V.I.M Camps Ltd 

Staff Behaviour Policy

V.I.M Camps expects all members of staff to follow our Staff Behaviour Policy, which sets clear guidance on the standards of behaviour required from our staff and volunteers. The guidance aims to encourage staff to meet the highest possible standards of conduct. Club staff are in a position of trust and influence as role models for the children in their care, and as such must demonstrate behaviour that sets a good example to all users of the setting.  

Club staff also have a responsibility to maintain their reputation and the reputation of the Club, both during and outside of working hours.  

Behaviour  

Our staff team are ambassadors for V.I.M Camps and we expect them to conduct themselves professionally at all times. Staff should treat anyone attending the Club (children, parents/carers and visitors) courteously and with respect.  

We expect staff to value all the children as individuals and to comply with the Club’s Equalities policy at all times.  

Swearing and abusive behaviour are not tolerated from anyone at the Club. If any member of staff exhibits such behaviour they will be subject to the Club’s disciplinary procedures.  

For more details see our Aggressive Behaviour policy and Staff Disciplinary policy. Dress code  

Whilst working at V.I.M Camps staff will need to help to set up and pack away the setting, prepare food, facilitate craft activities and engage in physical activities with the children. The clothing and footwear worn should be chosen accordingly, taking into account comfort, health and safety, and practicality. Revealing or excessively tight clothing is not acceptable.  

Confidentiality and social media  

Staff must not pass on any information about children attending the Club, or their parents and families, to third parties without their permission. The only exception to this rule is information sharing with specific external agencies if there is a safeguarding issue. (‘Third parties’ includes other parents, friends, other children at the Club, the press, etc.)  

Posting any material relating to the Club or its users on social media sites (unless expressly permitted by the Manager) is forbidden. Any staff who breach this rule will face disciplinary action.  

See our Data Protection policy, Social Media policy, Safeguarding policy, Staff Disciplinary, mobile phones, wearable technology and cameras policies.  

Staff personal mobile phones must be kept in cupboard on the shelf during working hours.  

If a member of staff needs to make an urgent personal call they can use the Club phone or make a personal call from their mobile outside the school gates.  

If a member of staff has a family emergency or similar and needs to keep their mobile phone to hand, they must obtain prior permission from the Manager or Deputy.  

Staff may only use the club camera to take photographs of children at the Club, except with the express permission of the Manager.  

Staff must never use their personal mobile phones, wearable technology or cameras to take photographs at the Club during working hours. Doing so will be considered gross misconduct and may result in dismissal.  

Wearable technology such as Smartwatches and Fitbits (this list is not exhaustive) are permitted to be worn by staff. They may only used as a watch when working with children. This means that all other functions must be disabled (using flight mode). 

See our Mobile Phone and Wearable Technology policy, Safeguarding policy and Staff Disciplinary policy for more details.  

Smoking, alcohol and drugs  

Staff are not permitted to smoke anywhere on the Club premises, including the outside play areas. This includes Vaping and E-cigarettes  

Staff are not permitted to bring alcohol or illegal drugs onto the Club premises. If a member of staff arrives at work under the influence of alcohol or drugs they will be asked to leave immediately, and disciplinary action will be taken.  

If a member of staff is taking prescription drugs which might affect their ability to function effectively, they must inform the Manager immediately and seek medical advice as to whether the medication will affect their ability to care for children effectively.  

Any prescribed medication needed by a staff member whilst at the Club, must be stored safely in the cupboard in the medication box out of reach and sight of the children attending the Club.  

See our Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs policy for more details. Staff Conduct and Suitability  

Staff are expected to maintain high standards of behaviour and are expected to disclose any convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings or other incidences that may affect their suitability to work with children. This is an ongoing commitment and expectation upon staff who are required to complete a declaration of continued suitability.  

Low level concerns will be dealt with through the supervision procedures with your immediate line manager. Allegations about staff conduct will be handled in line with the staff disciplinary policy.  

Any member of staff should feel confident to raises concerns about safe practice or other concerns about adults working with children in confidence and in line with the whistleblowing policy.  

Gross misconduct  

Staff will be dismissed without notice if they are found to have committed an act of gross misconduct. Examples of gross misconduct include, but are not restricted to:  

  • Child abuse  
  • Failing to comply with health and safety requirements  
  • Physical violence  
  • Ignoring a direct instruction given by the manager  
  • Persistent bullying, sexual or racial harassment  
  • Being unfit for work through alcohol or illegal drug use  
  • Theft, fraud or falsification of documents  
  • Being disqualified under the terms of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (Section 75 of the Childcare Act 2006) or the Children’s Act 1989.  

The Manager will investigate the alleged incident thoroughly before any decision to dismiss is made. For full details see our Staff Disciplinary policy 

This policy was adopted by: V.I.M Camps Ltd  

Date: 10/01/2024
To be reviewed: 10/01/2025 

Signed: Sarah Sims-Fielding 

Written in accordance with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2024): Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements: Introduction [3.3], Suitable people [3.10, 3.14, 3.16] Staff taking medication or other substances [3.2