WHISTON WORRYGOOSE JUNIOR AND INFANT SCHOOL
Part of White Woods Academy Trust
HOME VISITS POLICY
Approved by Governors: September 2018
Review Date: September 2020
Statement of Intent
In order to ensure children in our care feel at ease when they enter the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), we have a full settling in process for pupils starting at Whiston Worrygoose Junior and Infant School We conduct home visits to introduce pupils to our staff and, in partnership with parents and carers, ensure the best outcome for each individual child
- The Governing Body has overall responsibility for the implementation of the Early Years Home Visit Policy of Whiston Worrygoose Junior and Infant School
- The Governing Body has overall responsibility for ensuring that the physical Early Years Home Visit Policy, as written, does not discriminate on any grounds, including but not limited to: ethnicity/national origin, culture, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation.
- The Governing Body has responsibility for handling complaints regarding this policy as outlined in the School’s complaints policy.
- The Headteacher will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation and management of the Early Years Home Visit Policy of Whiston Worrygoose Junior and Infant School
- Staff, including teachers, support staff and volunteers, will be responsible for following the Early Years Home Visit Policy.
Safe working practices
- Staff members will attend homes in pairs where possible.
- Staff members will notify their line manager of any home visit that is taking place.
- Any staff member entering a child’s home will make a detailed record of what is discussed and will adhere to any and all agreed risk management strategies.
- No visits will be undertaken outside of agreed working arrangements, this includes social visits.
- All visits will be recorded with the office, including time of arrival and departure, and purpose of visit.
- Any staff member undertaking a home visit will have access to a school/setting mobile phone and an emergency contact such as their line manager.
- If a smoke-free environment cannot be provided, a risk assessment must be completed prior to the visit.
- Where a member of staff has to enter a pupil’s home on their own, the Lone Worker Policy will take precedence.
- Other policies that relate to the Early Years Home Visits Policy include:
- Lone Worker Policy.
- Health and Safety Policy.
- Safeguarding Policy.
- Where safeguarding concerns are raised during a home visit, the member of staff is required to report it.
- If circumstances mean that you will not be available during the agreed time of the visit, please contact the school at least 2 hours before the scheduled visit to avoid unnecessary travel.
- If you are a smoking household:
- Please do not smoke for 1 hour prior to the scheduled visit.
- Please do not smoke during the visit.
- If possible, please keep at least 1 room smoke free at all times.
- Please ask smokers to go outside to smoke whilst a member of staff is in your house.
- If you are unable to provide a non-smoking environment, please let us know at least 24 hours before the visit so an appropriate risk assessment can be completed.
- Please do not drink alcohol on the day of or during visits.
- Please do not offer alcoholic beverages to members of staff during visits.
- If a member of staff suspects that you are intoxicated, either by alcohol or drugs, they will be required to report it to a manager