Keeping Children Safe in Education
At NET Academies we take seriously our responsibility under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 (section 157 in relation to the independent sector) to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within our nursery to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm.
We recognise that all staff and Governors have a full and active part to play in protecting our children from harm, and that the child’s welfare is our paramount concern.
We strongly believe that our nursery should provide a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child.
Health and Safety
Little Lattons has a robust health and safety policy, which is monitored each term by the relevant members of the governing body.
We commission an annual inspection for Health and Safety procedures to ensure we are compliant with all of our responsibilities. The Head of School, Nursery Manager, Premises Manager, COO and Governors with responsibility for Health and Safety oversee this comprehensive list.
Any concerns from staff are reported to any of the above and an initial examination takes place immediately, assessing what remedial action needs to take place.
On at least a termly basis, there is a fire drill to practice efficient evacuation from the buildings. The nursery conducts an annual Fire Risk Assessment.
There is also a critical incident plan that details what staff and parents should do in the case of emergencies.
Appointment & Induction of Staff & Work Placements
All staff appointed to work at Little Lattons have a criminal records search called a DBS check.
This search highlights people who have a criminal record or if previous allegations have been made against them. If any member of staff is found to have a criminal record, the appointment is reconsidered by the Head of School and the HR committee of the Governing Body. The LA is informed directly by the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Newly appointed staff attend an induction training programme. They are familiarised with procedures, policies and safeguarding practices and are regularly updated during their first
weeks at the nursery. All staff receive annual training for safeguarding, FGM, CSE and PREVENT.
All visitors with a professional role – eg Speech and Language Therapists or members of the police – have relevant clearance.
Trainees who work within our nursery community also have their DBS clearance confirmed.