At Smarties one of our highest priorities is the health, safety and welfare of all of the children in our care.

All children deserve the opportunity to achieve their full potential. The five key outcomes that are key to a child’s wellbeing are:

  • staying safe

  • being healthy

  • enjoying and achieving

  • making a positive contribution

  • achieving economic well-being

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment

  • Preventing the impairment of children’s health or development

  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.

(Definition taken from the HM Government document ‘Working together to safeguard children 2010’)

We work with children, parents, external agencies and the community to ensure the welfare and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life. Children have the right to be treated with respect and to be safe from any abuse in whatever form.

To this end we will:

  • Create an environment to encourage children to develop a positive self-image

  • Encourage children to develop a sense of independence and autonomy in a way that is appropriate to their age and stage of development

  • Provide a safe and secure environment for all children

  • Always listen to children.

All staff at the nursery share a collective responsibility to safeguard the children in our care and should anyone believe that a child may be at risk of harm, it is their duty to report the matter to the nursery manager at the earliest opportunity.