We are fortunate to live in a democratic society and it is important to teach our children from a very young age about these values and how we implement them into everyday life. At Pre School this includes installing good manners, encouraging good listening and sharing between peers and growing empathetic characters amongst our children.
We ask the children for their input into the things they like to do at Pre School to ensure their voice is heard. We introduce the children to ‘Colin’s Golden Rules’ because this not only encourages involvement from them but helps them to take ownership of their actions and those of the other children sharing their environment.
Our British Values are:
Here at Smarden Pre School we strive to accept children regardless of their needs or disabilities.
People can sometimes feel a little concerned when the word SEND is used in relation to their child, however it is a great support mechanism designed to help each child progress and achieve their personal learning goals.
We will support you and your child if a development delay is detected. This may be due to your child needing a little more support in one area, it may be that your child has been prescribed glasses, a hearing aid or any other health complication that may have an impact on their development. It may be a behaviour issue or a family bereavement.
Your child may have a health need to consider and have other outside professionals involved already. In this instance we would work alongside these professionals and you to provide the best care and learning environment for your child.
If we have any concerns, we will always discuss them with you in order to establish what, if any, course of action is needed.
Ultimately you will want to visit us to ensure that our facilities meet your child’s individual needs and we welcome such visits.
All adults in our Pre School have a responsibility for safeguarding the children. All staff complete Basic Awareness of Safeguarding Training and this is updated annually.
All staff wear Smarden Pre School identification Badges, and they must sign in each morning to receive this.
All staff, trustees, committee members and volunteers undertake a DBS check and details of these checks are kept in a central record in Pre School.
All Pre School policies are kept centrally, the safeguarding policy is reviewed annually and its related policies and practices are reviewed regularly. Our practices and policies reflect the guidance outlined in “Keeping Children Safe in Education”.
Please click on this link to view the document.
We believe that it is important to make children aware that unacceptable behaviour towards them should not be tolerated.
Our PSED curriculum supports children to be able to recognise when their safety becomes compromised and to know what they can do about it.
Personal information is information, or any combination of separate pieces of information, that could be used to identify you.
We collect personal data about you and your child to provide care and learning that is tailored to meet your child’s individual needs. We also collect information in order to verify your eligibility for free childcare as applicable.
Personal details that we collect about your child include:
Where applicable we will obtain child protection plans from social care and health care plans from health professionals.
We will also ask for information about who has parental responsibility for your child and any court orders pertaining to your child.
Personal details that we collect about you include:
This information is collected from you directly in the registration form.
If you apply for up to 30 hours free childcare, we will also collect:
We use personal data about you and your child in order to provide childcare services and fulfil the contractual arrangement you have entered into. This includes using your data to:
With your consent, we also record your child’s activities for their individual learning record. This may include photographs and videos. You will have the opportunity to withdraw your consent at any time, for images taken by confirming so in writing.
Smarden Pre School has a legal obligation to process safeguarding related data about your child should we have concerns about their welfare. We also have a legal obligation to transfer records and certain information about your child to the school that your child will be attending.
In order for us to deliver childcare services we will also share your data as required with the following categories of recipients:
We will also share your data if:
We will never share your data with any other organisation or third parties to use for their own purposes.
We protect unauthorised access to your personal data and prevent it from being lost, accidentally destroyed, misused, or disclosed by:
We retain your child’s personal data for up to 3 years after your child no longer uses our setting, or until our next Ofsted inspection after your child leaves our setting. Medication records and accident records are kept for longer according to legal requirements. Your child’s learning and development records are maintained by us and handed to you when your child leaves.
In some instances (child protection, or other support service referrals) we are obliged to keep your data for longer if it is necessary to comply with legal requirements.
We do not make any decisions about your child based solely on automated decision-making.
You have the right to:
If you wish to exercise any of these rights at any time or if you have any questions, comments or concerns about this privacy notice, or how we handle your data please contact our manager, Katie Lipscomb. If you have or continue to have concerns about the way your data is handled and remain dissatisfied after raising your concern with us, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner Office (ICO). The ICO can be contacted at Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF or ico.org.uk/
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At Smarden Pre School we believe that educating our children about being safe on-line is very important. In age appropriate way we help the children to identify some of the risks about being on-line and how to keep themselves safe.
We have clear rules about using the internet and restrict access accordingly.