1.1. Describe the Factors to Take Into Account When Planning Healthy and Safe Indoor and Out Door Environments and Services

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1.1. Describe the Factors to Take Into Account When Planning Healthy and Safe Indoor and Out Door Environments and Services

The health and safety requirements of all pupils and adults must be taken into consideration before starting any learning activity and it must be ensured that the learning environment is free from any hazard that could affect a person’s health and safety. The duty of care of a setting to children, parents and carers is a legal obligation that should always have the child’s safety and welfare uppermost in mind when planning. The desired outcomes for the child and young people are the starting point. Most activities with children and young people should have clear aims and objectives that are based around the required outcomes linked to their age. It is not a mindless work that requires only staying with a child. It has to be well planned and thought thorough as what needs to be done for a child to be healthy, safe and stimulated to learn. When planning an activity it has to be made sure it’s the right environment for the activity. * There should be enough room for children to move freely around the learning area. They should be able to access all the learning resources safely without causing risk to any other individual. * Light and noise:

* There should always be sufficient light to enable the children to work in comfort. * Loud noises can be unsettling for some children, especially those with autism. A quiet calm classroom environment will be crucial for these children to ensure their comfort. Sometimes it may not be possible to have a silent class but instilling class rules will enable the children to be calm more easily.

* Playing outside, e.g. using bikes and scooters – it should be ensured that they are used correctly in a safe manner and with plenty of space. * When using outdoor environments it has to be made sure the plants and garden/playground equipment do not pose a threat. * Also it has to be...
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