Safeguarding: Early Years and Childcare Providers
Safeguarding children is a key element within the regulation of childcare provision. Childcare providers registered with Ofsted on the Early Years Register must comply with the Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage April 2017. Childcare Providers registered on only the Ofsted Childcare Register must comply with all the core requirements including the safeguarding aspects: Childcare Register Requirements.
Cambridgeshire County Council offers a wide range of training to Early Years and Childcare providers to ensure they can meet the safeguarding requirements of both the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage April 2017 and the Childcare Register Requirements. All training includes relevant and up to date information about local policy and procedure to ensure a full knowledge of safeguarding duties is gained by settings.
For details about Basic Child Protection Training, Designated Person for Child Protection Training and other courses, please refer to the Early Years and Childcare Training Programme via Learn Together Cambridgeshire.
There is a range of courses available for professional development opportunities relating to safeguarding available to DPs:
- Domestic Abuse Awareness Raising
- Domestic Abuse Risk Assessments and Safety Planning
- Loss & Bereavement
Courses available to the wider management team:
- Safer Recruitment Training
- The Roles and Responsibilities of the Registered Provider
Further details including booking information can be found on the Early Years and Childcare Training Programme via Learn Together Cambridgeshire:
Child Protection Information Networks (CPINs) and Conferences:
The Early Years’ Service Safeguarding Advisers also run termly CPINs and an annual conference for DPs to attend. Details are posted on the Early Years and Childcare: Designated Person for Child Protection Knowledge Hub, please see below for further details. To book places: Early Years and Childcare Training Programme.
With over 900 members from Early Years and Childcare settings across Cambridgeshire, the Knowledge Hub is an essential resource for DPs. The hub offers a collaborative group, sharing key safeguarding information and guidance, for Cambridgeshire DPs working in early years and childcare sector. DPs can download free resources, pose questions and receive weekly safeguarding updates. The Knowledge Hub is kept up to date by the Early Years’ Service Safeguarding Advisers.
To join email email@example.com providing your name, setting you work for and date of your Designated Person for Child Protection training with Cambridgeshire County Council.
Childminders have their own dedicated Knowledge Hub which includes a wide range of safeguarding content, run by PACEY. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to join.
The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage April 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 range of safeguarding model policies and templates that providers in Cambridgeshire can adapt and customise for use in their setting.
The Model Policies and templates can be accessed by members of the Early Years and Childcare: Designated Person for Child Protection Knowledge Hub.
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). Please see download option below.