Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery Ltd is committed to the values of the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda and places the safety of children in our care as the highest priority. We have put into place thorough systems and procedures which are an integral part of staff training and should ensure that children do not go missing or get lost whilst in our care.
We have written this policy to ensure that best practice and procedures are carried out at the Nursery. This policy complies with the legal requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework.
Implementation of Policy
Missing child procedures
The setting has clear policies and procedures for dealing with children and learners who go missing from education, particularly those who go missing on repeat occasions. Managers and staff are alert to signs that children and learners who are missing might be at risk of abuse or neglect or extremism or radicalization.
If a child does not attend for the day and the setting has not been informed the manager will contact the family via, phone or email.
If the family makes no contact with the setting for two weeks the manager will contact Lewisham Education Authority
If there are any doubts regarding a child’s safety social care will be notified.
Missing or Lost Child Procedures
The following procedures will be followed in the event of a child going missing or getting lost:
The Nursery Manager must be informed immediately of the circumstances surrounding the child's disappearance
The Nursery Manager will gather members of staff present and inform them of the situation.
The Nursery Manager will organize a thorough search of the premises and grounds. One member of staff must gather the remaining children in one room or area and stay with them to ensure they are supervised throughout.
If the child is found, an Incident Report Sheet must be completed and the Nursery Manager will speak to staff and children involved in the incident.
If the child remains missing or lost the following procedures must then be followed:
If the child has still not been located a second search of the premises will be undertaken.
If the child has still not been accounted for the Nursery Manager will contact the police followed by the parents or carers of the missing child.
Staff must continue to search for the missing child until told to stop by the Nursery Manager. It is important that other staff remain calm.
The Nursery Manager must meet the police and parents or carers as soon as they arrive at the Nursery.
The police will then lead the investigation and the Nursery Manager will assist as much as possible and follow any actions as directed by the emergency services.
OFSTED will also be informed of any incidents and carry out an investigation if they deem it appropriate.
All staff will be de-briefed on the incident and if any action needs to be taken to change Nursery procedures or premises these will be made immediately to prevent further incidents.
Lost Child Procedure (Offsite Visits)
Offsite visits will be arranged to enhance the learning and enjoyment of the children at the nursery.
Procedure for Missing Child on Offsite Visit
The Nursery Manager communicates the situation to all staff and adults present and organise a thorough search of the area ensuring the remaining children are supervised.
The Nursery Manager or Visit Leader will inform staff at the venue of appropriate.
After 5 minutes if the child is not found the following procedures must be followed;
N.B - In the absence of the Nursery Manager, the person who is designated in overall charge will undertake the responsibilities of the Nursery Manager.
questions about this policy should be directed to Nursery Manager – Penelope