Early Years Foundation Stage safeguarding and welfare requirements

Checklist to help meet Early Years Foundation Stage safeguarding and welfare requirements.

The safeguarding audit for early years and childcare settings (doc format, 400Kb) is intended to support you to meet the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and standards for Ofsted. This checklist (doc format, 223 KB) will help you.

In settings it is the manager’s or the management committee’s responsibility to ensure that arrangements for safeguarding children in childcare settings comply with current guidance from government and the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board.

Who is the checklist for?

All settings and childminders providing for children within the EYFS.

Why should I use the checklist?

The checklist is to assist you to ensure full compliance with the Statutory Safeguarding Welfare Requirements and can be an additional tool to help. It will give a clear overview of what is in place and areas for development in order to continuously improve the quality of provision and practice within your schools or settings. It will support your preparation for OFSTED.

Why do I need the checklist if I already have the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage booklet?

The checklist provides a quick reference for identifying what is in place and areas for development. It does not replace the need for you to refer to the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage for full details and guidance on all aspects.

How do I use the EYFS checklist?

  1. Discuss each aspect of the checklist with your management and staff teams
  2. Identify what is already in place and ensure that you have evidence on which to base this judgement
  3. Reference your evidence within the Self Evaluation and make sure that all evidence is well documented and available for scrutiny by OFSTED and other external agencies
  4. Ensure that all legal requirements are securely in place
  5. Highlight what is not in place and add to your Action Plan with clear priorities including required action, responsibilities and time scales
  6. Review progress on a regular basis (every 6 months as a minimum) to ensure full compliance with the statutory requirements
Last reviewed
08 April 2014
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