Module 9: Promoting Child Welfare in the Early Years

Welfare Requirements become Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements

Child protection

  • The revised EYFS includes examples of adults’ behaviour which might be signs of abuse and neglect. If staff become aware of any such signs, they should respond appropriately in order to safeguard children.
  • Providers must have and implement, safeguarding policy and procedures. These should be in line with the guidance and procedures of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.
  • The EYFS now requires that safeguarding policies and procedures must cover the use of mobile phones and cameras in the setting.

Suitable people

  • The requirements for providers to check the suitability of managers has been simplified. From September 2012, providers will be responsible for obtaining criminal record disclosures on managers. Currently, Ofsted obtains these. Providers must obtain an enhanced criminal records disclosure in respect of every person aged 16 and over who works directly with children, lives on the premises on which the childcare is provided and/or works on the premises on which the childcare is provided (unless they do not work on the part of the premises where the childcare takes place, or do not work there at times when the children are present.
  • Ofsted is responsible for checking the suitability of childminders and of persons living or working on their premises.

Staff qualifications, training, support and skills

  • A requirement has been introduced in relation to staff supervision. Providers must give staff opportunities for coaching and training, mutual support, teamwork, continuous improvement and confidential discussion of sensitive issues. Supervision should provide opportunities for staff to discuss any issues – particularly concerning children’s development or wellbeing, identify solutions to issues and receive coaching to improve their personal effectiveness. Providers should ensure that regular staff appraisals are carried out to identify any training needs.
  • The requirement for childminders to complete training in the EYFS has been strengthened. In future they must have completed a local authority approved training course which helps them to understand and implement the EYFS before they can register with Ofsted.

Staff: child ratios

  • The age of those who can be included in ratios remains 17 under the new requirements. Students on long term placement and volunteers (aged 17 or over) may be included if the provider is satisfied that they are competent.
  • There is a clarification of the circumstances in which there may be exceptions to the child: staff ratios for childminders caring for children of mixed ages.  If they can demonstrate to parents or carers and inspectors that the individual needs of all children are being met, then exceptions to the usual ratios can be made when childminders are caring for sibling babies, or whey caring for their own baby. If children aged four and five only attend the childminding setting before and/or after a normal school day, and /or during school holidays, they may be cared for at the same time as three other young children. But in all circumstances, the total number of children under the age of eight being cared for must not exceed six.

Safety and suitability of premises

  • The requirements in relation to risk assessment have been adjusted to clarify that it is for providers to judge whether a risk assessment needs to be recorded in writing. Providers must determine where it is helpful to make some written risk assessments in relation to specific issues, to inform staff practice, and to demonstrate how they are managing risks if asked by parents and/or carers or inspectors. Risk assessments should identify aspects of the environment that need to be checked on a regular basis, when and by whom those aspects will be checked on a regular basis, when and by whom those aspects will be checked, and how the risk will be removed or minimised.
  • When it comes to outings, providers must assess hazards and identify steps to remove, minimise and manage them but it is up to providers to judge whether this needs to be in writing.

Staffing Roles and Responsibilities

To provide leadership in the development and management of the teaching and learning of our EYFS.

To teach pupils within the school and carry out such other associated duties as are reasonably assigned by the Headteacher.

The post holder is responsible for:

  • Co-ordinating and overseeing teaching staff and support staff working in nursery, reception and year 1
  • The coaching, mentoring and development of all EYFS and year 1 staff

Duties and responsibilities specific to the post:

Leadership and Management:

  • Advise and update the Headteacher and colleagues on all aspects of the EYFS and year 1
  • Co-ordinate and take day-to-day responsibility for the organisation and management of the EYFS and year 1
  • Seek to ensure the effective use of the school’s resources and budget allocation in our nursery, reception and year 1
  • Ensure a smooth transition of pupils into our nursery and
  • Develop and strengthen good relationships with parents/carers, pre-school providers and the wider community.

Teaching and Learning:

  • With colleagues and members of the SLT monitor, evaluate and support the Teaching & Learning of our EYFS and year 1
  • pupils
  • Provide support to colleagues in the Teaching and Learning of the EYFS curriculum.
  • Ensure assessment procedures for recording, reporting and tracking pupils’ progress are securely and effectively in place.

Generic duties and responsibilities:

To work within the framework of national legislation, in accordance with the provisions of the School Teachers Pay and Conditions

Document and with locally agreed conditions of employment. The duties & responsibilities in this job description should be

supplemented by those accountabilities, roles & responsibilities common to all classroom teachers, as set out in the above


In addition, the post is subject to compliance with:

  • School policies & guidelines on the curriculum and school organisation
  • National Standards for Qualified Teachers
  • SEN Code of Practice

The EYFS Leader will be entitled to:

  • Support in his/her role from the Headteacher, SLT, colleagues and the Governing Body
  • Opportunities, support and encouragement to undertake further Professional Development.
  • Regular class release time
  • Regular opportunities to work closely with the Headteacher, School Leaders and colleagues to discuss issues and share ideas on how together we can further develop our Early Years Provision.