At First Steps Nursery we take privacy very seriously and we are currently updating all our records to ensure that we are fully meeting the new data protection standards (General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)).
We are registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
The categories of children’s information that we collect, hold and share include:
personal information (such as name, address, date of birth)
characteristics (such as ethnicity, language, nationality, country of birth, early years pupil premium eligibility)
attendance information (such as sessions attended, number of absences and absence reasons)
observations and assessment information and tracking of progress
information on special educational needs and disabilities (including if accessing Disability Living Allowance and entitled the Disability Access Fund)
referrals to other relevant services
We also collect, hold and share some information on the children’s parents/guardians:
personal information (names, address, contact numbers and emails)
National Insurance numbers.
Why we collect and use this information
We use the children’s and parents’ data to:
support their learning and development, to enable staff to plan suitable activities to extend their knowledge and skills ensure that all children are safe within our childcare provision
monitor and report on their progress provide appropriate behavioural and emotional support as required assess the quality of our services as a childcare provider comply with the law regarding data sharing (GDPR) meet the requirements of the early years foundation stage (EYFS)
make claims for funding.
The lawful basis on which we use this information
We collect and use children’s information under the following lawful bases:
Contract: the processing is necessary for a contract we have with you the parents/guardian of the child to provide childcare and the contract that we have with the local authority to provide funded childcare to eligible families.
Legal obligation: the processing is necessary for us to comply with the law (submitting data for the early year’s census).
Collecting children’s information
While the majority of children’s information you provide to us is mandatory, some of it is provided to us on a voluntary basis. In order to comply with the GDPR, we will inform you whether you are required to provide certain children’s information to us or if you have a choice in this.
Storing children’s data
We are required to hold children’s data for a reasonable period of time after children have left the provision (we hold the data for approxiametly 3-6 months, unless there has been a serious incident/accident or legal reason) as a requirement under the EYFS. The Limitation Act 1980 recommends that we retain data until the child reaches the age of 21 — or until the child reaches the age of 24 for child protection records.
Your data will be held securely and will only be accessible by staff who are authorised to do so.
Who we share children’s information with
We routinely share children’s information with:
schools that the child attends after leaving our provision other local childcare providers where the child is engaging currently (wrap around or blended childcare) our local authority (for funding claims and the early years census) the DfE (annual early years census) special education needs co-ordinators NHS services (health visitors and speech and language therapists).
Why we share children’s information
We do not share information about our children with anyone without your consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do so.
We share children’s data with the DfE on a statutory basis. We are required to submit data to our local authority Wigan Council for them to submit as part of the annual early year’s census in January and to access childcare funding.
Data collection requirements
To be granted access to children’s information, organisations must comply with strict terms and conditions covering the confidentiality and handling of the data, security arrangements and retention and use of the data.
Requesting access to your personal data
Under data protection legislation, parents and children have the right to request access to information about them that we hold. To make a request for your personal information, or be given access to your child’s early years record, contact Mrs. J Grimshaw who is our data protection officer.
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
in certain circumstances, have inaccurate personal data rectified, blocked, erased or destroyed
If you have a concern about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, we request that you raise your concern with us in the first instance. Alternatively, you can contact the ICO.
If you would like to discuss anything in this privacy notice, please contact:
|Name of childcare provision:||First Steps Nursery Lowton Ltd|
|Name of Data Protection officer:||Mrs J Grimshaw|
|Telephone number:||01942 678803|