Staff Working With Own Children Policy

Here at Bijou nursery we understand the potential stresses of staff returning to work after having a baby or working in the same environment as your child or a close relation. We wish to support all employees in this position and staff  will have meeting and discuss with the nursery manager and room leader, where appropriate, to discuss the needs of all parties such as separation from parent such as different working areas or if able to work together without showing biased or favourable behaviours towards own children.

We believe our staff should remain neutral and treat all children with the same regard. It is generally not appropriate for staff to care for their own children or those of a close relative whilst working in the nursery as can be very demanding on staff mentally and professionally. 

However, we recognise that this may not always be possible but will try to accommodate for this e.g. rotas, ratios and work areas. 


This agreement is based on the following principles: 


  • Where staff work in the same room as their child or close relation, there is an agreed set of guidelines between the nursery and the member of staff setting out the expectations of working with their child/close relation. 

  • These include a clear statement that during their time at nursery the child is in the care of the nursery and it is the nursery that retains responsibility for the child and their care and are treated the same as children attending separate, e.g. accidents, daily records and medication forms still to be completed for the working parent.

  • Where this agreement is not working or is impacting on the care of the child or other children in the room, the manager and member of staff will reassess the situation such as separation problems or behavioural problems.

  • Staff caring for another staff member’s child will treat them as they would any other parent/child. 

  • No special treatment will be offered to any child or parent who has connections with the nursery. Where the manager assesses that the agreement is not working and/or there is an impact on the care of the children in the room because of the staff member’s relationship with their child or close relation:

  • The manager will consider moving the staff member and not the child. This will enable the child to be in the appropriate age/stage group and to continue to forge consistent relationships with other children in this group 

  • Where the staff member is in another room, there will be an agreement between the staff member, manager and room leader about contact with the child during the nursery day. Although we do not want to restrict a parent seeing their child, we must consider the room routine and the upset a visit may cause the child when their parent leaves the room again such as communicating with the child’s parents as a way to reassure the both and allowing a small time that they can still have time together during nursery hours e.g. end of day free play.

  • If there are staff shortages resulting in the movement of staff, the staff member will be placed in a different room to that of their child or close relation, wherever possible 

  • Where a staff member’s baby requires breastfeeding, the nursery will adapt the above guidelines to suit both the baby’s and mother’s needs. Cover will be provided during this time and a quiet area is available for this to happen discreetly. 

Payment of fees

  • Parents who have children attend Bijou nursery will be able to bring their own children dependant on age, ratios and stages and depends on sessions and working hours. 

  • Staff can use childcare vouchers and can arrange childcare fees with Samantha Rennison (owner/senior) or nursery manager upon filling out registration form.

Call Us: 01446 396000   /  /  48a Eastgate, Cowbridge, CF71 7AB

© 2019 Bijou Nursery Website created by Adalytix

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram