This essay will demonstrate the range of provision for the children, demonstrate an ion initial understanding of the roles and responsibilities in keeping children safe, what is meant by professional practice. The principles and values that underpin keeping children safe and how to develop relevant study time and management skills.
Every child deserves the best possible start in life with the opportunity to learn and develop in an environment that is both safe and secure. Parents who use early years services, should be able to do so confident in the knowledge that their children will be getting the best possible experiences. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the framework that provides this assurance within an enabling environment where the risks are minimised and well managed because practitioners understand the components of a safe environment and take their responsibilities seriously. This guide has been compiled by the Pre-school Learning Alliance, with support from the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) and National Childminding Association (NCMA), to support practitioners in making sure that children are kept safe at all times within the supportive framework of existing legislation and the experience of practice. E1
Health and Safety At Work Act 1974
Control of Substances Hazardous To Health Regulations 1994
Early years settings regularly uses cleaning products that could potentially be hazardous. Cleaning maybe required after toileting or paint spillages or any other accident. COSHH requires employers to continually assess the risks from chemicals and decide what control is needed. They also need to ensure all staff use the control methods. that they work properly, inform workers about risks and provide adequate training.
There are many legislations that influence healthy, safe and secure environment for early years settings. The Heath and Safety (young persons) Regulations 1997 states that ''Employers need to complete risk assessments for people under 18 years of age.'' (Thornes 2008 pg84) It also states that if any hazards are the setting, then give them training that the student, trainee or work experience people may need to do with that particular hazard. Another legislation is Health and Safety at work Act 1974. This legislation is the one that provides general guidance about all this health and safety and workers must have policies and procedures saying how the health and safety will be ensured and then follow these policies and procedures. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 1994 is also part of the legislation for a healthy, safe and secure environment and states that a risk assessment should be done on hazards and make sure to store appropriate as the COSHH regulations are. Reporting injuries diseases and dangerous occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995. It states that ''All accidents and near misses must be recorded. If a stuff member is involved in an incident which is secure enough to keep off work for three days or more, employment need to complete the relevant documents and send a report to the Health and Safety Executive. An investigation may follow...'' (Thornes 2008 Pg85) Fire Precautions Regulations 1997 states ''premises must be checked by fire officers when the premises are registered; they will advise on how to make the workplace as safe as possible. All adults should know the procedures for safe evacuation and these should be rehearsed regularly.'' (Thornes 2008 Pg85) HEALTH AND SAFETY (First Aid) Regulation 1981 is also a piece of legislation that influences healthy, safe and secure environment for early years settings. Personal Protective equipment at work Act 1992. This states that protective clothing must be stored in the setting and worn at all times when necessary. The last legislation is data protective Act 1998. The 1998 Data Protection Act came into force early in 1999 and covers how information about living identifiable...
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