Welfare requirements

‘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’ EYFS, 2017.


Choochoos follow the Welfare Requirements to ensure children feel safe, secure and are healthy.

What are the welfare requirements?

  • The Welfare Requirements are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
  • The requirements give clear information about what is expected from child care providers, to keep children safe and well.
  • It is an overview of what providers must do, to enable them to provide high quality practices.
  • Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children Services and Skills. Ofsted inspect and regulate providers to ensure the Welfare Requirements and Ofsted’s gradings are being met.


The welfare requirements are organised into sections, shown below:

  • Child protection.
  • Suitable People.
  • Disqualification.
  • Staff taking medication/other substances.
  • Staff qualification, training support and skills.
  • Key person.
  • Staff, child ratios.
  • Health – Medicine/Food and drink/Accident or injury.
  • Managing Behaviour.
  • Safety and suitability of premises, environment and equipment – Safety.
  • Smoking.
  • Premises.
  • Risk Assessment.
  • Outings.
  • Special Educational Needs.
  • Information and records.
  • Information about the child.
  • Information for Parents and Carers.
  • Complaints.
  • Information about the provider.
  • Changes that must be notified to Ofsted.

How does Choochoos meet the welfare requirements?

  • The requirements are used to underpin Choochoos policies, procedures and practices.
  • Choochoos provides training in all areas of the Welfare Requirements for our employees as part of their induction.
  • We keep up to date with current requirements and make changes as needed.
  • Employees have access to the Welfare Requirements daily.
  • The Welfare Requirements are included in our employees contract, induction and handbook.
  • We attend training and briefings to keep up to date with current guidance, to implement throughout Choochoos.


Click on this link to access ‘The welfare requirements’ for more information.