Hi there, I am looking for some advice in producing an Extreme Weather Policy. We are situated in a hall and I have had a couple of parents approach us on opening the doors 15 minutes early to stand in the warm as it is so cold outside. This has also happened on rainy days. The parents in question take older siblings to a local school that open at 8.55, within 5 minutes they are at our setting and therefore wanting to come in. As much as I understand the parents concerns about waiting in the extreme cold/ rain it does of course have implications for us as a setting. We are a pack away setting therefore staff would not be with the parents and children in the lobby area, as we are setting up in the main hall. We have had a couple of incidents with parents (not currently at our setting) with disputes with each other in front of other parents waiting, making it very awkward for other parents.
I feel I need some advice on a definition for parents clarifying an extreme weather policy that would be put in place in case we have to close etc, to what I feel the parent is really wanting as an early entry policy? Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I of course want to keep parents happy but ensure the safe running of our setting and all children, staff and parents.
Many thanks in advance.