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Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking Policy

As an Ofsted registered Childminder I work alone and will have sole responsibility for your child whilst they are in my care. It is vital that I am alert to any dangers and able to protect him/her. In order to do this effectively I must not be under the influence of alcohol or any form of drugs (including some prescription medication) If I am prescribed medication, other than routine antibiotics I must inform Ofsted who will make a decision as to whether I can continue to mind whilst taking them. I will not drink any alcohol during minded hours or immediately before. If I drink at all, and I rarely do, it will be at the weekend leaving 24 hours before the start of my new working day.

If you have been drinking, perhaps a work leaving do, Christmas party or whilst entertaining clients I would prefer if you arranged for another responsible adult to collect your child, especially if you plan to drive home. 

Smoking

In accordance with the EYFS Welfare Requirements produced by the Department of Education and Skills I have a no smoking policy in my home.

Smoking is not permitted in my house at any time.

I will not take the children into smoky environments and will avoid places that permit smoking wherever possible.

Children

Drugs and alcohol are now more readily available to younger children. If I have any concerns that your child may be drinking alcohol, taking drugs or smoking I will discuss the matter with you immediately.

I will then work with you to support your child, however I reserve the right to terminate our contract with immediate effect if I am concerned that your child’s behaviour due to drugs/alcohol may be putting the other minded children at risk.