6. Safeguarding and child protection
Into The Woods has a responsibility for the welfare and well being of all the children in their care. As such we have a duty to the children, parents/carers and staff to act quickly and responsibly to any incident that may come to our attention. The nursery has a legal obligation to report any suspicions around abuse to the Local Authority . The Children Act 1989 (Section 47 (1)) places the duty on the Local Authority to investigate such matters.
Please be aware that the nursery works within the London Borough of Haringey child protection procedures and will seek advice should this become necessary. Should an investigation take place, parents will be informed and supported. We will seek to clarify with you as parents/carers in the first instance unless the nature or timing of the discovery warrants discussion for advice or clarification with Social Services as too how to proceed. The nursery will also inform parents/carers as soon as possible if any abuse or neglect is detected at the setting.
If your child has an accident at home parents/carers must inform Into The Woods, where the incident will be will noted and record the incident.
7. Accidents, emergencies and first aid
In the event of an accident or emergency, Into The Woods are authorised to act on behalf of the child's parent/carer in determining the need for medical attention or hospital referral, on the understanding that any decisions made will be communicated to the parents/carer in detail.
In the event of illness, accident or emergency, Into The Woods will take appropriate action. This includes treating minor injuries with first aid practices, and referral to hospital if deemed necessary. In the case of first aid, parents carers will be informed at pick up time, unless the decision is taken that, in the interests of the child"s wellbeing, they should not continue their session; in which case parents/carers will be contacted straight away. In the unlikely case of a hospital referral, parents/carers will be contacted immediately.
8. Illness and medication
For the health and welfare of all children who come to the nursery we request that you do not bring your child into nursery if they are ill or have an infectious disease. We reserve the right to send your child home if the nursery manager feels that your child is not well enough to attend. Following an infectious illness it is essential that your child does not attend the nursery until they are no longer at risk of infecting others.
If your child is on any medication which has to be administered whilst attending the nursery, it must be prescribed by a doctor, dentist, nurse or phamarcist. In the case of medication containing aspirin, this must be prescribed by a doctor. You must complete a medicine consent form giving instructions on times and dosage.
9. Administering of sun cream
Staff at Into The Woods will apply sun cream (Soltan Sensitive Hypoallergenic Suncare Lotion SPF30) to children whenever they feel it is appropriate. If your child has an allergy to the above type of sun cream parents carers must provide an alternative. On sunny days, parents should inform staff at the nursery about any sun cream the child has had applied before arrival at the nursery.
10. Closure of the nursery due to weather conditions
In the rare event of unusually dangerous weather conditions, such as severe storm warnings from the Met Office, Into The Woods reserves the right to close the nursery for the affected session or day. If this happens, affected parents/carers will be contacted individually with as much notice as possible.