Staff Qualifications, Training, Support and Skills

3.1 Induction of staff, volunteers and managers

Policy statement

Little Sandhurst Nursery Group provides an induction for all staff, volunteers and managers in order to fully brief them about the setting, the families we serve, our policies and procedures, curriculum and daily practice.

Procedures

  • We have a written induction plan for all new staff, which includes the following:

–          Introductions to all staff and volunteers, including management committee members where appropriate.

–          Familiarising with the building, health and safety, and fire and evacuation procedures.

–          Ensuring our policies and procedures have been read and are carried out.

–          Introduction to parents, especially parents of allocated key children where appropriate.

–          Familiarising them with confidential information where applicable in relation to any key children.

–          Details of the tasks and daily routines to be completed.

  • The induction period lasts at least two weeks. The manager inducts new staff and volunteers.
  • During the induction period, the individual must demonstrate understanding of and compliance with policies, procedures, tasks and routines.
  • Successful completion of the induction forms part of the probationary period.

3.2 First aid

Policy statement

At Little Sandhurst Nursery Group, staff are able to take action to apply first aid treatment in the event of an accident involving a child or adult. At least one member of staff with a current first aid certificate is on the premises, or on an outing at any one time. The first aid qualification includes first aid training for infants and young children. We aim to ensure that first aid training is local authority approved and is relevant to staff caring for young children.

Procedures

Our first aid kit is accessible at all times, complies with the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.

  • The first aid box is easily accessible to adults and is kept out of the reach of children.
  • Is regularly checked by a designated member of staff and restocked as necessary.
  • No un-prescribed medication is given to children, parents or staff.
  • At the time of each child’s admission to the setting, parents’ written permission for obtaining emergency medical advice or treatment is sought. Parents sign and date their written approval.
  • Parents sign a consent form at registration allowing staff to take their child to the nearest Accident and Emergency unit to be examined, treated or admitted as necessary on the understanding that parents have been informed and are on their way to the hospital.
  • The Accident report file is kept safely and securely ensuring confidentiality.
  • All staff are trained in how to complete forms within the file in an acceptable format.
  • The forms are reviewed at least termly to identify any potential or actual hazards within the setting.

3.3    Staff Code of Conduct

Policy statement

Little Sandhurst Nursery Group expects that all staff members adopt positive practices and will support staff in doing this.

Procedures

  • Staff should treat children, other members of staff, parents and carers will respect at all times. Staff must not behave in a racist or discriminatory manner.
  • Staff should be familiar with and follow all preschool policies.
  • Staff must seek to prevent the abuse of any person in or outside preschool and adhere to the safeguarding and whistle blowing policies in place. Staff must review all updated safeguarding materials circulated by the designated safeguarding officer.
  • Staff must regard all information learned about children, their personal circumstances, other staff members and parents and carers as strictly confidential and must follow the confidentially and access to records policy.
  • Staff should not engage in conduct outside preschool which could damage the reputation and standing of the preschool, its staff, children and members.
  • Staff must operate safe internet use. They are not permitted to make any reference to Little Sandhurst Nursery Group or the children, parents and carers or other members of staff on any social networking sites other than where reference is unrelated to LSNG and its activities.
  • Staff must not carry their mobile phones on their person when in nursery and must follow the use of mobile phones and cameras policy. Staff will endeavour not to make long or numerous personal calls in nursery.
  • Staff should wear sensible non slip shoes and any uniform provided.
  • Staff should not wear jewellery that may be sharp or dangling.
  • Staff must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs in preschool.
  • Staff are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity in their work, including in the handling and claiming of preschool funds and using preschool equipment and facilities.
  • Staff are encouraged to be cheerful and friendly to to all children, parents carers and colleagues at all times.
  • Staff must not use inappropriate language, attitude or actions whilst children, parents or carers are present in the setting.  Inappropriate language, attitude or actions used in a confrontational way towards any other member of staff will not be tolerated and may lead to disciplinary action.

3.4 Supervision and Appraisal

Policy statement

Effective supervision provides support, coaching and training for the practitioner and promotes the interests of children. Supervision should foster a culture of mutual support, teamwork and continuous improvement which encourages the confidential discussion of sensitive issues.”

(Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage3.19)

Little Sandhurst Nursery Group aims to give staff an opportunity to meet with a designated Supervisor at regular intervals (at least once in every half term).  This  Supervision is an opportunity to discuss and provide support and empowerment to staff to make sure they feel equipped and happy to fulfil their job effectively.

Supervision is a regular one to one meeting in order to meet organisational, professional and personal objectives.  This should include current feelings and well-being, concerns or constraints and review of notes from last supervision

Appraisal is an annual meeting to:

-Assess and record a staff members performance, potential and development needs over the year (what has gone well/not so well?)

-Set measurable targets and objectives for the coming year

-Identify training needs and support continuing professional development

It is important to remember that although appraisals and supervision are different, annual targets from appraisals should be discussed and reviewed through supervision and changed or adapted as necessary.

The purpose of structured Supervision and Appraisal is for staff to be able to feel they have a clear opportunity to be listened to without judgement or ridicule.  Staff should be able to use this opportunity to learn from their mistakes and be able to seek advice on what they don’t know or understand.  All staff will be treated in a non-discriminatory manner and to feel that their own opinions and feelings are recognised.

Procedures

  • The Manager is responsible for seeing that regular Supervision and Appraisal dates are set for each member of staff.
  • Staff will be notified as soon as possible of planned dates.  Not all Supervision is planned, and it will be the responsibility of the manager to ensure that provision is made for any impromptu Supervision which may become necessary.
  • The manager or Supervisor will be responsible for booking rooms as necessary to ensure that Supervision happens in an area where there will be complete privacy and confidentiality.
  • Supervision sessions will be allocated at least ½ an hour of time per meeting.  Where a longer meeting is deemed necessary this will be accommodated.
  • Times for Supervision and Appraisal will be agreed to be as mutually convenient as possible.
  • The requirement for Supervision and Appraisal form part of the employees contract and therefore meeting time cannot be claimed as overtime.
  • An agenda will be set for all planned meetings.  All parties will have sight of the agenda before the start of the planned meeting.
  • All meetings will be recorded in writing.  Both parties will sign and retain a copy of the record for future reference.
  • All information discussed in these meetings is confidential to the parties concerned.  The records obtained at these meetings will be stored in a confidential manner.

Legal framework

  • Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

Further guidance

  • Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage