Policies

At S4A we will deal promptly and effectively with any illnesses or injuries that occur while children are in our care. We take all practical steps to keep staff and children safe from communicable diseases.

All parents or carers must complete a Medical Form / Medicine consent form when their child joins the Club, if their child has a medical condition or needs medication. 

If a child arrives with a pre-existing injury, parents must fill in an Existing Injury Form.  

We will record any accidents or illnesses, together with any treatment given, on an Incident Report Form, which the parent or carer will be asked to sign when they collect the child.

S4A cannot accept children who are ill. If any children are ill when they first arrive at the Club we will immediately notify their parents or carers to come and collect them. Any children who have been ill should not return to the Club until they have fully recovered.

First aid
The club’s designated first Aider is Matthew Ogle. The designated First Aider has a current first aid certificate and has attended a 12 hour paediatric first aid course. Other members of staff have also received first aid training.

Procedure for a minor injury or illness

  • The first aider at the session will decide upon the appropriate action to take if a child
    becomes ill or suffers a minor injury.
  • If a child becomes ill during a session, the parent or carer will be asked to collect the
    child as soon as possible.
  • The child will be kept comfortable and will be closely
    supervised while awaiting collection.
  • If a child complains of illness which does not impair their overall wellbeing, the child
    will be monitored for the rest of the session and the parent or carer will be notified
    when the child is collected.
  • If a child suffers a minor injury, first aid will be administered and the child will be
    monitored for the remainder of the session.
  • If necessary, the child’s parent will be
    asked to collect the child as soon as possible.

Procedure for a major injury or serious illness
In the event of a child becoming seriously ill or suffering a major injury, the first aider at the session will decide whether the child needs to go straight to hospital or whether it is safe to wait for their parent or carer to arrive.

If the child needs to go straight to hospital, we will call an ambulance and a member of
staff will go to the hospital with the child. The staff member will take the child’s
Medical Form with them if necessary.  We will contact the child’s parents or carers with all urgency, and if they are unavailable we will call the other emergency contacts that we have on file for the child.

After a major incident the manager and staff will review the events and consider
whether any changes need to be made to the Club’s policies or procedures.

Communicable diseases and conditions

  • If a case of head lice is found at the Club, the child’s parents or carers will be discreetly informed when they collect the child. Other parents will be warned to check their own children for head lice, but care will be taken not to identify the child affected.
  • If an infectious or communicable disease is detected on the Club’s premises, we will inform parents and carers as soon as possible. 
  • In the case of food poisoning, if two or more children looked after at the Club are affected, the Manager will inform Ofsted within 14 days.
  • The club will also notify Ofsted of any serious accident, illness, injury or death that occurs. 

This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 To be reviewed: 23/3/23

If a child attending S4A requires prescription medication of any kind, their parent or carer must complete a consent to administer medication form in advance. Staff at the Club will not administer any medication without such prior written consent.

Ideally children should take their medication before arriving at the Club. If this is not possible, children will be encouraged to take personal responsibility for their medication, if appropriate. 

If children carry their own medication (eg asthma inhalers), the Club staff will offer to keep the medication safe until it is required. Inhalers must be labelled with the child’s name. Parents must also complete a consent to administer medication.

S4A can only administer medication that has been prescribed by a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist. All medication provided must have the prescription sticker attached which includes the child’s name, the date, the type of medicine and the dosage.

A designated staff member will be responsible for administering medication or for witnessing self-administration by the child. The designated person will record receipt of the medication on the consent to administer medication form, will check that the medication is properly labelled, and will ensure that it is stored securely during the session.

Before any medication is given, the designated person will:

  • Check that the Club has received written consent
  • Ask another member of staff to witness that the correct dosage is given.
  • When the medication has been administered, the designated person must:
    Record all relevant details on the Medicine Record Form.
    Ask the child’s parent or carer to sign the form to acknowledge that the medication has been given.

If a child refuses to take their medication, staff will not force them to do so. The manager and the child’s parent or carer will be notified, and the incident recorded on the Medicine Record Form. 

Certain medications require specialist training before use, e.g. Epi Pens. If a child requires such medication the manager will arrange appropriate training as soon as possible. It may be necessary to absent the child until such training has been undertaken. Where specialist training is required, only appropriately trained staff may administer the medication.
A child’s parent or carer must complete a new Consent to Administer Medication form if there are any changes to a child’s medication (including change of dosage or frequency).

If a child suffers from a long term medical condition the Club will ask the child’s parents to provide a medical care plan from their doctor, to clarify exactly what the symptoms and treatments are so that the Club has a clear statement of the child’s medical requirements.

 This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 To be reviewed: 23/3/23

S4A uses effective behaviour management strategies to promote the welfare and
enjoyment of children attending the Club. Working in partnership with parents, we aim to
manage behaviour using clear, consistent and positive strategies. The Club rules are clearly
displayed at every session, and are discussed regularly.

The Club’s designated members of staff responsible for behaviour management are Matthew Ogle and Adam Bone

Whilst at S4A we expect children to:

  • Use socially acceptable behaviour
  • Comply with the Club rules, which are compiled by the children attending the club
  • Respect one another, accepting differences of race, gender, ability, age and religion
  • Develop their independence by maintaining self-discipline
  • Choose and participate in a variety of activities
  • Ask for help if needed
  • Enjoy their time at the Club

Encouraging positive behaviour

At S4A positive behaviour is encouraged by:

  • Staff acting as positive role models
  • Praising appropriate behaviour
  • Sticker rewards
  • Informing parents about individual achievements
  • Certificates for exceptional accomplishments
  • Offering a variety of play opportunities to meet the needs of the children attending the Club

It is inevitable that as children develop and learn, there are times when they need support and
guidance to understand that their behaviour is not acceptable. Staff at the Club will try to
determine the cause or triggers of the inappropriate behaviour to prevent the situation from
recurring.

Dealing with inappropriate behaviour

  • Challenging behaviour will be addressed in a calm, firm and positive manner.
  • In the first instance, the child will be temporarily removed from the activity.
  • Staff will discuss why the behaviour displayed is deemed inappropriate.
  • Staff will give the child an opportunity to explain their behaviour, to help prevent a
    recurrence
  • Staff will encourage and facilitate mediation between children to try to resolve conflicts
    through discussion and negotiation
  • If the inappropriate behaviour appears to be as a result of boredom, staff will consult with
    the child to find activities that more fully engage them.
  • Staff will consult with parents to formulate clear strategies for dealing with persistent
    inappropriate behaviour.
  • We will not threaten any punishment that could adversely affect a child’s well-being (eg
    withdrawal of food or drink).

If after consultation with parents and the implementation of behaviour management strategies,
a child continues to display inappropriate behaviour, the Club may decide to exclude the child
in accordance with our Suspensions and Exclusions policy. The reasons and processes involved
will be clearly explained to the child.

Physical intervention
Physical intervention will only be used as a last resort, when staff believe that action is
necessary to prevent injury to the child or others, or to prevent significant damage to
equipment or property. If a member of staff has to physically restrain a child, the manager will
be notified and an Incident record will be completed. The incident will be discussed with the
parent or carer as soon as possible.

If staff are not confident about their ability to contain a situation, they should call the manager
or, in extreme cases, the police.

All serious incidents will be recorded on an Incident record and kept in the child’s file. This
may be used to build a pattern of behaviour, which may indicate an underlying cause. If a
pattern of incidents indicates possible abuse, we will implement child protection procedures in
accordance with our Safeguarding policy.

Corporal punishment
Corporal punishment or the threat of corporal punishment will never be used at the Club.
We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that no child who attends our Club receives corporal
punishment from any person who cares for or is in regular contact with the child, or from any other people on our premises.

This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 To be reviewed: 23/3/23

S4A acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice.

The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background, all children have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport at S4A in a safe and child centred environment and are protected from abuse whilst participating in any of our clubs or sessions or whilst outside of the activity.

S4A acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.

As part of our safeguarding policy S4A will promote and prioritise the safety and well-being of children and young people. Our aim is:

  • To ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people.
  • To ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern.
  • To ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored.
  • To prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals.
  • To ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.
  • The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in S4A
  • Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation. 

Monitoring

The policy will be reviewed a year after development and then every three years, or in the following circumstances:

  • Changes in legislation and/or government guidance
  • As required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, UK Sport and/or Home Country Sports Councils and as a result of any other significant change or event.

Although we take the utmost care, S4A cannot be held responsible for any injury during our clubs.

We cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to personal belongings. An appropriate adult must register and sign-out each child.

Safeguarding Children Policy

  • All S4A staff are trained to be alerted to the basic signs of abuse, physical, emotional, sexual and neglect. Staff will know who they should refer their concerns to and will be aware of the procedures to follow if a child discloses information.
  • All S4A staff will be made aware of the procedures regarding confidentiality, regarding information shared or received with dates, times and details if required.
  • The S4A head coach will oversee the safeguarding procedure and will liaise with social services or any other relevant agencies.
  • All S4A staff should show best practice when in the workplace and will not display any inappropriate behaviour. All staff will be aware of any inappropriate behaviour from fellow staff and should report behaviour if required.
  • Safeguarding concerns will be reported to the S4A director. The director will follow through with an investigation. If necessary, the case will go to the local safeguarding board. 

 This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 To be reviewed: 23/3/23

S4A coaches and volunteers involved in sport for children and young people have a great opportunity to be a positive role model and help build an individual’s confidence.

Staff and volunteers are expected to:

  • Ensure the safety of all children by providing effective supervision, proper pre-planning of coaching sessions, using safe methods at all times.
  • Consider the wellbeing and safety of participants before the development of performance.
  • Encourage and guide participants to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.
  • Treat all young people fairly and ensure they feel valued.
  • Encourage all children not to discriminate on the grounds of religious beliefs, race, gender, social classes or lack of ability.
  • Not allow any rough or dangerous play, bullying, or the use of bad language or inappropriate behaviour.
  • Appreciate the efforts of all young people and not over-train the young people. Never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit or reward.
  • Be positive, approachable and offer praise to promote the objectives of the club at all times.
  • Not let any allegations of abuse of any kind or poor practice go unchallenged or unrecorded. Incidents and accidents to be recorded in the line with the club’s procedures.
  • Never use sanctions that humiliate or harm young people.
  • Report accidents or incidents of alleged abuse or poor practice to the designated person.
  • Administer minor first aid in the presence of others and where required call 999 for emergencies.
  • Have access to telephone for immediate contact to emergency services if required.
  • Ensure the rights and responsibilities of youth members are enforced.
  • Establish and address the additional needs of disabled participants or other vulnerable groups.
  • Not abuse members physically, emotionally or sexually.
  • Maintain confidentiality about sensitive information.
  • Respect and listen to the opinions of young people.
  • Take time to explain coaching techniques to ensure they are clearly understood.
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with participants, based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Be a role model, displaying consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance (disciplined/committed/time keeping), remembering children learn by example.
  • Refrain from smoking and consumption of alcohol during club activities or coaching sessions.
  • Never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibited substances.
  • Not spending excessive amounts of time alone with children unless there are exceptional circumstances
  • Not administering First Aid involving the removing of children’s clothing unless in the CPSU Template presence of others.
  • Hold appropriate valid qualifications and insurance cover.
  • Make the sport/activity fun.

Staff and volunteers have the right to:

  • Access on-going training and information on all aspects of leading/managing activities for youths, particularly on Safeguarding.
  • Support in the reporting suspected abuse or poor practice.
  • Access to professional support services.
  • Fair and equitable treatment by the governing body
  • Be protected from abuse by children/youths, other adult members and parents.
  • Not to be left vulnerable when working with children.

Any minor misdemeanours and general misbehaviour will be dealt with immediately and reported verbally to the designated person.

Serious or persistent breach of the code will result in disciplinary action and could lead to dismissal from S4A.

This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 To be reviewed: 23/3/23

How to complete the complaints record

You are not required to use this complaints record but whatever format is used must include all of the information held in this record. Ofsted will check your complaints record during inspection.

When completing the record you should bear in mind that it must be shared with any parent who asks to see it as well as with Ofsted. It is important to maintain appropriate confidentiality when filling in the record. This means that you should not name the person making the complaint or any persons (adults and children) that the complaint relates to.

Source of complaint

You need to record here who made the complaint. Where people complain to Ofsted, they will normally be referred back to the Early Years provider. Where Ofsted carries out an investigation into your continued suitability to provide childcare following a complaint, they will tell you of the outcome of their investigation. Where they do this, you should enter Ofsted as the source and the Ofsted complaint number, if known.

Nature of complaint

The record is intended only for complaints relating to the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage or Childcare Register. You must record one or more requirements to which the complaint refers. If you are unsure you should refer to the EYFS or the Requirements of the Childcare Register. You must include all details associated with the complaint, taking care not to name individuals.

How it was dealt with

You must provide information on how you investigated the complaint. You will need to record:

  • The process that you took to ensure that the complaint was fully investigated, such as interviews, reviews of records, who was involved in the investigation without identifying any individuals named in the complaint including staff or any child / children
  • any referrals made to an external agency e.g. Environmental Health or Social Care.

Actions and outcomes

You must provide details about the outcome of your investigation. You will need to record:

  • any action(s) identified by you
  • any actions set or taken by Ofsted
  • any action taken by another external agency, where you have their permission to do so
  • the outcome of your investigation, identifying any areas where you feel you could make improvements to your provision
  • if you dismissed any members of staff following the investigation and if so, under what circumstances. If you have dismissed a member of staff for misconduct, because they placed a child at risk of significant harm, you will need to refer the individual for inclusion onto the barred list with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). You can find out how to do this by ringing the DBS and also remember to contact Ofsted on 0300 123 1231 and the Local Area Designated Officer (LADO), 01296 382070 (who should already be aware of the complaint but must be advised within 24 hours of any allegation)

You must share an account of the findings of your investigation and the action, if any, that you took or you intend to take as a result of your investigations with parents at the setting. You must do this within 28 days from the date the complaint was made.  You can do this by sharing this record. If they ask you to do so, or if you think it is appropriate, you should send a separate letter to the parent who made the complaint giving more details.

This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 To be reviewed: 23/3/23

E-Safety encompasses internet technologies and electronic communications such as mobile phones and wireless technology. It highlights the need to educate children and young people about the benefits and risks of using new technology and provides safeguard and awareness for users to enable them to control their online experiences.

S4A’s e-safety policy will operate with other policies including those for behaviour, bullying and safeguarding. 

Good Habits:

E-safety depends on effective practice at a number of levels;

  1. Responsible ICT use by staff and children
  2. Restrictions placed by effective management of content filtering
  3. Prevention of gaining unauthorised content

Why is internet use important?

The purpose of the internet in S4A is to raise educational standards and a necessary tool for learning. Access to the internet is therefore an entitlement for children who show a responsible and mature approach to its use. Our club has a duty to provide children with quality internet access.

 Children will use the internet outside of the club and will need to learn how to evaluate internet information and to take care of their own safety and security.

 How can internet use enhance learning?

  1. The clubs internet access will be designed expressly for children’s use and includes filtering appropriate to the age of the children.
  2. Children will be taught what internet use is acceptable and what is not and given clear objectives for internet use
  3. Staff should guide children in online activities that will support learning outcomes planned for the child’s age and maturity
  4. Children will be educated in the effective use of the internet

World Wide Web

If staff or children discover unsuitable sites, time and content must be reported to the manager so action can be taken. Staff will ensure that the use of internet derived materials by children, and staff complies with copyright law.

Email

  • Children do not have access to e-mail accounts on the club system
  • Children are advised to immediately tell an adult if they receive offensive email at home or at school
  • Children are advised not to reveal personal details of themselves or others in email communication, or arrange to meet anyone without specific permission.
  • The forwarding of chain letters is not permitted

Social Networking

  • The club should block/filter access to social networking sites and newsgroups unless a specific use is approved
  • Children will be advised never to give out personal details of any kind which may identify them or their location
  • Children should be advised not to place personal photos on any social networking space
  • Children should be advised on security and encouraged to set passwords, deny access to unknown individuals. Children should be encouraged to invite known friends only and deny access to others
  • If staff are contacted by children or parents through the use of social networking sites it should be reported to the manager and logged.

 Filtering

The club will work in partnership with the primary school and the local authority to ensure filtering systems are in place.

 Managing emerging technologies

Emergency technologies will be examined for educational benefit and risk assessment will be carried out before use in the club is allowed. Mobile phones are not allowed in the club with children. If a child is found with a mobile phone it will be taken from them and placed in a locked cupboard, parents will then be contacted and it will be the parents’ responsibility to collect the phone from the club.

 Published content and the school website

The contact details of the website should be the clubs address, email and telephone number. Staff or children’s personal information will not be published. The Manager or nominee will take overall editorial responsibility and ensure that content is accurate and appropriate.

 Information system security

  • Virus protection will be installed and updated regularly
  • Security strategies will be discussed with the local authority

 Protecting personal data

Personal data will be recorded, processed, transferred and made available according to the Data Protection Act 1998.

 Assessing Risks

The club will take reasonable precautions to prevent access to inappropriate material. However, due to the international scale and linked internet content, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on the clubs computer. The club cannot accept liability for the material accessed or any consequences of internet access. The club should audit ICT use to establish if the e-safety policy is adequate and that the implementation of the e-safety policy is appropriate.

 Handling e-safety complaints

  • Complaints of internet misuse will be dealt with by the manager.
  • Complaints of a child protection nature must be dealt with in accordance with the club’s child protection procedures
  • Children and parents will be informed of the complaints procedure

E-Safety Rules

These e-safety rules help to protect children and the club and describing acceptable and unacceptable computer use.

 The club owns the computer network and can set rules for its use.

  • It is a criminal offence to use a computer or network for a purpose not permitted by the club
  • Irresponsible use may result in the loss of network or internet access
  • Network access must be made via the users authorised account and password, which must not be given out to any other person
  • All network and internet use must be appropriate to education
  • Copyright and intellectual property rights must be respected
  • Messages shall be written carefully and politely, particularly as email could be forwarded to unintended readers
  • Anonymous messages and chain letters are not permitted
  • Users take care not to reveal personal information through email, publishing, blogs or messaging
  • Use for personal financial gain, gambling, political activity, advertising or illegal purposes is not permitted.

This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 To be reviewed: 23/3/23

S4A will make every effort to keep the Club open, but in exceptional circumstances, we may need to close at short notice. This decision will not have been taken lightly and may well have been determined by an external body such as the local authority. Should this situation arise, we will make every effort to minimise the inconvenience, to staff, children and parents, and will aim to re-open as soon as is practicable.

Possible reasons for emergency shutdown of the Club include, but are not limited to:

  • Serious weather conditions
  • Heating system failure, burst water pipes, or loss of power supply
  • Fire or bomb scare/explosion
  • Death, or serious accident or illness, of a member of staff or child
  • Assault on a staff member or child 
  • Directive by government agency (eg health authority, environment agency, security services, etc)
  •  Should we need to evacuate the premises whilst the Club is in session, we will follow our Emergency Evacuation procedure.

Notifying parents of closure

If the Club is forced to close at short notice the Manager will use the emergency contact details we have on file to notify parents as soon as possible by phone, email, text or social media. To ensure that all parents receive the information, we will post a notice on the main entrance door of the Club premises. In addition, we will notify the feeder schools, and ask that they display a notice informing parents of the closure.

 If the Club has been forced to close for a specific period of time, we will also inform parents of the planned date for reopening.

Session fees

There will be no refund of fees if the Club closes for a one-off short-term incident eg a snow day. 

In the event of a prolonged forced closure, we must ensure that the Club remains financially viable. We have fixed costs which continue even when the club is closed. If the closure is forced by an event that is covered by our insurance, we will not charge for sessions when we are closed. Unfortunately, not all events can be insured against, so in situations that are not covered by our insurance we must still charge full fees.  Please feel free to contact info@s4aclub.co.uk if you wish to query this further.   

 Related documents

Emergency Evacuation procedure, Admissions and Fees policy

This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 To be reviewed: 23/3/23

At S4A we will ensure that we provide a safe and caring environment, free from discrimination, for everyone in our community including children with additional needs.

To achieve the Club’s objective of creating an environment free from discrimination and
welcoming to all, the Club will:

  • Respect the different racial origins, religions, cultures and languages in a multi-ethnic society so that each child is valued as an individual without racial or gender stereotyping.
  • Not discriminate against children on the grounds of disability, sexual orientation, class,family status or HIV/Aids status.
  • Help all children to celebrate and express their cultural and religious identity by providing a wide range of appropriate resources and activities.
  • Strive to ensure that children feel good about themselves and others, by celebrating the differences which make us all unique individuals.
  • Ensure that its services are available to all parents/carers and children in the local
    community.
  • Ensure that the Club’s recruitment policies and procedures are open, fair and nondiscriminatory.
  • Work to fulfil all the legal requirements of the Equality Act 2010.
  • We will monitor and review the effectiveness of our inclusive practice by conducting an Inclusion Audit on an annual basis.

Challenging inappropriate attitudes and practices
We will challenge inappropriate attitudes and practices by engaging children and adults in
discussion, by displaying positive images of race and disability, and through our staff
modelling anti-discriminatory behaviour at all times.

Racial harassment
The Club will not tolerate any form of racial harassment. The Club will challenge racist and discriminatory remarks, attitudes and behaviour from the children at the Club, from staff and from any other adults on Club premises (eg parents/carers collecting children).

Equal Opportunities Named Coordinator
The Club’s Equal Opportunities Named Coordinator (ENCO) is Matthew Ogle. The ENCO is
responsible for ensuring that:
Staff receive relevant and appropriate training
The

Equalities policy is consistent with current legislation and guidance
Appropriate action is taken wherever discriminatory behaviour, language or attitudes
occur.

Children with additional needs
Our Club recognises that some children have additional needs or physical disabilities that
require particular support and assistance. We will assess the individual needs of each child in consultation with their parents prior to their attending the Club, and will make reasonable adjustments to ensure that children can access our services and are made to feel welcome.

This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 To be reviewed: 23/3/23 

Out of School Club is committed to meeting the requirements of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2017 (EYFS). EYFS applies to all children from birth through to the end of their reception year. More information about EYFS is available from the Department for Education’s website.

There is designated EYFS coordinator at each setting is who is responsible for:

  • Identifying EYFS children when they join the Club, and informing the other staff
  • Determining the primary EYFS provider (typically, the school) for each child
  • Assigning a key person for each EYFS child
  • Implementing a communication book, so that the parents, Club and the primary EYFS provider can easily exchange information
  • Agreeing information sharing policies with the primary EYFS provider and gaining parental consent for this where necessary
  • Liaising with the primary EYFS provider to discuss what support the Club offers to EYFS children

The Club provides a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. The Club always follows play principles, allowing children to choose how they occupy their time, and never forces them to participate in a given activity.

We recognise the four overarching principles of EYFS:

  • A Unique Child: Every child is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured. We use positive encouragement and praise to motivate the children in our care.
  • Positive Relationships: Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships. We aim to develop caring, respectful, professional relationships with the children and their families. 
  • Enabling Environments: Children learn and develop well in environments in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and where there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents/carers. We observe children in order to understand their current interests and development before planning appropriate play-based activities for them.
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The EYFS framework covers the education and care of all children in Early Years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities. We tailor the experiences we offer the children in our care according to their individual needs and abilities.

This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 To be reviewed: 23/3/23

Written in accordance with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017): Before/after school care and holiday provision [3.40] and Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements: Information for parents and carers [3.73] and The Learning and development requirements, Footnote 5, p7

EMERGENCY EVACUATION OF THE BUILDING MUST FOLLOW THIS PROCEDURE, eg fire, gas leak, bomb alert

It is imperative that all fire doors are used only in the event of an emergency and are kept closed at all other times 

IF YOU DISCOVER A FIRE- Immediately operate the nearest fire alarm call point. 

ON HEARING THE ALARM:

  • All Staff and Helpers – immediately evacuate the building, taking all children in your charge through the nearest exit, i.e. the cloakrooms – check immediate area is free of children.
  • Manager – call the Fire and Rescue Service and carry out sweep of club areas.
  • Staff member in hall – Pick up registers, visitors book, grab bag immediately and leave the building through the nearest exit.• 
  • Always use the nearest exit and close doors on leaving
  • On no account evacuate into the courtyard 
  • Do not stop to collect personal belongings
  • Do no re-enter the building

Assembly Point:

All to assemble on the school field for roll call and report to the person in charge.

  • The Manager will verify that the Fire and Rescue service has been called
  • In the event of a missing person, report immediately to the Manager or person in charge. DO NOT GO BACK INTO THE BUILDING.
  • In the event of a missing person thought to be still in the building, the person in charge will aim to locate their whereabouts from outside the building in order to inform the Fire and Rescue service. 

In the event of it being impossible to return to the building, the manager will contact parents to come and collect the children.

This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 To be reviewed: 23/3/23

S4A is committed to encouraging and developing positive attitudes towards food and a healthy diet. Promoting a healthy lifestyle is integral to our ethos.

We believe that adults (staff, parents and carers) should be good role models and should support the children in understanding how balanced nutrition contributes to a person’s health, happiness and general well-being.

Healthy Eating Choices

To ensure consistency across the Holiday club, children will be encouraged to eat fruit and vegetables at snack times, which are provided. 

All children are encouraged to bring in a water bottle so they can have access to water throughout the day. Water fountains are also provided in the school for additional access to drinking water.

Chocolate, sweets, biscuits, crisps, and cakes are actively discouraged as everyday snacks in school or as part of lunch boxes. Chewing gum and fizzy drinks are not permitted on the club premises. Cereal bars are also discouraged because these can often contain as much sugar as chocolate bars.

Pupils’ lunch boxes should offer balanced nutrition. Because we recognise that there is no such thing as “bad food”, we teach the children to enjoy treats in moderation. 

Allergies

S4A is aware of the possibility of food allergies within the school population, particularly nut allergies. Parents or carers of children who are on special diets for medical or religious reasons, or who have allergies, will be asked to provide as much information as possible about which foods are suitable or foods which must be avoided, on the Dietary information sheet. 

Children are asked not to share packed lunches and parents are reminded about the need to avoid sending in packed lunches containing nuts. However, we cannot guarantee that all parents will comply with the request and for that reason the club does not purport to be “nut free”.

Further, advice from allergies web-sites suggest that it is in the interest of children’s longer term safety, that they learn to be aware of the risks of cross contamination and that they learn to manage the risks themselves.

Portions

No child is made to finish all the food that they are offered because we know that appetites vary from person to person. However, we do actively encourage the children to “try a little bit more” if they can to ensure that they are not hungry later on in the day. 

This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 To be reviewed: 23/3/23

Out of School Club considers health and safety to be of utmost importance. We comply with The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 at all times.

The Club has appropriate insurance cover, including employer’s liability insurance and public liability insurance.

Each member of staff follows the Club’s Health and Safety policy and is responsible for:

  •  Maintaining a safe environment
  •  Taking reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and others attending the Club
  •  Reporting all accidents and incidents which have caused injury or damage or may do so in the future
  • Undertaking relevant health and safety training when required to do so by the manager.
    Any member of staff who disregards safety instructions or recognised safe practices will be subject to disciplinary procedures

Responsibilities of the registered person

  • The registered person for the setting holds ultimate responsibility and liability for the safe operation of the Club. The registered person will ensure that
  •  They nominate a Health and Safety Officer. The designated health and safety officer is Matthew Ogle.
  • A copy of the current Health and Safety At work poster is displayed (poster is available here:http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/lawposter.htm )
  • All staff receive information on health and safety matters, and receive training where necessary
  • The Health and Safety policy and procedures are reviewed regularly
  •  Staff understand and follow health and safety procedures
  • Resources are provided to meet the Club’s health and safety responsibilities
  •  All accidents, incidents and dangerous occurrences are properly reported and recorded. This includes informing Ofsted, child protection agencies and the Health and Safety Executive under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995) where appropriate.
  • All reported accidents, incidents and dangerous occurrences are reviewed, so that preventative measures can be taken.

Responsibilities of the manager

The Club’s manager is responsible for ensuring that at each session:

  •  Premises are clean, well lit, adequately ventilated and maintained at an appropriate temperature.
    The premises are used by and solely available to the Club during opening hours.
    All the Club’s equipment is safely and securely stored.
    Children are only allowed in the kitchen if properly supervised (eg for a cooking activity).
    A working telephone is available on the premises at all times
    Chemicals and cleaning materials are stored appropriately, and in accordance with COSHH data sheets.
    External pathways are cleared in severe weathere
    Daily environment checks are carried out in accordance with our Risk Assessment policy.

Security

Children are not allowed to leave the Club premises during the session unless prior permission has been given by the parents (for example, to attend other extra-curricular activities).

During Club sessions all external doors are kept locked, with the exception of fire doors which are alarmed. Staff monitor the entrances and exits to the premises throughout the session.

All visitors to the Club must sign the Visitor Log and give the reason for their visit. Visitors will never be left alone with the children.

Security procedures will be regularly reviewed by the manager, in consultation with staff and parents.

Toys and equipment

All furniture, toys and equipment are kept clean, well maintained and in good repair. We select toys, equipment and resources with care, and we carry out risk assessments before the children are allowed to use them. Broken toys and equipment are disposed of promptly.

We ensure that any flammable equipment is stored safely.

Food and personal hygiene

Staff at Out of School Club maintain high standards of personal hygiene, and take all practicable steps to prevent and control the spread of infection.

  •  A generally clean environment is maintained at all times.
  •  Toilets are cleaned daily and soap and hand drying facilities are always available.
  •  Staff are trained in food hygiene and follow appropriate guidelines.
  •  Waste is disposed of safely and all bins are kept covered.
  •  Staff ensure that children wash their hands before handling food or drink and after using the toilet.
  •  Cuts and abrasions (whether on children or staff) are kept covered.

Dealing with body fluids
Spillages of blood, vomit, urine and faeces will be cleaned up immediately in accordance with our Intimate Care policy.

Staffing Levels
Staff ratios and levels of supervision are always appropriate to the number, ages and abilities of the children present, and to the risks associated with the activities being undertaken. A minimum of two members of staff are on duty at any time.

Related Policies
See also our related policies: 

Illness and Accidents, Emergency Evacuation, Healthy Eating, Safeguarding, Administering Medication, Risk Assessment, Manual Handling, Fire Safety, and Intimate Care, Visitor.

Health & Safety Checklist

Guidance -it’s good practice to complete these daily, as well as having risk assessments for different activities, resources and areas used by the children. These must be consistently completed by staff at the start of sessions, to ensure the procedure is effective in reducing the risk of accidents and hazards in the setting.

This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 To be reviewed: 23/3/23

Policy Statement: S4A welcomes all children and is committed to providing experiences and activities that support the full access and participation of each and every child. We believe that each child is unique and work in partnership with families and other professionals involved with the child to provide the support every child needs to reach their full potential.

Procedures:

Admissions
Children of all abilities are accepted into S4A Sports 4 All and families interested in having
their child attending the club will be given an equal opportunity for admission. 

Inclusive Environment
S4A Sports 4 All use developmentally appropriate practices and consider the unique needs of all children when planning activities. Staff will make every attempt to make any adaptations or modifications necessary to meet the needs of the children. Schedules, routines and activities are and any adaptations will be reviewed with families and other professionals supporting the child if necessary.

Confidentiality
Confidentiality applies to all verbal and written information about potential, enrolling
and previously enrolled children and their families. All staff will be briefed on the need for
confidentiality and will be expected to fulfill their obligation to respect the protection of privacy.

Written records will be stored in a secure location with access limited to the director. No information will be released about a child and the parent/legal guardian during enrollment or transition to another receiving program or school without first receiving the written permission of the parent/guardian. 

Professional Development and Support for Staff
Training and support is provided to ensure that all staff are comfortable, confident and
competent to meet the needs of all children. The director provides additional support and resources as appropriate.

Collaboration with Other Professionals
Many children with disabilities or other special needs are supported by developmental and
educational professionals such as therapists, teachers and others. S4A Sports 4 All
welcomes those professionals and works with them to assure the child’s success and determine the best strategies to support the child in the group setting.

This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 To be reviewed: 23/3/23

The safety of pupils is paramount and is the highest priority at all times. Every attempt is made to ensure the security of pupils is maintained at all times. Registration is taken periodically throughout sessions as well as head counts. Entrance and exit procedures have been put in place in order to maximise the safety of all children attending S4A. 

If a child cannot be located, the following steps will be taken:

  • All staff will be informed that the child is missing including the DSL.
  • Staff will conduct a thorough search of the premises and surrounding area.
  • After 10 minutes the police will be informed. The manager will then contact the child’s
    parents or carers.
  • Staff will continue to search for the child whilst waiting for the police and parents to arrive.
  • We will maintain as normal a routine as possible for the rest of the children at the club being careful not to create an atmosphere to panic
  • The manager will liaise with the police and the child’s parent or carer.
  • The incident will be recorded in the Incident Log. A review will be conducted regarding this and any other related incidents along with relevant policies and procedures. We will identify and implement any changes as necessary.

    If the police or Social Care were involved in the incident, we will also inform Ofsted. 

This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 To be reviewed: 23/3/23

S4A have a clear policy on the acceptable use of mobile phones that is understood and adhered to by everyone: staff, children and parents. Abiding by the terms of the club’s mobile phone policy ensures that we all:

  • Protect children from harm and abuse
  • Prevent staff from being subject to false allegations
  • Help staff remain focused on the care of children

Work in an open and transparent environment.

Staff use of mobile phones
If a member of staff needs to make an urgent personal call they can make a personal call from their mobile in the staff kitchen or outside.

Children’s use of mobile phones
S4A actively discourages children from bringing their phones and other electronic devices into the club. The club does not accept any responsibility for loss or damage to mobile phones brought to the club by the children.
Children must not use their mobile phone to take photographs of any kind whilst at the club. If they want a photograph of a particular activity they can ask a member of staff to take one using the club camera.

Visitors use of mobile phones
Parents and all other visitors must not use their mobile phone – or any other device – to take photographs within the club. This includes taking photographs of their own children. If they want to have a photograph of their child involved in an activity or at play, parents can ask a member of staff to take one using the club camera.

This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 To be reviewed: 23/3/23

S4A uses its risk assessment systems to ensure that the Club is a safe and secure place for children and staff. All staff are expected to undertake risk assessments as part of their routine tasks.

Risk assessments that will be carried out are:

  • whenever there is any change to equipment or resources
  • when there is any change to the Club’s premises
  • when the particular needs of a child necessitates this.

Note that not all risk assessments need to be written down. Staff will decide, in consultation with the manager, which risk assessments need to be formally recorded.

If changes are required to the Club’s policies or procedures as a result of the risk assessment, the manager will ensure that the relevant documents are updated and that all staff are informed.

Daily Checks
We will carry out a visual inspection of the equipment and the whole premises (indoors and out) daily, before any children arrive. During the course of the session, staff will remain alert to any potential risks to health and safety.
If a member of staff discovers a hazard during the course of a session, they will make the
area safe (eg by cordoning it off) and then notify the manager. The manager will ensure that any actions needed to mitigate the immediate hazard have been taken and will implement measures to prevent the incident from recurring.

Recording Dangerous Events
The manager will record all accidents and dangerous events on the Incident or Accident
Record sheets as soon as possible after the incident. If the incident affected a child the
record will be kept on the child’s file. The Club will monitor Incident and Accident Records to see whether any pattern to the occurrences can be identified.

This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 Updated: 15/05/20

S4A is committed to building a ‘culture of safety’ in which the children in our care are protected from abuse, harm and radicalisation. The Club will respond promptly and appropriately to all incidents or concerns regarding the safety of a child that may occur. The Club’s child protection procedures comply with all relevant legislation and with guidance issued by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).  

S4A have designated Safeguard Leads (DSL) who are available at all times whilst the company is in session. Under the Children act 2004 the DSLs take the lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection issues and liaise with external agencies (eg Social Care, LSCB and Ofsted).

The Companies Designated Safeguard Leads  are Matt Ogle

 

Child abuse and neglect 

Child abuse is any form of physical, emotional or sexual mistreatment or lack of care that leads to injury or harm. An individual may abuse or neglect a child directly, or by failing to protect them from harm. Some forms of child abuse and neglect are listed below.  

  • Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child so as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve making the child feel that they are worthless, unloved, or inadequate. Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, though it may occur alone.

     

  • Physical abuse can involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may be also caused when a parent or carer feigns the symptoms of, or deliberately causes, ill health to a child. 
  • Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. This can involve physical contact, or non-contact activities such as showing children sexual activities or encouraging them to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.

     

  • Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and emotional needs. It can involve a failure to provide adequate food, clothing and shelter, to protect a child from physical and emotional harm, to ensure adequate supervision or to allow access to medical treatment. 

Signs of child abuse and neglect 

Signs of possible abuse and neglect may include: 

  • significant changes in a child’s behaviour  
  • deterioration in a child’s general well-being 
  • unexplained bruising or marks
  • comments made by a child which give cause for concern 
  • reasons to suspect neglect or abuse outside the setting, eg in the child’s home, or that a girl may have been subjected to (or is at risk of) female genital mutilation, or that the child may have witnessed domestic abuse 
  • inappropriate behaviour displayed by a member of staff, or any other person. For example, inappropriate sexual comments, excessive one-to-one attention beyond the requirements of their role, or inappropriate sharing of images.  

If abuse is suspected or disclosed 

When a child makes a disclosure to a member of staff, that member of staff will: 

  • reassure the child that they were not to blame and were right to speak out  
  • listen to the child but not question them  give reassurance that the staff member will take action 
  • record the incident as soon as possible (see Logging an incident below). 

If a member of staff witnesses or suspects abuse, they will record the matter straightaway using the Logging a concern form. If a third party expresses concern that a child is being abused, we will encourage them to contact Social Care directly. If they will not do so, we will explain that the Club is obliged to and the incident will be logged accordingly. 

Peer-on-peer abuse 

Children are vulnerable to abuse by their peers. Peer-on-peer abuse is taken seriously by staff and will be subject to the same child protection procedures as other forms of abuse. Staff are aware of the potential uses of information technology for bullying and abusive behaviour between young people.  Staff will not dismiss abusive behaviour as normal between young people. 

The presence of one or more of the following in relationships between children should always trigger concern about the possibility of peer-on-peer abuse:  

  • Sexual activity (in primary school-aged children) of any kind, including sexting 
  • One of the children is significantly more dominant than the other (eg much older)  One of the children is significantly more vulnerable than the other (eg in terms of disability, confidence, physical strength)  
  • There has been some use of threats, bribes or coercion to ensure compliance or secrecy. 

If peer-on-peer abuse is suspected or disclosed 

We will follow the same procedures as set out above for responding to child abuse. 

Extremism and radicalisation 

All childcare settings have a legal duty to protect children from the risk of radicalisation and being drawn into extremism. There are many reasons why a child might be vulnerable to radicalisation, eg: 

  • feeling alienated or alone  seeking a sense of identity or individuality 
  • suffering from mental health issues such as depression  desire for adventure or wanting to be part of a larger cause 
  • associating with others who hold extremist beliefs 

Signs of radicalisation 

Signs that a child might be at risk of radicalisation include: 

  • changes in behaviour, for example becoming withdrawn or aggressive 
  • claiming that terrorist attacks and violence are justified 
  • viewing violent extremist material online 
  • possessing or sharing violent extremist material 

If a member of staff suspects that a child is at risk of becoming radicalised, they will record any relevant information or observations on a Logging a concern form, and refer the matter to the CPO. 

Logging a concern 

All information about the suspected abuse or disclosure, or concern about radicalisation, will be recorded on the Logging a concern form as soon as possible after the event. The record should include: 

  • date of the disclosure, or the incident, or the observation causing concern 
  • date and time at which the record was made 
  • name and date of birth of the child involved 
  • a factual report of what happened. If recording a disclosure, you must use the child’s own words 
  • name, signature and job title of the person making the record. 

The record will be given to the Club’s CPO who will decide on the appropriate course of action.  For concerns about child abuse, the CPO will contact Social Care. The CPO will follow up all referrals to Social Care in writing within 48 hours. If a member of staff thinks that the incident has not been dealt with properly, they may contact Social Care directly. For minor concerns regarding radicalisation, the CPO will contact the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) or Local Authority Prevent Co-ordinator. 

For more serious concerns the CPO will contact the Police on the non-emergency number (101), or the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321. For urgent concerns the CPO will contact the Police using 999. 

Allegations against staff  

If anyone makes an allegation of child abuse against a member of staff: 

  • The allegation will be recorded on an Incident record form. Any witnesses to the incident should sign and date the entry to confirm it. 
  • The allegation must be reported to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and to Ofsted. The LADO will advise if other agencies (eg police) should be informed, and the Club will act upon their advice. Any telephone reports to the LADO will be followed up in writing within 48 hours. 
  • Following advice from the LADO, it may be necessary to suspend the member of staff pending full investigation of the allegation. 
  • If appropriate, the Club will make a referral to the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

Promoting awareness among staff 

The Club promotes awareness of child abuse and the risk of radicalisation through its staff training. The Club ensures that: 

  • the designated CPO has relevant experience and receives appropriate training in safeguarding and the Prevent Duty, and is aware of the Channel Programme and how to access it 
  • designated person training is refreshed every two/three years 
  • safe recruitment practices are followed for all new staff 
  • all staff have a copy of this Safeguarding policy, understand its contents and are vigilant to signs of abuse, neglect or radicalisation 
  • all staff are aware of their statutory duties with regard to the disclosure or discovery of child abuse, and concerns about radicalisation 
  • all staff receive basic safeguarding training, and safeguarding is a permanent agenda item at all staff meetings 
  • all staff receive basic training in the Prevent Duty
  • staff are familiar with the Safeguarding Policy 
  • the Club’s procedures are in line with the guidance in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018)’ and staff are familiar with ‘What To Do If You’re Worried A Child Is Being Abused (2015)’. 

Promoting British Values

S4A aims to promote British Values through:

  • Celebrating and marking British occasions and festivals
  • Teaching children to listen to each other and wait before speaking, how to have a conversation
  • Kindness, helpful, respectful of others
  • Table manners
  • Being polite, saying please and thank you
  • Teaching empathy and understanding
  • Appropriate behaviour and learning right from wrong
  • Taking turns and sharing
  • Making friends and friendship
  • Tolerating others and mutual respect
  • Cooking, eating and learning about traditional British food
  • Celebrating British authors and illustrators

Use of mobile phones and cameras 

Photographs will only be taken of children with their parents’ permission. Only the club camera will be used to take photographs of children at the Club, except with the express permission of the manager. Neither staff nor children nor visitors may use their mobile phones to take photographs at the Club. For more details see our Mobile Phone Policy. 

Contacts

Concerns about an adult

safeguardingadults@buckscc.gov.uk

0800 137 915

Concerns about a child

cypfirstresponse@buckscc.gov.uk

01296 383962

Outside normal office hours: Ring the Emergency Duty Team on 0800 999 7677

Police: 101 (non-emergency) or 999 (emergency) 

Anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321 

NSPCC: 0808 800 500 

Ofsted: 0300 123 1231 

This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 To be reviewed: 23/3/23

Written in accordance with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017): Safeguarding and Welfare requirements: Child Protection [3.4-3.8] and Suitable People [3.9-3.13].

S4A uses safe recruitment practices to ensure that all people working with the children in our care are safe and qualified to do so. When recruiting paid staff or volunteers we will follow the procedures set out below.

Advertising the vacancy
We will advertise all vacancies, and any job advertisements will include a statement about
our commitment to safeguarding children.

Initial enquiry
Upon enquiring about a vacancy, we will send potential candidates:

  • a job description
  • an application form
  • a copy of the Club’s Safeguarding Children policy.

Interview procedure
We will notify all candidates selected for an interview by letter. All candidates will be asked to bring to the following items to the interview:

  • proof of identity, eg passport, driving licence or birth certificate
  • proof of address, eg recent utility bill (not mobile phone) or bank statement

proof of qualifications, ie the relevant certificates: for non-British nationals, proof of the right to work in the UK (as required by the Asylum and Immigration Act)

The interview will be conducted by at least two interviewers. All candidates will be asked the same set of questions. We will then ask additional questions about any other issues that arise from their application form. For example, the interviewers will follow up on any gaps in the candidate’s employment history rigorously and ensure that they are satisfied with the explanation given, undertaking additional checks if necessary.

When we have interviewed and observed all candidates, we will make our final selection.

 

Appointing a new member of staff
When we have selected the successful candidate, we will make him or her an offer, which will clearly state that it is subject to the receipt of suitable references and full sight of a satisfactory enhanced DBS certificate contact referees for a reference, including asking them if they have any child protection concerns about the candidate. We will also Initiate an enhanced DBS check for the candidate, or if the candidate is subscribed to the DBS Update Service, review their current DBS certificate and check their status online. We will also notify any unsuccessful interviewees.
We will also take photocopies of the new member of staff’s qualification certificates and
proof of identity and keep these on file.
When a new member of staff starts work at S4A we will give him or her: our terms and conditions, and get them to sign their contract; a copy of their contract
will be kept on file with all our Club policies, and ensure that they sign a policy confirmation form to confirm that they have read and understood them; the signed form will be kept on file.
We will conduct a full induction and orientation programme with all new members of staff.

DBS checks
We will obtain enhanced DBS disclosures for all staff, students and volunteers who will work unsupervised with the children on a regular basis, or who have access to children’s
information, If candidates have subscribed to the DBS Update Service we will carefully review their current DBS certificate and then check their status online. If there has been a change in their status since their last DBS certificate was issued we will obtain a new DBS disclosure for them.

New staff will only be allowed to work unsupervised with children when we have had full
sight of a satisfactory DBS certificate for them.

 

Disqualification
The Club will not employ staff or volunteers who have been convicted of an offence or have been subject to an order that disqualifies them from registration under regulations made under section 75 of the Childcare Act 2006. If a member of staff becomes disqualified we will terminate their employment.

Immigration status
The management is aware of Asylum and Immigration Act requirements and will check the
ability of all new starters to work in the UK. Candidates are expected to provide documents confirming their status, usually a driving licence, passport, and NI number.

This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 To be reviewed: 23/3/23

The Out of School Club expects all members of staff to follow our Staff Behaviour Policy, which sets clear guidance on the standards of behaviour required from our staff and volunteers. The guidance aims to encourage staff to meet the highest possible standards of conduct. Club staff are in a position of trust and influence as role models for the children in their care, and as such must demonstrate behaviour that sets a good example to all users of the setting. 

Club staff also have a responsibility to maintain their reputation and the reputation of the Club, both during and outside of working hours.

Behaviour 

Our staff team are ambassadors for Out of School Club and we expect them to conduct themselves professionally at all times. Staff should treat anyone attending the Club (children, parents/carers and visitors) courteously and with respect. 

We expect staff to value all the children as individuals and to comply with the Club’s Equalities policy at all times. 

Swearing and abusive behaviour are not tolerated from anyone at the Club. If any member of staff exhibits such behaviour they will be subject to the Club’s disciplinary procedures. 

For more details see our Aggressive Behaviour policy and Staff Disciplinary policy

Dress Code 

Whilst working at Out of School Club staff will need to help to set up and pack away the setting, prepare food, facilitate craft activities and engage in physical activities with the children. The clothing and footwear worn should be chosen accordingly, taking into account comfort, health and safety, and practicality. Revealing or excessively tight clothing is not acceptable. 

Whilst on duty all staff should wear the approved S4A clothing at all times.

 

Confidentiality and Social Media 

Staff must not pass on any information about children attending the Club, or their parents and families, to third parties without their permission. The only exception to this rule is information sharing with specific external agencies if there is a safeguarding issue. (‘Third parties’ includes other parents, friends, other children at the Club, the press, etc.) 

Posting any material relating to the Club or its users on social media sites (unless expressly permitted by the Manager) is forbidden. Any staff who breach this rule will face disciplinary action. 

See our Data Protection policy, Social Media policy, Safeguarding policy and Staff Disciplinary policy for more details.

 Use of Mobile Phones and Cameras 

Staff personal mobile phones must be kept in a staff box and placed out of the way during working hours. 

If a member of staff needs to make an urgent personal call they can use the Club phone or make a personal call from their mobile in a permitted area.

If a member of staff has a family emergency or similar and needs to keep their mobile phone to hand, they must obtain prior permission from the Manager or Deputy. 

Staff may only use the club camera to take photographs of children at the Club, except with the express permission of the Manager. 

Staff must never use their personal mobile phones or cameras to take photographs at the Club during working hours. Doing so will be considered gross misconduct and may result in instant dismissal. 

See our Mobile Phone policy, Safeguarding policy and Staff Disciplinary policy for more details. 

Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs 

Staff are not permitted to smoke anywhere on the Club premises, including the outside play areas. 

Staff are not permitted to bring alcohol or illegal drugs onto the Club premises. If a member of staff arrives at work under the influence of alcohol or drugs they will be asked to leave immediately and disciplinary action will be taken. 

If a member of staff is taking prescription drugs which might affect their ability to function effectively, they must inform the Manager immediately. 

Any prescribed medication needed by a staff member whilst at the Club, must be stored safely in the medical box which will be out of reach and sight of the children attending the Club. 

See our Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs policy for more details. 

Gross Misconduct 

Staff will be dismissed without notice if they are found to have committed an act of gross misconduct. Examples of gross misconduct include, but are not restricted to: 

  • Child abuse 
  • Failing to comply with health and safety requirements 
  • Physical violence 
  • Ignoring a direct instruction given by the manager 
  • Persistent bullying, sexual or racial harassment 
  • Being unfit for work through alcohol or illegal drug use 
  • Theft, fraud or falsification of documents 
  • Being disqualified under the terms of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (Section 75 of the Childcare Act 2006) or the Children’s Act 1989. 

The Manager will investigate the alleged incident thoroughly before any decision to dismiss is made. For full details see our Staff Disciplinary policy

This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 To be reviewed: 23/3/23

Written in accordance with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017): Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements: Child Protection [3.4-3.8], Suitable people [3.11, 3.13, 3.19] and Disqualification [3.14-3.16], Safety and suitability of premises, environment and equipment [3.56], Information and records [3.70] 

S4A endeavours to ensure that all children are collected by a parent or carer at the end of each session. If a child is not collected, and the parent or carer has not notified us that they will be delayed, we will follow the procedure set out below:

Over 15 minutes late:

  • If a parent or carer is more than 15 minutes late in collecting their child, the manager will try to contact them using the contact details on file.
  • If there is no response from the parent or carer, messages will be left requesting that
    they contact the Club immediately. The manager will then try to contact the emergency
    contacts listed on the child’s registration form.
  • While waiting to be collected, the child will remain being supervised.
  • When the parent or carer arrives they will be reminded that they must call the Club to notify us if they are delayed, and that penalty fees may have to be charged (except in exceptional circumstances).

Over 30 minutes late

  • The child will remain in the care of two of the Club’s staff, on the Club’s premises if
    possible, until collected by the parent or carer, or until placed in the care of the Social
    Care team.
  • If it is not possible for the child to remain at the Club’s premises, a note will be left on
    the door of the Club informing the child’s parent or carer where the child has been taken
    (eg to the home of a staff member or into the care of a safeguarding agency) and leaving
    a contact number. A further message will be left on the parent or carer’s telephone
    explaining events.

Managing persistent lateness
The settings lead will record incidents of late collection and will discuss them with the child’s parents or carers. Parents and carers will be reminded to follow their contingency plans if they cannot collect their child as well as get in contact with the settings lead. If a child is persistently collected late then they may lose their place at the club or wraparound setting for between 2 week to a term.

This policy was adopted by: S4A

Date: 23/3/20 To be reviewed: 23/3/23

Day/Time

 

Craft & Games
room always
open.

Morning

8:00-10:00

Mid-Morning

10:30-12:30

Afternoon

1:00-3:00

Evening

3:15-6:00

Monday Football
Find the Gohul 
Art Attack 
Badminton 
Straw Skeletons
Pastel Art 
Ultimate Frisbee
Halloween Origami
Junk Modelling
Gymnastics 
Trick or Treat Hunt
Science Experiments
Tuesday Halloween Rock painting
Dodgeball
Games club
Tennis 
Vampire vs Wolves Dodgeball
S4A Science Club

Martial Arts 
Lego Challenge 
Mask Masking 

Crazy Golf 
Pumpkin Craving
Nerf Combat

Wednesday Cooking 
Nerf Combat
Ghost Rockets
Handball 
Mummy sewing
Adventure Play 

Basketball 
Design a mummy
Table Tennis

Archery 
S4A’s Got Talent
Just Dance 
Thursday Bug Hunting 
Den Building 
Pumpkin Golf 
Card Trading 
Create a monster 
Crazy Golf 
Indoor Cricket 
Ultimate Uno 
Halloween Party Games 
Halloween Disco 
S4A Ultimate Quiz 
Orienteering 
Friday Tennis  
Football 
Pumpkin Bowling 
Dance 
Arts Attack 
Halloween Lanterns  
S4A Dragon’s Den 
Halloween Bingo

Art Club 
Halloween Movie 

 

Sunsetters

3:30-4:30

4:30-5:15

5:15-6:00

Monday Rounders & Bug Hunting UNO & Just Dance  Games, Crafts, Outdoor play
Tuesday Dodgeball & Crafty Creations Computer Club & Board Games Games, Crafts, Outdoor play
Wednesday Football & Lego  Handball & Loom Bands  Games, Crafts, Outdoor play
Thursday Cricket & Orienteering  Mini Games & Junk Modelling  Games, Crafts, Outdoor play
Friday Archery & Science Club  Outdoor Free Play  Games, Crafts, Outdoor play