Safeguarding : Early years and childcare providers

Safeguarding children is a key element within the regulation of childcare. Registered early years and childcare providers must be familiar with and work to the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the Department for Education's Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage April 2017.

For details about Basic Child Protection Training and Designated Person for Child Protection Training, please refer to the Early Years and Childcare Training Programme on our Early Years Workforce Development page. 

Safeguarding policy and support pack

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2017 requires childcare providers to have specific policies and procedures in place in relation to safeguarding and child protection.

The Early Years Service has produced a support pack containing guidance and model policies that providers can adapt and customise. A flowchart and guidance is also available to support providers with managing allegations of abuse made against staff or volunteers working in the setting (as required by the EYFS 2017). All of these, and much more, can be accessed on the Early Years Designated Person for Child Protection group on Knowledge Hub. To join the Knowledge Hub, please email stating your name, setting name and job role. A member of the team will then send you an invite to join. Childminders are invited to join the Knowledge Hub as well as early years settings and after school and holiday provision registered with Ofsted.