General Data Protection Regulation for Early Years Providers

May 2018
Over the last months Government departments have been reviewing Data protection and as a
result of this review the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Act is due to have its
largest amendment in over 20 years. These changes will come into effect on the 25th May 2018. Before these changes take place we would like to outline how this effects early years and the amendments that will affect the information the nursery retains, as well as steps we will be taking to ensure we are in line with the new regulations.

Main differences from current Data Protection Act will be:

  • Under the old Data Protection Act 1998, nurseries were deemed compliant until there was a breach. However under the new GDPR, nurseries must be able to evidence they are compliant from 25 May 2018.
  • Personal data has been re-defined to include IT advances such as IP addresses and retina scanning.
  • We can no longer assume consent and we now have to have written permission to call and email all parties involved with the care of your child. This includes emergency contacts and authorised individuals who are able to collect your child.
  • Governance on information and security has increased.
  • Fines are significantly increased for data breaches.

As a result of these changes Victoria House Nursery will be reviewing their policies and the information we hold in the coming months. If you would like to see these changes to our policies copies will be kept in the office as well as all areas of the Nursery (Baby Wing, Toddler Floor and Preschool).

Should you like to know more about the amendments to the regulation, here is a link to the GDPR on the Island. Further information can be found here: Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation , Key Definitions,  and GDPR in the Island.

If you have any questions regarding the GDPR and the information we process and retain please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Management team.