Meeting the welfare requirements
Providers must comply with all the legal requirements set out and should have regard to the statutory guidance. Ofsted will base its regulatory and inspection judgements on whether a provider has met the general and specific legal requirements, and has had regard to the statutory guidance. This guidance gives examples of action providers are likely to have to take in order to meet the general and specific legal requirements; however, providers may be able to comply by using other methods, in which case they can depart from the statutory guidance provided that they are able to demonstrate that their alternative approach achieves the same ends.
Schools will not be required to have separate policies for the EYFS provided that the requirements are met through their policies which cover children of statutory school age. Safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare The provider must take necessary steps to safeguard and promote the welfare of children Safeguarding Specific Legal Requirements An effective safeguarding children policy and procedure must be implemented. All providers must inform Ofsted, without delay, of any allegations of serious harm or abuse by any person living, working, or looking after children at the premises (whether that allegation relates to harm or abuse committed on the premises or elsewhere), or any other abuse which is alleged to have taken place on the premises, and of the action taken in respect of these allegations. An early years provider who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with this requirement, commits an offence. Providers must also notify any child protection agency (usually local children's services or the police) previously identified by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB), without delay, of allegations of abuse as above. Providers must ensure that they keep their concerns confidential. The provider must ensure that all members of staff understand the procedures to be followed in the event of an allegation being made against a member of staff. In group provision, a practitioner must be designated to take lead responsibility for safeguarding children within the setting, attend a child protection training course, and to liaise with local statutory children's services agencies as appropriate.
Safeguarding Statutory Guidance
All practitioners should have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children issues and be able to implement the safeguarding children policy and procedure appropriately. Policies should be in line with LSCB local guidance and procedures. Staff should be able to respond appropriately to: ! ! ! ! significant changes in children's behaviour; deterioration in their general wellbeing; unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse; neglect;
the comments children make which give cause for concern
Information and Complaints Specific Legal Requirements
Providers must engage with, and provide the following information for, parents: ! ! ! ! ! the type of activities provided for the children; the daily routines of the provision; the staffing of the provision; food and drinks provided for the children; the provider's policies and procedures, for example, admissions policies, equality of opportunity policy, safeguarding children policy; the complaints procedure (copies to be available on request); details for contacting Ofsted and an explanation that parents can make a complaint to Ofsted should they wish; the procedure to be followed in the event of a parent failing to collect a child at the appointed time; the procedure to be followed in the event of a child going missing.
Providers must obtain necessary information from parents in advance of a child being admitted to the provision, including: ! ! emergency contact numbers; the child's special dietary requirements, preferences or food allergies the child...
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