In order to minimize challenging behavior at the nursery policies and procedures are put in place; the warning policy is there to ensure any child displaying challenging behavior, such as fighting, kicking, punching, spitting or biting towards another child or a member of staff would be made to have time out and sit on their own and reflect on the actions they have made. Reward systems such as trips to the park also reinforce good behavior to help minimize the challenging behavior. At the nursery all staff members should be at least level 3 qualified with a full CRB also a first aid certificate.
At the nursery ‘Every Child Matters’ is met by:
- Be healthy – My work placement ensures that all children get to play outside in an outdoor space, children get to go on little walks and ensures that healthy food is provided at snack and lunch time such as milk, water and vegetables.
- Stay safe – Staying safe means that the environment the children are in should be secure. At my work placement doors are locked to ensure that the children are safe and secure in the building.
- Enjoying and Achieving – All the children should have equal rights to speak and learn and not be discriminated against. Everyone should be treated the same that means also including special needs children to speak and learn along with the other children.
- Make a positive contribution - Helping the children to develop confidence and correct them when they make a mistake to help them learn, giving the children praise when they do or say things correctly will also give them a confidence boost. Also involving quiet ones to speak out and join activities.
- Achieve economic wellbeing – one way economic wellbeing can be achieved is by the free school meals policy, for children whose parents are on benefits or single parents, children are able to get free school meals.
The Care Standard Act 2000
This act protects a variety of care institutions, including nurseries, hospitals, nursing homes and residential care homes. This legislation ensures that all individuals which come to health and social car organisations are given proper care which meets their needs. Standards have to be met to ensure that the individual is at the centre of the care which is being given.
Mental Health Act 1983
- The Mental Health Act is the law under which someone can be detained and treated in hospital against their wishes. To be detained or ‘sectioned’ someone must be suffering from a mental disorder which requires assessment or and this needs to be given in hospital in the interests of their own health or safety or to protect other people. Anyone detained must be told their rights, including the right to appeal and the right to the assistance of an advocate.
The White Paper and Valuing People
"The government published ‘Valuing People Now: A New Three-Year Strategy for People with Learning Disabilities'. It sets out the government's plans for learning disability services in England until 2011"
The main section of this Act is to maximize opportunities for children and young teenagers with learning disabilities also preparing them for adulthood which includes further education, jobs etc. This Act is usually for learning disabilities within children and young teenagers to help them for further education.