This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers and sessional workers, agency staff, students or anyone working on behalf of Flora’s Kitchen.
The purpose of this policy:
- To protect children and young people who receive Flora’s Kitchen’s services. This includes the children of adults who use our services.
- To provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.
Flora’s Kitchen believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:
- Children act 1989
- United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991
- Data Protection Act 1998
- Sexual Offences Act 2003
- Children Act 2004
- Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
- Relevant government guidance on safeguarding children
We recognise that:
- The welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989
- All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
- Some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
- Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting your people’s welfare
We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:
- Valuing them, listening to and respecting them.
- Adopting child protection practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers.
- Developing and implementing an effective e-safety policy and related procedures.
- Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.
- Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made.
- Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers.
- Sharing concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately.
We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.
BY BOOKING A COURSE WITH FLORA'S KITCHEN YOU AGREE TO ACCEPT THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Flora's Kitchen agrees to provide cookery classes in accordance with previously agreed promotions or schedules with due skill and care in accordance with best teaching practice. We will provide ingredients, utensils, aprons and other equipment.
RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENTS
You can provisionally book a place either by email or by telephone but confirmation of a booking will only be made on completion of the online booking form and on receipt of payment in full. Flora's Kitchen reserves the right to cancel a provisional booking at any time at its discretion, including but not limited to circumstances when another student pays for the relevant space before you do.
Payment for optional extras is due with the course fees, or on arrival.
If students wish to cancel their confirmed booking they must do so in writing. If students cancel within the month prior to the start of their course they will not receive a refund unless an alternative student can be found to fill the booking. In any case an administration fee will be charged for all cancellations.
Flora's Kitchen reserves the right to cancel and to make any and all alterations to courses, dates, fees and accommodation where necessary, at their discretion. All enrolled students will be notified immediately of any changes.
Flora's Kitchen shall have the right to remove any student from any course and to terminate the training of any student without reimbursement of fees if the student's conduct is unreasonable or improper, or breaks any of the house rules.
If a student leaves during a course, fees will not be reimbursed.
In the interest of the students Health & Safety, Flora's Kitchen has a number of house rules which are enforced. Excessive drinking, drink driving and the use of illegal drugs are not permitted. and if any student is thought to have been involved in any of these activities then as stated above, Flora's Kitchen shall have the right to remove any student from any course and to terminate the training of any student without reimbursement of fees.
Students are expected to report, and where appropriate pay for, any damage and breakages.
Students working in the kitchen should wear lightweight clothing, long hair should be tied back and comfortable non-slip shoes with covered toes should be worn.
Students must advise Flora's Kitchen at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements, food allergies or religious beliefs that may affect their eating behaviour.
Flora's Kitchen is unable to tailor our course content for special dietary requirements, but is happy to make arrangements, where possible, to enable students to take part in a course.
Students with severe food allergies (eg. nuts) need to indicate this during the completion of the booking form. Please telephone the school when making a booking, to discuss ingredients used in the kitchens.
We warrant that your details will not be disclosed by Flora's Kitchen to any third party for any purpose.
To the extent that our software system permits, we will remove your name from our databases upon request. In agreeing to allow your details to be stored in the first instance you recognize that we may retain your postcode information (without the property address) for our own statistical purposes.
Newsletters sent out by Flora's Kitchen will contain the means of allowing you to unsubscribe from that mailing list.
Flora's Kitchen is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office for storing personal data, registration number ZA154829
PHOTOGRAPH AND VIDEO POLICY
Every student in our care deserves to be protected from the misuse of photographic and video images of themselves, taken whilst they attend classes.
It is our policy to use photographs taken at Flora's Kitchen to support the student's learning and also to record student's individual progress. Photographs recorded in class as part of a normal day are taken using a digital camera and are taken by members of the staff team and other students on the course and their families who may attend Flora's Kitchen.
Additional photographs may be taken by an outside photographer during courses and events the school may have. In the case of outside agencies taking photographs for marketing purposes, then usually via the Booking and Consent Form, Flora's Kitchen will seek written, parental permission from families that they agree for their child to be included. Should a parent prefer their child not to take part then any images taken will be deleted. Individual children will not be included if written permission is not given by the child's family.
Photographs/videos are taken to:
- Support the learning of each child's individual record - Illustrate work in progress and completed projects
- Demonstrate skills acquired
- Record attendance of the course
- Use in on-going marketing of the school.
Manor Farm House,
Lasham, Nr Alton, Hampshire
The nearest station is Alton but the line is very slow so we all use Basingstoke which is on the South West Trains route. It takes less than 50 minutes from Waterloo on a fast train. National Express buses run to Basingstoke too.
There will be one pick up every morning and one every evening at a mutually convenient time. If these times cannot be met then transfer will have to be made via taxi at the student's expense. Sadly there is no longer a daily bus service to the village.
We are close to three airports: Heathrow is 50 minutes, Gatwick 90 minutes and Southampton 40 minutes. From these airports, students can either get the National Express bus to Basingstoke or pay for a taxi.
If you have any enquiries, get in touch via the form below or call Flora on
t: 01256 381296 / m: +44 (0) 796 750 2852