Once you have chosen a childcare provider, you may want to set up a formal agreement that clearly states what is being provided and at what cost. Other agreed terms and conditions can include:
Your child’s safety – ten things you should know
1. Firstly, what is safeguarding? In a nutshell, safeguarding is about keeping all children safe and protecting them from all types of harm.
3. All childcare providers have to keep your children safe whilst in their care and most providers will need to have a written policy about how they do this. You can ask to see this if it’s not been shared with you.
4. Your childcare provider should share any concerns about your child with you. However please be aware that they have a legal duty to report any worries that they may have if they suspect a child may have been harmed.
5. All childcare providers must have a person who is specially trained and qualified to manage any safeguarding concerns. You should be told the name of this person. If you are using a childminder, this will be the childminder themselves.
6. All staff working in early years and childcare settings must have checks to make sure that they are suitable to work with your child before they are employed which have to be renewed each year.
7. When employing new staff a childcare provider must also obtain suitable references before they employ anyone.
8. All members of staff should have safeguarding training which is renewed regularly.
9. You should be told how to raise an issue or make a complaint if you are unhappy about anything.