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Health & Safety - non-premises related

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

Children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met, and when they have positive relationships with the adults caring for them.

Paragraphs 3.44 to 3.51 of the guidance set out the requirements around health, with respect to:

  • Medicines
  • Food and Drink
  • Accident or Injury

At least one person who has a current paediatric first aid certificate must be on the premises at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings. First aid training must be relevant for workers caring for young children. Childminders, and any assistant who might be in sole charge of the children for any period of time, must hold a current paediatric first aid certificate. For settings, we recommend implementing an electronic reminder procedure to ensure renewals are booked as appropriate and are included in the annual review of staff’s training needs. 

There are many paediatric first aid courses available on the market. Whichever course a childcare professional chooses it must meet the requirements of the EYFS and Ofsted.

Further information

Childcare providers can also refer to the Schools Health and Safety policy and guidance section, as there are a range of local codes of practice which could be useful to refer to.


Clicking on the links will take you through to the Council's guidance for early years providers around Health and Safety (non-premises related), in these separate areas.

Accident or injury


Food and drink


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Last updated: 
Monday, 13 July, 2015
Last updated: 13 July 2015 by Barry Fong