Shropshire Council

Safeguarding and welfare requirements

The revised statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage became mandatory for all early years providers from 1 September 2012. The introduction to the framework states "A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right". Section 3, safeguarding and welfare requirements, sets standards to help providers achieve this.

Section 3.1 states:

“Children learn best when they're healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met and when they have positive relationships with the adults caring for them. The safeguarding and welfare requirements, specified in this section, are designed to help providers create high quality settings which are welcoming, safe and stimulating, and where children are able to enjoy learning and grow in confidence.”

The Development Officers are able to advise on all aspects of meeting the safeguarding and welfare requirements, and are available to visit, call or email, depending on the level of support agreed.

Use the links below to find out more about the individual areas covered within safeguarding and welfare.

Suitable people

Providers must ensure that people looking after children are suitable to fulfil the requirements of their roles (EYFS 3.9 – 3.18). They must also put appropriate arrangements in place for the supervision of staff who have contact with children and families (EYFS 3.19).

For those settings signed up to the Service Level Agreement Subscription Scheme, a wide range of information, guidance and support materials to help you safely recruit, retain, deploy and develop your staff (EYFS 3.17 – 3.41) is available from our team of development officers.

Other support may include development of a supervision programme, staff handbook, code of conduct or induction training.

The team has put together a good practice guide to make your recruitment process more efficient and successful.

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Suitable premises, environment and equipment

“The premises and equipment must be organised in a way that meets the needs of children” (EYFS 3.57)

Dependent on the level of support agreed, the Development Officer team can support you to develop policies and procedures to ensure your environment is “fit for purpose” (EYFS 3.53) including health and safety legislation (EYFS 3.53 – 3.55); space and accommodation requirements (EYFS 3.56 – 3.62); and risk assessments (EYFS 3.63 – 3.65).

Development officers can also support you with lease and tenancy agreements, and working with schools and other partners.

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Safeguarding and child protection

Specific training and support sessions for a range of safeguarding topics can be found in the Stay Safe section of the Early Years Education and Childcare CPD brochure, available on the Shropshire Learning Gateway website.

This includes:

  • Training and support sessions for designated safeguarding leads
  • Good recruitment and retention practice
  • Supervision into practice
  • Raising awareness in child protection
  • Child protection and information communication technology
  • Developing practice modules

As a minimum, all practitioners should renew their child protection training every three years.

Equal opportunities and managing behaviour

The introduction to the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage states that the EYFS seeks to provide equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported. In group settings, a named special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) must be appointed, and we offer a suite of training courses to prepare for this role. If you identify a child with a special educational need or disability in your setting, or about to attend, our SENCOs will provide support to ensure that you're compliant with the SEN Code of Practice 2001. 

For those settings signed up to the Service Level Agreement Subscription Scheme, a wide range of information, guidance and support is available through our SENCOs, quality improvement learning co-ordinators and development officers. Regular SENCO forum meetings provide an opportunity for keeping up to date, and networking locally with other professionals.

Depending on the level of support agreed, your development officer can assist you to develop required policies and procedures to promote equality of opportunity (EYFS 3.66) and implement behaviour management (EYFS 3.50 – 3.52).

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Health

“The provider must promote the good health of children attending the setting.” (EYFS 3.42)

Dependent on the level of support agreed, the Development Officer team can support you to develop policies and procedures to ensure children’s health is promoted at all times including managing medicines (EYFS 3.42- 3.44); providing healthy food and drink (EYFS 3.45 – 3.47); and preventing accidents and injuries (EYFS 3.48 – 3.49).

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Information and records

“Providers must maintain records and share information (with parents and carers, other professionals working with the child, and the police, social services and Ofsted as appropriate) to ensure the safe and efficient management of the setting, and to help ensure the needs of all children are met.” (EYFS 3.67)

Dependent on the level of support agreed, the Development Officer team can support you to develop ways to present and maintain the information you must keep and/or make available about children (EYFS 3.71); information for parents and carers (EYFS 3.72); and information about your provision (EYFS 3.75). We can also advise you about the safe handling of information and compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 relevant to your childcare provision.

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