Code of Conduct
The Preschool is owned and offered to the community by The Beacon ChURCh. As such it is run in all ways in full respect of the Christian ethos of the Church under the guidance of it’s leadership, as part of the Church Community.
We will always do what is best for each child.
We will always value parental involvement
We will always value those who serve and care for children
We will always value diversity
We will always value integrity and honesty
We will always value leadership
Take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the children and young people in our care, including reading, understanding and carrying out the following policies and procedures – Safeguarding Children, E-Safety, Children’s Safety on/off the premises, Health & Safety, Health & Hygiene, Equipment & Resources.
Have high expectations of all children whatever their background or aptitude encouraging each to reach their potential. Listen to children and consider their views and preferences. Promote children’s confidence and self-esteem. Have clear expectations of behaviour. Including reading, understanding and carrying out the following policies and procedures – Play, Behaviour, Supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disability, Role of the Key person.
Involve parents/carers in the life of the preschool and their child’s education. Including reading, understanding and carrying out the following policies and procedures – Equality & Diversity, Partnership, Admissions, Confidentiality, Complaints, Home visits.
Work as part of a whole team being respectful to and building supportive and encouraging relationships with colleagues and reflect on my practice and continue to develop my skills, knowledge and practice. Including reading, understanding and carrying out the following policies and procedures – Equality & Diversity, Employment & Staffing, Student Placement, Supervision.
Work in partnership with other agencies, making them welcome to our setting and respecting their roles. Respect confidentiality and not casually share or seek informal advice relating to a named child or family. Including reading, understanding and carrying out the following policies and procedures – Equality & Diversity, Partnership.
Read, understand and follow all preschool policies and procedures. Failure to comply with policies and procedures may result in disciplinary action being taken.
Staff must understand that any breaches in the law or professional expectations might lead to criminal or disciplinary action and barring; and understand their responsibilities to report the unprofessional conduct of other adults working in or on behalf of the pre school.
Staff have a responsibility to maintain public confidence and must uphold high standards of personal conduct to do so; both within and outside of their work setting
Staff must not do or say anything that might bring the Preschool into disrepute
Separate policy in place
Whilst there may be occasions when parents or pupils may wish to give a small token of appreciation to staff at festivities or the end of an academic year, for example, it is unacceptable to receive gifts on a regular basis.
Personal gifts should not be given by staff to pupils and any reward to a child should be consistent with the preschool’s behaviour policy, recorded and not based upon favouritism.
If unsure of whether to accept a gift please refer to the management.
Not to judge on gifts received or quantity that may be given to other key persons.
Staff should not establish or seek to establish any social contact with a pupil or their parents/carers.
Unplanned or other social contact that happens outside of the pre school setting should be reported to the management.
Staff should not give their personal telephone numbers or email addresses to parents
No member of staff will enter into extra or private tuition or childcare arrangements with parents without the permission of the management.
Staff should notify the managers of any existing or previous family or social relationship with a parent/carer.
When physical contact is made with children, it should be in response to their needs at that time, of limited duration and appropriate to their age, stage of development, gender, ethnicity and background.
Physical contact should never be secretive, for the gratification of the adult or represent a misuse of authority.
Extra caution should be exercised where a child is known to have suffered previous abuse or neglect. Such experiences may sometimes make a child exceptionally needy and demanding of physical contact and staff should respond sensitively by deterring the child through helping them to understand the importance of personal boundaries.
Any extreme attention-seeking or behaviour by pupils that makes staff feel uncomfortable should be reported to a manager
Children are entitled to respect and privacy whilst personal care is being taken place.
Children in distress
On those occasions when a child may be in distress and in need of comfort and re-assurance, staff should ensure that they remain self-aware at all times and that their contact with the pupil is not open to misunderstanding.
Staff should not comfort a child alone in a room with no other staff vigilant.
Care, control and physical intervention
The preschool is committed to the use of positive behaviour management and staff will not use any form of physical punishment, threats, sarcasm or demeaning comments to deal with unacceptable behaviour.
When children need to be restrained for their own protection or the protection of others, this must only be undertaken in accordance with the Behaviour Management Policy (see separate policy)
Any such incidents and physical interventions will be recorded and reported to parents / carers
Monitoring staff behaviour
Within the preschool we:
Conduct regular peer observations using all staff and management, during which we will look at interactions with children and their peers
Have regular supervisions with all staff in which ongoing suitability will be monitored and recorded
Use a whistleblowing policy that enables team members to discuss confidentially any concerns about their colleagues
Operate staff suitability forms and clauses in staff contracts to ensure any changes to their suitability to work with children are reported immediately to management
Ensure all new staff members are deemed suitable with the appropriate checks as detailed in the safeguarding policy.
Some behaviours that may cause concern and will be investigated further:
- Change in moods
- Sudden change in religious beliefs / cultural beliefs (may be a sign of radicalisation)
- Changes in the way of acting towards the children or the other members of the team (becoming more friendly and close, isolation, avoidance, agitation etc.)
- Sudden outbursts
- Becoming withdrawn
- Secretive behaviours
- Missing shifts, calling in sick more often, coming in late
- Standards in work slipping
- Extreme changes in appearance.
Procedures to be followed:
If we have a concern about changes in staff behaviour within the preschool, an immediate meeting will be called with the individual and a member of management to ascertain how the person is feeling. We will aim to support the staff wherever possible and will put support mechanisms in place where appropriate.
Ultimately we are here to ensure all staff are able to continue to work with the children as long as they are suitable to do so, but if any behaviours cause concern about the safety or welfare of the children then the procedure in the child protection/safeguarding policy will be followed as in the case of allegations against a team member and the Local Authority Designated officer (LADO) will be called.
All conversations, observations and notes on the staff member will be logged and kept confidential.
This policy was reviewed August 2020
Signed on behalf of the Preschool Anne Ridgway and Heather Gardner