Rose Garden Early Years Centre aims to keep all children in its care safe. This extends to providing both parents and children with appropriate information on how to keep safe online.
In line with other Steiner Waldorf settings, exemptions from the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum have been agreed with Ofsted that include an exemption from the use of information and communication technology (ICT). Children and staff do not access technology during sessions.
Ideally children in the Early Years (0-7) should not be exposed to any screen entertainment; our understanding is that this is not necessary or helpful to the young child. However, we recognise that in many homes keeping the young child away from ICT sets high, and in some cases unrealistic, expectations.
If children have access to ICT and in particular access to the internet, it is very important that the responsible adults are aware of what the children are doing and how they can ensure that they are not exposed to any risk such as inappropriate images or contact of any kind.
Whilst we do not wish to encourage your child to go online, if this is a possibility for whatever reason when not at Rose Garden, please see the poster “Online safety tips for parents of pre-school children” attached, displayed at the Centre and online at /
Please also see the checklist at / appropriate for the ages of your children.
In our parent area, E-safety story books are available for you to read to your child. This book “Smartie the Penguin” can be found online at
Put yourself in control Install parental controls on your home broadband. Most internet-enabled devices also allow you to set parental controls so you can manage what content your child can see and how they interact with others online.
Use passwords Keep your devices out of reach and set passwords on all your internet-enabled devices and don’t share them. Then you’ll know when and where your child is accessing the internet. You can also make sure they’re not making additional purchases when they’re playing games or using apps.
Search safely Use safe search engines such as Swiggle or Kids-search. You can save time by adding these to your ‘Favourites’. Safe search settings can also be activated on Google and other search engines, as well as YouTube.
Be involved Encourage them to use devices in a communal area like the lounge or kitchen so you can keep an eye on how they’re using the internet and also share in their enjoyment.
Manage access Set your homepage to a child-friendly site like CBeebies and create a user account for your child on the family computer or device which only allows access to sites you’ve chosen.
Set boundaries It’s never too early to start setting boundaries. Set some rules about how long your child can spend online.
Helpful video to watch with your child
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