The underpinning principles of our code of conduct are that the welfare of the child is paramount and that all staff are responsible to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.
This responsibility extends to a duty of care for those adults employed, commissioned or contracted to work with children and young people.
- Staff who work with children are responsible for their own actions and behaviour and should avoid any conduct which would lead any reasonable person to question their motivation and intentions.
- Staff should work and be seen to work, in an open and transparent way.
- The same professional standards should always be applied regardless of culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity.
- All staff must recognise and respect the value and intrinsic worth of each child and family, regardless of economic or social background.
- Early years practitioners are responsible for nurturing and educating young children as well as providing information and support to parents.
- Early years practitioners should seek to improve their understanding of the development of young children through ongoing education and collaboration with colleagues.
- Early years workers have a responsibility to understand and adhere to current legislation and guidance that supports their role.
- All staff have a responsibility to contribute to the settings responsibility to protect children and encourage a ‘safer working culture’.
Staff will be expected to follow agreed procedures, without fear of recrimination, to bring to the attention of the Pre-school Manager any deficiency in the standards.
- If staff have concerns regarding the Pre-school Manager or other senior staff members the Whistleblowing Policy may be followed.
- When information is necessarily confidential it should only be made available on a “need to know” basis.
- Staff should dress appropriately for their job and give a positive image.
- Staff should follow all pre-school rules that apply to the children
- Except for medical reasons, employees must not take any substances that might affect their work.
- No staff should consume or be under the influence of drink/drugs during their hours of work.
- No smoking is permitted or premises.
Best practice guidelines in relation to use of mobile phones and digital equipment
- Staff personal mobile phones should not be carried on the person within the pre-school rooms; they should be stored in the box provided for this purpose. However, phones should be taken outside during outdoor play in case of emergency.
- The pre-school mobile phone number should be used as the main point of contact for staff in an emergency.
- It is the responsibility of the setting manager to delete all photographs stored on a digital camera after transfer to the computer for printing purposes.
- It is the responsibility of the setting manager/deputy to approve photographs for use on displays and marketing purpose.
- During the enrollment process, parents/carers will be asked about photograph permission.
Social Networking Policy
This social networking policy applies to all staff members employed by the pre-school – both paid and voluntary.
Social media, professional networking sites, rapid-fire communications, blog sites and personal websites are all useful technologies. Every employee has an opportunity to express and communicate on-line in many ways, and we do not wish to discourage an on-line presence. Above all else, everyone needs to use good judgement on what material makes its way on-line.
This policy will set forth guidelines that employees should follow for all on-line communications in reference to the pre-school.
This policy includes (but is not limited to) the following specific technologies:
Personal blogs; Twitter; Facebook; MySpace; Personal Web sites; Digg
Any material presented on-line in reference to the pre-school by any employee is the responsibility of the poster. At no times should any posts be made in reference to children, parents or other professionals that employees may come in to contact with through work. At no time must any photographs or materials be published that identify the setting or children and pictures of staff may only be used with the express permission of the staff members concerned. Any member of staff found to be posting remarks or comments that breach confidentiality and or are deemed to be of a detrimental nature to the pre-school or other employees or posting/publishing photographs of the setting, children or staff unless staff permission has been gained may face disciplinary action in line with the pre-school disciplinary procedures.
The pre-school employees are encouraged to use the following guidelines in social networking practices:
- Remember that no information sent over the web is totally secure and as such if you do not wish the information to be made public refrain from sending it over a social network site.
- Even though you may think you are anonymous or use an alias you may be recognised.
- Maintain professionalism, honesty, and respect.
- Apply a “good judgement” test for every activity related to the setting – Could you be guilty of leaking information, discussing confidential information? Is it negative commentary regarding the setting or its employees? Activity showing good judgement would include statements of fact about the setting, and its products and services, facts about already-public information, or information on the website.
- Further, if any employee becomes aware of social networking activity that would be deemed distasteful or fail the good judgement test, please contact the Manager.
- Any on-line communication regarding proprietary information such as lay-offs, strategic decisions, or reduction of working hours deemed inappropriate for uncoordinated public exchange is forbidden.