Policies and Procedures

The information below is a snapshot of some of our policies and procedures. Full details of our policies and procedures can be requested by contacting Julie, the Manager on l.mccreight@ukfdn.co.uk


Upper Knapp Farm Day Nursery aims to ensure that all sections of our community have access to the setting through open, fair and clearly communicated procedures.All children have access to Nursery places irrespective of their gender, race, disability, religion/belief, or sexual orientation of parents.


We arrange our waiting list in the order the applications are recieved. In addition, we may take into account the following:

  • The vicinity of the home to the setting
  • Siblings already attending the setting
  • Number of sessions required

Access to Information

Policies and procedures: All parents/carers can ask their child's Key Person for a policy and procedure at any time during opening hours. As they are stored on USB memory sticks in each unit, the Key Person will email this to you. 


Requesting information: As part of our open access policy, parents can see and discuss any records related to their child by making an appointment with the Manager.

Child Protection and Safeguarding

The welfare of the child is paramount. Children have the right to be treated with respect, be helped to thrive and to be safe from any abuse in whatever form.


The Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL's) promote our stringent safeguarding practices and ensure they are running smoothly throughout the Nursery. our DSL's are:

Julie: Nursery Manager 

Amy; Under two's Unit Leader

Audrey: Toddlers Deputy Unit Leader

Abi: Pre-School Deputy Unit Leader


The DSL's have a vast amount of knowledge and experience, so families can feel reassured that the welfare and well-being of every child is paramount. 

All staff receive external and internal training and updates are shared regularly from the DSL's. 


Should a member of staff have concerns for the welfare of any child, they will immediately take it up with a DSL who will take appropriate action. A DSL will take advice from the local Children's Helpdesk and staff will work closely alongside families. 


Prevent Duty

As of 2015 the UK government passed Prevent Duty as a legal requirement for all registered Early Years providers throughout Great Britain. The purpose of this legislation and 'The Prevent Policy' is to provide guidelines and safeguard young children, deterring them from being drawn into terrorism. 


Upper Knapp Farm Day Nursery prides itself in supporting children in our care and guiding them to think critically and become independent learners. This is fundamental to following core British Values and the Characteristics of Effective Learning, all of which is embedded within the Early Years Foundation Stage.

  • Democracy 
  • Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty 
  • Mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths

All staff understand their roles and responsibilities around protecting young children from extremism and will take the neccessary action required if there are concerns regarding a child or their family. 


As Nursery is a place where outside play and the exploration of materials such as mud, sand, water, and clay is encouraged we recommend that all chilren are dressed accordingly to suit this kind of natural play. Please do not send your child into Nursery in clothing that is sentimental or expensive.


Your child will need spare clothes in their bag, especially whilst potty/toilet training. Please ensure all clothes, shoes and coats are clearly labelled with your child's name. 


Suitable footwear is important for outside play. Velcro is preffered to promote the children's independence when dressing themselves. We do not accept crocs as these are dangerous for the children to wear during play and learning. 


We ask that you dress your child accordingly to the weather. 


The Nursery provides wetsuits and has a limited supply of wellington boots. (Under 2's have a limited supply of waterproof booties). 

The Early Years Foundation Stage 2021 (EYFS)

This framework is mandatory for all Early Years providers in England and sets the standards that providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It gives the children a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through School and life. 


More information on the EYFS can be found on the DfE website. 


Please follow this link to find our current fees for 2023/2024: Upper Knapp Farm Day Nursery - Fees (ukfdn.co.uk)

Fire Safety

We have a Fire Safety and Emergency Evacuation policy which outlines our policy statement.


Daily risk assessments are carried out by staff who check over the building to minimise risks.


Weekly checks include the testing of smoke alarms and fire exit lighting. 


Termly fire drills are completed to practice the safe and effective procedures with the children and staff. 


Fire safety equipment is checked and tested by an outside specialist company to ensure we are in accordance with the fire safety regulations.

Illness and Emergencies

We do not undertake the care of sick children and do not expect parents/carers to bring their child into Nursery unwell. 


Should a child become unwell at Nursery the parents/carers will be contacted and requested to collect them as soon as possible. We follow the exclusion guidelines set by the gov.uk when dealing with illness. You can access this on the gov.co.uk website.


In the case of a serious accident or illness then the parent/carer will be contacted immediatley together with a medical proffesional and the appropriate action taken. 


All permanent members of staff recieve Paediatric First Aid Training.


There are child and staff first aid kits in every unit which are replenished when an item has been used and checked termly. 

Health and Safety

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 imposes certain obligations and responsibilities. We have comprehensive procedures and policies to comply with these.


Our meals are freshly prepared on the day using local meat, vegetables and fruit as much as possible. Special dietary requirements are catered for. Water is available at all times.


Lunch is served at approximatley midday and tea at approximatley 4pm. The Under two's provides formula milk and meals according to each baby's routine and stage of development. Parents/carers are welcome to provide us with fresh/frozen breast milk. This will be stored in the fridge or defrosted at room temperature until needed in keeping your child's routine. 


Mealtimes are an important social occasion where the children learn to sit at the table, develop table manners and assist with clearing up etc. On festival and celebratory days we provide themed menus for all children to experience a wide range of cuisine. 


Upper Knapp Farm Day Nursery promotes independence skills and self-serving for lifelong learning. 

Parental Involvement

Our aim is to support parents/carers as their child's first and most important educators. We believe that children benefit most from Early Years education and care when parents/carers and settings work together in partnership. 


We ask that parents/carers keep us informed of events, both happy and difficult, which might have an effect on your child. 

Effective Practice

"Assessment is about noticing what children can do, and what they know. It is not about lots of data and evidence."


The Practitioners at Upper Knapp Farm Day Nursery have a deep understanding of what is required to help children to develop and learn those essential early skills. They will use their knowledge of child development to nurture and support each child by providing a stimulating environment where we can meet each child's individual needs. 


The Key Person will focus on your child's needs by spending time with them throughout the day. During this time Practitioners are mentally observing each child and will prepare their next steps for learning. Practitioners do not write these observsations as it is unneccesary.


Staffing ratios of adult to children is determined by Ofsted and are as follows:

1 adult to 3 babies 0-2

1 adult to 5 children over 2

1 adult to 8 children over 3

The Nursery requires that all staff are highly motivated and contribute positively towards a good team spirit within the unit and within the Nursery as a whole. 

The Manager and all Unit Leaders are qualified with a relevant Early Years qualification ie NVQ5, NVQ4, NVQ3, NNEB in Early Years. Nursery Practitioners hold similar qualifications or are expected to enrol for training All staff take part in continual external and internal training.