Safeguarding & Hygiene
At Story Imagin-ory we take our responsibilities seriously. This means keeping you and your children safe in all areas.
Hygiene is a topic that I hear so much about at Early Years sessions. At Story Imagin-ory ALL equipment used must be able to be washed or wiped clean.
After every session hard surface equipment is washed using hot soapy water, and then is placed into a baby safe sterilising solution, before being boxed in sealed containers ready for it's next use. This includes our play trays and laminates.
Any soft materials are washed using a 60 degree wash (anything less does NOT kill bacteria). However, this alone is not enough to kil all bacteria, so we add a laundry bacterial washing agent, which means that 99.9% of the bacteria are killed. This includes our wash cloths and aprons.
Any food or sensory items such as rice, custard, and even shredded paper only has one use and is thrown away afterwards. Where we do two sessions in one morning we will have enough materials to change the food/sensory items in between classes.
Safeguarding and Safety
At Story Imagin-ory we use all of our expertise to ensure that we keep you and your children safe.
The details you provide us are digitally stored in locked and password protected files. Printed class lists do NOT contain personal information, in the case of the document being lost in transit (which we take every precaution not to do) only your name will appear on the class list.
We only take photographs upon written consent of you the parent or carer. Any photographs used must have written permission for ALL children featured in the picture. We ask parents at the session to not use any photos on social media that contain pictures of other children.
You are required to sign a Legal Disclaimer at the start of all courses to state you are responsible for your children at all times during the class. At no point are we (the class leaders) allowed to be left in charge of your children.
During the class we are not permitted to put our hands on your children. We ask that you also follow this in regards to others children unless you see that a child is in imminent danger.
All of our staff are DBS checked and are safeguarding trained. Your designated Safeguarding officer is Mrs Freya Snow.
Health and Safety
All of our classes are risk assessed at the time of planning.
This covers materials used, set up and allergies.
At Story Imagin-ory we ask you at the time of booking to disclose any allergies that affect you or your child. We again ask you to sign a legal disclaimer to state you have informed us of allergies prior to the sessions.
We strive to not use dairy and raw/animal produce as a general rule. We check all ingredients and cross reference them with the information we have been given prior to a new term.
At Story Imagin-ory we will - your needs and adjust our sessions accordingly so that you can join us. We take allergies very seriously and have procedures in all of our teaching to minimise any risk and make the session accessible for all.