Recent media attention on rare, high profile cases which have occured within childrens nurseries has reignited debate on childrens nursery and day care security and surveillance of those who visit or work within these businesses.
Nurseries throughout the UK are understandably proud of the care, education, development and suitable attention their employees give to the children in their care. CCTV can reassure parents that only authorised visitors and parents of the children attending the nursery are visiting the premises. It also acts as a deterrent against unauthorised people, vandals, break-ins after hours and anti-social behaviour in the vicinity of the nursery.
In addition to the above benefits, CCTV can be reassuring to childcare staff as it shows your you wish to provide a transparency of service and that whilst the security and quality of care provided to children is of the utmost importance to you, it can also help protect against any inaccurate or false accusation toward staff by people based outside the nursery.
We can advise you on the types of CCTV and door entry systems which are most appropriate for your premises. We look forward to listening to your requirements for nursery security and advising accordingly.
It is also a requirement that childrens nurseries installing CCTV comply with the following aspects of the Data Protection Act (DPA).
- access to CCTV images are only available to authorised personnel
- clear signage warning of the use of CCTV
- use of the images must be fully explained to the people who will be affected (employees and parents of the children, for example)
- limitations on the period for which images can be stored
- the purposes for which the images can be used
- the right of individuals to know the type of personal data being held on them and a right to receive copies of it