Are you ready for the arrival of adverse weather?
So far winter has been quite kind, but it is likely that at some point, we will have a a cold snap. Rather than panic if you suddenly wake up to snow, it might be a good idea to get prepared. To help, we have a Bad weather policy that you could adapt to reduce the downside of bad weather on your business. Members can download it for free now from our Policies & Procedures page.
When developing your Bad weather policy, whether or not you use our template, there are a number of areas we think you should consider:
1. How you will ensure parents are aware that whilst you recognise their need for reliable childcare, there may be times when, due to bad weather, you may need to alter your normal offering at short notice.
2. How you will reduce the impact of bad weather on the operation of your setting, for example through:
- Asking parents to provide winter outdoor wear for their child
- Clearing snow from your path / driveway as soon as practical
- Updating parents regularly on the status of your setting, so that they can plan for contingencies or be reassured that your setting is open.
3. How setting opening hours may change in the event of bad weather – both when the weather turns bad during normal opening hours and when bad weather arrives overnight.
4. What you will charge if you have to close due to bad weather.
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