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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. Alternatively you may call me and I can delay the pick up time if possible.

 

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 or garden 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.