Children’s rights and entitlements
At Wise Owls we promote children’s right to be strong, resilient and listened to by creating an environment in our setting that encourages children to develop a positive self-image, which includes their heritage arising from their ethnicity, their languages spoken at home, their religious beliefs, cultural traditions and home background.
We promote children’s right to be strong, resilient and listened to by encouraging children to develop a sense of autonomy and independence.
We promote children’s right to be strong, resilient and listened to by enabling children to have the self-confidence and the vocabulary to resist inappropriate approaches.
We help children to establish and sustain satisfying relationships within their families, with peers, and with other adults.
We work with parents to build their understanding of, and commitment to, the principles of safeguarding all our children.
Safeguarding children and child protection –
Wise Owls will work with children, parents, carers and the community to ensure the rights and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life. Our Safeguarding Policy is based on the three key commitments of the Pre-school Learning Alliance Safeguarding Children Policy.
Key commitment 1: We are committed to building a culture of safety in which children are protected from abuse and harm in all areas of its service delivery.
Key commitment 2: We are committed to responding promptly and appropriately to all incidents or concerns of abuse that may occur and to work with statutory agencies in accordance with the procedures that are set down in ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused’ (HMG 2006).
Key commitment 3: We are committed to promoting awareness of child abuse issues throughout our training and learning programmes for adults. We are also committed to empowering young children, through its early childhood curriculum, promoting their right to be strong, resilient and listened to.
Looked after children –
Wise Owls is committed to providing quality provision based on equality of opportunity for all children and their families. All staff and volunteers at Wise Owls are committed to doing all they can to enable looked after children in our care to achieve and reach their full potential.
Children become looked after if they have either been taken into care by the local authority, or have been accommodated by the local authority (a voluntary care arrangement). Most looked after children will be living in foster homes, but a smaller number may be in a children’s home, living with a relative or even placed back home with their natural parent(s).
We recognise that children who are being looked after have often experienced traumatic situations; physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect. However, we also recognise that not all looked after children have experienced abuse and there are a range of reasons for children to be taken into the care of the local authority. Whatever the reason, a child’s separation from their home and family signifies a disruption in their lives that has impact on their emotional well-being. Most local authorities do not place children under the age of five with foster carers who work outside the home, however there are instances when this does occur or when the child has been placed with another family member who works.
We place emphasis on promoting children’s right to be strong, resilient and listened to. Our policy and practice guidelines for looked after children are based on two important concepts, attachment and resilience. The basis of this is to promote secure attachments in children’s lives as the basis for resilience. These aspects of well-being underpin the child’s responsiveness to learning and enable the development of positive dispositions for learning.
For young children to get the most out of educational opportunities they need to be settled enough with their carer to be able to cope with further separation, a new environment and new expectations made upon them.
Uncollected child – Click here to return to the top
Policy statement In the event that a child is not collected by an authorised adult by their expected collection time, we put into practice agreed procedures. These ensure the child is cared for safely by an experienced and qualified practitioner who is known to the child and that the child will receive a high standard of care in order to cause as little distress as possible. We inform parents and principal carers of our procedures so that if they are unavoidably delayed, they will be reassured that their children will be properly cared for. We also use these procedures in circumstances where an unauthorised person attempts to collect a child from the setting.
Missing child –
Children’s safety is our highest priority, both on and off the premises. Every attempt is made, through the implementation of our outings procedure and the entrance/exit procedure, to ensure the security of children is maintained at all times. In the unlikely event of a child going missing, our missing child procedure is followed.
Mobile phones –
At Wise Owls we take steps to ensure that there are effective procedures in place to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from the unacceptable use of mobile phones and cameras in the setting.
Photographs are a valuable tool for recording and assessing children’s activities and achievements.
At Wise Owls we use photographs for different purposes including in a child’s learning journey and for display purposes within the setting. We ensure that parents and carers understand their child may also be on another photograph that may be used in another child’s learning journey, but not as the primary person. If a parent or carer is not happy about one or more of these uses, we will respect their wishes and find alternative ways of recording their child’s play or learning.