Staffing policy

Little Rascals day nursery values its staff. We employ enthusiastic staff who truly understand and enjoy children. They have a sound, working knowledge of the ways in which children develop and learn and are able to provide appropriate activities based on their observations and concern for the child's whole development. The staff have a working knowledge of our equal opportunities policy and are encouraged to adopt this in all activities in the nursery. We pride ourselves on our high adult: child ratio. We positively encourage a high level of staff: child interaction so that personal growth, health and safety can be enhanced. The children's keypersons are also able to work on a one-to-one basis with them throughout the week.

We accept that in the interests of the nursery, the children and the individual that all staff should be given the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills. To facilitate this we:

 Give staff the opportunity to attend and financial support to update their qualifications and update their knowledge through outside courses.

 Offer staff the opportunity to attend seminars and courses.

 Ensure that every member of staff has child protection training and holds a relevant first aid certificate.

 Attend regular staff meetings and appraisal sessions.

We want you to feel secure in the knowledge that your child is being looked after by competent, dedicated staff.

Staffing and volunteering

It is the policy of the nursery to provide a secure and safe environment for all children. The nursery will therefore not allow an adult to be left alone with a child who has not received their enhanced DBS disclosure clearance. It is the policy of the nursery to provide a secure and safe environment for all children. The nursery will therefore not allow an adult to be left alone with a child who has not received their enhanced CRB disclosure clearance.

All staff will attend child protection training within their first six months of employment, and receive initial basic training during their induction period. This will include the procedures for spotting signs and behaviours of abuse and abusers, recording and reporting concerns and creating a safe and secure environment for the children in the nursery. All staff will attend child protection training within their first six months of employment, and receive initial basic training during their induction period. This will include the procedures for spotting signs and behaviours of abuse and abusers, recording and reporting concerns and creating a safe and secure environment for the children in the nursery. We provide adequate and appropriate staffing resources to meet the needs of children. Applicants for posts within the nursery are clearly informed that the positions are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Candidates are informed of the need to carry out checks before posts can be confirmed. Where applications are rejected because of information that has been disclosed, applicants have the right to know and to challenge incorrect information. This information must be presented to Ofsted. All enhanced DBS disclosures checks are held on the Update Service to ensure the suitability of the adults caring for the is upheld. We abide by Ofsted requirements in respect of references and suitability checks for staff and volunteers, to ensure that no disqualified person or unfit person works at the nursery or has access to the children. We ensure we receive at least two written references before a new member of staff commences employment with us. All students will have enhanced DBS disclosures conducted by their college before their placement starts. Volunteers, including students, do not work unsupervised. We abide by the requirements in respect of any person who is dismissed from our employment, or resigns in circumstances that would otherwise have lead to dismissal for reasons of child protection concern. We have procedures for recording the details of visitors to the nursery and take security steps to ensure that we have control over who comes into the nursery, so that no unauthorised person has unsupervised access to the children. All contractors/external workers will be enhanced DBS checked and the manager will request this before allowing them access to the nursery. All visitors/contractors will still be accompanied whilst on the premises, especially when in the areas the children use. All staff have access to a whistleblowing policy which will enable them to share any concerns that may arise about their colleagues in an appropriate manner. All staff will receive regular supervision meetings where opportunities will be made available to discuss child protection training and any needs for further support. The deployment of staff within the nursery allows for constant supervision and support. Where children need to spend time away from the rest of the group, the door will be left ajar or other safeguards will be placed into action to ensure the safety of the child and the adult. 

Safer recruitment Policy

Safer recruitment is an important strand of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. It is essential to have secure and rigorous vetting procedures in place to make sure that all of the staff and volunteers who care for children at Little Rascals are suitable. When considering a new member to the team management will consider the following:

We shall never appoint someone without being entirely satisfied you have followed the recruitment checking process. The recruitment process shall always be fair and comply with equality and diversity legislation. Little Rascals Considers and promotes the welfare of children at every stage of the employment process.

Employment checks

Clear job description including qualifications required and the role being sought.

2 written references face to face interview

Confirming successful candidates identity.

Carrying out a disclosure and barring scheme application

Successful candidate will undergo a probationary period of 12 weeks and a supervision within this time.

Nappy change/intimate care policy

Little Rascals is committed to ensuring that all staff responsible for the intimate care of children or young people will undertake their duties in a professional manner at all times. We recognise that there is a need to treat all children/young people with respect and dignity when intimate care is given.

Intimate care encompasses areas of personal care, such as nappy/pads changing, washing and dressing.

Support for children/young people with intimate care needs will be carefully planned and should be a positive experience for all involved.

The setting will ensure that:

Staff who provide intimate care are trained to meet the needs of individual children

• All staff adhere to the setting’s safeguarding and child protection policy

• Suitable equipment and facilities are made available

• Staff carrying out intimate care are appropriately supported

• Where possible one to one care will be provided unless there is an identified need for having more adults

• Intimate care is discussed and agreed with parents and carers

• The needs and wishes of the child/young person are taken into consideration

• An appropriate written plan for intimate personal care (apart from nappy changing) is agreed and shared with the child or young person and their family, signed by all involved and reviewed on a regular basis

• Intimate care is logged and recorded. The record will include the date and time the intimate care was carried out and by whom

• The constraints of staffing and equal opportunities legislation are taken into account

• Mobile phones or cameras are not used by children or staff in areas where intimate care is carried out

Intimate Care – Safeguarding Children

Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCB) Safeguarding Procedures will be adhered to alongside the setting’s safeguarding and child protection policy and procedures.

If a member of staff has any concerns about physical or behavioural changes in a child/young person’s presentation, e.g. marks, bruises, soreness, they will immediately pass their concerns to the Designated Person for child protection in their setting. Intimate care should be a positive experience for both staff and the child or young person. Where one to one intimate care is required it will be discussed and agreed between the setting manager and parents/carers. Intimate care plans will be recorded and signed by those involved. Adults need to be vigilant about their own behaviour, ensure they follow agreed guidelines and be mindful of the needs of the children and young people with whom they work. In the event of an allegation being made against a member of staff the procedures for Allegations of Abuse (as per the guidance and flow chart) will be followed.

Privacy Notices: Information about children, Parents and Adults in early years settings Data Protection Act 1998: 

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Policy

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new EU law coming into effect on 25th May 2018 replacing the current Data Protection Act 1998. It will give individuals greater control over their own personal data. As a nursery it is necessary for us to collect personal information about the children who attend as well as staff and parents/carers.

Little Rascals Daycare is registered with the Information Commissions Office, ICO, and has been registered since 2009 the certificate can be viewed on the parent noticeboard.

GDPR principle

GDPR condenses the Data Protection Principles into 8 areas, which are referred to as the Privacy Principles. They are:

1. You must have a lawful reason for collecting personal data and must do it in a fair and transparent way.

2. You must only use the data for the reason it is initially obtained.

3. You must not collect any more data than is necessary.

4. It must be accurate and there must be mechanisms in place to keep it up to date.

5. You cannot keep it any longer than needed.

6. You must protect the personal data.

7. You must have appropriate measures against unauthorised or unlawful processing or personal data and against accidental loss or destruction/damage to personal Data.

8. Personal Data shall not be transferred to any outside agency or country within the EU that does not comply with the new General data protection regulations.

The GDPR provides the following rights for individuals:

• The right to be informed.

• The right of access.

• The right to rectification.

• The right to erase.

• The right to restrict processing.

• The right to data portability.

• The right to object.

• Rights in relation to automated decision-making and profiling.

There are two main roles under the GDPR; the data controller and the data processor. As a childcare provider, we are the data controller. The data is our data that we have collected about the children and their families. We have contracts with other companies to process data, which makes them the data processor. The two roles have some differences but the principles of GDPR apply to both. We have a responsibility to ensure that other companies we work with are also GDPR compliant.

Lawful basis for processing personal data

We must have a lawful basis for processing all personal data within our organisation and this is recorded on our Information audit for all the different information we collect. The six reasons as follows:

(a) Consent: the individual has given clear consent for you to process their personal data for a specific purpose.

(b) Contract: the processing is necessary for a contract you have with the individual, or because they have asked you to take specific steps before entering into a contract.

(c) Legal obligation: the processing is necessary for you to comply with the law (not including contractual obligations).

(d) Vital interests: the processing is necessary to protect someone’s life.

(e) Public task: the processing is necessary for you to perform a task in the public interest or for your official functions, and the task or function has a clear basis in law.

(f) Legitimate interests: the processing is necessary for your legitimate interests or the legitimate interests of a third party unless there is a good reason to protect the individual’s personal data which overrides those legitimate interests.

For the majority of data we collect, the lawful basis for doing so falls under the category of ‘legal obligation’ such as names, date of birth and addresses as we have a legal requirement to obtain this data as part of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Some data we collect, for example, photographs, requires parents to give consent for us to do so. Where this is the case, parents will be required to sign a consent form to ‘opt in’ and are made aware that they have the right to withdraw their consent at any time.

We may also be required to collect data as part of parent’s contract with the setting or local authority, for example, for us to claim government funding.

Data retention

We will hold information about individuals only for as long as the law says and no longer than necessary. After this, we will dispose of it securely. Please see a copy of the Retention periods for records.


We keep data about all individuals secure and aim to protect data against unauthorised change, damage, loss or theft. All data collected is only accessed by authorised individuals. All paper forms are kept locked away and all computers and tablets are password protected.

How we use your information We process personal information relating to our children and may receive information about them from their previous provider, local authority, the Department for Education (DfE) and the Learning Records Service. We hold this personal data to:

• support our pupils’ learning

• monitor and report on their progress

• provide appropriate pastoral care; and

• assess the quality of our services

Information about our children that we hold will include their contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information, any exclusion information, where they go after they leave us and personal characteristics such as their ethnic group, any special educational needs they may have as well as relevant medical information. We will not give information about you to anyone without your consent unless the law and our policies allow us to.

We are required, by law, to pass certain information about our pupils to our local authority (LA) and the Department for Education (DfE).

If you need more information about how our local authority and/or DfE collect and use your information, please visit:

• our local authority at or

• the DfE website at

Prevent Duty Policy. September 2015

This policy is prepared using the following publications

DFE “The Prevent duty. Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers. June 2015” DFE “Keeping children safe in schools July 2015” HM Gov. channel Guidance- Preventing vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism. 2015

From 1 July 2015 all settings , registered early years childcare providers and registered later years childcare providers (referred to in this advice as ‘childcare providers’) are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty. It applies to a wide range of public-facing bodies.

What is Radicalism?

Radicalism refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation is seen as part of the Little Rascals wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other forms of harm and abuse. During the process of radicalisation it is possible to intervene to prevent vulnerable people being radicalised There is no single way of identifying an individual who is likely to be susceptible to an extremist ideology. It can happen in many different ways and settings. Specific background factors may contribute to vulnerability which are often combined with specific influences such as family, friends or online, and with specific needs for which an extremist or terrorist group may appear to provide an answer. The internet and the use of social media in particular has become a major factor in the radicalisation of young people.

What is Extremism- Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas.

Constant practice and Procedure- At Little Rascals it is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified. Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of schools’ and childcare providers’ wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms (e.g. drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation), whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences. We can also build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. All staff are instructed to challenge extremist and radical views. It is important to emphasise that the Prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues. On the contrary, in the older classes we will always provide a safe space in which children, young people and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments. In the School, and Nursery we can emphasise this in daily work such as assisting the children’s personal, social and emotional development and understanding of the world. 

Risk assessment

All staff are expected to assess the risk of children being drawn into terrorism, including support for extremist ideas that are part of terrorist ideology. This means being able to demonstrate both a general understanding of the risks affecting children and young people in the area and a specific understanding of how to identify individual children who may be at risk of radicalisation and what to do to support them.

As with managing other safeguarding risks, staff should be alert to changes in children’s behaviour, which could indicate that they may be in need of help or protection. Staff should use their professional judgement in identifying children who might be at risk of radicalisation and act proportionately which may include making a referral to the Channel program (see appendix one for further information on Channel)

Procedure for reporting concerns

If a member of staff in a nursery has a concern about a child they should follow the settings normal safeguarding procedures, including discussing with the designated safeguarding lead, who will, where deemed necessary, with children’s social care.

You can also contact your local police force or dial 101 (the non-emergency number). They can talk to you in confidence about your concerns and help you gain access to support and advice. Also, they can advise if this would be a case for Channel The Department for Education has dedicated a telephone helpline (020 7340 7264) to enable staff to raise concerns relating to extremism directly. Concerns can also be raised by email to [email protected] 

Risky and Adventurous Play Policy

At Little Rascals Daycare we understand that children need and want to take risks when they play. Play provision aims to respond to these needs and wishes by offering children a stimulating, challenging environment for exploring and developing their abilities. In doing this, play provision and experiences, ‘Wellies and Worms’, aim to manage the level of risk so that children are not exposed to unacceptable risks of death or serious injury. We fully promote children to take risks, safely and under close supervision. Our staff members are trained in promoting learning through the outdoor environment. A child is unlikely to attempt any form of risky play that they feel uncomfortable with. Play is essential for children’s good physical and mental health and development. Through taking risks whilst playing, children learn how to manage risk, which helps them to stay safe. Play develops learning skills, central to achievement, and is essential for the development of the skills that children and young people need as they become adults and move on in education or into work. All parents are informed that the provision Little Rascals Daycare provides allows risky play opportunities. Staff members explain to parents why they offer risky opportunities and re assure parents that the purpose of risky play is not to put their child at risk, it is an important factor in their development. The manager of the nursery will ensure that all insurance documentation allows for risky play. Risk assessments are carried out on all new risks introduced, and all equipment is checked before use.

British Values Policy

The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

At Little Rascals Daycare we believe that the EYFS already provides a solid foundation to encourage a child’s understanding and acceptance that we live in diverse communities with many different cultures and lifestyles.

We listen to children’s and parent’s voice. Parent questionnaires are completed and acted upon. Children are given opportunities to make choices and decisions. We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children. Children are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations (rules) that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken. Within the setting the children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a nursery we educate and provide boundaries for young children to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe enabling environment and effective teaching. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. 

Part of our settings ethos and behaviour policy is based on ‘Respect’. Our behaviour policy outlines that everyone has the right to :-

Feel safe and a responsibility to ensure the safety of others

Feel respected and a responsibility to show respect for others.

• To be supported both in their learning and everyday life and a responsibility to assist and support others.

• Be treated fairly and to treat others fairly.

• Move freely and safely, subject to rules.

• Have property kept safe and a responsibility to care for the property of others.

• Members of staff have a responsibility to provide good role models to all pupils by demonstrating respectful behaviour. Children have a right to be treat in a respectful manner.

We aim to enhance children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs by participating in a range of celebrations throughout the year. The broader a child’s experiences, the more confident and effective they are likely to be at contributing to Britain’s diverse society.