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Childcare & Early Education

Derwent Stepping Stones Nursery is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in nursery. We believe that children have a fundamental right to be safeguarded from harm and given the opportunity to develop to their full potential, free from harm through abuse, exploitation, and neglect. Safeguarding is about the promotion of welfare, the prevention of harm and the protection of the child from harm when required.

As an organisation that works with children and their families, we have a responsibility to promote your child’s welfare and ensure they are safe. Everyone who works at our nursery understands the role they have to play in safeguarding.

We have a Safeguarding and Child protection policy in place that provide clear guidance on the actions required if a safeguarding/child protection issue to arise. A copy of our policy is available on request.

We will ensure that our concerns about children are discussed with the child’s parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that it would be contrary to the child’s welfare. Parent and carers should be aware that there are circumstances where we will pass information to other agencies without parental consent if staff have a reasonable concern that a child may be at risk of or is suffering abuse or neglect.

If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our nursery, please talk to the nursery’s Designated Safeguarding Lead. Their names are listed below and displayed prominently throughout the nursery.

Our Designated Safeguarding Officers are:

St Marks Road
Jenny Seagrave- Designated Safeguarding Lead
Natalie Woodhouse-Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
01332 372245

St James Centre
Donna Marrow- Designated Safeguarding Lead
Karen Lacey- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead