At St Nicolas Preschool, the health, safety and well-being of every child are of paramount importance to us. We listen to our children and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is that children will enjoy their time at preschool - we want to work in partnership with you to help your children to achieve their full potential, feel safe and make a positive contribution. 

Our Child Protection Policy is reviewed every year and is available to staff and parents/carers. All staff receive regular training in Child Protection and safeguarding is always top of our agenda at staff meetings. To promote a safe environment for our children, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and committee members’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, as recommended by Oxfordshire County Council in accordance with current legislation. 

In accordance with our responsibilities under the EYFS 2017, we have three named safeguarding officers (Gaynor Hunter, Claire Richardson and Jay Anderson) who have received appropriate training for this role. 

On rare occasions, our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Unless it is not safe for a child, we would always aim to achieve this with a parent or carers’ consent. The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board and the preschool has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our policy and procedures, please speak to Ms Gaynor Hunter, who is the Preschool Manager and is our Lead Safeguarding Officer. The Policy is available on request, a copy is in the Operations Folder in the foyer .