Social Network Policy

Safeguarding and Welfare Requirement 3.2/3.3/3.4/3.5/3.6

Little Tinkers Nursery School states that staff can use social networking websites/apps but only in agreement with the guidelines detailed by the nursery. Failure to do so could result in a breach of confidentiality or could be considered an invasion of privacy.

It is vital that staff always maintain proper practice in regards to their use of the internet, especially regarding their use of social networks. This is for the safety and protection of the children, parents/guardians and staff as well as protecting the reputation of the nursery and its staff.

Therefore, Little Tinkers Nursery School has the following guidelines in place:

  • Staff are prohibited from mentioning children from the nursery on their social network profiles.
  • Staff are prohibited from posting photographs from the nursery on their social network profiles.
  • Staff are prohibited from using their mobile phones to take photos or access social media whilst in the nursery.
  • Staff are prohibited from discussing or posting photographs of other members of nursery staff on their social network profiles.
  • Staff must not post direct or indirect messages on their social network profiles which could link back to the nursery, e.g. "I've had such a rubbish day at work, today."
  • Staff must not post direct or indirect messages on their social network in regards to other companies that Little Tinkers Nursery School may liaise and work with.
  • Staff members are advised to have any social networking profiles set to private to avoid any accidental breaches of this policy.
  • It is advised that staff decline any friend/follow invitations from parents/guardians to maintain professional boundaries. The only exception is if a member of staff and parent/guardian know one another personally from outside of the nursery and this should be discussed with the Manager/Nursery Owner as soon as possible.

Any breach of the social networking policy could result in disciplinary action.



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