All children need contact with familiar, consistent carers to ensure they can grow confidently and feel self-‐assured. At times children need to be cuddled, encouraged, held and offered physical reassurance.
Intimate care routines are essential throughout the day to ensure children’s basic needs are met. This may include nappy changing, supporting children with toileting, changing clothes where required, first aid treatment and specialist medical support.
In order to maintain the child`s privacy, the majority of these actions will take place on a one – to- one basis and, wherever possible, will be supported by the child`s key person with the exception of first aid treatment which may be carried out by a qualified first aider.
We wish to ensure the safety and welfare of the children involved in the intimate care routines and safeguarding them against any potential harm as well as ensuring the staff member involved is fully supported and able to perform their duties safely and confidently.
Through the following actions we will endeavour to support all parties.
- Promote consistent and caring relationships through the key person system in the nursery and ensure all parents understand how this works
- Ensure all staff undertaking intimate care routines have suitable enhanced DBS checks
- Train all staff in the appropriate methods for intimate care routines and access specialist training where required. IE First aid training or specialist medial support
- Conduct thorough inductions for all new staff to ensure they are fully aware of all nursery procedures relating to intimate care routines
- Follow up on these procedures through supervision meeting and appraisals to identify any areas for development or further training
- Working closely with parents on all aspects of the child`s care and education as laid out in the parent and carer as partners policy. This is essential for intimate care routines which require specific training or support. If a child requires specific support the nursery will arrange a meeting with the parent to discover all the relevant information relating to this to enable the staff to care for the child fully and meet their individual needs.
- Ensure all staff have an up- to- date understanding of safeguarding and how to protect children from harm. This will include identifying signs and symptoms of abuse and how to raise these concerns as per the safeguarding policy.
- The setting operates a whistle blowing policy as a means for staff to raise concerns relating to their peers. The management will support this by ensuring that staff feel confident in raising worries as they arise in order to safeguard the children in the nursery
- The management team regularly conducts woring practice observations on all aspects of the nursery operations to ensure that procedures are working in practice and all children are supported fully by the staff. This includes intimate care routines
- Staff will be trained in behaviour management techniques as applicable
- The nursery conduts regular risk assessments on all aspets of the nursery operation and this area is no exception. The nursery has assessed all the risks relating to intimate care rountines and has placed appropriate safeguards in place to ensure the safety of all involved
To minimise the rosk of allegations the nursery promotes good practice in the follow ways
- Although it is appropriate to cuddle children, staff are advised to usually do this in view of other children and practitioners
- There may be ocasions for exsample when a child is ill and needs comforting from others, where it is appropraiate for this to happen away from others. In these circumstances staff should consider leaving the door open.
- It is the duty of all staff and the Manager to ensure that children are appropriately comforted and to monitor practice
- When changing children`s nappies or soiled/wet clothing, the doors reamian open, weher appropraiate
- All staff are aware of the whistle blowing procedure and the manager carries out random checks throughout the day to ensure safe practices.
- Inappropriate behaviour such as over tickling, over boisterous play or inappropriate questions , such as asking childre to tell them they love them is discouraged
- Staff are respectfull of each other
If any parent or member of staff has concerns or questions about intimate care procedures or individual rountines please see the Nursery Manager at the Earliest opprtunity.