1.1 Welfare requirements were bought in, in September 2008 as part of the EYFS welfare requirements and are compulsory. The new EYFS framework 2012 has revised the old framework. The welfare requirements are under the section 3 ‘the safeguarding and welfare requirements’ of the new framework. Children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met, and when they have positive relationships with the adults caring for them. This means that your priority, as always, is to make sure that the children in your care are kept safe. The safeguarding and welfare requirements have been written in a clear way, so that all practitioners can understand their responsibilities.
Providers must take all necessary steps to keep children safe and well. The requirements in the revised EYFS explain what you must do to: · safeguard children
· ensure the suitability of adults who have contact with children · promote good health and manage behaviours
· maintain records, policies and procedures.
The EYFS now requires that safeguarding policies and procedures must cover the use of mobile phones and cameras in the setting. All setting must have a lead responsibility for safeguarding. As a childminder, you are that lead. Training in child protection remains important – your knowledge in this area is necessary so that you can identify possible signs of abuse and neglect and be alert to any issues for concern in the child’s life at home, or elsewhere. You need to know who you would report any concern to, and know where you may receive support. Training mat include recognising inappropriate behaviour of adults working with children.
Every employee working in childcare settings are expected to disclose any convictions, cautions, court orders, reprimands and warnings which may affect their suitability to work with children, and which may have occurred before or during their...
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