• Safeguarding

    Mount Preschool Ltd is committed to promoting awareness of child abuse issues through training and learning programmes for its staff, and committed to empowering children to understand their right to be strong, resilient and listened to. We ensure that child protection training is included in new staff inductions and that all staff receives regular training, supervisions and appraisals, and all staff, volunteers and students hold an enhanced DBS, to ensure that no disqualified person or unsuitable person works at the setting or has access to the children. All staff will follow the procedure set out by Kirklees Safeguarding Children's Board (Pink flowchart) which is displayed at various points around the setting, and a copy of ‘What to do if you’ have concerns about a child/young person in Kirklees’ is available

    Admissions

    Any prospective parent/carer is welcome to look around the setting and at our policy and procedures. An application form is completed with a guide to preferred sessions.

    When the child is due to start the parent/carer will be contacted on available sessions and a letter of confirmation will be sent in the new start pack. This contains, Child Information Form, All About Me booklet. Brochure, Term dates and session times, Order form for sweatshirts and/or polo shirts, Childcare Provision Form, Moorlands Visit permission, Book permission, Privacy Notice and a copy of Kirklees Parental Agreement (NEF) if required.

    Child Care Practice

    Mount Preschool Ltd are committed to meeting the individual needs of all children, and provide high quality of care and education for children primarily below statutory school age. The welfare of the child is central to our provision of care, learning and play and we make every effort to support the child during transition into preschool and moving into reception class. Mount Preschool Ltd offer all children and their parents a service that promotes their equality and values diversity and add to the life and wellbeing of the local community. We work in partnership with parents to help children develop physical, social, emotional and intellectual skills in a warm, caring and secure environment. Through carefully planned activities, play opportunities, interactions and reflection, staff promote children’s self-esteem and supports them in developing skills, knowledge and understanding as they explore their world. Children are encouraged and supported in making choices and decisions as active learners and will experience play physically and emotionally with other children or alone. All children are encouraged to participate in all activities, including outdoor play and forest skills at Moorlands Primary School; this will be in all weathers.  A Child’s progress is monitored regularly by their Key person, in order to identify and provide for their individual needs, and to help children join in if they find it hard to be included, by sensitive observation and appropriate intervention. Through play we aim to extend and develop children’s language and communication and use their experiences to extend and build up ideas, concepts and skills, with adult support or by watching and listening.

    Documentation

    Mount Preschool Ltd respect the privacy of children and their parents/carers, while ensuring that they access high quality early years care and education in our setting. We aim to ensure that all parents and carers can share their information in the confidence that it will only be used to enhance the welfare of their children.  There are record keeping systems in place that meet legal requirements: means of storing and sharing that information take place within the framework of the Data Protection Act and the Human Rights Act. We will ensure that records are stored safely and securely and that documentation is accessible for those with authority to access.

    Equality of Opportunity/SEN

    At Mount Preschool Ltd we value and celebrate the diversity within our community, and believe that every child should have the best possible learning opportunities. We therefore promote inclusive practice, and aim to develop good positive attitudes and behaviour, encourage an anti-discriminatory approach to the world in general and other human beings. We recognise that some children may have particular needs or disabilities and we take specific action to support and encourage these children within a caring environment. We enable all children to participate fully in learning activities and experiences by providing a curriculum that responds to the individual development of each child.  We work closely with parents and other agencies to monitor the child’s progress carefully, and provide effective, additional support to meet the child’s needs.

    There is a dedicated member of staff that is responsible for children with special educational needs and will have the skills and training to support staff and parents, liaise with other agencies for advice and identify the necessary provision, and staff arrangements, to meet the special needs of the children.   Mount Preschool Ltd will not refuse a child with special needs and will endeavour to meet your child’s needs by making any reasonable adjustments to the facilities. Achievable targets will be set for children with special needs with staff, parents, children and any Key person that are concerned with their development.  All staff have the opportunities to undertake specialist training related to special needs, to improve and update their knowledge and understanding.

    The Local Offer

    Kirklees Council is working with parents, carers, young people, schools, colleges, early years providers and health services to produce the Local Offer. 

    The Local Offer has been developed as part of the new Children and Families Act. It aims to provide information on education, health and social care provision available for disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs, in a way that can be accessed quickly and easily.  

    The Kirklees Local Offer can be found at www.kirkleeslocaloffer.org.uk

    Full versions of these policies and procedures can be found in the policy file in the entrance hall at Mount Pre-School Ltd.