EYMP 3 Promote children’s welfare and well-being in the early years Understand he welfare requirements of the relevant early years framework 1.1 Explain the welfare requirements and guidance of the relevant early years frame work To ensure children’s health, safety and well-being, every home nation has sets of standards or welfare requirements which settings must meet. The welfare requirements are compulsory, and it is essential that you have read them as your setting has a legal duty to comply with them. Safeguarding, protection and promoting –
Within your setting you should safeguard and promote children’s welfare. 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. You should promote good health to prevent the spread of infections and take appropriate action when they are ill. Safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare is a significant section within the welfare requirements and covers many of the day to day activities you are likely to be involved in, e.g. food and drink, behaviour management and medicines. Safeguarding policies must be kept up to date, all policies and procedures must be read and signed by all staff. Providers must train all staff to understand their safeguarding policy and procedures, and ensure that all staff has up to date knowledge of safeguarding issues so that staff can identify signs of possible abuse and neglect at the earliest opportunity, and to respond in a timely and appropriate way As a practitioner you should be aware of and promote nutritional needs, healthy eating and portion sizes. Secondly, you should allow time for sleep and rest for the varying needs of all children, as well as outdoor play. Routines should be flexible enough to allow the children to finish their task. We as practitioners observe children and note the skills that they are showing and what could be emerging, giving us important information on how we can support each individual child and help us know what we can provide to encourage the child. Suitable people –
Providers must ensure that people looking after children are suitable to fulfil the requirements of their roles e.g, training and fitness for work. Providers must have effective systems in place to ensure that practitioners, and any other person who is likely to have regular contact with children is suitable. You must obtain a Criminal record check and barred list check to works on the premises on which the childcare is provided. Providers must not allow people whose suitability has not been checked, to have unsupervised contact with children being cared for. Practitioners must not be under the influence of alcohol or any other substance which may affect their ability to care for children. Staff must have appropriate qualifications, training, skills and knowledge and a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities. Providers must ensure that all staff receives induction training to help them understand their roles and responsibilities. Only those aged 17 or over may be included in ratios. Students on long term placements and volunteers (aged 17 or over) and staff working as apprentices in early education (aged 16 or over) maybe included in the ratios if the provider is satisfied that they are competent and responsible. For children aged under two: 1. There must be at least one member of staff for every three children 2. At least one member of staff must hold a full and relevant level 3 qualification, and must be suitably experienced in working with children under two 3. At least half of all other staff must hold a full and relevant level 2 qualification 4. At least half of all staff must have received training that specifically addresses the care of babies. For children aged two: 1. There must be at least one member of staff for every four children. 2. At least one member of staff must hold a full and relevant level 3...
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