Policies and Procedures in a childcare setting

What are policies and procedures?

As a childcare provider your number one objective should be to provide the best care possible for all children and families attending your service. In order for you to do this you must implement a range of quality related matters in terms of best practice and legislation.

Each service must record this information in the forms of policies and procedures. As each childcare service is unique, the policies & procedures documents should reflect the particular ethos and code of practice of the service.

  • Policy “A policy is a statement of principles, values or intent that guides, or usually determines, decisions and actions to achieve an organisation’s goals. Policies help to ensure that a consistent approach in line with the service’s values is adopted throughout the service. They provide the basis for agreed, consistent and well-thought-through decisions.” ( ‘Practical Guide to developing Childcare Policies’, Barnardos, 2008.)
  • Procedure “Procedures spell out precisely what action is to be taken in line with the relevant policy and outline the steps to be followed or the way that a task is to be performed. Procedures can reduce the need to make decisions under pressure or to have to wait for a decision, they provide consistency and they allow everyone to know what is likely to happen in a given situation. “ (‘Practical Guide to developing Childcare Policies’, Barnardos, 2008.)

References

Willoughby, M. “ A Practical Guide to Developing Childcare Policies”. Barnardos, 2008.

Willoughby, M. “ A Practical Guide to Developing Childcare Policies”. Barnardos, 2010.

Area Development Management Ltd. “A Guide to Developing policies & Procedures in a childcare setting” 2003.