Certificate in Online Safety for Staff in Early Years Settings

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About The Course

Certificate in Online Safety for Staff in Early Years Settings

Early years settings (birth to 5 years old) provide a vital foundation for online safety education in today’s digital age. Staff working in early years settings should understand their role in promoting the online safety and wellbeing of children in their care, as well as considering their own professional practice in line with recommended guidance and best practice.

Developed by Konstantina Moustaka, a professional development and EYFS coordinator and nursery practitioner with over 16 years’ experience, this course provides you with the knowledge and skills to support an effective approach to safeguarding children online and safer use of technology.

Please note: This course consists of learning through video, task completion and further reading/research. Please consider this when planning and allocating your time. To successfully understand and achieve the objectives of the course, learners are expected to engage in all aspects of the learning process to ensure they can successfully apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in their own setting.

Designed in line with the following policies

  • Safeguarding children and protecting professionals in early years settings: online safety guidance for practitioners
  • Keeping children safe in education
  • Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework
  • Early years inspection handbook

Learning objectives

  • Appreciating the importance of online safety in early years settings, as well as the role of practitioners in keeping children safe online
  • Gaining an awareness of online risks that children may encounter when using devices in nurseries and early years settings, as well as in their own homes
  • Exploring tips and strategies to minimise the risks to children when navigating the online world, as well as ways to engage parents and carers
  • Understanding the importance of online protection through knowing the nursery or early years setting’s policies and procedures related to online safety
  • Gaining an awareness of reporting procedures when faced with a potential incident or if there is a safeguarding concern online

Course Units

Introduction

Developed by Konstantina Moustaka, a professional development and EYFS coordinator and nursery practitioner with over 16 years’ experience, this course provides you with the knowledge and skills to support an effective approach to safeguarding childr...

Module 1: The importance of online safety

In module 1, you’ll explore why online safety matters in nurseries and early years settings, as well as gain awareness of how children get familiar with and have access to the online world very early in their lives through different devices.

Module 2: The role of practitioners in online safety

In module 2, you’ll consider the role of a practitioner in keeping children safe online, in a nursery or early years setting, as well as providing the necessary guidance for families at home.

Module 3: Online risks in early years settings

In module 3, you’ll look at different online risks as categorised by the 4 C’s: content, contact, conduct and commerce.

Module 4: Online risks at home

Module 4 will look at the online risks at home, taking into account the various ways to access the internet and gaining an awareness of common platforms, websites and apps that could put users at risk.

Module 5: Strategies to minimise risk

Module 5 will explore tips and strategies to minimise the risks of navigating the online world, as well as measures that can be passed on to parents that they can implement at home.

Module 6: Personal online safety

In module 6, you’ll look at how staff can stay safe online and the importance of knowing your setting’s policies and procedures with respect to social media and internet use.

Module 7: Reporting concerns

Module 7 will consider best practice reporting procedures and how to act when faced with safeguarding or child protection concern related to online safety.

Konstantina Moustaka

About The Expert

Konstantina Moustaka

Professional development & EYFS coordinator with 16 years’ experience in the UK and overseas.
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Certified School Programme

Our Whole School Community Approach to Online Safety Training

Our Certified School Programme is a complete solution for schools to implement an effective approach to online safety.

It has been designed by education professionals to meet the statutory online safety safeguarding duties outlined in the Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) September 2022 guidance.

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Whole School Community Training

CPD accredited training for the whole school community, including, DSLs, teachers, school staff, parents and carers.

Monthly Online Safety Update Service

Supporting schools to stay on top of online safety related news, social media updates, gaming updates and evolving online issues.

Meet DfE Statutory Safeguarding Requirements

Designed by education professionals to meet the statutory online safety statutory duties outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) September 2022.

NOS Certified School Accreditation

Accreditation for your school including a certified school plaque when you meet our approval criteria.

Dedicated Online Safety eLearning Hub

Implement training to all staff and parents with just one click and report on course access and completion.

Resources, Lesson Plans and Parent Guides

Access to our Resource Hub containing over 500 platform guides and lesson plans in online safety.

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