Physical Contact: Touch (6.6)

At Reepham Nursery School we realise that because of the ages of the children that we work with, it may be necessary, for staff to have occasional close, physical contact with the children in our care. However, clear boundaries need to be in place in order to protect the children, staff, students and volunteers within the Nursery school.


 The following instances that may include physical contact include:

  • Consoling and reassuring a child who has become upset due to an accident or disagreement. The child may want to be cuddled by an adult and this is acceptable when the child has instigated the need to be cuddled.
  • Consoling or reassuring a child who has become upset or distressed following the separation from Parent or Carer. Occasionally it may be necessary to physically remove a child from the parents or carer in order to transfer them to a member of staff. This should be done with the consent from the person from whom the child is separating. In this instance a child may require a cuddle in order to comfort them.
  • If it helps the child to feel more secure by sitting quietly on an adults lap, then this is acceptable. After a time and only when the child feels comfortable with it, then the adult will try to engage the child in an activity or play.
  • From time to time if may be necessary to physically lift a child, for example when helping them onto the toilet or helping them onto a trike This is only done where  necessary or for comfort to the child.
  • Occasionally, it may become necessary to restrain a child for their own protection or for the protection of the other children. This will be done by gently holding the child at the top of the arm and maintaining ‘mitten hands’. Unacceptable force will never be used.
  • Piggy backs and tickling are not appropriate forms of physical contact and will not be permitted within the Nursery School.
  • Intimate and sustained body contact is not a suitable form of physical contact and is therefore not acceptable.
  • In the interests of health and hygiene, it is the Nursery Schools policy that the staff, students and volunteers are not permitted to kiss any child.
  • Our Personal Care policy outlines our policy with regard to toileting and changing.


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.