In conjunction with the health and safety policy at Chingford House School we are committed to keeping the children, staff, parents and users of our setting safe. We endeavour to provide an environment where children are free from harm and fear and that staff are assured of their safety.
To meet this endeavour, we have a number of policies in place, however this policy focuses on the security aspect of keeping our users safe.
The front door
It is possible to gain entry to the nursery through different entry points: the front door, the garden gate, doors to Poppies, Sunflowers and a door to the back hallway. Therefore, we have implemented ways which restrict entry to the nursery and ensure that people gain access with our consent.
The Manager or the Owner/Senior staff generally open the front door, this then means that we are more familiar with the children and parents and therefore know which rooms they will be escorted to. The staff, with permission, can open the door, if the Manager can see who is entering. Opening the door this way not only ensures that we are able to greet parents and visitors personally, but also that we are very much aware of who we are allowing access to the nursery.
Chingford House School is operated from a house and therefore is not big enough to have a lot of parents in the nursery at the same time, subsequently, children in Roses, Bluebells & Marigolds are escorted to their rooms by a member of staff; however the children in our two youngest-aged rooms (Poppies and Sunflowers) are taken to their rooms by their parents. Similarly, at the end of the day, children from the older rooms are escorted back to their parents (see arrivals and departures statement for more information).
(Due to coronavirus (covid-19) parents do not currently come into nursery so that we can minimise the risk of transmission)
Another entry point in gaining access to the back of the nursery is through the side gate (this is also one of the fire exits); the gate however is locked from the garden side by two slide bolts, so entry is only gained with permission. The gate provides access to the garden, Poppies and Sunflowers rooms as well as to the back hallway, which leads to the kitchen and other rooms on the lower floor.
Due to coronavirus, the parents of the children in Poppies and Sunflowers are able to go through the gate to take their children to the door of their respective room.
Chingford House School has CCTV in place and is constantly recording; the use of CCTV is to assure parents of their child’s safety, in addition to this it is important that the Manager/Owner is always aware of who is on site and where they are. The cameras are located in all of the children’s rooms as well as the hallways, office, staff room, the garden and outside the front entrance.
Visitors sign in book
Visitors are asked to sign in when first entering the nursery; signing in is for security as well as fire safety reasons.
Visitors will not be left alone unless it is to notify a member of staff of their presence. The visitor will be asked to remain in the hallway, until they have received permission to go to a particular area of the nursery or are escorted around.
Chingford House School will be permitting visits of the nursery for prospective parents in line with the nursery protocols for coronavirus.
If parents, students or visitors are concerned about any aspect of security within the nursery they should raise their concerns in the first instance to:
The Health & Safety Officer (Zarkar Akhtar)
The Manager (Yolande Farrell)
Any concerns raised will be recorded and discussed at a staff meeting/ and or appropriate meeting and the outcome will be reported accordingly.