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Safeguarding Adults in Early Years: A Guide for Nursery Managers

November 20, 2023
3 minute read

Safeguarding adults in the early years sector is a crucial aspect of ensuring the wellbeing and protection of vulnerable individuals. While much of the focus in early years settings is on safeguarding children, it's equally important to have measures in place to safeguard adults who may be at risk. This includes parents, staff members, and any other adults who come into contact with the early years setting.

With so much to consider as a manager in early years we have some tips and ideas on how to move forward in this area. By taking a proactive and comprehensive approach to safeguarding adults, early years settings can contribute to creating a safe and supportive environment for everyone involved in the care and education of young children. 

Safe Recruitment of Adults in Early Years

To guarantee a secure environment, adhere diligently to your Local Authority safeguarding guidance. This includes thorough DBS checks, background checks, and reference requests. Our training resources can serve as a valuable companion in navigating these crucial processes. Remember, background checks and references should be in place before any candidate works independently with children or engages in personal care tasks.

Wellbeing of Staff Teams

The wellbeing of your staff directly influences the environment you create for the children in your care. Prioritise mental and emotional wellbeing by fostering a positive work culture. Consider team-building activities, recognition programs, and providing access to mental health support. You may also find our Team Wellbeing training useful.

Who Safeguards the Manager?

Behind every successful nursery manager stands a supportive team. Owners, directors and area managers play a key role in providing regular supervisions, ensuring managers feel empowered and equipped to handle their responsibilities. If you're looking for professional support, consider outsourcing supervisions to The Early Years Company.

Networking is equally important. Forge connections with fellow managers to create a community of support. Stay up-to-date on safeguarding policies through continuous professional development (CPD), online resources, and our newsletter available here. Explore resources and guidance for your own wellbeing with this Wellbeing Tool-kit or Free Wellbeing Checklist.

Importance of Professional Relationships with Parents

In the early years setting, professional relationships with parents are the foundation of effective communication and collaboration. Keep parents in the loop through regular updates, open-door policies, and engaging parent-teacher meetings.

By championing safe recruitment, supporting the wellbeing of both yourself and your staff, and fostering meaningful connections with parents, you contribute to creating an environment where every child can thrive. Your dedication to safeguarding ensures that the early years are a time of growth, learning, and joy for everyone involved.

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