EYFS safeguarding and welfare checklist

Use our checklist to help you make sure you're fulfilling the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework 2023.

Last reviewed on 14 July 2023See updates
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  1. Download our EYFS safeguarding and welfare checklist
  2. Staffing ratios and qualifications

Download our EYFS safeguarding and welfare checklist

Use it to make sure your school is fulfilling its requirements in EYFS settings, including those with provision for 2-year-olds.

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Our checklist is based on section 3 of the statutory EYFS framework. The framework is mandatory for all early years providers in England.

What does it cover?

The checklist includes sections on:

  • Child protection
  • Suitable people
  • Staff qualifications, training, support and skills
  • Staff ratios
  • Health
  • Behaviour
  • Safety and suitability of premises, environment and equipment
  • Special educational needs (SEN)
  • Information and record keeping

Staffing ratios and qualifications

Use the checklist above to check you’re fulfilling your legal requirements for staff ratios. For a more detailed explanation of which staff members count towards the ratios, see our article on EYFS staffing ratios and qualifications.

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