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Dramarama Safeguarding Policy

AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES (FOR SHHS STUDENTS ONLY)

  • Dramarama classes operate within the school’s most updated guidelines.

  •  Please email info@dramarama.co.uk in advance to inform us if your child will be absent from a class.

  • If a Dramarama teacher is unable to teach a class, parents will be informed immediately, and the session will be postponed. The postponed class will take place at the end of term; if this is not possible, extra time will be added to a series of classes. Alternatively, the postponed class will be rolled over to the following term.

  • Children are not permitted to bring food or drink into the class.

  • Parents/carers must wait outside the school upon collection; children will be brought out by their Dramarama teacher.

  • Children must be collected promptly; if parents/carers are running late, please email info@dramarama.co.uk in the first instance; please also try to contact another parent to collect on your behalf. As Dramarama teachers must leave promptly to teach other classes, if you are running more than 10 minutes late your daughter will wait in the school’s Reception with a member of SHHS staff.

  • All weekly classes are booked on a term-by-term basis; we cannot offer make-up sessions, refunds, or credit for missed classes during the term.  

HOLIDAY CAMPS

Strep A/Covid-19/General Illness

  • Before the start of a camp, if a child is unwell, parents must inform Dramarama immediately. The child should not join the camp. 

  • While camps are in attendance, parents must inform Dramarama immediately if their child is unwell, including symptoms of Strep A or Covid-19. The child should not continue to attend from this point.

  • If a child cannot attend as above, we will provide a credit note for any full, unspent days, at Dramarama's discretion, valid for up to six months for use on another Holiday Camp.  We do not offer refunds. Credit notes are non-transferrable.

  • If a Dramarama staff member becomes unwell they will not come to the venue; the camp will continue with another teacher, or credit notes will be issued for full, unspent days. Credit notes are non-transferrable. 

  • All credit notes are non-transferrable. We do not offer refunds.

  • Dramarama has implemented a Strep A action plan (if cases continue to remain high): ​- Dramarama camps will take place in well-ventilated classrooms

​         - Children will be encouraged to wash and sanitise their hands regularly throughout       the day.

         - We will avoid drama games and activities which involve very close, face-to-face proximity.

         - All props and creative materials will be sanitised regularly between use.

We ask parents/carers to support this plan, as follows:

        - If your child has a sore throat, rash or high temperature before the start of the camp, please do not bring them in.

         - During the camp, if your child wakes up in the morning with any of the above symptoms, please do not bring them to the camp and notify Dramarama.

         - If a child becomes unwell during the camp, Dramarama staff will notify parents immediately.

  • For all of the above, we will provide credit notes, pro-rata, for all full, unspent days, which will be valid for a year.

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Structure of Drama Camps

  • Your child will be met at a designated drop-off point by their drama teacher

  • You will be provided with your child's group name and drop off/collection information before the start of the camp. Please ensure that this information is passed on to all adults who are dropping-off/collecting on your behalf.

  • You will be advised where to drop-off if you are more that 5 minutes late.  A member of school staff will contact Jessica Grant to come and collect your child. Please be aware, you may have to wait for Jessica to be contacted and allow time for her to arrive.

  • Parents/carers cannot enter the school site to use the school’s toilet facilities, for themselves or a sibling/other child who is not attending the camp, or to settle a child (please see below).

  • Dramarama camps will take place in a well-ventilated indoor space.

  • Children will be taken for a toilet/hand-washing trip at the start and end of each session. Dramarama teachers will assist children to the toilet during the day as necessary and ensure effective hand washing is carried out.

  • Dramarama will provide a first aid kit, and staff will wear clean plastic gloves when administering first aid.

  • All Dramarama camps for 3.5 - 11yrs will be offered as Drama Workshop sessions, unless otherwise specified. 

  • All Dramatots attending must be 3.5 years and older and have attended nursery for at least one term. Dramatots must also be fully toilet trained and able to use the toilet facilities independently. If a Dramatot is tearful at drop-off, and is in distress at being left, Dramarama staff will do their very best to encourage positively the child to stay. We ask that parents/carers assist and encourage the separation process. However, if after a period of time the child remains upset despite our best efforts, we will suggest that they try again on day two of the camp. If the same issues occur on the second day, we will offer a credit note, valid for year, to use on a future camp when the child is ready. Please note, credit notes are non-transferrable. 

  • We may take photos of children participating in our camps for use on Dramarama material. We never include children's names or personal information. Please inform us in advance of the camp if you do not give permission for your child to be included.

  • Special offers: please note that all special price offers are non-transferable and cannot be used with any other discount offered.

  • Extreme weather policy: if there is a heatwave, with very hot weather, please be assured that the children will be kept cool and hydrated. Children will not go outside but will instead by in a well-ventilated, breezy classroom/indoor space for the duration of the camp. Children will have their water bottles with them at all times and will be reminded to drink throughout the day. We have also scheduled frequent breaks for water and their bottles will be topped up regularly. Please do not be alarmed if your child's water bottle is full at the end of the day, this is where it has been replenished. Please ensure that children are wearing sunscreen and have sunhats for when they leave the camp. Our staff will check regularly that no-one is suffering in the heat, or feels poorly. Our games and activities will be appropriate for the extreme weather. 

Effective Hand Washing

  • Adequate hand washing and drying facilities will be provided, including soap, warm water, paper towels and bins for safe disposal.

  • Dramarama staff will wash their hands upon arrival and exit and will carry an anti-bacterial hand sanitiser and tissues for use during the session.

  • Dramarama staff will oversee children effectively washing their hands upon arrival and throughout the day as required.

  • All children are taken on regular toilet breaks and our staff are on hand to help the children wash and dry their hands as necessary.

  • Dramarama staff will ensure that children apply hand sanitiser throughout the day.

Please also note: All pre-school / nursery children must be fully toilet trained and able to use the toilet facilities independently. Our staff do not enter the toilet cubicle and cannot provide intimate care. Children cannot attend the camp wearing nappies or pull-ups.

 

Lunch and Snack Time

  • Parents must provide named nut-free packed-lunches, snacks, and drinks. Please ensure your child’s name is clearly visible on their items as many children have the same/similar lunchboxes and containers. Please ensure that food items such as grapes, sausages and cherry tomatoes are sliced as they are a choking hazard if eaten whole.

  • Parents must provide all food and drink in named packets or containers that can be opened and closed by your child.

  • If a Dramarama teacher helps open wrappers, lunch boxes or flasks, a new pair of latex gloves will be worn and discarded immediately afterwards. Dramarama staff will always endeavour to help the children with their belongings, but please ensure your child’s practises opening their own items beforehand, to minimise contact with their items.

  • Children will eat lunch / have playtime with the other children in their group.

Dramarama database and email communication
 

  • By completing an online booking form or reservation form, your details will be added to our email database. This is used to communicate information about the camp your child is booked on to, and also inform you of any upcoming camps. Please email info@dramarama.co.uk if you wish to be removed from the database once your child has completed their camp. 

 

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