The Pre-School’s policies help us to make sure that the service provided by the Pre-School is a high quality one and that being a member of the Pre-School is an enjoyable and beneficial one for children and their parents.

The staff, committee and parents all work together to formulate and adopt the policies and all have opportunities to review them regularly.

All our policies are designed to facilitate the best possible experience for the children and families in the group and the policy folder is always available for you to view in the foyer of Pre School. We also operate a “Policy of the Week” system where a particular policy will be placed on display for you to view.

Our policies are reviewed on a regular basis and comments and suggestions from parents are always welcome. There is a suggestion box in the foyer that is checked regularly.





At Pre School we try and stay open if we can as long as we have enough qualified staff to maintain ratios. In the rare event of us having to close, the closure will be posted here on the website and we will attempt to contact all of you by phone. If in doubt, then please phone the setting 07786218884. If no closure message present here then assume we're open unless contacted. 

Policy of the Week 26/11/12

Use of Social Networking Sites and Acceptable Use of ICT


Policy statement


Middleton Cheney Pre School Ltd aims to safeguard children and young people. parents and carers, staff and the organisation by promoting appropriate and acceptable use of information and communication technology (ICT)


Our Child Protection and Safeguarding practices acknowledge that both ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ worlds will essentially pose similar risks, challenges and dilemmas, and although the physical effects may well be different, the emotional effects will often be similar.


The contents of this policy will apply to all individuals who are to have any connection, either directly or indirectly to Middleton Cheney Pre School. This will include: children and young people; parents and carers; staff and manager; Trustees and Directors; Volunteers and students; visitors; contractors. This is not an exhaustive list.



Social Networking Sites

§         Middleton Cheney Pre School Ltd takes a professional approach to confidentiality and the privacy of family life. Our policy is that staff do not make or accept invitations to become online friends with parents or other family carers on any social networking site. This policy also applies to ALL students and helpers. We do, however, recognise the fact that a number of staff are long term residents of the village who may inevitably count some parents amongst their personal friends. We, therefore, must insist that in their non work time, staff, students or volunteers remain responsible for taking care not to post anything online that breaks confidentiality about children, families or colleagues, or that could damage the reputation of Middleton Cheney Pre School Ltd. Staff are expected to keep appropriate professional boundaries.

§         Staff should take care not to exchange personal mobile phone numbers, home phone numbers, personal email addresses with children or their families and all communications should be through professional channels only i.e. pre school telephone and email.

§         Staff should take extra care to ensure that they don’t inadvertently make their personal information available to families with whom they work. This could lay them open to false allegations, misinterpretation or possible cyberbullying.

§         Staff should try to keep a professional distance. It is inevitable that parents may look them up to find out a little more about them. This is made easier if staff use their full name and a real profile photo is used. Staff must be aware by doing  this, they may give students of parents the chance to view more than staff would wish on their profile, or request them as a friend

§         Staff should make themselves very familiar with privacy settings and use them appropriately. If this does not occur, any information posted by staff could be open for others to view. Staff should be aware that even if care is taken with privacy settings, it is still possible for people with whom they are connected, to share private content with a wider audience., An example of this is. tagging or commenting on posts and pictures – in both cases, the content copies from the staff member’s  profile to that of another and can then be viewed by that person’s online friends


Accessing the Internet

Although at present there is no internet access on Pre School computers, the acceptable use of the internet will apply to internet access through any medium including computers, mobile phones and gaming machines


The Safeguarding and Child Protection Designated Person and the management team will ensure that


§         Authorised users who have access to sensitive and personal data is restricted

§         All ICT users report to the Safeguarding and Child Protection Designated Person any potentially unsafe or inappropriate online incident

§         Any reported online incident should be recorded and logged. These will be monitored and will be used to inform future online safety practice

§         Effective training and online safety advice will be delivered and available to all early years practitioners and the management team.


Password Security

·         Maintaining password security is an essential requirement for all at Middleton Cheney Pre School particularly where it leads to protecting sensitive information.

·         Every person who has access to ICT and who is connected to Middleton Cheney Pre School Ltd will be responsible for keeping passwords secure

·         Passwords must be strong and must be a combination of numbers and letters

·         If ICT users should become aware that password security has been compromised, either intentionally or unintentionally, the concern must be reported to the Designated person for Safeguarding and Child Protection


In the event of allegations or misuse

Any incidents or allegations of potential misuse will be investigated following the steps.


·         Allegations of misuse or known incidents are to be dealt with appropriately and promptly, in line with agreed procedures, and in liaison with other agencies, where applicable

·         Should it be alleged, that a member of staff is to have misused any ICT resource in an abusive, inappropriate or illegal manner, a report is to be made to the Safeguarding Designated Officered immediately

·         If an allegation is made against the Designated Officer then the Trustees should be informed immediately

·         Should allegations relate to abuse or unlawful activity, the  CYPS,LADO, OFSTED and/or the police will be notified as applicable



Legal framework


§         Children’s Act 1989 and 2004

§         Child Protection and Safeguarding Children Policy

§         Use of Mobile Phones and Cameras policy


Further guidance


·         Childnet International – www.childnet-int.org/

·         SWGFL Staying Safe – www.segfl.org.uk/staying-safe

·         Click Clever Click Safe – The first UK Child Internet Safety Strategy

·         Safety Helpline – www.saferinternet.org.uk

·         Information Commissioners Office – www.ico.gov.uk

·         Local Safeguarding Children Board Northamptonshire


Special Needs
As part of the Pre-School’s policy to make sure that its provision meets the need of each individual child we take account of any special needs a child may have. The Pre-School works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The Special Education Need Code of Practice 2000 and liaise with other professionals as necessary.

We ensure that our staffing levels allow us to provide individual attention for each child. Each child is able to progress at his/her own rate and this is true for children with and without disabilities or learning difficulties.

If you would like to discuss the group’s ability to meet your own child’s special needs, please talk to the Pre-School supervisor or your child’s key worker. Our full Special Educational Needs policy is available at Pre-School.