What does the EYFS say about safeguarding and welfare?

What does the EYFS say about safeguarding and welfare?

Posted on Sep 24, 2016

What does the EYFS say about safeguarding and welfare?



So, we know that the EYFS requirements are divided into 2 key areas – learning and development (which we’ve covered in a previous blog, and can be found here) and safeguarding and welfare.

The safeguarding and welfare requirements are designed to ensure that childcare providers promote the welfare of children and keep them safe and well. You’re probably well aware that the EYFS is a very detailed document, and when it comes to safeguarding and welfare, there is lots to take in.

We’ll summarise some of the most important ones for you here.


It’s imperative to have fully-implemented safeguarding policies at childcare settings and to have a designated safeguarding lead that liaises with the relevant local authorities.


All staff must be given child safeguarding training, including training on the setting’s policies and procedures, and also induction training that covers other areas such equality and diversity and health & safety. There is also a requirement for ongoing professional development opportunities.


The EYFS requires certain supervision structures, and also specific staff: child ratios for all childcare settings – based largely on the ages of the children being looked after. It also states that children must always be within at least either sight or hearing of staff.

Health & safety

Promotion of good health for the children in childcare settings is vital. There must be procedures in place for when children get ill, suitable first-aid facilities, written records, and healthy snacks, meals and drinks.
The areas used for food preparation must be adequately equipped and food hygiene training for anyone preparing or handling food is essential.



Smacking – or any other kind of punishment that may have an adverse effect on a child’s well-being – must be strictly forbidden.


Records and information

The EYFS defines what records must be kept on both children and staff, and how and where to store them confidentially, and when to share them (with parents, other professionals, the police, social services and Ofsted), as appropriate.

There are rules around what information must be available to parents/carers, including information on how the EYFS is being delivered, the activities and experiences that are provided, policies and procedures, emergency contact details, and information about the child’s key person.

Train your staff

Everyone working in an early years setting needs to be aware of the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the EYFS.
We’ve listed some of them above, but to ensure a full understanding of all the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the EYFS – as well as a broad awareness of the rest of the EYFS statutory guidance – you can train your staff in flick’s new the EYFS made simple course, and much more; all as part of the flick subscription.

Subscribing with flick offers access to all flick courses, plus downloadable guides and resources in the flick library. So why not sign up today?

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