Key Policies

Little Elms Montessori Nursery Key Policies

The setting’s policies and procedures are available for all to see at the setting. Our policies help us to make sure that the service provided by us is a high quality one and that being a member of the Little Elms Montessori Nursery is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and their families.

The staff and parents of the setting work together to adopt the policies helping us to make sure that the policies are enabling the setting to provide a quality service for its members and the local community.

Safeguarding children

Our setting has a duty under the law to help safeguard children against suspected or actual ‘significant harm’. Our employment practices ensure children against the likelihood of abuse in our settings and we have a procedure for managing complaints or allegations against a member of staff.

Our way of working with children and their parents ensures we are aware of any problems that may emerge and can offer support, including referral to appropriate agencies when necessary, to help families in difficulty. Our Designated Safeguarding person is Nicky Gallagher.

Key Person and Your Child

We want your child to feel happy and safe with us. Our setting uses a key person approach. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she/he is particularly responsible. Your child’s key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that the childcare we provide is right for your child’s particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at the setting, the key person will help your child to settle and support them throughout their time at the setting, to enable them to benefit from the setting’s activities.

Children’s Development and Learning

We assess how young children are learning and developing by observing them frequently. We use information that we gain from observations, documenting their progress and where this may be leading them. We believe that parents know their children best and we ask them to contribute to assessment by sharing information about what their children like to do at home and how they, as parents, are supporting development.

Learning Journey

The key person is responsible for completing the check using information from ongoing observational assessments carried out as part of our everyday practice, taking account of the views and contributions of parents and other professionals.

The setting keeps a Learning Journal and art book for each child, this helps us to celebrate together her/his achievements and to work together to provide what your child needs for her/his well-being and to make progress. It will also enable the key person to identify your child’s stage of progress. You and the key person will then decide on how to help your child to move on to the next stage.

Parent Partnership and Involvement

Our setting recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children.  Parents are valued, respected, kept informed and involved, consulted and included.  All of the staff sees themselves as partners with parents in providing care and education for their children. There are many ways in which parents take part in making the setting a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents.

We have an open door policy which welcomes parents to drop into the setting, to see the children’s learning journals and to speak with the staff.

The setting has a parent support group who are part of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).  In our setting we share with this group, some of the tasks involved in event planning and fund raising. Our PTA depend on the good will of parents and their involvement to keep going, parents help to shape the service we offers. This is an important link between the families and the Nursery and building friendships with other parents in the setting.

Equality and Values

We actively promote inclusion, equality of opportunity, the valuing of diversity and British values. Under the Equality Act 2010, which underpins standards of behaviour and incorporates both British and universal values, we have a legal obligation not to directly or indirectly discriminate against, harass or victimise those with protected characteristics. We make reasonable adjustments to procedures, criteria and practices to ensure that those with protected characteristics are not at a substantial disadvantage. As we are in receipt of public funding we also have a public sector equality duty to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, foster good relations and publish information to show compliance with the duty.

Special Educational Needs

As part of the setting’s policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any Special Educational Needs a child may have. The setting works to the requirements of the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2001). Our Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator is Naile Osman.

Positive Behaviour

Our setting believes that children flourish best when their personal, social and emotional needs are met and where there are clear and developmentally appropriate expectations for their behaviour. Positive behaviour is promoted at all times by all staff through praise, rewards and encouragement according to the child’s age and stages of development.

Meals and Snacks

Little Elms Montessori Nursery regards snacks and meal times as an important part of our day, a social time at which children and adults eat together. We plan the snacks rota so that parents can provide the children with healthy and nutritious food. Please tell us about your child’s dietary needs and we will make sure that these are met.


We provide care for healthy children through preventing cross infection of viruses and bacterial infections and promote health through identifying allergies and preventing contact with the allergenic substance.