Admissions and Exclusions Policy

Admissions

As a registered Childminder (either with Ofsted or Little Footsteps Childcare Ltd (Childminder Agency CA000034) we are limited to the number and ages of the children that we can provide care for at any one time. We are happy to take on any baby/child within our registered numbers and will not discriminate against children or their families for reasons such as race, religion, social background, sex or ability.

However please consider the following:

  • We welcome children with special educational needs and disabilities providing we feel we can provide them with the care they need. (For example, we are not able to provide one to one care unless we can secure funding to support this). If your child has additional needs please discuss them with us first.
  • We operate a 4-week settling in period on our contract, so if you or your child or we are not happy with the arrangement it can be terminated easily.
  • If you have any concerns with this please do not hesitate to discuss them with us.
  • Children not accessing FE hours may be prioritised when offering places in line with WSCC guidelines and our FE policy.
  • We may refuse a place at our setting for business reasons as well as if we have a reasonable belief that the child will have a detrimental effect on themselves or others that we care for.

Booking a place / managing spaces

To secure a place we require the reservation form to be completed and the £50 deposit as well as the £50 reservation fee (£100 in total).  Once this has been received your child’s space is booked and will not be allocated to anyone else.

Existing parents whose children have already started with us can request to change, add additional hours of care or where they have a new sibling add care for them.  The law permits that additional children can be accommodated under what is known as continuity of care.  This is to prevent disruption to the child and to recognise that parents require flexibility.

We fully recognise the importance to parents of being able to offer flexibility and aim to accommodate all parent requests for changes / additional hours within the statutory framework.

The maximum number of spaces we can accommodate at our provision is 9 with a maximum of 3 additional continuity of care ‘places’.  Under no circumstances will we take more than 12 under 5-year olds at any time.

We have assessed the impact of continuity of care on existing children those days and are confident that due to the nature of the setting, staffing and large amount of space available that there is no detrimental effect on any child’s care.

Exclusions

We operate an inclusive childminding setting where all children are welcome regardless of their race, religion, culture, sex, ability or disability, social background etc.
There are however certain occasions when it may be necessary to ask a parent not to bring their child to the setting for a short period of time. These reasons include;

  • If a child is ill (see Sickness/Illness and Infectious Diseases Policy)
  • If a child has a highly infectious condition such as impetigo or conjunctivitis (see Sickness/Illness and Infectious Diseases Policy)
  • If a child has a notifiable disease (see Sickness/Illness and Infectious Diseases Policy)
  • If a child has had a bout of sickness and diarrhoea within the last 48 hours (see Sickness/Illness and Infectious Diseases Policy)
  • If a child is on antibiotics that they haven’t taken before and it is within the first 24 hours of the course (in case of allergic reactions)
  • If we reasonably believe that the child attending will have a detrimental impact on themselves or other children that we care for.

Admissions and Exclusions Policy

We reserve the right to permanently terminate a contract with immediate effect and exclude a child permanently from the setting in the following situations;

  • If the child/parent/carer continually demonstrates aggressive behaviour to anyone in our setting
  • If the child/parent/carer continually uses inappropriate or offensive language (e.g. swearing)
  • If the child/parent/carer continually makes inappropriate or offensive remarks, such as racist comments
  • If the child/parent/carer is likely to cause harm to anyone in our setting
  • If the child/parent/carer is found to be stealing from us or anyone in our setting.
  • If the child/parent/carer is believed to be attempting to influence other children/adults in the setting in their beliefs/opinions in line with the governments Prevent Duty which we have to uphold
  • If we reasonably believe that including the child is detrimental to them or other children in our care, staff or persons living on the premises.

 

We would already have discussed our concerns with the child’s parents/carer and worked with them over a period of time to address their child’s/their behaviour.
We would have used a variety of different strategies and with parental permission sought support from outside agencies.

We would only exclude a child as a last resort if the child’s/parent/carer behaviour was very severe and having a continued negative impact on the other children in our care, our Staff or people living on the premises.