‘The safeguarding and welfare requirements are designed to help providers create high quality settings which are welcoming, safe, stimulating, and where children are able to enjoy learning and grow in confidence’ Revised EYFS September 2014. The requirements give clear information about what is expected from child care providers.
Choochoos follow The welfare requirements guidelines to ensure children feel safe, secure and are healthy. As quoted from the EYFS, 2014, we provide a ‘welcoming, safe, stimulating environment where children are able to enjoy learning and grow in confidence’.
The welfare requirements give an overview of what providers must do, to enable them to provide high quality practices.
They are grouped as follows:
- Child protection
- Suitable People –Disqualification/Staff taking medication/other substances
- Staff qualification, training support and skills
- Key person
- Staff, child ratios
- Heath – Medicine/Food and drink/Accident or injury
- Managing Behaviour
- Safety and suitability of premises – Safety/Smoking/Premises/Risk Assessment/Outings
- Equal Opportunities
- Information and records – Information about the child/Parents and carers/Complaints/Provider/Changes notified to Ofsted.
By following the areas above we can provide clear policies and procedures. The welfare requirements highlight the importance of the provider’s responsibility in child protection and staff training.
The Welfare Requirements dictate that the key person approach is compulsory, along with ensuring settings are following the individual needs of every child.
Staff and child ratios is thoroughly explained within the welfare requirements.
The welfare requirements is in line to support the revised EYFS 2014, used in our every day practices at Choochoos.