What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding means everything to do with keeping children safe. For example, it can be as simple as keeping children safe when playing in the kindergarten garden, to making sure equipment and resources are working properly.
At the Valley Steiner Kindergarten, the welfare and safety of all our children is of paramount importance. We take our Safeguarding responsibilities extremely seriously, including all our documentation, training and communication with families.
All our staff receive a DBS check before we confirm their employment, and are shown the school Safeguarding Policy (updated annually) alongside the DOE documentation. Safeguarding updates and information are also regularly circulated in team meetings and on staff training days to maintain a working understanding of these principles.
We foster a safe environment, where students are surrounded by trusted and familiar staff should they have any worries or problems they’d like to talk about.
Our Safeguarding Team
Lead Designated Safeguarding for CVSE – Kate Lunn
Kindergarten Safeguarding Lead – Angie Whitehead
Acting Trustee with Safeguarding Responsibility – Ingrid Lihou
Online Safeguarding Lead – Kate Lunn
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact Kate Lunn on 01422 882071, or any of the team above.
The kindergarten takes online safety seriously and we do all we can to support parents in keeping their children safe whilst using the internet. The kindergarten provides a copy of the NSPCC booklet to all families on admission – if you require an additional copy of this, just let us know.
We will disseminate new booklets at the beginning of each new academic year, as well as specific updates as needed.
If you need any help setting up safe internet browsing habits for your family at home, or have any concerns about your child’s online safety, please don’t hesitate to contact us for support.
Our Safeguarding Policies
Please be aware that the resources below link to external websites not maintained by Calder Valley Steiner Education.
- The NSPCC offers some brilliant resources around online safety for children and young people, including interactive activities, information around apps and mobile phones and guidance on setting up parental controls.
- Calderdale Council’s Safeguarding Information
- Leaflet: Tips to help keep your child safe online
- Leaflet: Simple conversations to keep your child safe
- Leaflet: Parenting & Screens, from Steiner Academy Exeter
- Leaflet: Momo Guide for parents (Feb 2019) from NOS