At footsteps we believe in recording and celebrating children’s achievements. We do this in a number of ways, including taking photographs of the children. These are used in the children’s online developmental folders  (password protected) and in displays around the nursery. We never use the photographs outside the nursery or for promotional material unless we have prior written consent.

We have a digital camera for the staff to use in the nursery; photos are then transferred onto the nursery computer. The camera is stored in the office over night and only used by vetted members of staff.

We use tablet computers to record the children's development and to update their on-line learning journals. We obtain parent consent for this. Staff are only permitted to use nursery tablets. These are kept overnight in a locked office and are password protected. Staff are not permitted to take the tablets home with them and cannot access the tapestry account unless they are in work and a manger has logged into the system from the main computer.

We obtain written consent from parents on registration for us to take and use photos of the children in folders and displays. We respect parents wishes with respect to the care given and would not take photos of a child if consent was not obtained.

Staff are not permitted to use their mobile phone in the classrooms; they are stored in the staff room. Staff are not permitted to take photos of children on personal cameras or take photos of the children home. Staff are not permitted to wear smart watches at the nursery. these will also be stored in the staff room.

All photos are given to parents when a child leaves and their files on the computer are deleted.

The nursery has a Facebook page. No photos of children will be posted without prior written consent. Please refer to the Social Networking policy.

Policies to be read in conjunction with this are;

- Safeguarding - Child Protection, Facebook & scial-networking, Parents as Partners & Tapestry.