Safeguarding the Safety, Health and Welfare of the Child
Safeguarding the Safety, Health and Welfare of the Child (QRF Regulation 23)
The purpose of regulation 23 is to ensure that the protection and welfare of the children in any childcare service is paramount, and the children’s safety and wellbeing is the priority.
As a registered provider, you must be committed to safeguarding the children in your care, and to providing a safe environment where they can play, learn and develop. The scope of this regulation addresses the following:
General Safety including; Correct heating and hygiene of Infant formula; Choking; Safety and storage of toxic substances; the safe use of blind cords: the use of finger pinch protectors; safe use of portable heaters; safety and maintenance of furniture toys and equipment;
Safe Sleep (Print a Safe Sleep Poster for your service)
Administration of Medication
Management of Outings (where undertaken)
Accident and Incident Prevention
Fire Safety and Fire Drills;
Regulation 23 provides the core requirements of regulatory compliance as well as individual roles and responsibilities.
(full information on this regulation, taken from the Quality and Regulatory Framework)
This, and all other regulations are available in the complete QRF document: https://www.tusla.ie/uploads/content/4566-TUSLA_QRF_DAY_CARE_LR.pdf. We are focusing on particular regulations in these blogs to draw your attention to the detail of them, as we are aware there is a lot for childcare providers to keep up to date with.
It is the duty of every person carrying on a preschool service to take all reasonable measures to safeguard the Health, Safety and Welfare of the children attending the service and to comply with the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 and the Child Care Regulations (The Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services)( Amendments) Regulations 2016.