Heads Up 9 September 2021


New EYFS Sept 2021 Changes to safeguarding and welfare

The changes

There have been some minor changes to the safeguarding and welfare section, including a new requirement to promote the good oral health of children.

What this means in practice

This could include things like talking to children about the effects of eating too many sweet things, or the importance of brushing your teeth.

Adding this requirement does not mean that you must carry out supervised toothbrushing nor will you be required to assess children’s oral health.

However, you can decide how this requirement is met, for example, there are various schemes around the country that support supervised toothbrushing.

Community Dental Services have put together a range of fun things to do online about teeth and healthy eating. There are loads of downloadable activities for children from colouring pages, quizzes, word searches and useful links to lots of activities and information.



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