Policies

Safeguarding children

Our nursery will work with children, parents, external agencies and the community to ensure the welfare and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life. Children have the right to be treated with respect and to be safe from any abuse in whatever form.

We will:

  • Create an environment to encourage children to develop a positive self-image
  • Encourage children to develop a sense of independence and autonomy in a way that is appropriate to their age and stage of development
  • Provide a safe and secure environment for all children
  • Always listen to children.

Behaviour Management

Our nursery believes that children flourish best when they know how they are expected to behave.  Children gain respect through interaction with caring adults who show them respect and value their individual personalities. Positive, caring and polite behaviour will be encouraged and praised at all times in 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 nursery 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 those 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 teach children to behave in socially acceptable ways and to understand the needs and rights of others by encouraging children to :

  • Ask politely for and offer things to each other
  • To say ’no’ politely and accept ‘no’ from others
  • To use assertive skills to achieve their goals.

Inclusion and equality

The nursery takes great care to treat each individual as a person in their own right, with equal rights and responsibilities to any other individual, whether they be an adult or child. The nursery is 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/belief, colour, creed, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin, or political belief, has no place within this nursery.

The nursery and staff are committed to:

  • Providing a childcare place, wherever possible, for children who are designated disabled or disadvantaged according to their individual circumstances, and the nursery’s ability to provide the necessary standard of care
  • Providing a secure environment in which all our children can flourish and all contributions are valued
  • Providing positive non-stereotype information about different ethnic groups and people with disabilities
  • Making inclusion a thread, which runs through all of the activities of the nursery including encouraging positive role models through the use of toys, imaginary play and activities that promote non-stereotyped images.

Nutrition & Mealtimes

Meal times should be a happy, social occasion for all children. Positive interactions should be shared at these times and enjoyed. Green Dragon Nursery is committed to offering children healthy, nutritious and balanced meals and snacks which meet individuals needs and requirements.

We will ensure that:

  • A balanced and healthy breakfast, midday meal, tea and two daily snacks are provided for children attending a full day at the nursery
  • We provide nutritious food at all snack and meal times, avoiding large quantities of fat, sugar and salt and artificial additives, preservatives and colourings
  • Menus will include at least 3 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables per day
  • Fresh drinking water will be constantly available and frequently offered to
  • children and babies.
  • Individual dietary requirements will be respected. We will gather information from parents regarding their children’s dietary needs including any allergies.