According to paragraph 3.62, providers must have an agreed procedure for checking the identity of visitors.
-Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (2014)
We are very aware of our role in keeping children safe. Whilst children need to mix with other children and adults it is our responsibility to ensure the suitability of those that they come into contact during our care.
Any regular visitors to our setting will be asked to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service Check. Their mobile phone will be locked up with the staff mobiles in line with our safeguarding policy.
We will not leave any child alone with a visitor. We will always ensure that visitors are within eyesight of a member of staff.
Visitors are to use the disabled toilets and not to enter the toilets where the children are.
We will not allow any visitors to take children to the toilet or change their nappies.
We will request identification from all visitors not known to us.
We will maintain a visitors book which is available for inspection.
Much of our work takes place on public land, therefore we have the following procedures to ensure the safety of the children;
- Any member of the public moving through an area where we are working will be observed by a member of staff at all times.
- We will not engage in conversation with members of the public. We have a card we can give them to politely explain the reasons why we cannot chat.
- Any members of the public who seem to show excessive interest will be noted with date and time in a logbook. If we are concerned we will take the children back to our base building and contact the police giving details and a description of the person.