Safeguarding and welfare requirements
The revised statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage became mandatory for all early years providers from 1 September 2012. The introduction to the framework states "A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right". Section 3, safeguarding and welfare requirements, sets standards to help providers achieve this.
Section 3.1 states:
“Children learn best when they're healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met and when they have positive relationships with the adults caring for them. The safeguarding and welfare requirements, specified in this section, are designed to help providers create high quality settings which are welcoming, safe and stimulating, and where children are able to enjoy learning and grow in confidence.”
The Development Officers are able to advise on all aspects of meeting the safeguarding and welfare requirements, and are available to visit, call or email, depending on the level of support agreed.
Use the links below to find out more about the individual areas covered within safeguarding and welfare.