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Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) safeguarding and welfare guidance.

Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) safeguarding and welfare requirements, the mandatory framework for early years providers and the steps providers must take to keep children safe and promote their welfare.

The EYFS states that Ofsted registered early years and childcare providers must implement a policy, and procedures, to safeguard children which are in line with the guidance and procedures of the relevant Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). The child protection policy and procedures must include an explanation of the action to be taken when there are safeguarding concerns about a child and in the event of an allegation being made against a member of staff, and cover the use of mobile phones and cameras in the setting. Providers must also train all staff to understand their safeguarding policy and procedures.

The Childcare Register (Annex C: Early Years and Childcare registration handbook) requires that Childminders must keep and implement a written statement of procedures to be followed for the protection of children, intended to safeguard the children being cared for from abuse or neglect. Ofsted Registered Home childcarers (nannies) must also ensure that they are familiar with issues of child protection and procedures to safeguard children from abuse or neglect.

Meeting the EYFS safeguarding and welfare requirements audit - This audit tool is available free to all Early Years settings in Derbyshire.

This safeguarding audit tool enables you to:

  • assess your safeguarding practice, identify any gaps and move on to address any outstanding issues
  • link to documents where you can obtain further guidance and information
  • ensure that key people within the setting (including the Management Committee, if relevant) are aware of how the setting is working to safeguard children and their responsibilities
  • assemble your evidence of ‘Impact of Practice’ for your self-evaluation and any Ofsted inspection

We recommend that you complete an audit at least annually, but an audit can be undertaken and reviewed at any time.

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