EYFS Policies and Procedures
Ofsted do not prescribe a way of writing policies and procedures, so it really is a matter of personal choice. My policies and procedures are in alphabetical order because that is the way I find easiest to set them out.
While written policies and procedures are not a statutory requirement for the EYFS, it is a requirement that you share your day-to-day working procedures and ethos with parents and some of the policies and procedures are required for the Childcare Register (2010).
Childcare Register P & Ps
This is a list of the required policies and procedures for the Childcare Register…
· Behaviour management policy and procedures
· Concerns and complaints procedure
· Emergency evacuation procedures
· Equality of opportunity policy - this might also include accessibility and admissions information
· Failure to collect / late collection a child procedure
· Medication administration policy and procedure
· Missing child procedure
· Safeguarding children including an explanation of the action to be taken in the event of an allegation being made against a member of staff and the use of mobile phones and cameras in the setting
More policies, procedures and documents that you need to write because they are required by the Childcare Register (2010) include –
· Closure policy – including information about supporting parents to find alternative care in an emergency closure situation;
· Over 8s policy – including information about collection from clubs, independent arrival and departure, behaviour management, safeguarding etc
· Childcare Register information sheet for parents
Other important policies and procedures
There will be other policies and procedures that you want to write which are related directly to the way you run your business. They will also help you to show Ofsted that you are running your business effectively. Here is my list of important policies and procedures - yours might be different because our businesses are unique to us…
· Accident and injury procedures;
· Alcohol and substances including smoking;
· Bullying / biting information to include in the behaviour management policy;
· Confidentiality policy;
· Fees policy;
· Health and safety policy;
· Healthy living including meals, nutrition, exercise, healthy eating etc;
· Illness and infection procedures including exclusion information;
· Risk assessment policy and procedures;
· Working with other settings policy;
· Working with parents policy.
It can be easy to get carried away and write too many policies and procedures which are never read because they are too wordy. You need to use a common sense approach – what do you want to say about your business and the way you intend to run it?
I ask parents to sign (on my permissions form) to say they have read and understood my policies and procedures. I also ask for their input when I am rewriting them.