EYFS: A Unique Child: 1.3 Keeping Safe

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By Jane Coleis a recently retired Foundation Stage regional advisor and is currently an early childhood consultant

This month we look at Commitment 1.3 Keeping Safe. The focus is for practitioners to ensure that young children are not only kept safe, but learn to manage risk to keep themselves safe

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Safe as houses

As adults, our childhood memories can deceive us. Some of us may remember the past as all sunshine and running around outside – but for others there may be events that still cause us pain as we think about them.

In some areas of the country, there is a commonly shared feeling that to let children out and about is unsafe. Some parents would rather have children indoors watching television than out where they cannot see them all of the time. Tragic cases of children going missing or being harmed get maximum publicity in our media. It is very hard to keep a sense of proportion when we are thinking about the vulnerable young children in our families and in our early years settings. Many excellent national organisations intervene and help children at risk of harm. Many tell us that, sadly, it is often in their own homes that the children are most at risk. As practitioners, our role is to support the children’s learning and development. We need to help children to be confident and have a positive sense of themselves. To do this, we need to ensure that they always feel safe and to make sure that they are protected from harm when attending our settings.

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