At Hirst Wood Nursery School Safeguarding and Health and Safety are extremely important to us. Your child's protection and welfare is our first priority. Please find below information on who you should contact if you have any concerns about a child's welfare and how we continually monitor and review our procedures to ensure your child is in a safe and happy environment.

E-Safety – keeping children safe online

The internet offers a means to share and communicate in a variety of different ways.   Hirst Wood Nursery School supports children to use computers as part of their learning experience; we talk to children about ensuring that they are aware of internet safety, and that the sites that children access when they are in the school are completely safe.

Parents and carers need to take equal care at home:

• Keep the computer/laptop in a communal area so that you can keep an eye on what your child is accessing

• Use an appropriate filtering system to minimise opportunities to access unsuitable material – if you are in doubt about the filtering system you have in place you can contact your service provider to discuss how you can limit access to inappropriate internet sites e.g. pornography or gambling websites.

 Get your child into good habits early – make it a rule that:

• Your child always checks with an adult before they use the Internet or email.

• Your child only talks online to people they know.

• Your child never tells anyone how old they are, where they live, or arranges to meet someone they don’t know.

• Your child only uses the Internet to look for things they know they are allowed to look at. If they’re not sure they should check with an adult before they search.

PANTS & The Underwear Rule.

Learning about staying safe, keeping our private parts private and respecting the right to privacy - supported by content from NSPCC.  As part of our safeguarding children remit, we will introduce PANTS. 

Talk PANTS helps children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.  We will, of course, ask for your consent for children to be involved.

Prevent Duty

With effect from 1.7.15 all schools and early years childcare providers are subject to a duty under Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (2015).  This means that in the exercise of their functions they should have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism – this duty is known as the Prevent Duty.  

The Prevent Duty outlines how schools can build pupils’ resilience by promoting the fundamental British Values of Democracy (making decisions together), Rule of Law (understanding rules matter), Individual Freedom (liberty for all) and Mutual respect and tolerance (treat others how you would want to be treated).

 Hirst Wood Nursery School is committed to the promotion of values that embrace tolerance and understanding between children, families and the wider community.     We place great importance on equality, shared responsibility and mutual respect.  These values are further embedded through our ethos, policies and procedures interwoven with the themes and principles of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017).  

Please speak to a member of staff if you hear or see anything that you feel compromises this commitment.​