In line with Early Years Foundation Stage welfare requirements, childcare providers must take necessary steps to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
The lead practitioner for safeguarding must attend a child protection training course (3.5), taking advice from the LSCB or local authority on appropriate training courses (footnote 12). We advise that childminders and members of staff in group childcare should receive at least 2 hours Safeguarding training, have a good understanding of safeguarding, and regularly renew their learning.
When selecting training you must ensure you have a comprehensive understanding of Suffolk LSCB’s safeguarding processes and procedures.
Suffolk County Council provide training that will reflect current LSCB procedures:
Early Years Safeguarding Training (suitable as an introduction and to refresh your learning). This is provided face-to-face either as a venue based or in setting course. Course Code E-SG - Delegate workbook can be found HERE
Early Years Designated Safeguarding Lead: Roles and Responsibilities Training for safeguarding leads and childminders. Course Code E-RAR
Safer Recruitment Practice for Early Years and Childcare Settings specifically for managers, leaders and relevant committee members. Course Code E-SR
In Setting training:
Early Years Safeguarding Training (3 and half hours) - Course code E-SGinsetting
Please note due to limited trainer capacity, venue training will take priority, as will applications from groups of more than 12 people. Settings are encouraged to join together or invite individuals such as childminders to their training to make it cost effective.
As stated in the EYFS Statutory Framework, providers must have regard to the following legislative guidance (3.7 page 17):
A high percentage of Requires Improvement and inadequate settings in Suffolk are due to safeguarding concerns raised at the Ofsted inspection.
Providers must have an implemented policy and procedures to safeguard children. These should be in line with the guidance and procedures of the relevant LSCB. (3.4)