Registered under Part XA of the Children Act 1989, The Old School House is regulated by OFSTED. Suspected instances of child abuse or neglect are dealt with by the area child protection team.
The Old School House Nursery is fully compliant with the legal obligations requiring policies for Safe Guarding Children, Equal opportunities and Health and Safety. The
Owner Mrs. F. Brissenden is responsible for ensuring these requirements are met.
The Old School House operates high standards of hygiene, particularly with regard to nappy changing and toileting. When possible, potty training should be well established at home, before children attend nursery out of nappies. If children are distracted and have continual accidents, in the interests of hygiene and the other children attending, it may be necessary for the nursery staff to put your child back into a nappy or pull-up.
We will always discuss toilet training with you, to ensure we are working together to a positive end.
Food hygiene is of paramount importance and all staff involved with food preparation have achieved a Level II Food Safety Award.
Children may not attend nursery if they are suffering from sickness, diarrhoea, an infectious illness (such as conjunctivitis) or have any unspecific rashes (until diagnosed by a doctor).
They may return to nursery once 48 hrs have passed since last symptoms.
If a child becomes ill while at nursery, a parent or carer will be telephoned to tell them of their child’s illness and be asked to collect the child. If the parents are unavailable other authorised contacts will be called, if necessary the child’s GP will be called. In the event of an emergency, the child will be taken to the nearest hospital, accompanied by a senior member of staff, who will act “in loco parentis” until a parent / carer arrives. Removal to hospital is subject to permission being given on our registration form for emergency treatment to be sought. Registration form will be taken with the child, together with any other relevant information held.
Medication may only be given when prescribed by a GP or dentist, and has clear labelling to indicate that it has been prescribed. In the event of an abnormally high temperature, we will do all we can to reduce this by undressing your child, and physically cooling them. If their temperature continues to rise, then we will call you to ask whether Calpol can be given. However, if a child’s temperature becomes exceptionally high and a parent cannot be contacted, then Calpol will be administered – this will be done as a last resort and only after other methods of relieving the temperature have been attempted e.g. undressing and or tepid sponging.
Parents / carers will be contacted and asked to collect their child and take to their GP to be checked over.
**You must tell us if your child has had calpol or any other similar medication before attending nursery, to ensure that any further doses do not lead to overdose! Double dosing will be the full responsibility of parents / carers if you neglect to inform us that your child has had medication prior to attending nursery.
It is considered that if a child needs calpol or any other non-prescription medication before they come to nursery, then they are not well enough to be at nursery as symptoms will return once dose has worn off and you will be asked to take your child home until they are well enough to attend without medication.
If a child has to receive regular, prescribed medication whilst attending The Old School House, full written details must be provided, and the medication provided in its original packaging / bottle, clearly marked with the child’s name and dosage instructions as prescribed by the provider of the medication. Dosage instructions will be confirmed on one of our medicine forms: Parents/carers will then be required to sign the form when collecting their child to confirm acceptance that the medication has been administered.
Permission for a child to attend the nursery on medication will be at the discretion of the Nursery Manager / Owner.
If your child has an allergy of any sort you must make sure that you notify us in writing, giving full details of allergy, foods which must be avoided and treatment which may be required.
You must remember to tell us promptly about any changes to details already given or about new allergies which may arise during your child’s attendance at this setting.