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Childcare strategy team- policies and procedures

Policies and procedures are required by Ofsted to provide clarity of contents giving staff, parents and carers an insight into the requirements childcare settings adhere to. They are written documents that communicate the successful management of the setting and promote a safe, secure and stimulating environment for each individual person who takes an active role in the childcare setting.

All policies and procedures are working documents therefore it is important that once developed, they are widely communicated and regularly monitored and reviewed to reflect Government legislation and registration requirements.

Listed below are a range of policies and procedures, which you may need to satisfy each of the requirements. The childcare support officers can assist you in developing your policies and offering further support or guidance. A business toolkit is also available for you.

Example policies and procedures:

  • admissions policy
  • medical policy
  • child protection guidelines
  • equality and diversity policy
  • health and safety document
  • food hygiene
  • fire procedures
  • no smoking policy
  • behaviour policy
  • sanctions policy
  • security policy
  • trips and outings policy
  • parental involvement policy
  • bullying policy
  • guidelines for lost children
  • late/non collection policy
  • complaints procedure
  • sickness policy
  • additional needs policy

Childcare strategy team
Tel: 01384 818121

Community Baby Friendly Policy

A Community Baby Friendly Policy has been developed in the borough in partnership with the council and health services.

The policy aims to help and support parents and carers with breastfeeding and bottle feeding and provide information about baby food to help support the future health and well-being of children and young people.