g. the new Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 which came into force on 5th September 2016, we ensure that this information is shared immediately. Our Governors also undertake training and safeguarding is a standing item on all Committee agendas.

Emma is our Designated Safeguarding Lead and she is supported by three Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads, Nicola, Sasha and Bryanna, so there is always someone in the nursery and Children’s Centre, who has a high level of expertise in all aspects of safeguarding and child protection. We also have a named Governor responsible for safeguarding - Jonathan Davies-Jones.

SEND Policy

Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy 2016-2017

We ensure that all children, regardless of their particular needs, are offered inclusive teaching which will enable them to make the best possible progress . We can offer a range of provision to support children with communication and interaction, cognition and learning difficulties, social, mental and health problems or sensory or physical needs.

Our SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) is Camilla Alton and she can be contacted on Mondays - Wednesdays either by calling the nursery on 020 8673 4055 or by email, senco@balham-nursery.wandsworth.sch.uk

SEN Information Report

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Information Report

We work within the Wandsworth Guidance on Provision for Children with SEN in Mainstream Schools which explains the ways children with different additional needs are provided for within the school.

This report contains a lot of detailed information, including what you can expect when your child attends the nursery, how we will adapt the curriculum and teaching to support your child’s needs and how we will assess the progress of your child.

You can also find more information regarding Wandsworth’s local SEN offer at:
Wandsworth Local Offer