Our latest Parent Questionnaire showed that 99% of parents say their children feel safe in school.
The Governors and Staff at Dulwich Village C of E Infants’ School update the schools Health and Safety policy and Safeguarding Children policy annually. These policies underpin the safe practises that are in place in the school. See our policies.
To read Southwark Local Authority's information for parents on protecting children in educational settings, click here.
At Dulwich Village C of E Infants' School we take our duty of care for the children we serve very seriously. Their safety and wellbeing are paramount in our work at the school and with the families we meet.
At DVIS we base our policies and practice on the Government's Keeping Children Safe In Education statutory guidance for schools: Keeping children safe in education
You can read our Safeguarding Policy on our policy page.
The Designated Safeguarding Leads at DVIS are: Helen Poyton and Susan James,
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are: Tanya Easter and Sinead Power
Click here for further details of colleagues with specific Health and Safety roles at DVIS
The children’s safety is our utmost priority and therefore we pay particular attention to the start and end of the day ensuring the children arrive safely and leave safely.
There are places to park scooters and bikes and children and parents are encouraged to walk to school. We ask everyone to be mindful of our neighbours and members of the community who are also using the local pathways at these busy times of day. The gates are opened in good time to allow children to arrive punctually.
The children are sent home from the school building when a carer or parent is present. A child will not be sent home with another adult unless express permission has been given by the main carer.
We want every child’s experience at school to be about the whole person.
We believe that every child is created in the image of God and should be nurtured, encouraged and challenged in equal measure. Through our worship times together and through all our learning experiences we want the children at DVIS to hear about God, learn about themselves, about who they are and what their potential is.
At DVIS we believe physical activity to be of great importance for the whole development of each child. We offer a range of physical activities throughout the week.
In PE lessons we teach dance, gym and games. We have a member of the Kick London team in school each Monday afternoon delivering games lessons to Year 1 and Year 2 children.
In Year 1 and 2 children are also offered after school clubs which include dance, taekwondo, games and gym.
Our playtimes are also lively and in 2016 and 2012 the playground was landscaped with an all year round surface for play and PE. Playground markings make playtime a little more creative and the ‘trim trail’ adds physical challenge!
Each week there is a ‘craze’ that the children will follow using sports equipment such as balls or skipping ropes, developing skills such as balancing, aim, coordination and cooperation.
In the summer term and occasionally the spring (weather permitting) the children use a local sports club for outdoor games and an annual sports day.
Disclosure and Barring Service – DBSs – all members of staff working at school hold a current DBS. Long term volunteers such as weekly reading volunteers and school Governors also hold DBSs. Other organisations that we work alongside are asked to share their current DBS number with the school. All visitors are shown a shortened version of the Safeguarding Children policy.
Fire and Lockdown Practices – these are carried out in school every half term.
Road crossings – Due to the split site nature of the school a large number of children walk across the main road each day. The school holds a risk assessment for this activity and there are strict procedures in place. School Crossing Patrols are in present before and after school at the two main crossroads that are used by the children at the school.
Safety In School leaflet – this leaflet was produced by the school council and illustrates to the children at school what we do in order to stay safe.
Volunteer Packs – For those parents wishing to assist on a trip or in school with an activity we ask that you fill in a Volunteers Form.
The school will follow guidance from the DfE on ‘Managing medicines in schools and Early Years Settings’
“Medicines should only be taken to school when essential; that is where it would be detrimental to a child’s health if the medicine were not administered during the school day. Schools should only accept medicines that have been prescribed by a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist prescriber. Medicines should always be provided in the original container as dispensed by a pharmacist and include the prescriber’s instructions for administration and dosage.
Schools and settings should never accept medicines that have been taken out of the container as originally dispensed nor make changes to dosages on parental instructions.
It is helpful, where clinically appropriate, if medicines are prescribed in dose frequencies which enable it to be taken outside school hours. Parents could be encouraged to ask the prescriber about this. It is to be noted that medicines that need to be taken three times a day could be taken in the morning, after school hours and at bedtime.”
All medicines to be administered will require a signed parent agreement form. Please ask at the school office for more details.
At DVIS we take the delivery of PSHE very seriously and believe it creates the building blocks for children to be safe and to thrive in the wider world. In Key Stage One we use the The Islington Trust scheme of work called "You, Me, PSHE" which builds on the Early Years Framework in the Foundation Stage. This is also supplemented by a story-based scheme of work called "3D PSHE". These schemes support the teaching and learning of the statutory Relationships Education. The learning outcomes are also mapped progressively across the school through explicit PSHE sessions as well as the Science, Computing and Physical Education curriculum.
At Dulwich Village C of E Infants’ School, we want to offer you once again the opportunity to build on your expertise as a parent or carer with 1-to-1 coaching sessions with Lorraine Thomas, Author and Chief Executive of The Parent Coaching Academy (www.theparentcoachingacademy.com).
You can use the confidential coaching sessions to talk to Lorraine about any parenting issue. You may want expert advice to help your child become more resilient and handle challenging emotions like fear, anger, stress or anxiety – in the classroom, in the playground or at home. You may want tools to manage behaviour or to help nurture sibling harmony. Or perhaps your child’s favourite word is ‘No!’ and they never seem to listen to you. You may want advice on setting successful boundaries or keeping screen time under control. Or establishing an effective bedtime routine. Or perhaps you are trying to support your child through a painful experience, such as separation, divorce or illness.
Lorraine will be able to help you with easy-to-implement tools and techniques you can use in everyday family life.
Lorraine Thomas delivers 1-1 parent coaching sessions and workshops in the corporate, public and voluntary sector. Her client list includes Marks & Spencer, Morgan Stanley, Barclays Capital, Barclays International, Accenture, UBS, Novartis, HSBC, NPower, Microsoft, Disney, Lego, COI and The Schools Trust. She is the author of ‘Super Coach Arty vs The Shadow – Taking the Fear out of Failure’, ‘The 7-Day Parent Coach’, ‘Get a Life’, ‘The Mummy Coach’ and ‘Brilliantly Behaved Toddler’. She appears regularly in the national media.
At DVIS we want to ensure we are doing our very best to support families holistically and at an early stage of intervention. Please see here for how we endeavour to do this work:
It’s important your child realises that people online might not be who they say they are and could be dangerous. They should also be aware that any personal information they give out can be used in financial scams or for bullying.
To keep your child safe you should tell them not to:
You can monitor your child’s internet use by checking the history folder on your browser as it contains a list of previously visited sites.
We are aware of the issues facing our children growing up in an on-line world. Throughout the year we hold sessions for parents with our IT technician from TurnITon, supporting them with parental controls for devices as well as tips for keeping children safe on line. This work is also echoed in class with the children.
As part of our learning at DVIS we talk to the children about being safe and this includes when they are using technology, especially the internet. All staff at DVIS have received E-Safety training.
The school has an Acceptable Users Policy that all adults at school are asked to sign, this includes staff, governors, volunteers and parents/carers. The children also sign a child-friendly version which helps to alert them to how technology and internet can be useful, safe and healthy.