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Safeguarding our Children

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new EU law that came into effect on 25 May 2018.

It replaces the current Data Protection Act 1998 and the changes remain in place even after the UK leaves the EU in 2019.

GDPR will give individuals greater control over their own personal data.

Cotton Buddies has already got a data protection policy in place but GDPR introduces some significant changes in what is needed.

GDPR principles

GDPR condenses the Data Protection Principles into six areas, referred to as the Privacy Principles. They are:

  1. You must have a lawful reason for collecting personal data and must do it in a fair and transparent way.

  2. You must only use the data for the reason it is initially obtained.

  3. You must not collect any more data than is necessary.

  4. It has to be accurate and there must be mechanisms in place to keep it up to date.

  5. You cannot keep it any longer than needed.

  6. You must protect the personal data.

These privacy principles are supported by a further principle – accountability.

This means we must not only do the right thing with data but must also show that all the correct measures are in place to demonstrate how compliance is achieved.

Safeguarding Our Children  


At Cotton Buddies we work with the children, parents, staff and the community to ensure that children are protected and get the best possible start in life. A wide range of policies are in place to protect children in our care.

Attendance Reporting

Our goal is to ensure that every child attends nursery on a regular basis, this has a huge impact on a child’s academic success starting in nursery and continuing through school.

We realise some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But we also know that when children miss too much nursery— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind. Absences can add up quickly. 

We do not want your child to fall behind in nursery.  Please ensure that your child attends every day that they are meant to attend and ensure they arrive on time for their session.

 Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your child keeps a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.

  • Lay out clothes and pack things required the night before.

  • Ensure your child comes to nursery every day unless they are truly sick.

  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when they are meant to be in nursery.

  • Talk to us for advice if your child feels anxious about coming to nursery.

  • Develop back up plans for getting to nursery if something comes up.  Call on a family member, neighbour, or another parent to take your child to nursery.

We want to safeguard the children, so if they are not at nursery, please help by informing us of the reason why they are absent so we can record it on our registers. 

If your child is going to be absent from nursery for whatever reason you need to notify us in advance, you can do this by calling or texting on the nursery mobile or calling the landline, emailing, or telling us in person.

If we do not hear from you before your child's session then we will call you, if you are not available then we will call the other contacts you have provided. It takes a lot of staff time to call parents every day, so please inform us if your child is not going to be in.

please use the contact methods below to leave us a message.


In person: Monday to Friday between 8am to 6pm

Nursery landline: 01708 608 700 Monday to Friday between 8am to 6pm

Nursery mobile: 07377 090 258 or 07931 507 931 Monday to Friday between 8am to 6pm



The local Offer gives children and young people and their families with special education needs and disabilities information about whats on offer in the local community to help them, Please see the attached document for more information. 

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