Information: Our Policies
Copies of all of Abacus’ policies are available in our policy file that is situated in our entrance area and can be accessed at any time.
Abacus policies help us to make sure that the service provided is of high standards and runs safely and efficiently alongside the EYFS welfare requirements and legislation.
The staff at Abacus work closely as a team and have an input into policies after attending training etc to ensure that policies are up to date and so that Abacus provides a quality service for all our children and parents / carers.
We ensure that each child / member of staff / parent is treated fairly and equally whatever their race, religion, gender etc. We provide equal opportunities for all children to access the resources and to play and develop.
We provide opportunities for the children to gain awareness of different lifestyles, cultures, and beliefs and also the different needs of the children.
We support the children to understand that every child / person is unique and has different thoughts, feelings, wishes, wants and interests and they learn in different ways.
Special Educational Needs Policy
We have a Special Educational Needs Policy (SEN) to ensure that all children’s individual needs are met. We ensure that we provide a safe and stimulating environment and plan individually to meet these needs. We have a SENCO and if you have any concerns we will work closely with you and if necessary with your permission alongside other professionals and outside agencies to ensure that your child gets the best possible start in life.
Health and Safety
Health: We have a medicine policy in place toe ensure that all children are given the correct medicines at the right times and the right amount. We encourage the children to participate in a range of healthy practices such as outdoor play and gym club. We encourage healthy eating and the children have access to a range of fruits and vegetables for their snack. We know it is impossible to have a germ free environment but we have an infectious illness policy and if children have an infectious illness we ask for them to stay off till they are free from infections.
Safety: We provide a safe, clean learning environment that is maintained to a high standard. All staff are first aid qualified and we carry out regular fire drills. We have an accident policy in place and accident forms are filled out for every accident and parents are always informed. Risk assessments are carried out so that all activities are to a high safe standard.
It is our main priority to ensure that all the children’s welfare is paramount and that they remain safe from harm. We will do our utmost to ensure that all children are achieving the 5 every child matters outcomes. As a small setting we work as a team to ensure that all children are in a happy, loving environment. If we have any small concerns about your child we will speak to you immediately but it is our duty of care to report any serious concerns to social services and OFSTED.
Security at Abacus
Linked to both Safeguarding and Health and Safety, Security is a high priority at Abacus. Only senior members of staff answer the door to anybody and visitors ID will be checked before they can enter the building. We operate a password system for Parents / carers collecting children if we do not know them. If a parent/ carer comes to collect and we don’t know them the collection procedure will be followed.
We believe that it is every child’s right to come to Abacus and enjoy their time with us. We believe that this can be achieved through positive behaviour management and good role modelling. We encourage the children to respect one another, co-operate together, share and be friends. We help to ensure positive behaviour takes place theough a praise and reward system. We work closely with parents to ensure positive behaviour takes place both at Abacus and home. We have a behaviour management officer and we always value children as individuals, and even if their behaviour is unacceptable we will work closely with the children to deal with these situations. We will do our utmost to resolve situations and promote positive behaviour and will if necessary work with Early Years, but for the sake of the other children we may have to consider exclusion as a last resort.
If you have any complaints about our service that we are providing, please don’t hesitate to speak to the manager or deputy and we will endeavour to deal with all complaints as soon as possible. If parents feel they are dissatisfied with the results complaints can be referred to OFSTED at the following contact details:
St. Ann’s Square
Royal Exchange Building
Settling in at Abacus
We understand that starting playschool can be an upsetting and stressful time for both children and their parents. So to ensure that our children and parents feel more secure and settled we offer 2 / 3 settling in visits (more if needed depending on the individual needs of the child).The first visit is an opportunity for you to spend some time at Abacus with your child and their key person. All the relevant information that we need to know about your child will be discussed at this session and relevant forms filled in. The other 1/2 visits are an opportunity to for you to leave your child for a short period of time and see how they settle without you.
Once your child starts with us you can phone us to see how your child is settling as much as you want, this will help to settle your mind as we know it is sometimes harder for you as the parent than it is for the child. Abacus is also open house and if you want to come and see your child during play you may do so too.