Policy and Procedure for Baby Sitting
At St Peter’s Nursery, we do not provide a babysitting service outside of our normal operating hours. However, we understand that parents sometimes ask nursery staff to babysit for their children, and this policy has been implemented to clarify some points regarding private arrangements between staff and parents. Please also refer to our Policies for Safeguarding Children, and Confidentiality.
St Peter’s Nursery is not responsible for any private arrangements or agreements that are made; this is between the staff member and family.
We require that staff members inform the Head if they are babysitting or caring for a child who attends the nursery. We request that the staff member and parent sign a copy of this policy which we will keep on file.
Each time a staff member babysits, it should be recorded in the ‘babysitting diary’ before the babysitting takes place. In order to safeguard our children, it is the responsibility of both the parents and staff to inform the Head of these arrangements.
St Peter’s Nursery performs rigorous recruitment and suitability processes to ensure that we employ competent and professional members of staff and uphold our duty to safeguard children whilst on our premises and in the care of our staff. This procedure includes interviews, references, full employment history and DBS checks as well as several other processes. Whilst in our employment, all staff are subject to ongoing supervision, observation and assessment to ensure that standards of work and behaviour are maintained in accordance with our policies. We have no such control over the conduct of staff outside of their position of employment and parents should make their own checks as to the suitability of a member of staff for babysitting.
St Peter’s Nursery has a duty to safeguard all children, however, we cannot take responsibility for any health and safety issues, conduct, grievances or any other claims arising out of the staff member’s private arrangements outside of nursery hours. The member of staff will not be covered by the nursery’s insurance whilst babysitting as a private arrangement.
Out of hours work arrangements must not interfere with a staff member’s
employment at the nursery.
Our Policy for Confidentiality must be adhered to at all times. This includes having regard for the children; parents/carers; other staff and the nursery itself.
The nursery has a duty of care to safeguard all children attending the setting so if a staff member has some concerns for a child following a private babysitting arrangement, then they need to pass these concerns on to the Designated Safeguarding Lead within St Peter’s Nursery.