National early years legislation, regulation, child protection and safeguarding guidelines.
The resources below can be used to support and extend your practice and provision, but all settings must also have regard to relevant legislation and regulation.
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Child protection and safeguarding
Registered childcare providers must have a commitment to the safeguarding and protection of all children. Ofsted requires every setting to have a child protection policy which should include the following:
a named (designated) person who holds responsibility in the setting for all safeguarding and child protection matters
clear internal procedures about how the setting will respond to any concerns raised about the wellbeing of a child or young person
clear internal procedures about how the setting will respond to any allegation made against a member of staff.
Every childcare practitioner within the setting should know their individual responsibilities and what actions they must take. Every practitioner should be aware of their shared responsibility for the safeguarding and wellbeing of children and young people within their setting and the point at which to act upon and report any concerns.
Safeguarding children - Advice from GOV.UK on how to safeguard children and young people in different situations and environments.
Statutory Child Protection and Safeguarding Courses - We run a termly training programme which early years providers can access. Note that Early Years practitioners can check which training is required, based on experience and post, by referring to the 'Child protection and safeguarding training pathway' document below.
Registering as a food provider - Childcare settings on non-domestic premises should register with the local district or borough council if they provide or handle food. Childminders will be contacted after registration.