Footsteps Dance School

Footsteps Dance School pride ourselves on the efforts we take to make sure each dancer comes to the dance studio with a smile and leaves with an even bigger one. The safety measures we have for our students and the interest we take in them makes us a great choice as a dance school. Please find out policies and Commitments below:

Covid -19 Details at Footsteps Dance School

Following new guidelines by the Government, we’re delighted to welcome our pupils and students back to our studios on Monday 12th April! We’ve been working hard on implementing new safety, social distancing and hygiene measures to adhere to Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines.

Please kindly note our new measures listed on this page, in summary:

All classes must be block booked in advance – no drop-in classes due to Covid-19 restrictions. 
  • Class numbers must be restricted to reduced capacity.
  • Prompt drop-off and pick-up for changeovers and cleaning between each class
  • Participants over 5 must social distance in the corridors, pick up and collection
  • Office visits by appointment only (via email or phone).
  • Payments can be made by Bank Transfer or Cash in a named envelope. Invoices will be sent via email.
  • Please arrive dressed for class. Changing facilities are not available.

Please do not attend Dance at all if you feel unwell or have any coronavirus Covid-19 symptoms (new continuous cough, loss of smell and/or fever or high temperature), including mild symptoms – see the latest advice from NHS website or the Government website.

It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their child and household are symptom-free before sending their child to classes. Footsteps reserves the right to check pupils’ temperatures if deemed necessary and to request for individuals to be picked up immediately if there is reason to believe they may be a health risk to others.

Entry/Exit and Pick-up/Drop-off

  • Class participants only must enter by the far right gate of the school and enter via the door on the left labelled entrance only.
  • Class participants must hand sanitise on entry and exit and carry their own bottle in their bag.
  • Children who take class in the Dance Studio or dining room will enter via the 3rd gate entrance. Those dancing in the main hall will enter via the hall door. Dancers in the gymnasium round the back of the school enter through the gym doors at the back of the school.
  • 5-minute drop-off and pick-up window: Please kindly note that parents will be required to drop the children off at the door no sooner than 5 minutes before the start of class. Also pick up will take place at the same door punctually within 5 minutes of the finishing time. Staff and our class assistants will be monitoring the pupils during pick up and drop off times. 
  • Parents are requested to congregate outside the relevant external door in an orderly socially distanced fashion, until their name is called.

Inside Footsteps Studios – Class Participants

  • Changing rooms are not accessible at present so participants must:
    • arrive appropriately dressed for class,
    • remove outdoor shoes in the corridor outside the studio and, once in the studio, remove outer layers where necessary to place in their own small personal bag beside their designated dance space. 
    • At the end of class, pupils must gather all their belongings and line up at the exit door they arrived at in order to be picked up by parents.
  • Pupils who transfer between multiple classes can remain in the building and will be supervised, however, participants over 5 are required to re-sanitise their hands and maintain social distance, when moving between studios.
  • Please ensure where possible that your child does not need the toilet on arrival for their class. Toilet facilities are of course available for use by pupils attending multiple classes and in emergencies and appropriate hand washing and sanitizing must be followed before and after. 

Pre-booking, Payments & Office Visits

  • All classes must be block-booked in advance due to capacity restrictions. Drop-in or trial class arrangements cannot operate within the current Covid-19 restrictions. Please email to register for any new classes or as a returning participant.
  • Termly payments can be made by preferably a bank transfer or by Cash in a named envelope on arrival to your first class.
  • There can be no refund for any classes not attended. In the event of Footsteps having to temporarily close for business due to lock down or Covid-19 related reasons, the balance of any cancelled pre-booked classes will be credited to the next available block of classes.

Thank you for your cooperation and support throughout this challenging time

Our Safeguarding Commitment

Footsteps Dance School is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people up to the age of 18.  We recognise our responsibility to take all reasonable steps to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation.

Footsteps Dance School acknowledges its duty to act appropriately to any allegations, reports or suspicions of abuse.  All staff and volunteers will work together to encourage the development of an ethos which embraces difference and diversity and respects the rights of children, young people and adults.

Footsteps Dance School recognises its duty of care under the Children and Young Persons Act 1963, the Children (Performances and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014, the Children Act 1989 and 2004 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.

Footsteps Dance School will ensure that:

  The welfare of the child is paramount

  All children, whatever their age, culture, 

disability, gender, language, racial origin, 

religious beliefs and/or sexual identity

 have the right to protection from abuse

All suspicions and allegations of abuse 

will be taken seriously and responded to 

swiftly and appropriately

  Everyone will be treated with respect and dignity

Enthusiastic and constructive criticism will be 

given to pupils rather than negative criticism

  Bullying will not be accepted or condoned

  All adult members will provide a positive role model

  Action will be taken to stop any inappropriate behaviour

  It will comply with health & safety legislation

It will keep informed of changes in legislation 

and policies for the protection of children

 It will undertake relevant professional 

development and training

It will ensure all contact and medical details for every child is up to date and available at the place of teaching or performance.

 All staff will receive dedicated 

safeguarding training.

Our Safeguarding Leads:

Footsteps Dance School has a designated Safeguarding lead who is in charge of ensuring that the child protection policy is adhered to. 

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Lauren O’Brien and she can be contacted on 07837995343

There is also a Safeguarding Events Officer who is Kerry Cleary she can be contacted on: 07793 956613

Our Safeguarding Processes

In implementing this policy Footsteps Dance School will:

§  Ensure that all staff and volunteers understand their legal and moral responsibility to protect children and young people from harm, abuse and exploitation.

§  Ensure that all staff and volunteers understand their duty to report concerns that arise about a child or young person, or any adult’s conduct towards a child or young person to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

§  The Designated Safeguarding Lead will refer any child protection concerns to the statutory child protection agencies (i.e. Police and/or Children’s Social Care).

§  Children, young people and parents will be informed of who the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy are and be able to raise any safeguarding concerns & know that these will be taken seriously and acted upon.

This policy will be regularly monitored by Lauren O’Brien and will be subject to an annual review.