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Collection of Children

Parents are asked to state on their admissions forms the names of all people permitted to collect their child.  Written permission or face-to-face verbal permission is required from all parents where children are to be picked up by another adult not stated on the admissions form.  In circumstances where it is not possible to obtain written permission we will accept a telephone call from the parent with a description of the person and a password.  New childminders are asked to provide photographic ID unless they are already known to us.  We will call Bracknell Forest Council to verify childminders who are not already familiar to us.

Children MUST be picked up on time.  If there are reasons beyond your control which will make you late, then every effort must be made to contact Pre-school to inform us of the situation.  Late collections are charged at £2 for 15 minutes after the first 5 minutes.  One late collection per term is accepted as unavoidable and will not be charged.  Childminders who are arranging numerous pick-ups / drop-offs should speak to the Manager if there are likely to be difficulties.

If a child is not collected at the end of a session and we have not been given information about any changes to their normal collection procedures we will follow the following procedure: 

  1. We will call any contact telephone numbers which have been given to us to try to ascertain when the child will be collected.

  2. The child will not be allowed to leave the premises with anyone other than those people who have prior permission.

  3. Two members of staff will remain with the child.

  4. If after one hour no-one can be contacted to collect the child we will contact the Children and Family Team at Social Services and follow their instructions from that point onwards.

  5. A full written report of the incident will be recorded in the child’s file and Ofsted may be notified.

Policy reviewed: July 2020

Next review: July 2021