Little Fishes

Physical Contact Policy

Some children like to be affectionate and show it through hugs, kisses etc. and it is an important part of development although others are not so tactile. I are happy to hug, cuddle and tickle your child providing both you and your child is happy with this (should you for any reason not be happy with this please put it in writing to me)
Physical contact with your child may be necessary in order to ensure hygiene routines are carried out, the washing of hands, washing of faces, brushing of teeth, the wiping of noses, depending on their age and ability.
I may also carry your child for safety, if they are tired, if they are hurt or if just want to be picked up, depending on their age.
I will assist with toileting according to the age and stage of ability of the child and to change nappies if required. I will also change a child’s clothes if they have had an accident, or are very wet or muddy.

Use of restraint
I will only restrain a child if they are at risk of inflicting harm on themselves, or we will pick them up to remove them from harm from another child or danger. I will separate children if they are fighting. I will restrain a child if they try and run into the road etc. as this could potentially be fatal. This is to protect all parties.