Welfare and safeguarding - early years

Ealing safeguarding children guidance (pdf)

Working together to safeguard children (GOV.UK website)

What to do if you are worried a child is being abused (GOV.UK website)

Information sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers (GOV.UK website)

Prevent duty guidance September 2015 (GOV.UK website)

Fundamental British values in the Early Years (foundation years website)

Safeguarding and welfare requirements EYFS September 2014 audit tool (word)

Ealing safer recruitment guidance (pdf)

E-safety policy for children, families and staff (word)

Department for Education: statutory guidance for schools on safeguarding children and safer recruitment in education 2014 (GOV.UK website) Safeguarding details for schools, including nursery schools.

Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills (GOV.UK)
This guidance (updated August 2016) exemplifies good practice in safeguarding, in addition to the statutory requirements of the EYFS.

Ofsted early education director Gill Jones responses to frequently asked questions on the safeguarding guidance (Nursery World website)

Reminder- updating essential training

It is a statutory requirement to renew paediatric first aid training every three years.

Chapter 23 (p.78) of the Ealing Safeguarding Children Guidance states that all staff and volunteers should receive initial basic safeguarding training (level 1) when they are first appointed and having undertaken the basic awareness course, staff and volunteers should undertake refresher courses every 2 years .This guidance applies to all providers and childminders

Ensure at least one person from your setting has received training in EHAP.

Monitor the dates of your own/your teams training and plan ahead to make sure essential training is booked and renewed within the required timescales. An annual training plan can help you achieve this. All training and briefing session information on Ealing CPD online.

Public Health England

Updated complete routine immunisation schedule - publications (GOV.UK) please share with the families at your setting.

Finger food and activities involving food safety
Case report- The choking hazard of grapes: a plea for awareness
Amy J Lumsden, Jamie G Cooper

Warnings about raw jelly cubes, which are a potential choking hazard, are included in the follwing NHS web pages baby and toddler safety (NHS website) and foods to avoid giving your baby (NHS website). Please be aware of this guidance when planning meals and activities involving food.

Guidance about the importance of risk assessment for activities involving food can be found in a manager’s guide to paediatric first aid training (National Day Nurseries Association’s website).

Child Accident Prevention Trust
Guidance leaflet (CAPT website) on important safety precautions to take when offering finger foods in your setting

Paediatric first aid

Paediatric first aid requirements in the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage: government response (pdf)
Following a review of the consultation results regarding paediatric first aid requirements set out in the EYFS, the government will proceed with requirements for additional staff to be trained.

DfE responses to questions regarding paediatric first aid requirements
(The National Day Nurseries Association website)

Medicines in early years settings

DfE Clarification on medicines in early years settings (foundation years website)
DfE have provided clarification on the meaning of prescribed medicines in paragraph 3.45 of the EYFS.

Electrical socket covers

The Department of Health are instructing health and social care settings to stop using socket covers/inserts due to safety issues, by 1 December 2016.

The Department for Education advises: Although it is not illegal to use electrical safety socket covers, the DfE recommends that providers should take into account the advice included in this alert when carrying out their own risk assessment.

Recruiting and hiring

New online tool (GOV.UK)
Check if a potential employee has the right to work in the UK and what documents to check.

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Last updated: 19 Jan 2018