Outings and lost children policy

The Nursery is committed to ensuring all children are taken out daily for at least 40 minutes each day. Subject to staff ratio and inclimate weather conditions, additional sessions  would be added in the week.  

Staff should ensure that the children have outdoor experience every day, this should be shown in the weekly planner.

It is expected that children will arrive at the nursery dressed appropriately for the weather.

The nursery does not take responsibility in providing outdoor wear for the children ,e.g raincoat, rain hats, rain boots or umbrellas. We do provide spare clothes but those are just for indoor wear. Staff should ensure that children have enough spare clothes, by liaising with the parents. 

We aim to organise more formal outings at least once a term. Charges for these outings, if applicable, will be notified to parents/carers in advance of the outing.   It is hoped that these outings will enhance and reinforce in a practical way what the child is learning in the nursery. First aid equipment will be taken. We will ask parents/carers to sign a consent form in advance of such outings. Staff would make sure these are collected before the date of the outing.

 

 

Types of outings

 

Different types of outings take place and each will require slightly different preparations and staffing levels.

 

These include:

 

Trips on foot, e.g. visits to the park, the library, local markets and places of interest.

 

Trips on public transport to places like museums, farms, etc.

 

 

First aid equipment and any child’s personal long term medication will be taken on the outings.

 

It is expected that children will arrive at the nursery dressed appropriately for the weather.

 

The nursery does not take responsibility for providing outdoor wear for the children e.g raincoats, rain hats, rain boots or umbrellas. We do provide spare clothes but those are just for indoor wear.

 

 

 

 

Procedures where a child is lost on an outing

If the Early Years Centre policies and procedures are being observed the likelihood of a child being lost is small. Very occasionally a child may become separated from the group on an outing or become lost.

 

With careful planning and co-operative working amongst staff, children should not be out of sight of an adult during an outing.

 

If it is realised that a child is no longer with the group, staff should look carefully all around with out leaving the group.

 

That Educator's key children should be re-allocated to other members of staff.

 

The Early Years Centre Manager will contact the parents immediately.

 

The police will be informed and all the children will be returned to the Nursery.

 

At the end of the day the Senior Educator will complete an incident report.

 

Parental involvement in outings

 

We welcome parents’ suggestions, ideas and comments in all areas of the nursery. One of the guidelines from OFSTED, and a sign of a good nursery is the extent to which it involves parents with activities including outings. This is nice both for the children and is an opportunity for parents to have an insight on their child’s day.

 

 

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