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1.1 Explain the welfare requirements and guidance of the relevant early years framework
Within my setting I should safeguard and promote children’s welfare and take necessary steps to ensure this. We must promote good health of all children within our care and take steps to prevent the spread of infection from others within our care and take appropriate action when they are ill. We must ensure that there are suitable people and there is enough staff to ensure safety to all children. The premises, environment and equipment must be suited to cater for the children. These include outdoor and indoor spaces, furniture, equipment and toys and they must be safe and suitable for use by the children in my care, age and development appropriate.
Safeguarding, admissions and settling in policies should be kept up to date. It is important for all staff to read all the policies and procedures. As a practitioner you should be aware of nutrition needs and plan healthy meals and snacks for children. On some occasions be expected to give advice to parents. You should be aware of portion sizes, this is important because children can still become overweight on healthy foods if there portion sizes are too big.
Every setting should have routines that should reflect the varying needs of all children with the group especially in terms of sleep and rest. All routines should allow for outdoor play for all ages. Routines also need to be flexible enough to allow the children to finish their task. Under the EYFS we as practitioners observe children during physical play this is to note the skills that they are showing then we can support them and plan new activities around their new skills.
Within the EYFS it is important to work closely with parents. We can find out their child’s needs, you can also provide support and advice on topics, sleep, toileting and nutrition.
3.1 Explain how to promote children’s health and well-being in an early years setting
The EYFS welfare requirements tell us to promote and safeguard children to prevent the spread of infection. To make sure that all adults are CRB (DBS) checked and have the training skills and qualifications necessary for the role. The premises should be safe and suitable as should the outdoor space.
There should be safeguarding procedures, risk assessments, information on who to report to in case of incidents, emergencies and causes for concern and first aid.
3.2 Describe the role of key professionals and sources of professional advice in promoting positive health and well-being for early years children and their families
There are many professionals offering services to support children and their families. First of which is a school nurse. She offers advice to parents on the health of their child such as hearing checks, advice on toilet habits, skin complaints, whether the child should visit their GP or monitor the health of the child and give advice to schools. This is done in the school setting.
An audiologist will measure a child’s hearing levels, a dentist will give advice on how to keep the teeth and gums healthy, dieticians work to give advice on the right nutrients the child needs and what foods are needed in order to get them from.
Doctors (GP’s) are usually the first people a child sees and gives care to the child and the family making the right referrals if needed. Paediatricians specialise in working with children with health problems. They are involved from the birth of a child and will perform standard tests on all newborn babies to check normal body function.
Speech therapists help children with speech, language and communication difficulties and give advice to schools and parents. Physiotherapists help children with coordination and their movement resulting from injury, illness or a medical condition. In