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Online Safety in EYFS

Online Safety in EYFS

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage
Setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five (2013)

'Providers must be alert to any issues for concern in the child’s life at home or elsewhere. Providers must have and implement a policy, and procedures, to safeguard children. These should be in line with the guidance and procedures of the relevant Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). The safeguarding policy and procedures must include an explanation of the action to be taken in the event of an allegation being made against a member of staff, and cover the use of mobile phones and cameras in the setting.'

Extract from the Prevent Duty (revised document) - please see full document for guidance

"Early years providers serve arguably the most vulnerable and impressionable members of society.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) accordingly places clear duties on providers to keep children safe and promote their welfare. It makes clear that to protect children in their care, providers must be alert to any safeguarding and child protection issues in the child’s life at home or elsewhere (paragraph 3.4 EYFS).Early years providers must take action to protect children from harm and should be alert to harmful behaviour by other adults in the child’s life.


Early years providers already focus on children’s personal, social and emotional development The Early Years Foundation Stage framework supports early years providers to do this in an age appropriate way, through ensuring children learn right from wrong, mix and share with other children and value other’s views, know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and challenge negative attitudes and stereotypes."

"Early education funding regulations in England have been amended to ensure that providers who fail to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs do not receive funding from local authorities for the free early years entitlement.

Ofsted’s current inspection framework for early years provision reflects the requirements in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage."

The document above is intended to provide discussion points and guidance for early years settings considering aspects of Online Safety with regard to the use of:-
Cameras and images
Mobile Phones
The Internet

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