Policies and Procedure Handbook.
Curious Minds MISSION STATEMENT.
As a Registered Childminder my aim is to promote a clean, safe, loving home-like environment where everyone feels valued whilst working together in partnership with parents to support and aid their children’s progress. Total respect towards self, others and our environment will be emphasised and reinforced constantly. I will always aim to provide a quality, caring environment where standards are very high, each child’s independence can be realistically developed and where there is a wealth of learning opportunities. Learning opportunities will be a combination of structured and flexible activities to encourage each child to achieve their goals and promote their self-esteem. It is my statutory duty to safeguard the children in my care. To this end I endeavour to take every possible measure to protect your child from hurting him/herself. However, accidents sometimes happen, we all get ill and emergencies do occur. I know that as a working parent you need a reliable childminder. I will do everything possible to ensure that I work on every day for which I’ll be contracted. Unfortunately, should I be unwell, and unable to work or should your child be unwell, the following policy and procedures will be implemented. In order to keep the children and myself safe whilst on my premises, I have considered the possibility of having to evacuate in an emergency. As a result, I have written and included the following policies in my contract and handbook explaining how I will deal with any such situations. Additionally, you will also find in this handbook the policies and procedures for behaviour, safeguarding and equal opportunities. These policies and procedures will be reviewed and amended, as necessary, at regular intervals. Should you have any queries, comments or concerns arising from this document, please do not hesitate to contact me for a discussion about your concerns.
Policies and Procedures.
I will comfort the child and reassure them
I will carry out any first aid procedures that are necessary and I have been trained to do. I will assess the extent of their injuries. If necessary call for medical support/ambulance. Once the child is settled and calm, I will contact you to inform you of the accident. Dependant on the nature of the injury, you may need to return to care for your child or meet me at the hospital. After every accident, however minor, I will:
Complete a report in my accident book.
Ask you to sign the report and then provide you with a copy. If the accident requires any further medical treatment which I will not administer, I will: Inform Ofsted (under Standard 14.3 Children Act Regulation)
Inform my insurance provider.
Contact PACEY/ local Early Years department for additional support and advice. It is important that you keep me informed regarding your child’s condition following an accident and if you have sought further medical advice.
Should I be unwell and unable to work, I have arranged emergency cover with the following Ofsted Registered Childminders: 1. ……………………………….
These childminders are all known to your child and are happy to provide care for him/her whilst I am unwell. This is with the understanding that additional children from my service won’t take them over their registered numbers. Should you require to meet with any of these emergency illness cover childminders beforehand, please let me know. Should I contact you to inform you that I’m unwell, and unable to work, please call one of the suggested childminders to arrange cover. There is no charge for the days when I am unable to work through illness. The above-mentioned childminders will charge you at our agreed rate for the day(s) they cover. If your child is unwell, they will be best cared for in their own home by a parent. I am happy to...
References: 1. Ridall-Leech, Sheila – Home-based Childcare For childminders & nannies. Pearson (2013)
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