Personal care involves areas of intimate care, which most people normally do for themselves but some are unable to do because of their stage of development, impairment or disability. At Reepham Nursery School, we aim to provide intimate care, as and when required, for those children who need it.
This policy acknowledges the responsibilities of the adults involved and sets out our procedure in order to protect the rights of the child and staff members involved.
We believe that children have the right to be treated with sensitivity and respect, and in such a way that their experience of intimate care is a positive one.
- We will liaise closely with Parents/Carers of all children to obtain as much information as possible in order to make the process of personal care as comfortable as possible.
- We will ensure that all staff have received guidance on our normal precautions for avoiding infection and that they are aware of our health and hygiene policies and procedures.
- Staff are aware of the need to respect children’s rights to privacy when providing personal care and adhere to the nursery’s confidentiality policy.
- We will encourage all children to care for themselves independently with respect to the individual child’s age and abilities. All staff encourage the children to learn and develop appropriate use of toileting and associated skills.
- It is our practice for there to be only one member of staff involved in a child’s personal care at any one time – unless a situation occurs where a member of staff calls for another staff member’s assistance. We will take account of how the child to carer ratios will be affected if a staff member needs to escort a child to the toilet or deal with an accident.
- We record all instances when a member of staff has assisted a child in any aspect of their personal care.
The emotional response of any child to intimate care will be carefully and sensitively observed. Where necessary any concerns will be passed on to the Senior Lead Practioner (Safeguarding) Sue Wright.
The procedures we follow at Reepham Nursery School in assisting a child in their personal care:
1) When it is necessary for a member of staff to attend to the personal needs of a child, the staff member will inform another member of staff in the room that they will be going to assist a child in the toilet.
2) Staff will always wear latex free gloves when attending to a child’s toileting needs and, if the member of staff feels the situation requires it, they will also wear a plastic apron.
3) We encourage and provide equipment to allow children to attend to as much of their own intimate care needs as possible but when required staff will:
- Assist the child get on to the toilet by supporting them as they use the step-up to climb on.
- Assist with removing clothing/ changing clothing if wet or soiled and any soiled/wet clothing will be placed in nappy bags for taking home.
- In certain situations there may be a need for a member of staff to remove external waste matter from a child’s body. In these circumstances, we will use sensitive baby wipes/water and paper towels to clean/dry the child.
We do not clean/wipe internal intimate areas.
- Stand outside the toilet door in order for the child to complete their toileting with some degree of privacy.Assist with bottom wiping and dressing. Again, at whatever level of assistance is appropriate for the child.
4) Staff will ensure that children wash their hands thoroughly when they have been to the toilet.
5) All instances where a member of staff has assisted a child in their personal care are recorded on our Personal Care Log. The name of the staff member who cared for the child and a witness signature from another staff member will be obtained.
We will also ensure that all of our staff are aware of our Safeguarding children policy
and our Nappy changing policy and procedures.
This Policy was adopted at a meeting of: Reepham Nursery School
Held in: May 2016
Date to be reviewed: May 2019
Signed on behalf of the management committee: Rachael Jones – Chairperson.