Strangers Policy (Includes Forced Entry)1>
In the event of somebody unfamiliar coming to the nursery to collect a child or visit a member of the staff team, you should always follow this procedure:
DO NOT LET A STRANGER INTO THE BUILDING UNTIL THEIR IDENTITY HAS BEEN CONFIRMED.
- Ask the full name of the child that wish to collect or to fully state the nature of their visit.
- Most official visitors carry identification cards. Ask to see this.
- Check the messages board for parental consent
- Check the office diary for confirmation of an appointment
- Check with other staff members in case they are aware of a different collector or a planned visit
- Where appropriate, ask for a pre-arranged password
- If you still unsure contact the child’s parents or ask a visitor to re-schedule their appointment.
IF YOU ARE EVER IN ANY DOUBT OF SOMEONES CREDIBILTY, POLITELY ASK THEM TO REMAIN OUTSIDE WHILE YOU CONSULT WITH A MEMBER OF THE MANAGEMENT TEAM.
In the event that an intruder should force entry into the building, it is important to gain help as quickly as possible. Never risk your own safety but try to alert other team members as quickly as possible by shouting for help.
The situation will be managed by the most senior member of staff available and will begin by simply asking the intruder to leave the building. Upon refusal, suggest moving the intruder into a safe space such as the office or staff room to continue discussion. The agreed code word will be used to alert other staff to call the police.
In the event that the intruder poses an immediate threat to the welfare of staff or children, break a fire glass to sound the fire alarm and as far as possible, carry out the emergency evacuation procedure. Notify the police and the landlords (the school office) as quickly as possible of the situation.
Reviewed November 2008