Horizons is registered for 90 children between the ages of
The above is in
accordance with the legal space requirements from Ofsted and is the overriding policy in respect
Other matters taken into account in deciding which child can be offered a place in the nursery are:
We operate an inclusion
and equality policy and ensure that all children have
access to nursery places and services irrespective of their gender, race,
disability, religion or belief or sexual orientation of parents.
Prior to a child attending nursery, parents must complete and sign a contract and registration form. These forms provide the nursery with personal details relating to the child. For example, name, date of birth, address, emergency contact details, parental responsibilities,dietary requirements, collection arrangements, fees and sessions, contact details for parents, doctor’s contact details, health visitor contact details, allergies, parental consent and vaccinations etc.
Providers eligible to provide government funded places – England
At New Horizons we currently provide free funded places available for children subject to availability. These places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and can be booked a term in advance.
Please note for admissions for the free nursery education we have a termly intake, beginning the term following your child’s second or third birthday.
All funded sessions are now in line with the flexible arrangement as specified by the Government. When you register your child for their funded place we will discuss your needs, and as far as possible with availability and staffing arrangements we will accommodate your wishes.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, for the
sake of this policy is defined as:
(Definition taken from
the HM Government document ‘Working together to safeguard children 2013’).
We at New Horizons support the children within our care,
protect them from maltreatment and have robust procedures in place to prevent
the impairment of children’s health and development. Safeguarding is a much
wider subject than the elements covered within this single child protection
policy, therefore this document should be used in conjunction with the other
nursery policies and procedures.
At New Horizons we 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.
To this end we will:
Create an environment to encourage children to develop a
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.
Our nursery has a clear commitment to protecting children
and promoting welfare. Should anyone
believe that this policy is not being upheld, it is their duty to report the
matter to the attention of the nursery manager/owner person at
the earliest opportunity.
The legal framework for this policy is based on:
Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006).
Practitioners have a duty to protect and promote the welfare
of children. Due to the many hours of care we are providing, staff will often
be the first people to sense that there is a problem. They may well be the
first people in whom children confide about abuse. The nursery has a duty to be
aware that abuse does occur in our society.
This statement lays out the procedures that will be followed
if we have any reason to believe that a child in our care is subject to welfare
issues including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.
Our prime responsibility is the welfare and well-being of
all children in our care. As such we
believe we have a duty to the children, parents and staff to act quickly and
responsibly in any instance that may come to our attention. All staff will work
as part of a multi-agency team where needed in the best interests of the child.
New Horizons aims to:
Children will be supported by offering reassurance, comfort
and sensitive interactions. Activities will be devised according to individual
circumstances to enable children to develop confidence within their peer group.
Contact telephone numbers
Ofsted 0300 123 1231
Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (Customer 1st)
0808 800 4005
Types of abuse
Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment of a child.
Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by harming them, or by failing to act to
prevent harm. Children may be abused within a family, institution, or community
setting by those known to them or a stranger. This could be an adult or adults,
another child or children.
The signs and indicators listed below may not necessarily
indicate that a child has been abused, but will help us to recognise that
something may be wrong, especially if a child shows a number of these symptoms
or any of them to a marked degree.
Action needs to be taken if staff have reason to believe
that there has been a physical injury to a child, including deliberate
poisoning; where there is definite knowledge, or reasonable suspicion that the
injury was inflicted or knowingly not prevented. These symptoms may include
bruising or injuries in an area that is not usual for a child, e.g. fleshy
parts of the arms and legs, back, wrists, ankles and face.
Many children will have cuts and grazes from normal
childhood injuries – these should also be logged and discussed with the nursery
manager or room leader.
Children and babies may be abused physically through shaking
or throwing. Other injuries may include burns or scalds. These are not usual
childhood injuries and should always be logged and discussed with the nursery
This is also a type of physical abuse. This is where a child
is presented with an illness that is fabricated by the adult carer. The carer
may seek out unnecessary medical treatment or investigation. The signs may
include a carer exaggerating a real illness or symptoms, complete fabrication
of symptoms or inducing physical illness e.g. through poisoning, starvation,
inappropriate diet. This may also be presented through false allegations of
abuse or encouraging the child to appear disabled or ill to obtain unnecessary
treatment or specialist support.
Action needs be taken under this heading if the staff member
has witnessed occasion(s) where a child indicated sexual activity through
words, play, drawing, had an excessive pre-occupation with sexual matters, or
had an inappropriate knowledge of adult sexual behaviour or language. This may
include acting out sexual activity on dolls/toys or in the role play area with
their peers, drawing pictures that are inappropriate for a child, talking about
sexual activities or using sexual language or words. The child may become
worried when their clothes are removed, e.g. for nappy changes.
The physical symptoms may include genital trauma, discharge,
and bruises between the legs or signs of a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Emotional symptoms could include a distinct change in a child’s behaviour. They
may be withdrawn or overly extroverted and outgoing. They may withdraw away
from a particular adult and become distressed if they reach out for them, but they
may also be particularly clingy to a potential abuser so all symptoms and signs
should be looked at together and assessed as a whole.
If a child starts to talk openly to an adult about abuse
they may be experiencing; the procedure stated later in this document under
‘recording abuse suspicions’ will be followed.
Action should be taken under this heading if the staff
member has reason to believe that there is a severe, adverse effect on the behaviour
and emotional development of a child, caused by persistent or severe ill
treatment or rejection.
This may include extremes of discipline where a child is
shouted at or put down on a consistent basis, lack of emotional attachment by a
parent, or it may include parents or carers placing inappropriate age or
developmental expectations upon them. Emotional abuse may also be imposed
through the child witnessing domestic abuse and alcohol and drug misuse by
adults caring for them.
The child is likely to show extremes of emotion with this
type of abuse. This may include shying away from an adult who is abusing them,
becoming withdrawn, aggressive or clingy in order to receive their love and
attention. This type of abuse is harder to identify as the child is not likely
to show any physical signs.
Action should be taken under this heading if the staff
member has reason to believe that there has been persistent or severe neglect
of a child (for example, by exposure to any kind of danger, including cold and
starvation and failure to seek medical treatment when required on behalf of the
child), which results in serious impairment of the child's health or
development, including failure to thrive.
Signs may include a child persistently arriving at nursery
unwashed or unkempt, wearing clothes that are too small (especially shoes that
may restrict the child’s growth or hurt them), arriving at nursery in the same
nappy they went home in or a child having an illness that is not being
addressed by the parent. A child may also be persistently hungry if a parent is
withholding food or not providing enough for a child’s needs.
Neglect may also be shown through emotional signs, e.g. a
child may not be receiving the attention they need at home and may crave love
and support at nursery. They may be clingy and emotional. In addition, neglect
may occur through pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse.
Indicators of child abuse
Recording suspicions of abuse and disclosures
Staff should make an objective record (supported by the
nursery manager or Designated Safeguarding Co-ordinator (DSCO)) of any
observation or disclosure and include:
These records should be signed by the person reporting this
and the Manager/DSCO, dated and kept in a separate confidential file.
If a child starts to talk to an adult about potential abuse
it is important not to promise the child complete confidentiality. This promise
cannot be kept. It is vital that the child is allowed to talk openly and
disclosure is not forced or words put into the child’s mouth. As soon as
possible after the disclosure it is vital details are logged down accurately.
It may be thought necessary that through discussion with all
concerned the matter needs to be raised with the LSCB and Ofsted and/or a
Common Assessment Framework (CAF) needs to be initiated. Staff involved may be
asked to supply details of any information/concerns they have with regard to a
child. The nursery expects all members of staff to co-operate with the LSCB and
Ofsted in any way necessary to ensure the safety of the children.
Staff must not make any comments either publicly or in
private about a parent’s or staff’s supposed or actual behaviour.
Staffing and volunteering
It is the policy of the nursery to provide a secure and safe
environment for all children. The nursery will therefore not allow an adult to
be left alone with a child who has not received their enhanced Disclosure and
Barring Service (DBS)/CRB clearance.
All staff will attend child protection training and receive
initial basic child protection training during their induction period. This
will include the procedures for spotting signs and behaviours of abuse and
abusers, recording and reporting concerns and creating a safe and secure
environment for the children in the nursery.
We have a named person within the nursery that takes lead
responsibility for safeguarding and co-ordinates child protection and welfare
issues. The nursery DSCO undertakes specific training and receives regular
updates to developments within this field.
The Designated Safeguarding Co-ordinator (DSCO) at the
nursery is: Bev Webb.
Parents are normally the first point of contact. If a
suspicion of abuse is recorded, parents are informed at the same time as the
report is made, except where the guidance of the LSCB does not allow this. This
will usually be the case where the parent or family member is the likely
abuser, or where a child may be endangered by this disclosure. In these cases
the investigating officers will inform parents.
All suspicions, enquiries and external investigations are
kept confidential and shared only with those who need to know. Any information is shared under the guidance
of the LSCB.
Support to families
The nursery takes every step in its power to build up
trusting and supportive relations among families, staff and volunteers within
The nursery continues to welcome the child and the family
whilst enquiries are being made in relation to abuse in the home situation.
Parents and families will be treated with respect in a non-judgmental manner
whilst any external investigations are carried out in the best interests of the
Confidential records kept on a child are shared with the
child's parents or those who have parental responsibility for the child, only
if appropriate under the guidance of the LSCB with the proviso that the care
and safety of the child is paramount. We will do all in our power to support
and work with the child's family.
Employees or volunteers of the nursery
If an allegation is made against a member of staff or
volunteer, we will follow the below procedure:
The allegation should be reported to the senior manager on
duty. If this person is the subject of the allegation then this should be
reported to the *owner/*registered person/*DSCO/*deputy manager instead.
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), Ofsted and
the LSCB will then be informed immediately in order for this to be investigated
by the appropriate bodies promptly: