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Privacy Notice

In order to provide a professional care service and meet statutory requirements, it is necessary for me to collect and record information about children and their families.

I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) as a data controller and acknowledge and agree that any personal data that I handle will be processed in accordance with all applicable data protection laws in force. Currently, the Data Protection Act 1998 applies which will be replaced from 25th May 2018 with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The key principles of the GDPR are that personal data is:

  • Collected and processed for a lawful reason, and in a fair and transparent way
  • Only used for the purpose that it was originally collected for
  • Limited to that which is necessary for the stated purpose (no irrelevant data)
  • Accurate and kept up to date
  • Kept only for as long as it is necessary
  • Kept secure.

This privacy notice informs you about:

  • What information is collected about your child and you as a parent / carer.
  • The methods used to collect and securely store this information.
  • What the information is used for.
  • Whom information is shared with and why.
  • The methods used to share information.
  • How to request access to any data held about you and your child.
  • The type of information that I collect, hold and share includes:
  • Personal Information (such as names, dates of birth, family composition, contact information and emergency contact details)
  • Sensitive Information (such as health / medical information, additional support needs and details of any other services involved)
  • Characteristics and Preferences (such as ethnicity, religious / cultural preferences, nationality, language, dietary requirements, likes and dislikes, daily routine information)
  • Attendance Information (such as sessions attended, absences and reasons for absence / non-attendance)
  • Learning and Development information (such as observations, development progress and achievements, activity participation)

I collect this information for the following purposes:

  • To ensure the wellbeing of all children and meet individual care needs
  • To meet my statutory obligations as a childcare provider
  • To respect family beliefs and where possible, tailor care to support existing routines, lifestyle choices and preferences
  • To monitor and report on children’s learning and development progress
  • To access additional support services where applicable
  • To access financial support or funding for eligible families
  • To comply with the law with regards to data sharing
  • To regularly assess the quality of my care service
  • The lawful basis on which I use this information:
  • I collect and use information about children and families on the basis of legal obligation, in order to meet my statutory requirements as a childcare provider, and for the legitimate interests of everyone associated with my childcare service. I may also process special category data (for example details about ethnicity, religion, cultural preferences, diet or health) where explicit consent has been given for the purposes of meeting individual needs and care preferences.

Collecting information:

Whilst the majority of information collected is mandatory in order for me to meet the statutory requirements of a registered childcare provider (for example from Ofsted, the Childcare Register and the EYFS), some of it may be provided on a voluntary basis. In order to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, I will inform you whether you are required to provide certain information or if you have a choice in this. In all circumstances, any information I request is always for the purposes of delivering high quality care and improving outcomes for your child.

Data collection and storage methods:

I use the following methods to collect information and ensure it is stored securely:

  • Paper forms, printed records and photo copies – Stored in locked filing cabinet
  • Electronic forms, emails and photographs – Stored on a computer with both password and virus protection
  • My setting is also secured with an intruder alarm.

Retention period – how long is data stored for?:

Information that has been collected about children and their families will be retained until it is no longer required as evidence for Ofsted, the Childcare Register, EYFS and HMRC or for insurance purposes. In the majority of circumstances this will be no longer than 6 years after the child has left the setting, however to comply with insurance requirements, any information relating to safeguarding and welfare must be retained until a child is 21 years and 3 months old. When a child moves on from the service, normal procedures will include providing families with any additional material, for example photographs and artwork. With permission from parents, any learning and development information can be forwarded on to the child’s future care setting / school / nursery to help support transition.

Any information that is not passed on to parents or forwarded to a future setting and is no longer required will be destroyed. Paper documents will be shredded and any digital information will be securely deleted.

Please refer to my Retention Policy for further information.

Sharing information with parents and carers:

I will share information with parents and carers (and any other named individuals parents have agreed and signed via Data Sharing Agreement) via the following methods:

Verbally – face to face discussions or via telephone

In writing / paper form – letters, forms, contact diaries, learning journals, progress reports

Digitally – Emails, Text Messages, WhatsApp Messages

If there are any methods of communication you would prefer not to be used, please discuss this with me.

Sharing information with others:

Any information given to me, either verbally or in writing, regarding your child or your family will be treated as private and confidential; however certain situations may require me to share details with others. These situations include:

  • As evidence to Ofsted on request or inspection.
  • To seek advice from other professionals for example to assist with additional support or medical needs.
  • To support transition when a child is moving onto a new setting or to support wellbeing and development where there is to be a shared care arrangement.
  • To apply for funding / early years entitlement
  • Where information about your child is to be shared with others, I will ask you to sign a Data Sharing Agreement to ensure that you understand fully who information is being shared with and the reasons for this. Only in exceptional circumstances, for example in an emergency situation or where there are safeguarding concerns, will information be shared without consent in order to inform the emergency services, alert the local safeguarding team or notify the police.

Displaying information:

In order to share children’s experiences and achievements with families and with the other children, I like to display photographs of children taking part in activities and examples of their achievements in my setting. Again, I will ask for parental consent for this and will respect your wishes if you would prefer any images or material specifically relating to your child not to be included.

Requesting access to data:

Under data protection legislation, you have the right to request access to information that I hold about you and your child. To make a request for personal information, or if you would like access to your child’s records and learning and development information, please do not hesitate to ask me in person or contact me via email or telephone to make a request. 
 

You also have the right to:

  • object to processing of personal data that is likely to cause, or is causing, damage or distress
  • prevent processing for the purpose of direct marketing
  • object to decisions being taken by automated means
  • in certain circumstances, have inaccurate personal data rectified, blocked, erased or destroyed; and
  • claim compensation for damages caused by a breach of the Data Protection regulations

If you have a concern about the way I am collecting or using your personal data, I request that you raise your concern with me in the first instance so that I can work with you to resolve the situation. Alternatively, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/.

What if data is lost/stolen:

The GDPR requires me to report the loss within 72 hours to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). So for example if my home is burgled and my computer stolen I will inform both you as parents and the ICO immediately
 

Changes to Privacy Notice:

This privacy notice will be reviewed regularly and updated as necessary to reflect any changes to data collection or processing methods.

If there is anything in this privacy notice you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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