Non-Attendance Policy

It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to notify the nursery manager by phone or email if your child will be absent for any reason e.g. illness, holiday, etc. If you know holidays in advance it is greatly appreciated to let us know then.

If your child attends a morning or full day session please inform us by 10:00am or 2:00pm for an afternoon session.

If we haven’t heard from you a senior member of staff (manger/room leader) will contact you by telephone and if we can’t reach you we’ll send an email. We will also keep a record on non-attendance and our contact attemps.

If we have had no contact with you or are concerned about the welfare of the child our DSL/DDSL (designated safeguarding lead and deputy lead) will contact our local authority designated officer (LADO) through the local safeguarding children’s board.

If you claim FEET or EYFE funding, long or regular absences may affect your entitlement. We would need to contact the Surrey Early Years and Childcare Service. We would notify you when we have done this.

All absences are payable in full and is stated in our terms and conditions.

Non-Attendance Procedure

At Dawny’s Day Care we ask that parents/guardians ensure they are notifying us of their children’s absence. We ask to be notified by 10am for a morning/full day session or 2pm for an afternoon session.

Parents can notify us of absences via telephone, email or our txt in service.

If we have not been notified a member of our management team will follow and escalate through the following procedure:

Call contact 1 (parent/guardian)
Call contact 2 (parent/guardian)
Call the police on 101 to carry out a welfare check.
Call emergency contacts

We have a legal duty to safeguard children and must take non-attendance very seriously.

All absences are recorded on our nursery management software.


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